Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

4,185 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 BeerGodz
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Almost black, massive head that won't quit, with awesome lacing!

Smell: Sweet malt, mild roast coffee, a touch of smoke

Taste: Up Front: Chocolate and coffee. Finish: Chocolate malt, and very mild smoke

Mouthfeel: Full body, medium carbonation, slight dryness on the back end

Drinkability: Uber-quaffable

Overall Impression: A near perfect balance of flavors with the right amount of carbonation. One of the best Porters I've had to date. Stone strikes gold yet again - Black Gold

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Photo of DrinkBEEROrDie
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this brew at Andover Liquors a local liquor store with an exceptional selection.I poured it in a pint glass and it had a very nice pour, the color is a very dark brown with a redish brown tint with a dark golden head .
It has a very ,smokey not to be redundant, taste with undertones of cream and choclate "very earthy". This beer has an exceptional mouth feel and a very nice nutty aroma . With that said i am always more of a stout man myself but Stone is a great company and i definitly recomend this to all you advocaters.

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

Bomber to pint glass. Had numerous times before, but this is my first review of it.

Black body with ruby highlights. One finger light khaki head. Decent head retention. Dies down to a slight foam collar and thing film on the top of the beer. Nice lacing.

Smells of roasted malts and subtle smoke (not intensely smokey like some raichbiers). Hints of chocolate. A subtle dark fruit note as well.

Tastes follows smell. Roasted malt, chocolate, subtle earthiness, subtle smokey notes, even some caramelized meat. Hints of chocolate. Very slight dark fruit notes too.

Medium bodied, well carbonated, medium dryness.

Very easy drinker.

This beer goes great with BBQ, chocolate/vanilla, spicy foods. A very versatile beer that pairs well with many food items.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes on Aug 27, 09 at the Old Toad.

A - mahogany brown, short lived off-white head, well laced. 4.0

S - roasted barley, coffee beans, hint of smoked ham, light cereal graininess. 3.5

T - immediate hit of chocolate malt, cocoa, and hop bitterness. Subtle smokiness in the finish of tobacco and smoked meat. 4.0

M - light in body for a porter and high carbonation. 3.0

D - quite drinkable although I'd probably stop after one. 3.0

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour itself seems less viscous that I expected. Once in the glass, the color is a deep and rich mahogany with ruby hues in around the edges of the glass. The head that forms lasts only briefly, reaching its pinnacle at height of about 2 cm. Lacing comes in a coarse and wide spiderweb around the sides of the glass, but interestingly enough, I don't get anything around the back of the glass, as it faces me.

S: Given how rich Stone's beers usually are, I was expecting a big roast and smokey aroma, but I didn't really get that. Instead, I ended up with more chocolatey and coffee aromas. Not bad by any stretch of the imagination, but somewhat disappointing given this beer's name.

T: The smoke comes through a bit more here, but again, it seems a bit too understated. Luckily, there are some other substantial flavors that come through as well. Coffee, roasted malts, caramel, and chocolate all add to the complex character of this beer and draw my attention away from the lack of smoke.

M/D: Despite my initial impression of this beer's viscosity as somewhat thin, the feel is really anything but. More substantial than some stouts that I have enjoyed, the feel is creamy and smooth. The carbonation that produced that nice thick and creamy head has disappeared, and allows my sips to slide down my throat. This is a very enjoyable beer, and I reached the end of the bottle before I expected to, as it goes down so easily.

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Photo of sitarist
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep root-beer brown not quite black. Nice 2 inch tan head that last awhile. Lots of lacing.

S- Smokey, but like a good bbq. There is chocolate and caramely nuts also. This is very nice.

T- The smoked malts are blended just right. Id say its like a smokey, malted, bitter sweet coco. Goes really good with food.

M- Medium body with a nice dose of carbonation. Works very well with the flavors. Big but refreshing.

D- The smoke isn't overpowering and works well with food. Every bite of breakfast left me taking another sip. Cant wait to have this with some bbq.

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Photo of Florida9
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black, but not really. I thought this one was black until I got about 3/4 of the way through my glass, when some light started showing through, revealing a dark brown brew. Pours with a big two fingers of light tan head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts. Peat. Campfire. Some plum/prune on the finish. Alcohol is present, but it is neither distracting nor hot.

T: Dark fruits. Roasted malts. A faint smokiness. Dry, mildly bitter finish with a coffee-like acidity.

M: On the heavier side of medium with appropriate carbonation. A little lighter than what I was expecting.

D: I've had this one sitting around for about six months or so, figuring that a Stone porter could handle it, but now I'm not so sure. I can say I am not getting the heavy smoke that some of the other reviewers were getting - quite tame actually. Overall, a good beer, but I found the acidic taste to be a little tiresome.

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Photo of alli4051
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours almost black with some deep amber accents around the edges when held to the light. Produces about a finger and a half of khaki colored head that recedes slowly with good lacing.

S: Smokey, go figure, along with scents of roasted malts, chocolates and hints of coffee.

T: Lots of smokiness up front along with lots of roasted malts. Has a nice hoppy bitterness in the finish. Some chocolaty notes are present as well.

M: Thick but surprisingly clean. Pleasant.

D: The nice clean finish makes this pretty drinkable for me. At 5.9% this is definitely one of the more sessionable Stone offerings I have had.

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Photo of cnjohn19
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

so i won't lie...when i first took a taste i was looking for more...BUT, don't give up on it because the complexity of this brew is simply amazing...a smokey start which is almost burnt to the taste buds...pours a dark and light looking brew with a khaki colored head...gets very complex: licorice, smoked, and a very nice hint of caramel which makes it sweet to taste...

i really think you're going to enjoy this beer...cheers to of the better smoked porters you'll have...

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle.

A: Very dark brown, almost black. The head rises about two fingers and is a nice khaki color. It dissipates fairly quickly but leaves thin lacing in the form of rings.

S: Nose is full of saltpeter. You can sense the smokiness right away. Also some notes of roasty chocolate malts.

T: Not at all like the aroma. I get quite a bit of fruit--cherries, figs. Otherwise coffee and some bitterness. The smoke doesn't appear until the finish and it lingers a bit after but not at all overpowering.

M: Medium bodied with a good share of carbonation.

D: Definitely high but if you don't like lingering smoke then you might disagree. Low ABV makes this a reasonable beer to double up on. That and the good flavor and aroma.

Notes: Freshness date 2/18/2010. Had it at the end of the suggested period but that didn't seem to detract from the experience.

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

Reviewed from notes.

A: 1 finger head, opaque dark black or mahogany. Thick lacing and dregs on the glass.

S: Strawberry and blackberry preserves. Maple syrup, figs, rich caramel, and vanilla extract all present in the nose. Very faint hop and alcohol also here.

T: Dark chocolate. Roasted coffee rounds. Can taste the smoke in the finish.

M: Thick and creamy. Slight alcohol burn.

D: This was not the kind of beer you would want or expect to be drinkable. My single bomber was enough.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall glass, no freshness date on bottle.

A: Very dark brown with red around the edges. The head was comprised of larger bubbles that didn't last and didn't lace. My finance looked at it and commented that it looked "like coke or Pepsi" which is enough to knock this score pretty low. A $5.00 porter from a brewery as acclaimed as Stone shouldn't look like Pepsi!

S: Bold chocolate, cocoa, burnt coffee and deeply roasted malts (imparting a bit of sweetness). No smoke smell present in this "smoked porter".

T: Follows the nose with bold vibrant coffee, chocolate and roasted near-burnt malt tastes. Well balanced with light hopping and enough bitterness to keep the sweetness in check. The smoke just barely shows up at the end with some nearly metallic flavors.

M: Nicely full bodied and somewhat smooth, but could be smoother. Very good mouthfeel, but the best of this style still reign supreme.

D: Nicely drinkable, very good.

Overall: A fine porter that does , but not worthy of all the hype. Other examples of this style are richer, fuller, and more vibrant. That being said, I wouldn't turn down if it was offered, I just wouldn't spend money on it.

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Photo of hophead247
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown with a nice light beige head that dissipates to a retentive ring. The aroma is very nice, smoky peat, dark roasted malts, nutshells, and cocoa powder. Medium bodied with average carbonation. This beer has nicely balanced flavors of smoke, dark chocolate, tobacco, and coffee. Just enough bitterness to keep this in balanced, with average attenuation. Finish has a slight milky flavor.

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Photo of albern
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice, fairly dry, porter that is very good, not brilliant, but very good. It pours a very dark dull brown with a dark tan head, fairly creamy, decent retention, a bit of lace. The nose is caramel chocolate malt, roasted dark malt, some charred aromas too. The nose is good, not pungent, not great, a bit muted.

The taste is definitely chewy, as the Bros. said, with a touch of smoky flavor, but mostly dark malt, probably some crystal malt too. There is a touch of sweeter roasted dark character that emerges in the finish. This is mostly a dry porter, but it does have a bit of complexity in that the roasted and slightly charred and smoked qualities include a touch of sweeter dark malt. This is a full bodied beer and quite nice for a 5.9% ABV beer. You can drink lots of these for sure. The aftertaste is also quite mild, nothing lingering. Overall, a nice dryish porter for a cold night.

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

from the bomber...pours very dark but not impenetrable black/brown with deep reddish tan highlights on the edges. great lacing after the vigorous pour.

nice malty caramel nose with a sense of creaminess. the smokiness is just a wisp...not overpowering.

it all comes together much nicer in the taste. very balanced but sharp smokiness, maltiness, caramel, full-bodied creaminess all kept bright with the perfect carbonation. little bit of background hops keep the sweetness down nicely.

at 5.9, it tastes right on and makes this quite a sessionable brew. two bombers over time with some hearty pub fare would be perfect.

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

Poured from 22oz bomber into pint glass.

Color is dark brown almost black. 2 finger creamy head that dissipates quickly.

Taste is roasted malt and some chocolate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Great porter that pairs great with BBQ. Enjoy with a brisket sandwich and you wont be disappointed.

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Photo of kifn2
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - dark brown on the edges and black in the center. suprisingly white smooth head.

s - smoky and slightly chocolatey.

t - there is some slight bitterness from the roasted malt, but it is not overpowering or inappropriate for the style. the hardness of the water is apparent as well as some slight coffee flavor. again, both are appropriate for style.

m - medium bodied with distinctive carbonation that is just enough.

d- a very enjoyable beer and a great representation of the style. i'd recommend it.

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Photo of twaddlac
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Very black beer with noticeable nucleation (and a lot at that). Large, two-finger, yeasty head, cream in color. Very sticky lace left on the glass. Very pretty!

S- Oak ash, anise, grapes, a hint of wheat, and slight toasted malts. Very faint, but somewhat appealing.

T- Strong notes of anise, with a dark cocoa bite. Very smokey, which is pleasant! Would be phenomenal with a pulled pork sandwich or something smoked and BBQ'ed

T- Heavy body with moderate-heavy carbonation. Very dry finish but goes down smooth.

D- Very good beer, the smokiness is exceptional and would be a very good beer to pair up with food! I intend on pairing this and will review when I have done so.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Dark, opaque brown. Creamy tan head of a finger and a half form, then shrink to about half-size where it remains. Fantastic lacing.

Smells of sweet malts, charred wood and roasted scents and the slightest smooth hop character.

The first bit of taste is an intense roasted malt flavor, as well as the bit of bitterness that comes with it. There is a little hops, but very smooth, not contributing too much to the bitter flavors. A sweet and fairly thick malty body are complimented nicely by the slightly bitter and smokey flavors. Nicely balanced.

A fairly thick, silky-smooth mouthfeel. Slick and sweet.

This stone is a fine beer, and is very easy to enjoy.

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Photo of Aenema
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours deep black with dark ruby highlights. Topped with a soapy, off-white head with rings of lacing along the glass.
Smell - Smoke, roasted malts.
Taste - Smoke, roasted malts, coffee grounds, chocolate.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.
Drinkability - Enjoyable.

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Photo of theghost3
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this during SB XLIV.

Pours a deep brown, almost black, which you can slightly see through. 3-finger thick tan head. Head disappears quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell is smokey with licorice, roasted malts, chocolate, and a slight earthy hop aroma. Taste is smoke with burnt chocolate malts, charcoal & bitter hops in the end. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with just a little acidity.

This is a drinkable brew. The hoppiness was unexpected. This would go well with a steak or BBQ.

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

Stone Porter bomber, poured into a standard American pint glass.

Appearance: This smoked porter pours with a massive 3 finger tan head. head that was totally unexpected. I poured the beer with the vigor normally use. This beer is pitch black in the middle and mahogany on the edges. The head becomes rocky as it dissipates and when finally dissipated the lacing is a firm ring that sticks to the glass.

Aroma: This beer has a big smokey and burnt malt aroma that evokes familiar aromas of charcoal and bonfires. Chocolate, coffee and caramel hit the and blend nicely with a bitter hop scent.

Taste: The first taste you notice is the big smokey malt taste, followed by subtle flavors of dark fruits. A toasty bready malt taste comes in the middle and wraps up with smoke and dark fruit. Plenty of notes caramel and chocolate as well. All the flavors that are in this beer need to be there. The subtle dark fruit is a great addition. Stone Smoked porter is also not with out hops. The hops add a

Mouthfeel: This beer has a big body, subtle bitterness and really dries out the mouth. I wouldn't really expect anything else. Maybe unpleasant for inexperienced beer drinkers but a porter or stout usually has this quality.

Drinkablity: ABVs low, flavors abundant with plenty of subtle nuances, seasonable. What more could you ask for honestly? A great fall or winter beer, I mean hell summer if crave roasted and smokey flavors. Smoked porters are becoming a new trend and have a certain charm that regular porters don't have. This is up there with Captain Lawrence's smoked porter as well. A real proper brew through and through.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, if a bit too thin, porter, with a subtle smoky finish.

Presentation: 22 Oz bottle. Iconic winged demon logo resting on top of the Stone brew name. Perfunctory Stone long and over the top narrative on the back. However on this occasion there is an actual description of the brew and what it tries to accomplish among the gibberish. Does not show beer freshness or bottling date date, and lacks any other info other than Alc. by Vol (5.9%). Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Black pour with minimal deep brown edges. Frothy head that retains its presence fairly well, and fades to a surface ring with some memory and good lacing.

S - Smell is a bit shy. There is a coffee roasted malt range to it, a tad chocolaty even, with the faintest of smokey notes in a distant background.

T - Taste follows nicely the nose, roasted malt, subtle coffee flavor with a shy smokey note. As the beer warms a bit the smoke notes are slightly more apparent but not much.

M - Light body, still feels smooth but with such little carbonation and a that thin body it feels rather watery at times.

D - It is a good drink, but a bit light for a porter. Easy to drink but with a potential to become boring and not very memorable as one goes through it.

Notes: Not sure this is a great highlight for a brew that tries to have a smoked character. On the other hand its subtlety may be its better asset, if one can notice it and enjoy it fully this might be a great brew. For me I feel they erred on that side.

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Photo of Lldeegan
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This porter pours a dark brown with ruby edges. A small khaki head accumulated after a vigorous pour.

Roasted malt, esters and smoke all mingle in the beers aroma. Notes of smoked wood, roasted peanut, and coffee are all given off and create a rich and welcoming smell.

It is pretty light and understated for a smoked beer. The roasted malt comes through most. Touches of dark chocolate and coffee, with a hint of smoke that is not as deep as the aroma. The finish is bitter with some faint hop presence on the back.

Medium mouthfeel, nice and creamy and a bit slick. The subtle smoke plays well with the roastiness of the porter. It's very bold, and very good.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Definitely a change of pace after my Monk's Cafe... pours an almost opaque black with thick off-white head that fades more rapidly than I was expecting. Nice lacing, however. Normal porter notes on the nose of chocolate, dark malt, and a hint of hops. Definitely getting some smoke in there too. Taste is pretty good, chocolate malt, dark malt, some near coffee flavors, some piney hops (slight), and a bit of smoke. The smoke here is actually more pronounced in the nose than the flavor. Slightly creamy body, though it falls flat at the front of the palate. It could use (I can't believe I'm saying this) a bit more carbonation. Or more body. Pretty easy drinker here, although I feel as though it is due to the moderation in smoke flavors. A good introduction for me to smoked beers, but next time I might just go for a smoke bomb. I guess I can't fault this beer too much because it is definitely a porter, and a good one at that. I need to remember that it is Stone Smoked Porter and not Stone Rauchbier.

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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
4.02 out of 5 based on 4,185 ratings.
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