Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

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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
Ratings:
4,189
Reviews:
1,815
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
Wants:
198
Gots:
527
For Trade:
1
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Photo of RickS95
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very, very dark brown with a thick head; think root beer in a glass.

Lots of activity in the nose; smoke, chocolate, caramel, coffee, licorice, evern the flowery hops come through.

Tastes like smokey coffee.

Some complexity in the mouth. Starts off sweet, then the smokiness accentuates the bitter well into the finish.

Lots happening in the nose and mouth, but a litte too strong in flavor and bitterness to be highly drinkable.

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Photo of AEK
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml brown bottle poured into a Young's pint pot.

A. A very dark brown beer, almost black with a red hue that is only noticeable at the bottom of the glass. The head is bubbly and is milky coffee coloured.

S. Bitter chocolate, espresso coffee, roasted malts, treacle toffee and wood smoke.

T. Opens with notes of bitter chocolate then the hops take a hold, this is followed by a good amount of smokiness, the finish is reminiscent of a good espresso coffee.

M. Medium and lightly carbonated.

D. A good smoked porter from Stone. I would put this alongside Maui's CoCoNut porter but Alaska's version is still my favourite. Still, it is a beer that I like and could easily drink a lot of.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a standard pint. Pours a dark dark brown with a one finger off white head. Maintains nice lacing throughout. The aroma was smoky with subtle malt notes. The flavor was of malt, nutty, and woody notes. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall all of the flavors in this brew were very subtle and tame. I actually liked this so you could taste the woody flavor imparted on it. The aroma was a little disappointing, but okay. Have very nice drinkability, but was not my favorite from Stone for sure. Still quite good though.

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Photo of aval89
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a very dark color, almost pitch black.. a thick off white head but not quite tan color.. head sticks around for quite sometime.. a little ruby can be seen on the sides of the glass.. pretty much non transparent body.. lacing sticks nicely to the walls of the glass..

smell: dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, semi sweet coffee notes, some vanilla, black licorice, and some resin scents as well.. very nice aroma

taste: sweet dark chocolate up front, coffee bitterness, a slight pine bitterness from the hops, roasted malts, vanilla, black licorice, wood.. finishes smokey with a resin taste left on the palate.. very smooth finish..

mf is full bodied with a thick mouthfeel.. light to medium carbonation

a nice slow sipper but very drinkable. also can be a good session brew..

overall i love this porter, one of my favorites

cheers!!

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Photo of JoePat
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head that is slow to dissipate.
Smells fruity, chocolate with a slight smokey note and dark caramel roastiness.
The flavor is very balanced with the fruity, bitter chocolate, roasted malt, and smokey flavors.
The moutfeel is smooth and creamy.
It is very drinkable for a dark/smokey beer. Goes down very smooth.

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured very dark amber (close to black) in color with a finger high tan head. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible and a thick ring of bubbles covers the surface near the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of smoky and roasted malts in the nose.
T: Flavors of dark roasted malts dominate the taste, which has some notes of coffee. Smoky flavors appear in the finish. The malty flavors are nicely balanced with the hops, which lend a little bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and very sessionable. It's a good representation of the style and I will definitely have it again.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Dark brown in color with a thick 2-fingered thick, tan head that retained very well and left all sorts of sticky lacing down the glass.

Smell: Roasted/chocolate malts, coffee, and some syrupy sweetness and smoke.

Taste: Syrupy sweet at the front that moved into a nice bit of roasted/chocolate malts in the middle and finished up with a coffee flavor in the back. Smoke is a little stronger on the back end, but ties everything together.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full and velvet smooth. Light-to-moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down very nicely, but not exactly quaffable.

Final Notes: A good beer to serve with barbecued or grilled foods, or as an after-dinner treat. Another solid offering from Stone.

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Photo of Sigmund
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 5.9%. Black colour, moderate beige head. Interesting aroma of roasted and smoked malts, blending seamlessly together with notes of chocolate, hints of dark fruits. The flavour is first fruity, then chocolatey and smoky, but the smoke is not overdone. Some hoppy and roasty bitterness in the finish. This is an excellent and well balanced beer!

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Photo of ghostee
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown/black with some ruby highlights at the edges when held to the light. Pours with a large very creamy head with good retention.

Smells of roasted malts with some hoppiness. Crisp and refreshing. A hint of smoke in the smell.

Taste definitely lives up to the name, with a nice smokiness up front, which is not at all overpowering. The roasted malts are balanced with a bit of hoppiness. Some dark chocolate and a hint a dark fruit, as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, average carbonation.

Drinkability is high. Taste is good, goes down easy, and the ABV is not too high.

Overall this is a tasty porter. Not my favorite, but still damn good.

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Photo of jbowers56
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with some amber/ruby highlights. Impressive 2 finger tan head which sticks around for a long while.

Sweet rich malts mix with more chocolate flavours. And then the smokiness creeps in, but in a really balanced way. I get a hint of hops too, though the smokiness is certainly covering much of the hop aroma.

Excellent flavour. Good rich chocolate and caramel sweetness, then some roasted flavours which combine seamlessly with the smoky flavour. The smoke is very apparent, but never over the top.

Mouthfeel is good, but not excellent. For this type of beer I'd like it a little chewier. As it is, its pleasantly medium bodied which certainly isnt a problem.

Drinkability is relatively high for what it is.

An impressively crafted beer.

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Photo of USSDOLPHINSailor
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I like this beer. Would not drink it everyday. I believe any smoked cheese would go great with this beer. I immediately thought munster cheese or Gouda would be great with this brew. Grilled trout would seem perfect with this porter.

One 22 oz of this beer per meal is my limit. Then I want to go on to some other style.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours very dark brown with some ruby highlights. Decent retention on the creamy tan head, nice sticky lacing.

Just a hint of smoke in the nose, but it definitely smells like a porter should. Rich and toasty, a touch of chocolate, a touch of fruitiness.

Smoke flavor is apparent right away, but it never threatens to overwhelm (unlike, say, Alaskan Smoked Porter, which is downright meaty). Full bodied and smooth, this is quite a substantial beer. Moderate chocolate sweetness with a ton of dark roast. A hint of charred wood and a fair amount of bitterness. Seems to get fluffier/thicker toward the finish. A bit of smoke and coffee in the finish.

Overall impression: Excellent restrained use of smoky flavor. Top notch.

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Photo of blackc5
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass. Probably a bit over chilled (40-45F'ish)...

A - A quite dark brown, bordering on black. Served with minimal but nicely thick cream colored head. Quite good retention and decent lacing.

S - Lots of roasted malt, and smokey peat. Some heavily roasted coffee bean and burnt caramel. Molasses.

T - A fairly typical porter with a bit of extra smoke in the background. The smoke is fairly subdued, and I am not feeling exactly what it offers as it seems to distract the palate as much as anything. I do think this is a decent porter otherwise, but I was expecting more from Stone here.

M - Fairly smooth and balanced with a dry finish. Somewhat high carbonation.

D - All in all this is a decent beer, but by no means one of the better porters I have tried. The smoke seems like a bit of a novelty to me.

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Photo of JamisonM
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Stone Russian Imperial Stout glass

A: pours a Mahogany color but in the glass its black with a tan head good lace and head retention

S: chocolate coffee very slight smoke slight sweetness in the smell

T: bitter chocolate bitter coffee roasted malts with a robust taste and light smoke the finish is bitter

M: med mouth with med carbonation

D: drinkable

Overall: not the best porter I have ever had but good none the less. after a while the bitterness got to me on the finish so I had to knock off some points for that.

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Photo of dtivp
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Black in color with a massive tan head which never dissipated.

Aroma of sweet malts with some smokiness.

Taste of dark malt a hint of coffee and smoke.

Smooth creamy medium body which turns towards a more dry bitterness at the end.

Drinkable beer, not the best I have had from Stone.

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Photo of jsanford
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured in to my New Belgium globe on 5/23/10

A - Cola black with a creamy tan head

S - Bit of smokiness. Slight chocolate and roasted coffee

T - Lots of roasted malt, some chocolate and coffee. Smokey tobacco.

M - Medium bodies, coats the mouth nicely. Creamy finish

D - Solid beer, great with the grilled steaks I had for dinner (and it pairs well with ANY grilled food). 22oz went down pretty easy and for $4 it's a deal that's impossible to beat. Nice job, Stone!

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Photo of emmasdad
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours from the bomber a nice medium black color, with some decent light brown foam on top. Aromas of smoke, roasted malt and dark chocolate. Some dark fruits on the palate, maybe cherries, figs and plums, along with the ever present smoke. Solid, but not my favorite.

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Photo of stakem
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 4/9/10.

Served on draft into a pint glass. It appears a very dark brown color with a tan head that doesn't retain too well outside of a thin lace on top of the brew. Nose has a classic porter aroma with roasted malt coupled with what seems like Pete smoked malt dominating the back end. The taste of pete smoked malt also dominates the flavor that lingers through the long aftertaste. Medium feel and moderately carbonated. As it warms, more standards porter characteristics come through to win the fight of porter verse smoked malt. Flavors of bitter chocolate and coffee also come through in the nose. Pretty good with some citrus hops even evident in the finish.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a deep, dark brown with a massive tan head that sticks around.

Smell -- Smoke, some malty sweetness, some acridity, chocolate and coffee roast notes.

Taste -- Begins bitter and smoky, opening up to some roast malt flavor, along with some bitter coffee and dark chocolate. Finish is all roast and smoke. Very smoky, very bitter.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-heavy body, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability -- This beer didn't quite meet all my expectations. I would've preferred it to be a little more smooth and more sweet malt character to balance out the smoke and acridity. Not bad, but not spectacular.

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Photo of RDHerm
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an incredible dark brown, almost black, with faint but very deep ruby highlights. Has a thick cream-colored head, one of the thickest I've ever seen on a porter. After time it thins out substantially, but it still holds throughout.

Not a particularly strong aroma, but still quite nice. A good smoky smell, accompanied by solid notes of coffee and chocolate.

A great smoky taste - strong, but not overpowering. Solid flavors of malt and chocolate, followed by slight coffee aftertaste. A bit more bitter than I expected, but not necessarily in a bad way.

Excellent body. A bit lighter than expected, but falls nicely between medium and heavy. Fitting level of carbonation, a nice fizz, but not too bubbly. Has a good creamy feel to it.

Very smooth. Lower alcohol content makes it easily drinkable, but with the stronger flavor I probably wouldn't drink more than one.

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Photo of beersheppard
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark as night, a tan head that lingers.

Smell: smoked black cherry wood chips.

Taste: smoky, bitter chocolate, tobacco, licorice.

Mouthfeel: full coating

Drinkability: not an everyday beer but a treat. Great with food. Smoke is well done and doesn't taste like imitation smoke flavoring.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A= one thing I love is a smoked porter... Lets do this thang! The pour is classic porter look. A nice black color with some deep amber highlights when held to the light. A nice two finger head on it that is a slightly off white color falls to about a half finger high and stays there throughout the drink. Decent lacing.

S= Pretty pungent. There is a really beautiful smoke smell wafting from this glass. Not really the common bonfire smoke you get a lot of times which I love but more of a nice mellow smoke odor. The porter underneath the smoke is just as beautiful. Nice roast and chocolate to it. Excellent smell.

T= The taste is also wonderful. The smoke seems to be really controled. This isn't a smoke beer where the smoke dominates but one where the smoke sort of plays with the porter flavors and just jumps in through out the taste to say whats up from time to time. Really well balanced. The roast and chocolate from the porter is delicous.

M= Smooth. Luxury. This beer feels great. A nice balance between stout and pale ale.

D= Great brew. I love smoked porters to death. Porters are my favorite and when they get smoked it's awesome. This beer didn't let down. Delicous and complex without too much smoke in it. Seek this out.

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Photo of weatherdog
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brixies in Brookfield Il, served in a shaker pint glass

It pours a very dark brown with a dense cream head. Medium to heavy lacing stuck to the glass sides

The nose has a medium level of dark smoked malts and behind that some nice chocolate smells.

The taste has a pretty typical porter flavors with some chocolate and coffee and then behind that the smoke starts, it's on the low to medium level. i personally prefer when a beer says its smoked for it to bring it and this is more of an approachable smoked beer.

About half way through the sip my mouth seems to dry out. i get this sometimes with some smoked beers. It's really wierd and it's like cottonmouth. It's not a terribly bad thing and pretty subtle but I'd prefer it wasn't there. I don't even have a clue as to what causes it. The carbonation level was too high as well.

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Photo of diabecktic
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Roughly ~3 fingers of creamy, light-tan head form quickly upon pouring. Retention is excellent, as it takes several minutes for ~3 fingers to dissipate. The beer itself appears to be black, but when held up to the light you can see a dark, cherry red color. Carbonation isn't really visible, and the lacing is excellent.

Smell:
A robust, smoky dark chocolate/coffee malt is complimented by just enough of a hop aroma to make itself known. A dark fruit adds additional complexity, but at this point I can't discern what it is.

Taste:
The taste is very much like the nose, but I find it even more complex. A dark chocolate malt seems to be the centerpiece, but I can distinctly pick out notes of coffee, plum (maybe raisin?), caramel, and a slight hint of licorice in the aftertaste. Hops add balance towards the end, and an underlying woody smokiness seems to tie everything together.

Mouthfeel:
I was expecting the dark, sweet malt to impart excessive density, but I didn't find this to be the case. The body is nearly perfect for the content; it's on the ever-so-slightly heavier side of medium. Complex sweet and smoky flavors tantalize the tongue; flavor improves upon slight warming.

Drinkability:
This beer is very drinkable. It's complex without being overpowering, and the alcohol content is on the higher end of what one would call a session beer. You might protest if you're some sort of purist, but this is an excellent beer to enjoy sipping with nearly anything (though the bottle provides some suggestions).

Summary:
I might be committing some type of sin by saying this, but I might actually like this beer a bit more than Stone's classic Arrogant Bastard. Though I couldn't rate any one section as perfect, I felt that nearly every aspect of the tasting was ALMOST perfect. Again, this is an extremely complex beer which is very drinkable; the balance is the one thing which I most want to emphasize. Beers like this are what keep me coming back to the Stone Brewing Company.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with ruby hues, sort of a Guiness-like color. There is a couple fingers of sticky off-white colored head that has great retention. Aroma is slightly smokey, chocolately and roasted.

Taste is smokey as you would expect, but not overly so as in some smoked beers. There are nice chocolate undertones and a hint of caramel. This is a solid beer but not spectacular.

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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
4.02 out of 5 based on 4,189 ratings.
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