Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

Stone Smoked PorterStone Smoked Porter
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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.

Added by kbub6f on 03-18-2002

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks as dark as night in the middle with some mohogany highlights around the edges capped with a caramel head.

Smells of hearty whole grain bread, lots of barley and malt.

Chocolate and coffee hit the palate first, then some licorice comes through. The finnish is dry almost oaky. This one is more on the bitter side, but that works - A delightful taste and feel.

A decently drinkable porter. I will be getting more. Pairs nice with "Wicked Sharp" cheese. Would go well with BBQ chicken.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving type - bottle

Apperance - Dark black with trances of tan. Thick, creamy 2 inch head and plenty of lacing.

Smell - Smoke, roasted malts, mild coffee and chocolate.

Taste - Roasted malts with coffee and chocolate start this beer off. Dark fruits provide a nice backbone. Alcohol is non existent.

Mouthfeel - A real treat, coats the palette nice with dark smokey afteraste. Nothing abouth this beer is overpowering, letting me enjoy each drink after drink. I meen, i can taste another beer if i choose, but really, i dont want anything else.

Drinkability - If i was told to make a list of 5 porters to drink , this would make it. It has everthing i look for. A great example of a smoked porter. Easy to drink, affordable price and great avaiblity. World class beer.

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Photo of Brenden
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes are about a week old but thorough...

I may have gotten the elusive perfect pour, but that's just what the appearance is here: perfect. This brew is a very rich, deep brown that doesn't quite hit black. Stone's given me this before, but the head is amazing. It pours out big enough that I have to wait awhile. After it dissipates, it's one of the thickest, densest, rockiest heads I've ever seen on a beer, and it never gets smaller than 2 fingers. Lacing is left behind like a tattered curtain to the very bottom. Maybe not everyone gets an appearance like this, but I didn't pour it special and it was just in a dimpled mug.
The aroma is, of course, smoky, reminiscent of a wood fire with charred wood notes and a touch of charcoal. There's a light, even sweetness underneath that i wasn't expecting and perhaps some herbal leaf tinge from some hops underneath a robust malt. It's not quite as strong as the flavor, though it certainly isn't weak. There's a touch of slightly acidic (?) ester lingering as well.
Smoke, smoke,smoke, of course, all over the tongue on a sturdy malt backbone. Heavily roasted with notes of bittersweet baker's chocolate and coffee with stronger notes of charred woods and charcoal as in the nose. This is what I imagine when I thing "smoked porter."
This one's big, rich and robust, drinking more like a stout than a porter. Body is full and carbonation is light, and there's a light bite and smoothness that isn't amazing but makes for a good feel.
There's no reason I wouldn't drink a few of these in a sitting, though I couldn't down them all too quickly. This is a great effort at a smoked beer.

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

From Notes:

I was really looking forwards to this brew, glad I finally get to try it.

The beer pours a very dark brown, but has the tiniest of ruby highlights, the tan head is nice and laces well. I detect a wee whiff of smoked malt, along with some chocolate malt and a hint of fresh roast coffee. Ok the taste is a roast coffee with a touch of bittersweet chocolate; the smoke is subtle and does not dominate. The beer is smooth but has a bit of bitterness to dry the back end out, the carbonation is right on. I like this beer goes well with some smoked oysters.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a nice dark brown with some dark copper hues. There is a nice 1 inch head that recedes slowly to a nice mat. The head is quite sticky.

S - Aromas is a bit subdued. Some hints of toasty malts with some mild oats and some mild chocolate as well. The chocolate aroma is the most prevalent of them.

T - Nice soft and fluffy flavors of toasted malt starts off with some nice sweet brown sugar. There are some nice chocolate hints, melted fresh chocolate bars with sweet and slight bitter hints. Finishes nice and smooth with a slight dry toasted finish.

M & D - It is smoother and creamier than the pour indicates with a nice full body and great carbonation. Lower ABV makes this an extremely easy to drink and repeatable beer.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz brown bottle, nice painted label, no date

Appearance: Black beer, with nice bright garnet highlights when held up to the light. This has a beautiful dark beige creamy head with great retention.

Smell: Dark roasted grains, with light notes of dark fruit, LOTS of dark chocolate, a touch of coffee, and a very light smokiness. This is VERY nice. If there was anything to change, I'd want just a bit more intensity.

Taste: Definitely more smoke present than in the aroma, but it's not astringent, as some smoked beers I've had. There's plenty of dark woodsy and earthy smoke, with bitter chocolate, and a hint of alcohol. Touch of juicy dark fruit and ends with a light astringency.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied

Drinkability: Fairly high

Conclusion: Really tasty beer; bold, but balanced.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into 15oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Dark color with some cola color where the light comes through, and a larger off-white head that dissipates fairly slowly leaving behind a medium amount of lace.

Smell: Sweet chocolate and caramel with roasty notes, and a note of smokiness.

Taste: A slight woody smokiness with lots of bittersweet coffee and chocolate up front, finishing with a lot more smokiness and roasted bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body with balanced carbonation and a sticky finish.

Drinkability: This is an excellent porter and another great brew from Stone. Unlike many of Stone's beers, this makes for good sessioning, but mostly makes a great dessert.

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

22 oz bottle, freshness date of 9/10, into Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours black, with ruby-brown highlights showing around the edges of the glass, and a big, long lasting, fluffy mocha head on top. Really nice lacing.

Nose has a light woody smokiness to it, nice earthy roastiness with some dry cocoa layered underneath. A bit on the light side, I like to see a more robust nose on a smoked porter or stout, but still quite good.

Taste begins with said woody smokiness, with a bit of a dry campfire quality, complemented by a rich, earthy cocoa and light caramel sweetness that fades quickly into a light balancing roastiness on the finish that works well with the lightly smoked quality. I feel like I get a bit of chicory in this one, also.

Mouthfeel is fairly light bodied, maybe medium-light, with a nice, smooth creaminess from the head that really works well. Carbonation is light-ish but plenty present, smooth. Really nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability is spot on. Perfectly balanced between smokey, roasty, rich, and earthy, with just the perfect amount of sweetness to emerge to complement everything else that's going on. Really well put together beer.

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Photo of nickadams2
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Dark brown with a thick white head. Decent lacing.

S_Mostly just roasted barley.Picking up a little smoke.

T_Roasted barley,bittersweet chocolate,vanilla and a hint of smoke. Wouldn't guess this was a smoked beer on a blind taste.

M_Thinner than I expected but nice body.

D_Easily put down a few of these.

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

Pours an opaque dark brown with tan head. Head starts of really thick, but as it dissipates it leaves an incredibly thin layer on top. Some spotty lacing. Smells of smoke and roasted malt, though the smoke isn't as huge as some smoked beers. Lots of roasted flavour. Body is thinner than some porters, but it is on the verge of almost being creamy. I expected more smoke based on the name, but still a tasty beer.

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

A: Very black with a decent and steady light brown head; lacing is even; very thick

S: Light smokiness; chocolate roasted malts; slight meaty quality; fairly subdued aromas

T: Rich maltiness with a very subtle smokey quality; the smokiness sits on top of chocolate and vanilla

F: Fairly creamy; the beer sits nicely on the back of the mouth

D: A very good beer and the smokiness does not interfere with the roasted deliciousness

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Looks like a dark brown in the glass, but when held up to the light is more of a deep amber. A little over two fingers of head that dissipates into a nice thin layer that stays. Decent lacing.

S - Smoke, sweet toffee, bitter chocolate, coffee.

T - Toasted malts, smoke, bitter chocolate, slight hint of coffee. Would pair well with BBQ or desert alike.

M - Relatively light in body with a little more carbonation than desired.

D - Great porter! Really enjoyed coming back to this one as my palate has developed over the years and I can appreciate it a lot more!

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't know where I bought this, but I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a deep brown, almost black color. The head is a light tan color, four fingers tall, ok retention, great thick lacing, and medium sized bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are smoky, roasted malt, and coffee.
Taste: The flavors are a bit watery, light roasted malt, and coffee.
Mouthfeel: The body is thin with a dirty finish.
Drinkability: This is a good beer.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My night cap beer that I enjoyed on an excellent day of drinking.

A - Deep dark amber that's not completely dark or see through. Fluffy white head. Nice.

S - Mostly of smoke, toffee, caramel, chocolate malt and slight coffee. Overall great!

M - The flavors are of one heck of a great porter. You start with some mild caramel and chocolate that rounds out to slight smokey BBQ flavor and finishes with a great coffee bitterness. Overall impressive.

M - Really light and very drinkable. Please keep in mind of the ABV change from the 5.9 listed here since it is now 6.2%

D - Overall a pretty great brew. I mostly have had hopped up beers by stone so its great to see that they have great flavored beers along side of hop bombs. Enjoyable perfect porter.

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Photo of BigBen61
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is quite possibly the beer that turned me from a hophead to a porterphile. While I find many porters to be interesting and well made, this really bent some of the preconceived notions I had, as to what a beer should be.
Appearance is magnificently thick and rich poured into a clear pint glass leaving a couple...oops, I poured too hard...three and a half fingers of cream colored head with wisps of tan throughout. The aroma is smoky and full of that charred porter goodness that many of us love. The smoke is so well balanced here that it flows seamlessly through the flavor. They do not joke when they suggest barbecue on the bottle. The flavors are sweet and malty up front with the smoke beginning to rise in the mid-palate and by the time that roasted char comes through in the finish the smoke peaks and hangs around like a campfire in the early morning. An interesting beer that should be given a try by anyone, especially those who think porters aren't as exciting as hoppier beers.

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

Pours a brown color with redish notes, a brown head that has good retention and leaves nice lacing.

Smells roasted malts, coffee, some hops, a hint of vanilla and smoke.

Tastes roasted malt, toffee with some smoke. Bitter chocolate int the finish. Tastes a bit like a dessert.

Medium/light body with medium carbonation, smooth with a crisp mouthfeel.

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

Bomber poured into a 10 ounce plastic tumbler cuz that's how I roll on the road.

Fantastic smooth drinking porter. Admittedly I was expecting tons o' chocolate, coffee and campfire flavor assuming this was the dark beer analogue to Stone's crazy hopped IPAs. Those flavors are pleasant and mild in the aftertaste (smokiness is especially subdued), but the first taste is overwhelmingly molasses Mouthfeel is smooth, even a bit watery. Smells and looks... like a dark beer, head was a bit off white in my $ .25 tumbler.

Tasted great with my stir-fry, though would have tasted just as good with dessert, barbeque, or McDonalds'. Delicious, but considering the price I won't seek this out again.

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Photo of 0beerguy0
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a very dark brown, almost black color. Creamy tan head about two and a half fingers worth. This head left very nice lacing.

Aroma: Smoky with a little vanilla.

Taste: Smoked malt, vanilla, a hint of chocolate. I picked up a little coffee flavor at the end. I think it has a very well balanced range of flavors.

Mouth feel: Seemed a bit thin for a smoked porter, but defiantly not a bad mouth feel.

Drinkability: I love this beer. It's very smooth.

This is one of the best beers I have had in a while. This is defiantly my favorite beer from Stone hands down.

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

Nice, lightly smoked aroma with a hint of roast and the barest hint of American hops. Nice.

Clear, dark brown and with a large, tan head.

Really tasty. Smooth, lightly roasty with touches of smoke, plenty of bitter chocolate and a hint of coffee.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Silky.

I really like this beer. Plenty of flavour but smooth, silky and easy to drink. A solid and really good beer.

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

Pours a deep dark brown with a big creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted & sweet malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is chocolate, roasted malts, and some nice subtle smokiness. The body is a little on the thin side, but this still has a nice creamy mouthfeel, with soft carbonation. Overall, this is a very flavorful and drinkable porter, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of dcook11
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-nice two finger off white head. Pitch black with no visible carbonation.

S- Smoke, hops, cofee, chocolate.

T- light hops, malt, with a bitterness followed by an immediate sweetness. A sipping brew.


D- all night

Great example of a porter

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Photo of Axic10
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish-black (no light gets through when held to light) with a two fingers of fluffy, frothy foam that settles afters a few minutes.

Smell: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, slight smoke aroma, molasses. As the beer warms the aroma starts to shine.

Taste: Dark chocolate, espresso/black coffee, roasted malt, a slight smoky taste, the typical hops that are associated with every Stone beer (not a bad thing at all).

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability: It's been a while since I've had a porter (which were my beers of choice for a couple of years). This is a very enjoyable porter that I can easily down a bottle or two in a sitting. Great price for the quality that Stone always delivers.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby-brown appearance, but the head is ridiculous - its about 3 inches thick and really doesn't settle down.

Smokey, somewhat milky smell, combined with chocolate, toffee and sweet, sugary coffee. The smokiness is noticeable, but fairly tame. This smells almost like Camp coffee.

A bit more tart taste, and the smokiness is a bit more noticeable, but this still has an almost coffee-and-cream flavour to it, with a bit of sugar in it. Chocolate, burnt toffee and butter swirl around in the flavour.

Mouthfeel is bang-on - low natural carbonation. A very nice beer to drink - a really mild, subtle smokey profile not at all typical of a smoked beer.

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Photo of j37geogaddi
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out an almost black velvety color with minimal lacing.

Smells of roasted coffee beans with a hint of chocolate.

The taste is really smokey and smooth. The dark chocolate flavors come through and share the spotlight with coffee notes and maybe some vanilla in the backround. Some slight warm alcohol also makes it, making it taste a bit heavier than it is- which isn't really bad. The finish is definitely smooth coffee- pretty damn nice.

Carbonated nicely, not too much, which I actually like for the Porter style. Maybe lacks some body though.

Totally drinkable. I could throw back a few glasses. The smokey flavor really makes it interesting.

It's really satisfying and tasty. And at the totally reasonable price of $5.25 a bomber, which I paid, I absolutely will be buying this again. Once again, more proof Stone's offerings are rarely matched.

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Photo of dwilson01
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bomber into my arrogant bastard pint glass, rich mocha head tops the brew, creamy looking and dissipates evenly leaving thick lacing on the glass. The body is very dark, glows with an embery red around the edges when held up to the light.

The scent is very malt forward and smooth from what I think is a lot of crystal malt. There is a roasted scent there as well, not too much coffee but it exists, it's more woody in the scent than anything else, somewhat smokey.

The taste is extremely mellow, there are barely disernable hops present but mainly what I get in the aftertaste is the smoked dark wood although it doesn't seem burnt to me at all which is interesting. It gets all the smokey flavor in it with no extra dryness from a heavy heavy roast of the malt. The smokey flavor balances the sweetness of the malt, like toasted russian rye bread to me.

The mouthfeel is great, so incredibly smooth it surprised me with that aspect. Not thin in body at all, it's full and delicious. Makes it drinkable as hell because it goes down so fricken easy, I Like it, great representation of a porter

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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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