Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

4,189 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 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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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stone's Smoked Porter pours a filtered clear black body with ruby highlights and an off white head that leaves good lacing.

The aroma is smoked and charred malt, chocolate, and not really any hop presence.

The flavor is roasty and slightly sweet, some acidic character from the roast, smokey. Hop presence is minimal to light for a Stone brew, but that isn't a completely bad thing.

Mouthfeel is substantial but certainly not full. Carbonation seems just fine on the moderate side.

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Photo of Kelp
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice darker brown color to the brew. Has a small head to it that goes away at a decent pace.

It smells of roasted coffee, chocolate, and bonfire.

It has a pleasant malt taste to it. Coffee and chocolate up front, with a finish of a nice outdoor wood fire. Yes it taste just like a fire pit smells.

A nice smoothness to the beer and a pleasant amount of carbonation to it.

One bottle would be enough for me for the week, maybe month. I like the taste but just couldn't have it to often. Just not my normal tastes, but a tasty brew none the less.

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Photo of mondegreen
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a Stone Pint Glass.

A: Dark brown with mahogany highlights on the edges. Nice 1 finger head, fading to a thin film on top of the beer.

S: Dominated by the barley & smoke. Very nice nose.

T: Follows nose. The smokey flavor is wonderful. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Perhaps a little thin for a porter, but still adequate.

D: Drinkability is very good. At 5.9%, I could drink these all night long. The flavor profile is just right not to overwhelm but to still keep me wanting more. Highly recommended for fans of Porters.

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Photo of Bierzengot
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Virgin review. Have to start somewhere right?

Appearance: Dark, robust brown. Reminiscent of good French press coffee. Healthy-looking, attractive head. Light brown in color. Clings to the sides of my snifter.

Nose: Unfortunately I have little to no sense of smell. Blessing while walking downtown, curse while sampling good beer and food. However, I can definitely detect a pleasant smoky smell and hints of coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Very nice. Medium bodied and smooth malty transit from lips to palate and throat. Slightly hoppy midway through. Served a little on the warm side, but I don't think it detracted from the taste. High carbonation is apparent in the action of the head. Fluid, pretty solid mouthfeel initially, but the veneer fades a bit further into the bottle. Solid, but not as thick as I expected. Choc. and coffee dominate without overpowering. Bittery aftertaste after a sneaky, smoky finish.

Overall a good drinkable beer. I didn't pair with any food, but it would definitely complement a hearty slab of steak. It's a distinctive smoked porter without being too dominating in any single aspect. A friendly rewarding brew.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with a nice, creamy head. The aroma is definitely dominated by the smoke, although it's not too overpowering. A bit of chocolate, wood, and miscellaneous roast. The smoke continues to come through in the taste atop the chocolate flavors from the nose, with a wee bit of coffee thrown in as well. Smooth and slightly dry.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured an oil black with a generous creamy tan hand with sticky lacing that clings to the glass.

S - Yum. Fruity porter...cocoa, vanilla, coffee, roasted, smokey smell.

T - Great tasting porter with a vanilla, cocoa flavor with a touch of some dark fruit.

M - Smooth with some carbonation. Not as silky as some other Porters I've had. Bittery aftertaste.

D - Very drinkable beer. I enjoyed with over a steak based on a recommendation of pairing it to really bring out the flavor.

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Photo of wknight167
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apearance - Pours a near opaque black that only lets light through when held to the light with a two finger tan head that lasts a good deal of time and leaves some impressive lacing.

Nose- Roasty dark chocolate and coffee. Smoke is evident, but not at the level I was expecting from a stone brew.

Palate- Both the smoke and hops are present, but slight. The showcase here is the malt. Coffee and chocolate with a touch of roastiness. The smoke becomes more pronounced as the beer warms, but it remains smooth.

Mouthfeel- Creamy and smooth, full bodied with mild carbonation

Overall- Shows that a smoked porter can still be about the porter.

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Photo of jpro
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a deep, dark brown - near black but not quite; with an almond colored, creamy head; nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is dominated by chocolate - almost a chocolate pudding or cocoa powder. There's also some light roasted notes. Taste is at first chocolate, followed by roasted malts (more pronounced than aroma) and light coffee; finishes with a touch of smokiness and light hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is smoooth and creamy. Very drinkable - one of my favorite porters.

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Photo of MOB210SA
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick hardly moving sandy tan head, almost coca-cola looking as its being poured out the bottle. Much darker once poured. Black coal in appearence but definitley not impenetrable. Not difficult to see a lot of ruby red/scarlett around the edges with lighting. Stayed around for a while but eventually settled to thin head made mostly of large bubbles. Pretty thick, gloppy lacing.

Mmm, Nose is very nice. The smokey flavor really comes through. Not in a overwhelming way, its subtle. Some roasted malt and dark chocolate and small amount of sweet caramel. With some warming the sweetness does come though too.

The "smoked" is a for sure thing here. The flavor mostly consists of a great woody smoked flavor, followed by the roasted maltiness, and chocolatey finish. This beer has a distinct start, middle and finish, but flows seamlessly.

Medium/full bodied, filling mouthfeel that is slightly sticky but goes down smooth and nice lingering flavors. Great drinkability one of the better porters Ive had.

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Photo of BDJake
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- deep mahogany on the edges, a black center, and a big tan head with excellent retention and fine lacing

S- like a mocha, but smokier

T- coffee and dark chocolate stand out with the smoke closely following along at all stages, and even a nice hoppy balance characteristic of Stone brews

M- medium, chewy body with proper carbonation and a good aftertaste

D- like water. burnt, muddy, delicious water

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Stone Smoked Porter...

Appearance-dark black with minimal head despite an heavy pour, heavy carbonation, certainly fits the style profile.

Smell-alcohol and bready malt, caramel and coffee undertones, a little bit of smokiness but it doesn't dominate.

Taste/Mouthfeel-nice suprisingly light malty flavor, chocolate and coffee, some small smoke burn but it's again lighter than I expected. Creamy smoothness, hints of raisin like fruit as well.

Drinkability-smooth light creamy very drinkable.

Overall-a surprisingly subdued beer from Stone but it's a good one, very flavorful and very drinkable.

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Photo of Onenote81
2.47/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the First Street Draught House in town. Came out a very dark black with some ruby highlights on the edges. Nice creamy tan head on top. Left beautiful sip rings. Smoke is surprisingly absent in the nose. I was expecting a smoky, roasted scent, but in its place was just some cocoa tones with a sweet finish.

Very creamy body on this beer. Carbonation level was low. Smooth. No smoke in the flavor either. What makes this smoked? This tastes like a regular porter to me. Some light coffee bitterness, mild chocolate flavors, and roasted malts on the finish. Sorry, but this was boring when I expected something a little more original.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a DFH pint glass. Thin glass made for quite some head.

A: Light barely squeaks through this one, very dark brown with a head to match. Head is full and foamy with a nice tan color. Hasn't went down since I started the review so it looks like this ones hanging around.

S: Has a sweet smell like unfermented wort. Smells like wet, smokey grains. Sweetness comes through with aromas of chocolate, vanilla and even some cinnamon(may be the smoke). Not a whole lot going on here. No hop presence to balance the roastiness.

T: Smokey and roasty, fairly sweet yet bitter in the end. Chocolate and smoke prevail. Thought I was going to be disappointed after the aroma, but this beer succeeds in the smoked category. Flavor is very complex with the smoke and sweet malts playing off each other. A small bit of hops come through on the palate giving it some floral qualities towards the end. Very well balanced beer.

M: Although thin, I wasn't expecting a chewy beer. Rushes down the tongue and collects in the back of the mouth distributing smoke and sweetness around. Thin but luxurious.

D: Very drinkable porter, I'm almost halfway done a pint while doing this review. Could see this pairing very well with chocolate desserts or even a nice cigar (don't smoke them, but just going on flavor juxtaposition here). Low abv makes a bomber of this an easy match for a craft beer lover.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle on 12/1/09

I'll start off by saying that I don't normally like smoked beers, this bottle is probably a year old

A - Pours a pitch black with 2 inches of tan foam

S - chocolate, roasted malts, hints of smokiness

T - chocolate at first, then smokiness followed by a charcoal flavor, not bad at all, smoke flavor comes in later in the mouth

M - good carbonation, smooth creamy mouthfeel

D - the smoke builds here, a nicely balanced beer, by the end of the bottle, it was too much for me, but overall i'd drink this one over most other smoked beers

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

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my Duvel tulip. Pours an opaque smokey brown/black.

Smell is of malt and smoke and some hints of chocolate.

Taste closely follows smell but is well balanced and very smooth.

Mouthfeel is more crisp than I expected and fairly dry.

Drinkability is fine at this ABV.

Porters are not my favorite style but this was very nice and very drinkable.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Thinner, but similar to, RIS. Lesser head, decent retention.

S - Subdued smoky wood and also a charcoal with barely anything else discernible.

T - Balanced smoky and hoppy flavor with underlying rich charcoal roasted taste over a moderate brown malt background. Nice piney hop, bitter and dry. Overall the balance and subtle confluence of flavor is quite good. The flavors are not exceptional, but they are responsibly allocated and delivered with restraint.

M - It has a medium body with a savory finish, slightly dry.

D - Extremely drinkable, perhaps because it is not extraordinary, instead it strives for balance and palatability.

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

appearance: deep dark brown, nearly ebony color, nice lacing body, but waht's up with the crazy carbonation.

smell: sublte aromas, some roasted malt and some chocolate. Where's the smoke?

taste: there it is but not nearly as much as i thought. heavy malt backbone

mouthfeel: medium bodied and a little light for a good porter

drinkability: Disapointed. I was expecting more richness and more smoke flavor. I'm not a big smoke beer person but when I drink one I want it to be more presented. Possiblity that I aged it past it's prime. it said best by 09 but I could not read the mont. Unsure... I need to seek out and try agin to be sure of the rating.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.08/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Honeyed brown liquid filled the glass and a half inch of delicately tan head bubbles forth. Rocky and creamy for several minutes before it becomes just a cap, leaving moderately sheety lacing.

It almost smells like there's smoke in here, but not really. Some light caramel and roast. There might be smoke, but it might just be me because I chose to drink this on a night when I burned leaves.

Wet malt, wet leaves, weak caramel malt, honey. A twinge of herbal, biting hop. Floral and fennel. A minuscule peat note dares you to find it when the beer warms to around fifty or fifty-five.

Thin, very nearly watery. A bit prickly. I anticipated something with a more pronounced flavor from Stone. I shan't be buying this again; my eye was towards extreme.

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

poured from bomber to chalice pours deep brown with a nice head that diminishes to a wonderful lace, that keeps till the last sip. starts off with a toasty malt then there is some dark fruit like fig and prune then there is a touch of smoke upon the finish this is a great porter but i wish there was more smoke.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber served into a Trappistes Rochefort chalice

Pours a Pepsi Cola brown that is substantially lighter around the edges. Not much size to the off-white foam. Lacing is spotty at best. Pretty average looking porter.

This doesn't smell like a porter, not really. Lots of sweet, caramel scents. Not too much roastiness at all. The smoke is very light compared to other smoked porters I've had. There is a very nice nutty quality -- like pecans -- that helps the score for aroma.

The most noticeable thing about this beer? The amount of smoke is very, very light! I'm used to getting pints of O'Fallon Smoked Porter, which is so smoky that it is practically barbecued beer. Stone's offering in the category is subtle. The smoky quality sticks out only on the finish. Before that ashy finish is a pretty standard porter. Roasted coffee flavors meet some light raisin.

Decent mouthfeel. Its kind of light, but I'm not convinced that a more substantial body would improve anything. Drinkability is pretty ok. It is held back by the super-drying nature of the beer. This one has to be paired with food that has some moistness to it, be it meat or cake.

You can say that I was disappointed by this smoked porter. The smoke is not a focal point and the porter backbone is not impressive. I'm glad to have tried it but I don't see myself buying this if it were available in my area.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at work a couple days ago.

Appearance- black color, good size head, nice lacing

Smell- smoke, malt, coffee

Taste- mostly coffee flavor, tiny hints of smoke

Mouthfeel- medium to full bodied

Drinkability- Excellent! Stone always does an excellent job. Very good porter

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