Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

Stone Smoked PorterStone Smoked Porter
4,191 Ratings
Stone Smoked PorterStone Smoked Porter

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

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.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz poured into standard shaker. From notes

A - Dark soil brown to black. Regular tan head with good lacing

S - Mainly chocolate and a roasty smoky malt. Lots of grains on the nose

T - Chocolate, smoke, some hop bitterness. The malt was not too sweet and helped profile the smoke.

M - Medium body. It felt a little bit thin, but was fairly smooth with some dry bitterness.

D - A very good porter that the smoke didn't overtake like some do. Easy to drink and well balanced.

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Photo of nickhiller
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: black, oily, thick tan head with great lacing.

S: spicy, roasted malt, iron, a hint of smoke.

T: smoky charred malt that tastes like liquid smoked pork ribs. Sweet malt suggests a milk stout or something sweeter, but it's sufficiently dry and smoky.

M: dry, frothy, light, well carbonated.

D: great porter, love the char and smoke.

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

22oz bomber.

Dark redish-brown color almost black. Very creamy tan head, lacing looks awesome on the glass.

Dark roasted malts, some smokey, a little earthly and dark fruit.

Roasted malts along with some smokey flavor, I get a little wood character in the taste. Earthly hops in the middle, it's a pretty mild. I notice there's some coffee and dark chocolate. Finish off very smooth with nice dry roasty aftertaste. Medium bodied. Carbonation is very light.

Very high. Nice smooth finish, easy drinking porter.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Brewing Smoked Porter

Appearance: Dark brown, medium pillowy head, and good lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel, cocoa, and flowery hops.

Taste: Cocoa, smoke, and flowery hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium.

Overall: Delicious! Not too much smoke resulting in a great balance of flavor.

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Photo of EricCioe
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a very dark red-brown that turns black with any depth, a small head and great lacing. On the nose I'm getting a good deal of toasty flavors, some coffee and chocolate, but underneath that there seem to be some piney hops. On the tongue the coffee and some subtler smoke notes come through. In the mouth it's a good deal thinner and lighter than a lot of the porters and stouts I like, which is refreshing, not cloying at all, but full enough to be satisfying. Obviously it's not waterish but it's not laborious. Like an svelte English game gun versus a Winchester Model 21. Both are great, but very different. In the drinkability department I find this to be pretty great due to the manageable alcohol content and lightish body.

Overall this a fine brew, nearing the absolute top class of porters in my book.

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Photo of GusDom
4.69/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, this wonderful beer was on sale at my local Binny's unbeknown to me, so I told the cashier to wait while I grabbed another delicious bottle. I'm watching UFC Unleashed as I write this review and sip on this awesome beer.

The look is very nice, deep dark brown against the glass and slightly black in the center but still not as dark as I thought it would be, but still very nice. The head is very minimal but expected. The smell is very good. Dark chocolate, licorice, caramel, and dates fill my cognac glass. It's a wonderful smell because it doesn't tire the nose and it definitely doesn't get old. The taste is very good, dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee are big on the buds. The caramel and licorice play lesser roles in the taste but still provide some of the character of the porter. You get a little hoppy aftertaste, but it's minimal. Overall, I think I just fell in love.

This is a heavy bodied brew but still quite surprisingly pretty high on drinkability. I would definitely recommend this porter to anyone who enjoys great dark beers, or great beer for that matter. Enjoy!

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Photo of bridgetowhophead
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first porter I have truly loved. I know I can always count on Stone.

A: Sexy would be the right word. Beautiful dark, rich brown--almost black. Big frothy head.

S: Roasty malt and smoke. Mild hops to balance. Incredible aromas.

T&M: Bitter, smokey, chocolatey, roasty. Alcohol is perfectly hidden.

D: I can't give a smoked beer a 5 on drinkability because I find the smoky flavors don't quite go down smoothly enough, but this is about as good as it gets.

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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black, deep mahogany egdes. Big chunky tan head. Great etched amoeba arm laces.

Smokey Roasty Coffee and Chocolate. Dark fruit. Earthy and Woody.

Deep rich roasted coffee. Dark fruit and chocolate. Smokey, Woody and Earthy. Moderate bitterness with earthy smokey aftertaste.

Rich and velvety. Dry and Sticky. Full Bodied.

A very drinkable smokey porter. A bit more Alc, hops, and mouthfeel would be preferable. not overwhelmingly smokey.

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

Three smoked porters tasted side by side at Churchkey last night, regular, vanilla and chipotle. Served in a wine glass.

Beer is black / dark brown with a thin broken head of brown tiny bubbles that leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low, they all three looked exactly the same.

Aroma is mildly smoky and roasty, smells really nice.

Beer is medium bodied and has this mild sweetness to start and finishes out with a some nice roast and mild smoke. I really enjoyed this beer and the elaborations on the beer with the different flavors.

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Photo of mklinger
3.21/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Jet black with creamy mocha head. Plenty of lacing left behind.

Aroma was bitter coffee. Bit of earthy hops. Not much smoke presence.

Taste was that of a solid porter with just a hint of smoke. I was surprised by the subdued nature of the smoke. Usually Stone is pushing some limits. I found this to be a surprisingly low-key beer. Well, brewed, decent flavors, but subdued.

Mouthfeel was good. More ale like than stout like, making this a fairly easy to drink beer. It just wasn't a beer I was excited to drink.

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Photo of Yimosan
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bottle poured into my Spiegelau pint glass.

A: Espresso black with a light tan fluffy head. Decent lacing as it went down.

S: Smell of earthy hops, dark chocolate, coffee, and next morning campfire log; after it has been put out for a while.

T: Bakers chocolate, espresso, and certainly a nice smokiness in the back...not overwhelming, just right. Reminds me of Colgin's Hickory liquid smoke.

M: Full body and chewy. Finishes a bit too dry for my liking, but beautifully crafted nonetheless.

D: Next time I drink this beer, I will grill a nice steak with my balsamic vinegar infused asparagus and a side of Caesar salad.


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Photo of JackieTH
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown/black, with tan head. Heavy lacing.

Smell: Very robust and if you stick your nose in the glass it's definitely smokey, reminescent of malty/caramel deeply roasted over a campfire of beech, ironwood and peat. Hints of chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Chocolate right up front, mild notes of french roasted coffee and toasted bread, smoke is present throughout and although less intense than in the nose, it has an even more peaty nature. Good complexity but well balanced with a light hopping that arrives toward the finish. After the finish, smoke lingers, becoming even more pronounced.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and rich, yet easy to drink.

Drinkability: This is a big porter and a great beer especially so with the smoke. Easy to drink. That said, bring it on.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clean black into a tulip with around an inch of fluffy, light tan head (good retention). Slightly sweet aroma with mild smoke, roasty coffee, chocolate, and caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Smoke punch up front followed quickly by a nice balance of dark chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Hops bitterness emerges on the finish and further emphasizes the smoke character.

Easy drinking and relatively light, yet complex and balanced. Excellent offering from Stone!

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Photo of ism
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass, the taupe head quickly rising with energy. Very dark brown body with amber notes, almost opaque. Lacing is thick and beautiful.

Eagerly sniffing, taking in the deep chocolate notes of roasted malt, and phenols of smoke. Thin-medium body, robust roasted character with caramel, smoke phenol, with a nice smoke astringency, slightly earthy, a bit of bread, and an interesting hop bitterness. Finishes dry with lingering smoke.

Very balanced, with just enough smoke to make it interesting, and pairs very well with smoked meat and an aged Gouda. Started off drinking it by itself but ended preparing a cheese plate just for it with Polder 1-year goat Gouda and Cowgirl Creamery Mt Tam (triple cream). So satisfied!

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Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, picked up when I was in lovely Missoula, Montana this past summer.

This beer pours a clear, dark ruby amber colour, with two fat fingers of thick, rocky, and foamy beige head, which leaves an unbroken wall of skewed bicycle chain lace around the glass as it gently melts away.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, wet ash, some meaty brine, bitter chocolate powder, a faint oily nuttiness, and a sturdy earthy, leafy hoppiness. The taste is rather heavily toasted caramel malt, acrid smoked meat, further peaty smoke, chalky cocoa, creamed coffee, and grassy, floral hops.

The carbonation is average in its frothy bearing, helping render the body smooth and even somewhat creamy, over a stout (sorry!) medium weight. It finishes increasingly off-dry, the now softly smoky caramel malt hardly dented by either ash or any lingering hops.

A very enjoyable and easy to put back smoked beer, at least compared to the few I've yet tried. Perfect as an accompaniment to watching this week's episode of Weeds - Stone is 'advertised' in the show!

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Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into pint glass. Inky black, just a touch translucent, nice head that leaves good trails as the beer is enjoyed.

Porters are not very aromatic, and this one is less so. A little roasted malt, not much else.

Great flavor- chocolate notes predominate.

Mouthfeel a bit thin for the style. Very drinkable. I will drink this beer again.

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Photo of begforme4484
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nearly a black-brown with a big ol' tan head that clings to the glass very heavily.

Toffee and chocolate/dark chocolate definitely. Nice smokey smell too.

Huge chocolate flavor with a nice hop bitterness hidden in there. Lots of smoke, lingers a bit.

Very smooth, heavy bodied. Nice carbonation for a porter.

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Photo of bwiechmann
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a New Belgium globe glass.

A- Pours a deep, dark mahogany. Quite beautiful as the thick head stuck around for a little while and left big globs of sticky lacing behind as a reminder.

S- primarily roasted chocolate and dark malts, smokiness is not exaggerated and in fact plays only a minor background role in the nose. I am excited to drink this.

T- Follows the nose with chocolate up front followed by dark coffee notes and just a hint of smoke.

M- right on target for a porter such as this.

D- very drinkable- I was almost wishing my buddy wasn't here so I wouldn't have to split this. Oh well- that's what advocacy is about.

Overall, being a huge fan of smoked beer, I thought the smoke was underplayed by quite a bit. Maybe my bottle had a touch of age on it so it had faded but this is a porter first and a smoked beer a distant second (or maybe not at all?) But besides that, it truly is a delicious porter and I would seek it out again.

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Photo of keith712
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a chilled mug. Prominent, thick, 1"-2" head that lingers a bit, nice lacing. Beautiful mahogany brown in color, fading to pitch black in the center of the mug. If you pour it aggressively it can get a huge head of at least 3+ inches :-)

Nose is mild at first, improving as it warms over a ten minute period before drinking. I can also smell some hops in there, nothing too strong though. Presence is mild and I thought the flavor might be mild as well.

Initial taste, wow, surprised me. Initially mild sweetness, with a complex character. Roasted malts, mild bitter chocolate, charred wood, smokey (as intended?). Fairly thin in the mouth. Finishes with a mild hops bitterness that compliments the first sweet tones. Definitely some bittersweet chocolate overtones and thicker than anticipated. Nicely dry and crisp, no oiliness at all. Leaves the mouth feeling refreshed and clean. At 5.9% abv this is an easily drinkable session beer and not overpowering, I can't wait to try it with some BBQ'd pork or a nice ribeye. I am quite surprised at the overall flavor and character.

Not really being familiar with the porter style of beers, I am hesitant to rate this too high, since there may well be something much better out there. Still, I am going to give this a 7 out of 10 based on it being much more flavorful than I expected based on the nose, and the drinkability of it. Definitely will have this again, next time, I WILL have some BBQ ready to go with it!

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Photo of crvcac
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from Olive Tree Marketplace.
Appearance: dark, woody brown with a nice head and decent lacing
Smell: faint odors. Pretty standard for a poter unless it's been overly hopped. Hints of roasted malt and smoke.
Taste: nice roasted malt, medium body and hints of smoke. Well balanced hops subdue the roasted flavor.
Drinkability: this medium booed beer goes down smooth and sits nicely on the palate.
Overall: presumably forgettable, albeit highly quaffable. Good stuff

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Photo of tewaris
3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Stone Smoked Porter
Stone Brewing Co.
Robust Porter
5.9% ABV
22 oz bomber with an enjoy by date of September 04, 2010 poured into a wide mouthed Gouden Carolus glass.

Appearance 5/5
As described on the bottle, dark and deep mahogany color. Clear, with a full, creamy, tan head from an aggressive pour that recedes to a thin head, but with a nice collar that leaves outstanding lacing. Inviting and true to style.

Aroma 3/5
I get no smoke at all. The first impression is a little coffee-like tartness with a burnt character. I would like to describe it better, but the aroma is weak. Dark chocolate once in a whiff. A few swirls and plenty of malty sweetness becomes evident. Even two days before it's freshness date, there's some hop aroma to be found: this is fine by me and not against the style either, but I do not deem hop aroma necessary in a dark ale of this kind. Again, this hop aroma is once in a whiff.

Taste 3/5
Sweet to begin with, with some roasty bitterness in the finish. Hoppy bitterness is also present. The coffee-like tartness of smell is very present, and compliments the initial sweetness. The taste wasn't impressive but the aftertaste is better and flavorful with specialty malts. Finish leans towards bitter but is not dry by any means: it is medium-long; there's bitterness, there's roast, and there's sweet. This will make a good session beer paired with food, but on its own, it's not much of an experience.

Mouthfeel 3/5
Thin and unimpressive. Glad that this beer was warm enough or it would've been harsh, which might be desirable in an IPA or Pilsner, but would've been thoroughly confusing here. Carbonation is at a suitable level.

Drinkability 5/5
It's low in alcohol, it has light body, so you could drink a few, but the question I'd ask myself is, what's the point? Yet, the fact remains that it could be a solid session beer.

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

Finally trying a bottle of this... slightly aged bottle from a Whole Foods up here #inthecouve.. (slight gunk under the edges of the cap).

- Nice black brew.. slight ruby notes at the very edges in the light. Light off-white head.. leaves a nice subtle spotty layer and a large ring on top.

- Peppery earthy woody and salty porter.... like a flame smoked BBQ... subtle sweet grains, oats.. light bitterness.

- Very nice blend of grains, oats, chocolate, coffee... with a side profile of salt, smoked hickory.. woody earthiness.. light bitter hops.... all blended very well... super flavorful and balanced. I would love to taste what an Imperial Version of this would taste like.

- Medium bodied... mouth watering.... slightly sticky and dry.

- Overall one of the best porters out there readily available in 22oz. bottles. I was just thinking to myself that too many are all the same... and then comes Stones. Stands out for sure.

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

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate brown into my SA perfect pint with about two fingers of rich, mocha colored head that quickly dissipates leaving decent lacing.

Smell - Nice earthy smokiness immediately present in the nose. Followed by roasted malts and dark chocolate/cocoa.

Taste - I believe this is my first "smoked" porter, and I'll be damned if it doesn't taste like you got a piece of ash in your mouth, haha. A definite smoky quality to the beer which is intermixed with roasted malts, just a hint of bitter cocoa, and perhaps it's my imagination but some coffee.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation, creamy, smooth.

Drinkability - Relatively so. I need to let this beer warm up a bit more but as of now the jury is out. It is a good beer, and I do like a good porter. However, something about the style is just holding me back a bit. Still, I can't wait to try to Beer Geek Bacon beer that I have in the refrigerator. Should be interesting to compare the two!

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Photo of rpbaldwin
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter.
Head: Light tan to off white, moderate rentention.
Aroma: Coffee, Smoke, Chocolate, noticed the chocolate and smoke most at first, but as it warmed, more coffee came through.
Mouthfeel: A bit heavy on the mouthfeel for my taste
Flavor: when first poured, it's strong of smoke and coffee notes, with a hint of chocolate, as it warms, the chocolate begins to become more pronounced with a subtle coffee/roasted malt character. Hop bitterness is present, but not overbearing. Lots of smoke in the finish.
Color: Dark brown with some amber highlights, notably near the edges.

I poured cold and tasted it there, then warmed it up to see the balance of flavor across temperatures. I personally preferred the flavor when on the warmer end of the temperature spectrum. It's more smooth and feels more balanced and is like drinking a regular porter with a treat of some smoke.

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Photo of LacquerHead
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a Sam Adams pint. It poured almost pitch black. The little translucence let in a dark ruby color. It had a clingy off-white that lazily stuck around till the end.

It smelled like coffee and toffee mixed with vanilla ice-cream

The taste was similar to a gritty espresso. There was a slight hoppiness to it at first; that flavor went away as the beer got warmer. At times there was a graham cracker flavor that would show up. The smoked element was lingering in the background and would crop up now and again.

D: This was a good sipping beer.

Conclusion: this was a good porter that bordered on a stout. While it was good, I wouldn't be rushing back to drink it. There was something about made me want to move on. I might buy this on occasion or if I was complementing a dessert.

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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 4,191 ratings
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