Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

Stone Smoked PorterStone Smoked Porter
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Stone Smoked PorterStone Smoked Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A porter with hints of chocolate & coffee balanced by subtle smokiness
First Release: December 1996

When first released, our smoky version of a traditional English porter was ahead of its time. Today, it's a highly regarded staple among craft beer fans and our go-to food complement, pairing effortlessly with all kinds of cuisine, from peanut butter and banana sandwiches to braised pork belly and apple pie. This worldly libation is dark, smooth and complex, with chocolate and coffee flavors suffused with subtle smokiness from the addition of peat-smoked malt.

Added by kbub6f on 03-18-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,463
Reviews:
1,815
Ratings:
4,191
Liked:
3,465
Avg:
4/5
pDev:
11.25%
Alströms:
4.03
 
 
Wants:
199
Gots:
527
Trade:
1
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Photo of turnerr79
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from a WA state Fred Meyers store.

Pitch Black pour. Small firm head.

Nose of roasting Madrona wood

First sips- Rich espresso with a mocha twist. The smokiness is apparent, though not overwhelming. Neat complex flavor. Subtle carbonation is perfect with the heavier mouthfeel.

Of the porters I've tried, this is the best so far.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at MiKro in Hamden, CT. Served in a pint.

Pours super dark brown with a light tan, creamy head. Leaves pretty good lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, slight coffee, nothing special.

Tastes like you above-average dark beer. Lots of roasted malt, hints of coffee and chocolate. Slight smokiness mixes with the roastiness. Hops bitter the beer without much flavor.

Pretty smooth mouthfeel, on the light end of medium bodied.

Very drinkable, nothing wrong with this beer at all. I would have had another if there wasn't cask Ghandi-Bot.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A light khaki decent size head. A dark ruby red body. I can see some bubbles.

I'm kind of shocked on the way of smell here. All I smell is a very light smokiness, light hops and malts. Nothing really that great.

A decent body... Somewhat thick which is good for a porter. Not much carbonation and smooth. Leaves the mouth slightly dry.

You definitely can notice the nice smokiness with the first sip. It's a little bitter. The dark malts and even the somewhat spicy hops make its presence known. The spice isn't ass-kicking in any way but there's a subtle hint of it. A slight coffee taste from the dark malts. I like it. There really isn't an alcohol taste to it; which is good because I've noticed that a lot with other Stone Brewery offerings.

Drink Ability: for a porter I can drink this all night. Don't know how I'd feel in the morning, doesn't really matter because I wake up in the afternoon anyway.

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Photo of ghebel
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - Dark fruit and chocolate malts up front with toffee like sweetness. Earthy and piney hops balance out the malt bill.

Appearance - Pours very dark brown with garnet edges. Head is light brown, creamy on top and comprised of tight smallish bubbles. Leaves moderate lacing on it's way down to a thin coating.

Taste - Dark fruits and sweet toffee. Dark malts combine with moderate bitterness. Sweet finish. Smoke is mild in the background and only enhances the other flavors. It is not overpowering. Finishes with earthy, piney hops.

Mouthfeel - Moderate body and carbonation bite. Bitterness lingers a while and seems to mildly coat the mouth. Mild, style appropriate astringency on the back of the mouth.

Drinkability - Very drinkable.

Overall - Nice Porter with a touch a smokey flavor in the background, but only enough to enhance the other flavors.

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bomber, expired best by date (02/18/10), poured into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass and then a Smuttynose pint glass.

A: Dark brown, red mahogany colors when held to the light, slightly opaque. Pours with a massive 3-finger mocha-colored head, very foamy and inviting. Dissipates fairly quickly but left really good web-like lacing on the regular pint glass. Head maintains a thin froth, like that of a good espresso.

S: Lots of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, slightly smokey background is present and the alcohol esters come through just a bit.

T: Again, the chocolate and coffee come through strong, tasting like a good mocha espresso. The smoke is definitely present and inviting, but plays a background role, letting the traditional porter flavors shine. The nice smokey roasted character is balanced perfectly with a little sweetness (caramel and a little hop). Alcohol esters do make their self known, but in the background enough to not becoming unpleasant.

M: This didn't have as much viscosity as I expected, it was fairly thin for such a sweet chocolaty porter. However, it was exceptionally smooth and had very little bitterness in the finish, thanks to the sweet caramel and hops. The carbonation is fairly light and I enjoyed it more and more as it disappeared.

D: I went through 2 glasses very easily, which is what I expected given the lower alcohol content (6%). It just seemed to go down perfectly and I couldn't keep my hands off of it. There is really nothing more I could want in drinkability.

I was definitely worried about this being expired, especially at only 6% ABV, but it didn't disappoint. I'm sure the flavors were probably more mellow than when it was bottled, but they still were delicious. Stone is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of Spider889
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Winking Lizard.

Thin black color with a dark sandy head. Left pretty good spotted lace all the way down.

There's chocolate malt and a little smoke in the nose, but just the bare minimum in order to be noticed. I don't like super smokey beers, but this was a little low on the smoke imo.

Dark and well roasted. There's a nice hop bitterness underlying it all (it is a Stone beer after all). I didn't get any smoke at all in the flavor. It drinks fairly light and it's very smooth. Dry on the finish.

Not my favorite porter, but it drinks easily so I'd have no problem finishing a bomber of this.

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Photo of beagle75
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a wine goblet.

A: The full glass appears opaque black color with one finger of beige foam head. Later the beer appears clear dark brown color as less remains. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Dark roasted malt is the main contributor to smell here, with faint wood smoke, cola, and coffee grounds also detectable.

T: Begins with sharp acidity associated with coffee, as well as balancing earth. In the middle the acidity mellows, allowing faint dark fruit and cardboard to emerge. The finish is earthy with moderate bitterness, displaying more stale coffee. No wood smoke is explicitly detected in the flavor.

M: Light to medium viscosity with moderate carbonation. The tactile presence of this beer is unremarkable on the palate.

D: Don't be fooled by the 'smoked' descriptor here--unlike Alaskan Brewing's own smoked porter, this beer is a versatile, mainstream porter first and a smoked beer second. The phantom of smoke found here enhances this beer without type-casting it as something only to be served when a true rauchbeer is required.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark mahogany, clear with just a little translucency, and a nice creamy head. Dissipates to a fine layer of foam, leaving good lacing on the glass.

Aromas of dark malt, vanilla, and chocolate milk.

Tastes follow the nose, this has dark malt, sweet vanilla, chocolate milk as well as some coffee and toffee, with some toast. Very complex and interesting.

Mouthfeel is light, and carbonation is prickly. Very refreshing.

This is an interesting, light, yet complexly flavored porter. A beer that is more about the taste than the alcohol. Very sessionable.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a dark black which was to be expected. And had a dark brown head that soon dissolved.

The smell was of chocolaty coffee but with a sweet earthiness of hops which usually isnt the case with Porters.

Same goes for the taste it has fairly chocolate coffee malt flavor but has a hop sweetness to it. I havnt had a whole lot of Porters considering but this is an exceptional beer for me being a hop head. Its not super hoppy by any means but gives a good bite for the style.

Ive always loved Stone and just found another of their beers I can always have in my fridge.

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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid brown color; leaves some spotty lace.

Dark malty and touch of what reminds neighbours liquid smoke.

More cocoa than smoke in the flavor; rich bodied and smooth. The finish is like powdered hot chocolate. Good hop aftertaste, which I wasn't expecting. Overall, a very interesting porter on tap.

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Photo of shambeano
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.
A- pours black with about an inch of head, that subsides very very slowly, nice lacing.

S- bit of roast bitterness, a bit of smoke. not too bad.

T- smoke up front, not overpowering, More peat smoke than smoked meat flavors. finish is pretty bitter. nice.

M- nice, fills every bit of the tongue with a very long finish. feels really good.

D- is quite drinkable .

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Photo of BillHaverchuck
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass.
dark brown with a hint of amber, short tanish off-white colored head. the smell is a robust combination of smokey roasted chocolate. the flavor follows the smells, a nice roasty feel to it with hints of chocolate and coffee. nice carbonation give it an umph but still give you that rich toasty aftertaste. Well Done!

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Photo of kaseydad
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tulip glass pour and I am met with a dark brown ale and a nice fluffy tan colored head. Aroma is truly nice and smoky as it should be. Dark chocolate abounds with some dark fruits and black coffee also. Spicy and bitter in the taste. The taste starts initially as spicy but then throws a coffee tasting bitterness followed by a campfire smoke-like swallow. Works very well. The only thing I really wasn't digging was the mouthfeel. It was rather thin for such a chewy tasting beer. Very easy drinking though the "smoked" part of the porter may be a little much for some. Great take on the smoked porter from Stone.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an almost balck color with a large white lead tha laced and stayed throuhout the beer. It smells smokey with a strong chochlate smells. The taste is smoth, lots of choclate flavors, with a nice dry porter flavor. Finishes with a nice bitter licrose taste. A nice full lasting flavor. Overall a fantasitc beer, top porter i ever have.

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Photo of KeithStolte
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A - Pours a very dark almost black with a large tan head; great lacing and retention.

S - Chocolate and toasted malts.

T - Very rich malt, dark chocolate; Slightly sweet, with a pleasant smoky taste and after taste.

M - Very smooth with medium to highly carbonated.

D - Great drinkability.

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Photo of tylernim
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep and dark with a rich creamy head. Keeps a nice cap throughout.

S - Chocolate, coffee, a hint of hops.

T - Malts, bitter chocolate, and of course coffee. A slight touch of smoke.

M - Medium and smooth. Nice creaminess.

D - For such a dark one I could keep going with this.

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Photo of velosuds
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Updated 2/10/12: been almost a year and a half since I had this last. Definitely note more smoke in the aroma and taste. Coffee also in the taste. I like this more now.

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. Enjoy by 11-10-10. Paid $4.49 at John's Market.

A-Pours a very dark brown hue with a two finger, thick, creamy tan head with great retention and ample lacing.

S-Chocolate and toasted malts with a pungent hop presence. Surprisingly, the smoky character of this beer is not evident in the aroma.

T-Rich malt and creamy dark chocolate. Sweet and hoppy with a pleasant smoky essence that I would like to be more prominent.

M-Very smooth and nicely carbonated.

D-This is a very solid contribution from Stone, but not a favorite among their fine year round and seasonal line up.

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Photo of mweso2000
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love Stone beers and I took a chance on this beer on the recommendation of my server. Black color with a tan head. Malty aroma wit with chocolate. Has a nice flavor of unsweetened chocolate, coffee and malt. Just the right amount of smokiness. Not overpowering at all. Slighly spicy, perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness. Full feel in mouth and drinks very smooth. Very flavorful. Highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of crossovert
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle.

It pours a nice dark brown with some reddish hues, the head is thick and foamy. The head is slightly tan. It holds for a bit then recedes to some pretty nice lacing.

It smells like an IPA with some brown sugar thrown in, Stone loves their hops huh. There is a hint of roastiness but much less than expected.

The flavor isn't hoppy bitter, but it has a considerable amount of hop flavor. There is also a hint of smokiness and some caramel sweetness.

It is a bit mixed up but overall it is a decent brew.

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Photo of acurtis
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bottle poured into english pint glass. Beautiful dark brown with ruby highlights that you can actually see light through towards the bottom of the glass. Large head with good lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, alcohol and a little smoke. Taste is a little more smoke, hops, coffee, roasted malts. Very good porter.

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Photo of SDtastentune
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown golden dark leather if looked though the glass/light, hardly see though it, Good head with nice lacing.

S - Kinda sweet alcohol coffee'ish chocolate stout hop'ish.

T - Is good, not overwhelming but coffee/chocolate with a slight alcohol thing going on. Almost stout tasting.

M - Good, slightly low on the carbonation side but suits the flavor.

D - Pretty easy drinker, has some nice flavors going on, slightly strong aftertaste but nothing over the top. Kinda comparable to a stout, but obviously a porter. Goes down pretty smooth & normal. Overall pretty nice drinker with some great notes of chocolate and coffee and alcohol all at the same time. Thumbs up. Poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of NODAK
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mild roasted malt aroma...not much going on there.

Pours an opaque dark brown in the glass...as dark as any other porter I've had.

The taste is interesting, but maybe only because I haven't had a smoked beer before. Upfront there are some standard roasted malt flavors, though not too powerful. Then the smoke flavor comes in....sly, not with too much oomph, but it's definitely there and it leads the beer to its finish, where there's a mild but persistant hoppy bitterness to it. The bitterness has a way of lasting through the finish and well into the aftertaste for some time.

This porter isn't especially thick, nor is it especially malty, but it is quite unique. The malts seem a little restrained, but I suppose that's to let the smokiness through. Also, I have to give them credit for not making the smoke too powerful...if they had, that'd have ruined the beer.

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Photo of bens0n
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark reddish-brown (almost black) with a creamy, light (almost white) tan colored head that laces the glass on the way down.

S - Very smokey and slightly chocolaty with a hint of hops.

T - Smokey but smooth, mild chocolaty undertones with a hint of some kind of dark fruit too.

M - Smooth and creamy, very little carbonation (good).

D - Definitely drinkable, leaves a powerful smokey aftertaste with every sip.

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Photo of RunForYourBeer
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, dark brown color with a thin tan head.

S: Has a smokey smell with hints of chocolate coming out.

T: Hints of chocolate and dark fruits come out up front. The finish is a nice combination of smokey and roasty.

M: Medium with the right amount of carbonation.

D: Good. Lots of flavor without being too heavy.

This is a great beer. I really like the smokiness in the finish.

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Photo of SuperSpy
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with ruby hues. Big lacy tan head. One of the best looking beers I have seen in a while. I honestly don't think you could improve on this.

S - Smoky, roasted malt, hints of alcohol. This is smelling awesome.

T/M - Full-bodied. Very smooth and creamy. The initial flavor is smooth with slightly bitter, piny (most likely west coast American) hops followed by coffee and chocolate malt, then rounded out with the perfect amount of smokiness.

D - This is an excellent beer and stands out among the best.

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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 82.7% out of 100 with 4,191 ratings
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