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 TheJollyHop
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on draft at the Stone Brewery during the IRS vertical tasting. Pours black with multiple streams of bubbles;quarter inch of head.

Strong coffee aroma with a subtle fragrance of caramel (barley/malt?).

At first sip, a torrent of smokiness and bitterness attacks the palate. Dark chocolate is on deck, only to give way to some barley flavor. Just when you think that there are no more prominent flavors, the hoppy kick subsides and is replaced by a sweet malt aftertaste.

The body really shines in this beer. It looks deceivingly thin, however it turned out to be quite thick, bready and mouth-coating. This beer is definitely a great representation of a porter, and it is one that can be sipped on all afternoon.

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Photo of david18
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised to find this beer to be as low in abv as it is. Stone Brewery, which typically makes bigger beers, has really scored with this sessionable beer which will be a great drinker all winter. Excellent color, great roasty aroma, very pleasing flavor and an overall good beer for sipping or gulping.

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

Last of my haul from an easter trip to the american northeast, i saved (aged, whatever) this baby for 6 months and decided to pop it in honor of a friend returning from spain. Bbq and a smoked porter? my kind of night.

Beautiful pour, brown black dirty bodied with a thick and rocky tan head which is a gateway to all its brilliant smell. not very translucid, rather viscous aspect.

Smell is predominantly sweet and smoky, much like i fancy my barbecues. roast malts with a very slight hoppy tone and a light alcohol sting perceivable at the nose.

Taste is very nice, absolutely full bodied and full flavoured, malty taste. i very much enjoyed the participation sweeter tastes get in this beer as opposed to the bitter hoppy dominance many american beers tend to allow. subtle alcoholic blend throughout, with an even dark chocolate mouthfeel at times.

A great beer, sessionable and hearty.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.29/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

I had such high hopes for this beer. I love porter and I love smokey beers so how could this go wrong? Sadly, I was wrong.

The beer pours black with light tan head that is big, 3 fingers high with good retention and lacing.

The aroma is really light and doesn't bring forth nice smokiest that you would expect. The smoke is there just really light with a tad of chocolate.

The taste is really super light as well, you can barely get any smoke at all and just a light coffee taste.

Mouthfeel is solid nothing great, and this is just a bland beer that is not very drinkable.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to tulip.

Very Dark brown on the pour. Very light brown 2+ finger of head forms, leaving mucho lacing down the glass.

Aroma is pleasantly smoky, malty, roasted and sweet.

Taste is much of the same; roasted, toasty, mildly smoky, with some pleasant chocolate and sweetness and hop finish.

Creamy, medium in body, slick and smooth. Carbonation is minimal.

Great drinkability, and another tasty Stone stand-by.

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

Appearance: Almost black in colour, with a thick creamy tan head and a slight amount of carbonation.

Aroma: Lots of roasted malts, with hints of chocolate, smoked oak chips, mild coffee, and strange metallic red winey aroma.

Taste: The taste is powerfully smokey right from the start, like eating a campfire. After fanning away the smoke there is a predominantly malty body, with woody coffee flavours, and a subtle burnt sugar. There are traces of raisin, and possibly blackcurrant.

Mouthfeel: Dense and smooth, a nice porter feel.

Drinkability: The intense smokiness may take away a bit from the drinkability but it is still a great porter, and smoke is nice in small doses, and anyway, it is a smoked porter.

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Photo of eholde
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice buddy head that fades quickly. Dark middle that lets brown light through on the edges.

S: Lightly smokey and malty.

T: Tasted some hints of tabacco and dark chocolate.

M: Frothy but a little thin

D: Great beer. Easily could drink a few too many.

Serving type: bottle

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

I've never given the same score for all categories before. I guess this is just a good beer. Somehow the rating is better than I think the brew is. This is pretty constant for Stone Brewing stuff for me. The brewer does good quality but, with the exception of a couple of brews is a better marketing job than beer.

If you look up smoked porter in the dictionary this brew would be the picture next to it. It is OK and has the standard characteristics for the style but does not stand out.

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Photo of BatsforBeer
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Black center fades to red around the edges. 2 finger bubbly airy head dissipates slowly to a film; good lacing.

S: Smokey, roasty malt, odd smell that I can't place, maybe a bit metallic?

T: Roasted malt, smokey, coffee and cacao finishes with a hint of toffee

M: Nice carbonation, feels frothy, slight alcohol tingle

D: I really like this beer, It is extremely drinkable for a porter

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Photo of r0nyn
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Courtesy of fellow BA infi.

Pours a dark caramel color that lets light filter through easily. A vigorous pour produces a decent sized head that recedes rather quickly and doesn't leave too much lacing. Swirling it around, the liquid lapped at the sides of the glass a little too eagerly, giving the impression of a lighter, thinner brew. Smell has a lot going for it, with some chocolate undertones as well as some malty character that has an odd tinge to it.

Blast of initial hoppy bitterness that gives way to a roasted malty backbone that coats the tongue. There's another taste in the middle that I haven't experienced before, I'm guessing that's the smoky quality of the porter. Backend has some chocolate nuances along with a return of the bitterness. Interesting, to say the least. Mouthfeel is pretty light, not lager quality, but definitely not as weighty as some of the hefeweizens I've sampled. Carbonation wasn't really present at all. Backs up my initial suspicions of thinness from the look.

This brew didn't do anything to overwhelm me and make me want to revisit it. Light feel and odd flavor hinders the drinkability somewhat. I mean, won't turn down another free go at it, but I can definitely find better beers to imbibe before I try this one again.

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Photo of infi
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint.

Pours a translucent and thin cola color that forms a one-fingered tan head with spotted amounts of lacing. Smell is full of toasted malt and some hints of chocolate notes. There's a funky sort of smell that underlies the rest of the aroma, but I'm guessing it's the smokiness that's indicated by the name. The taste is very full of the smoked quality along with the subtle hints of chocolate and coffee. The smokiness is very appealing and pretty. The aftertaste has a very beautiful coffee roast flavor, which I like.

The mouthfeel is the one thing that I think is the one unfavorable quality to this porter. It's like drinking flat soda - no palpable carbonation whatsoever. I was hoping to have some sort of carbonated feel to the porter, so I was a bit disappointed. Incredibly light-bodied and thin. Drinkability is still moderate and good as there is no sacrifice in taste.

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Photo of Norfawkers
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Transluscent amber brown with minimal head

Smell: Faint toasty chocolate

Taste: Smokey toasted malt. There was also an undertone of smoked meaty flavor

Mouthfeel: Not too heavy with a lingering bitter finish

Drinkability: Highly drinkable en masse, versatile

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Photo of DNICE555
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass at Eli's

A - Dark brown, almost black body. Brownish head.

S - Dark roasted malt, chocolate, smokiness, coffee.

T - Toasted malts, coffee, and the smokiness all partying together. Smokey flavor is very nice. Adds to the brew without overpowering it.

M - Light, low carbonation. Pretty smooth. Smokiness gives it a thicker feeling. Adds a nice touch.

D - A nice session porter with some good flavor. Overall pretty light but not at the expense of taste.

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

Served from a 22oz. bomber at about 55 degrees.
Appearance - Black with a cream tan froth. Good head retention.
Smell - The roasted malts string out of the pint with dark chocolate notes and a subtle, but easily detected, smoke character.
Taste - The smoke definitely leads the pack over the palate with those chocolate malts that I detected on the nose.
Drinkablitiy - Dangerously smooth. Do yourself a favor and buy this beer.
(This makes a fantastic base for a dark chocolate & black pepper marinade.)

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Photo of porterwoobie
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: dark brown in color with a huge off-white head. excellent lacing.

S: roasted grains, dark-roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and an underlying smokiness.

T: lots of roast like character in the taste. you get a good blend of smoke, roasted coffee, hints of chocolate, and a slightly bitter finish.

MF: thick and chewy, moderate carbonation, feels like velvet in the mouth.

Drinkability: well done, one of my favorites.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a Ro's pint glass.

A: Poured a very dark, ruby/amber brown color with a two finger thick cap of off white foam. Lacing was superb and webby on the glass wall.

S: Smells sweet, rich and malty, with a hint of smoke, cocoa, hazelnut and herbal hoppiness.

T: Nice smooth malt profile here. A rich blend of coffee, dark chocolate and milky sweet roasted malts. The smokiness is subtle and warming, making sure it's not a rauchbier. Slight grassy hop bitterness lingers with smoky coffee sweetness.

M: Mouthfeel is full-bodied and velvety smooth.

D: A really nice sipper to have around the campfire. Very big porter flavor, so it's a must try for the porter fan or smoked ale enthusiast. At just about 6%, you could make this into a session porter, provided you were just sitting by a fire, or enjoying it with BBQ or dark desserts.

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

From a 22oz bottle into a .5L SA Oktoberfest seidel.

A- A rich, java brown with a creamy, lacing, and endless head. Fantastic retention, coloration, etc. Really impressive.

S- Deep, rich cocoa and coffee malt sweetness. Very intense. Very inviting.

T- Follows the nose. A heavy, full flavor profile. Feels like a ton of bricks... in a good way. A bit of smoked malt comes through, but roasted coffee and dark, bitter baking chocolate come through a lot heavier. Not really a smoked porter, more of a porter with a hint of smoke. Still, tastes very good. You know, as I finish it, the smoke becomes more pronounced. Not anything intense, but very well blended and super tasty.

M- Heavy, creamy, impossibly intense for the ABV. If you like your porters big and bold, this is it.

D- I'll be buying some more of these for the winter, for sure. A winner in my book.

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

Pours dark black color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, hops, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes roasted malt, slight sweet malt, slight alcohol, hops, and some slight smoke. Overall, a great appearance, good blend, body, and complexity.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown , spider webs lining the glass as I drank it.

This is the smokiest porter I have had to date, I drank it once before , but this one is the smokiest that I remember in aroma of having smelled a porter.

Thick bacon aroma, maybe hickory smoke? and of course malt...
Taste hits me with a bacon smoked taste off the bat, some bitterness and very light hop flavor. Aftertaste is overwhelmingly black patent malt. Slightly too much for my desire, but a nice porter. I need to give credit where the smoke comes into play. Is this a smoke additive? slight bitter twang at the end as well.

Drinkable of course, the body is relatively light compared to Imperial Porters, which this is not.

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Photo of Arnie2709
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I believe that the specifics have been covered. Would just like to state that being a dreaded "Dark Beer" as some of my friends would call it, My best friend and my girlfriend, neither beer drinkers have had this beer (more of a vodka drink style). Loved this beer! I've happy to be there to see the looks on their faces when the just realized that not all beers are terrible! oh yea.

Pours a beautiful dark auburn. nice creamy head with light lacing. smell of sweet with notes of bitter chocolate. first taste is suprising. slightly sweet. not overly "dark beer" tasting. very clean finish. medium bodied that lingers on the palate just long enough pick up the docile flavors that this brew offers. chocolate, coffee, slight dark fruit and some dark malts really come together well in the beer.

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

a: poured from a 22oz. bottle, this brew is predictably dark, virtually opaque in appearance. a decent tan head announces itself and leaves fair lacing...

s: smokey, light chocolate and a bit of burnt malt are discernable

t: smokey, oaked, burnt, light chocolate

m: smooth, dry, and respectable in mouthfeel, with a bit of a smokey aftertaste

d: goes down well and as indicated in other reviews i would imagine this to be a great beverage to accompany a good meal.


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Photo of PintOHops
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appeared a dark black with a massive 3 finger tan head, head retention was outstanding! Had a ruby red hue when held to light, and left lightly broken/spotty lacing. Smelled of tart fruity apple/grape/raisin combo, almost metallic, following is a big dominant malt aroma, big smokey/roasted notes. Semi sweet aroma with lots of roasted nuttiness, and a hint of butter.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tasted of big roasted/smokey malts, not really sweet at all, following is some very subtle dark chocolate notes, and nutty flavors. Rich smokey/roasted flavors linger pretty well, and as it warms, more burnt like flavors with mild biscuit are pronounced which only made it richer! Mouthfeel had some apparent crispness as it hit the tongue, then very creamy & smooth, which complimented the flavors very well! Around medium-full bodied.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - I really enjoyed this beer, from the fresh from the tap appearance, to the way the creamy mouthfeel complimented the rich smokey flavors. I could enjoy 2, maybe 3 before it became a little to rich, but otherwise extremely drinkable on a cold night. I highly recommend it. Cheers!i

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Photo of BigBlacke
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark opaque black.

S: A nice smokey oak scent. Very inviting.

T: Smacks you right in the face with a smokey taste.

M: Definitely a heavy sensation on the palate that lingers for a good while.

D: All in all a great porter. Goes good with meats. I will definitely enjoy this one again.

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

Pours a nearly opaque dark brown with one finger cream colored head, fades to a quarter inch with a ring of lacing for the first inch or so. Smell: roasted malt with a decent dose of smoke and a whiff of grassy and citric hops, caramel sweetness. Taste: lots of roastiness without going too far into burnt territory, coffee, powdery milk chocolate, grassy and citric hops. Finishes dry and semi-sweet with chocolate, burnt, and smokey flavors. Nice, could definitely wash down a plate of ribs or a piece of cheesecake... can't say it had the smokey flavor expected when I grabbed the smoked gouda from the fridge.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nearly opaque black color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, smoke, and hints of chocolate. The taste is like the aroma, but with a little more chocolate, and a little less smoke. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriately low carbonation, and a silky texture. Overall, this beer isn't as smokey has other smoked porters I've tasted. Still, it is really good for what it is. I can't I wouldn't appreciate some more smoke, but I still appreciate this slightly smokey 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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