Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

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4,202 Ratings
Smoked PorterSmoked 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 TheSarge
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stone's Smoked Porter pours for a prime example as to what a porter should look like. Lots of chocolaty tan head that sticks around for quite a while. The body is black, but reddish hues are evident when held up to the light.

Aromas are of coffee mostly with a hint of arid and slightly floral hops aroma.

The taste thrashes the palate with rich coffee character. There is an undertone of smooth dark chocolate as well.

This feels slightly slick with a bit of oiliness from the hops. It's also a little coarse with the bitterness.

Overall a great interpretation of the style, and I would rate this slightly above Guinness Extra Stout.

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Photo of Brewsmith
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bottle purchased locally poured into a 0.5 L glass. Aroma is roasty chocolate with some peat coming through. Deep dark brown with ruby barely peeking through, almost black with a big rocky tan head. Dry, roasty dark chocolate flavor with the smoke in the background, not overpowering. Evenly balanced with hop bitterness making it smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of jnn4v
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer, no doubts about it. From the first pour to the last drop in your glass, it's a solid showing. I enjoy it bottled or on draft. Tonight's just happened to be on draft.

A: Dark brown, almost black in color. Tan head. Barely translucent when held to the light. No sediment.

S: Slightly smoky, almost oaked character. Chocolate malts. I could smell this beer and salivate for 10 minutes without even sipping.

T: Very well balanced. Somewhat sweet, somewhat bitter, somewhat savory. The smoke matches up nicely with the chocolate and coffee malt flavors, all of which is balanced with a clean and bitter hop flavor.

M: Nice thick texture with moderate carbonation. If it weren't for the level of carbonation, it'd feel syrupy and almost stoutish.

D: Nicely balanced flavor and texture combined with an almost session-like ABV give it a high drinkability. However, the richness of flavor and thickness makes it almost meal-like, so I'm not sure you'd want too many of them. Very good overall.

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Photo of dakid618
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle received in trade from kiefdog(thanks kevin!) Poured into pint glass. Pours deep brown almost black with a finger of tan head with good retention and great lacing on the glass. Smell is like roasted malts with no hint of the smokiness I was expecting. Taste is smoky as soon as it hits your tongue but mellows out to a smooth maltiness. Light-medium mouthfeel. Very drinkable. The best porter I've ever had. My favorite beer from Stone yet.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- It was initially a bit of a gusher. The body was a very deep, dark brown that was nearing black. The head was a fluffy, tan that left loads of sticky spots on the side of the glass.

S- It had a really nice malty aroma off the bat. It was full of roasted, smoked goodness. There were hints of coffee and chocolate behind the pronounced smoked aroma.

T- It's a great combination of traditional porter traits with a heavy dose of smoke. The smoked flavors were abundant, yet not overpowering. I still picked up a good deal of dark chocolate and coffee flavors. The slightest of citrus hops struggle to make itself known through the robust malt and smoke profiles.

M- Pretty basic. A light bite from medium carbonation, hop, and alcohol.

D- It's a decent drinker. As the smoked flavors become more robust with some warmth, it gets a little more difficult imagining drinking more than a bomber at a time.

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Photo of Kromes
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with reddish colors on the edges with a brown head. Good lacing down the glass. Chocolate, roasted malt scents. Roasted malt chocolate coffee flavors with a faint smoke flavor. I was dissapointed that there wasn't more of a smoke flavor to this beer. There was slight bitterness in the finish with apparent hop flavor. I had this with some texas sliced brisket and the taste immediately changed. The beer became way too hoppy. Apparently the extreme smokiness of the BBQ neutralized any roasted smoke flavor in the beer and made the hops pop out. Very strange.

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Photo of theBubba
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, the power of suggestion. In this case labeling. And it seems to work, judging by some of the reviews posted here. This is a very good brew, but it is not smokey in the sense of smoke as in barbecues...smoked fish...etc. Nor is it a German Rausch beer. In fact if it weren't for the label, you might think this to be a good RIS or Chocolate Stout.

Its forward malt flavor (and teensy bit of smoke) with good chocolate notes and nicely subtle bitter hop bite at the end of the swallow makes for an enjoyable drinking experience, though the lingering sweetness doesn't help drinkability. One is enough.

All in all a decent craft brew, worth a taste. Not disappointing.

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

She pours a dark black with a nice head on her shoulders that doesn't drop away too quickly.
The smell is nice, a light smoke aroma lingers around every malty bend, with a bit of hoppiness here and there as well.
The way that the smoked malt mingles with the sweet and hoppiness of this brew is quite impressive. This is the least-lupuled beer from stone I have had as of yet, very nice.
The mouthfeel is nice, just creamy enough to go well with some bbq or spicy food.
The drinkability is very high, especially for the smokiness...this is a great beer to get one started on the whole smoked beer train, nice and subtle.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up black with a thick, fluffy tan head that dissipates slowly.

S - Faint aroma of of smoke and roasted malt

T - Roasted malt flavor, with some chocolate notes. Smoke flavor is subdued and subtle.

M - Mouthfeel seems a bit thin and watery, but not bad.

D - A smooth, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of kflorence
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark almost (if not) opaque black in color with a very thin layer of white head on top that quickly dissipated. Looks like a beer with some density.

S: Smells very smokey; roasted, almost charcoal grill aromas in there. Burnt malts, no doubt, are definitely present in the nose. Slight hoppiness and some caramel present as well... maybe subtle hints of dark chocolate.

T: Much like the smell, this beer is very smokey! This is, of course, a good thing (being as it is a smoked porter). I personally like the smokey/burnt flavor and thought it quite nice, but others I was with thought it was a bit overpowering. The beer does have some bite to it on the backend, but overall I felt it was pretty balanced.

M: This beer is pretty rich and has on the heavy side of a medium bodied beer. The substance provided definitely lends itself well to being a bit thicker on the tongue; not quite chewy but definitely far from watery.

D: While it is drinkable, I couldn't imagine having more than a pint or two of this without feeling full. It's rich and heavy, but it's also fairly smooth and definitely yummy. Try it out if you like burnt/smokey flavors or caramelized malts.

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Photo of chilly460
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown/black with a thin tan head

S - Nice dark chocolate and roasted malt smells.

T - Nice warm roast with some chocolate, and the smokiness helps smooth it out. Definitely not overpowering.

M - Almost silky, very nice

D - Very good for the type, never felt too heavy.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, This beer is very dark brown in color with a creamy white head that settles to a nice film on the surface. The nose is slightly smoky, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste is mildly smoky, with roasty coffee notes. Bittersweet chocolate and a light hop character finish each sip. The beer is medium to full-bodied, and the finish is very clean. Good by itself or with BBQ, this is one porter that everyone should try at least once, if not more.

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Photo of HopTroll
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle

Appearance- Pours dark brown/black with very thin cream colored foam.

Smell- Chocolate malt comes through well with smoke background.

Taste- Heavy to medium malt flavor with good chocolate notes and just enough smoke that is not overpowering. Nice subtle bitter hop bite at the end of the swallow.

Mouthfeel- The malt richness creates a smooth and creamy that is not too thick.

Drinkability- Good beer with the right amount of smoky flavor that isn't overwhelming.

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Photo of GWaters
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Poured completely black even when held up to the light. Heavy mocha head poured tight and foamy then receded slowly. Some light sticky lines of lacing around the glass to reminisce.

Smell: Strong roasted malts, dark chocolate notes with faint ground coffee beans. Very faint smoke notes, almost disappointing. Burnt brown sugar sweetness, leathery, toasted nuts, faint liquorice, some pepperiness.

Taste: Nice roasted malt bitterness, Strong chocolate chaser, barely any smoke, some creamy traces, woody, light treacle notes, some oatiness, light sweet nutty notes.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy with medium body. Satisfies the front of the tongue and top of the palate the most.

Overall - A pretty good porter although not as full bodied as I was expecting - I would have preferred a bit more of a smoke flavor as well. In fact this was more like a chocolate stout than a smoked one. Still, a very good beer, and a safe purchase.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 1/8/2008 (bottle):

Pours a black-brownish colored body, with a tannish colored head, average & lasting, with decent lasting. Has a very smoky aroma, with mesquite. Woody. Porterish. Ashtrayish. Watery, smoky, coffee taste. Mesquity. Good and tasty.

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Photo of asabreed
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a Brooklyn snifter.

Appearance: A near-opaque blackness with bursts of deep red at the bottom of the glass toward the light. Initial head is huge and billowing, but nothing much after that sticks at all and there's little lacing left around the glass, even with subsequent pours.

Smell: More like an oak-aged porter with its woody aromas and mild vanilla, along with subdued and mild roasted malts. Balanced, and seemingly quality stuff, but I expect more from Stone, and this aroma seems to be mimicking so many darker beers I've had lately, which is a bit disappointing.

Taste: Some woodiness, roasted malts, mild coffee. Finishes slightly sour, though a nice subdued roasted malt flavor seems to be there for a while, even though it lacks depth. Smoke? I'm not sure what I'm missing here.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, though it lacks creaminess and carbonation and pulls toward a bit of slickness and oiliness.

Drinkability: For all the hype about this beer at least I've been hearing, I'm not unimpressed, just not very impressed. There seem to be many comparable porters across the board, and many better ones. I'm not sure if I can't tell the smoke from anything else, but I was hoping for some predominance, which was something I didn't get. A decent one out of a snifter, but nothing I'll be seeking out again.

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Photo of Voonder
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown color with ruby notes. Big tan head.
Smell - malts mostly with hints of coffe and chocolate. Taste - a lot better than smell - smoked flavour hits at first, then some chocolate and coffe perhaps. Smokey flavor makes it different, delicious and easy to drink. Very rich, creamy beer, well balanced. Great beer, I love it, I haven't had a good porter for a while.

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Photo of KraegerB
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving - 1pt. 6oz. Brown Bottle.

Appearance - Nice dark brown in color almost black. A thinner head when poured that thins even more over a few minutes but lingers pencil thin and laces as you drink.

Smell - nice deep smokey almost coffee aroma

Taste - Delicious. excellent balance of Smokey flavor, with a nice coffee or bitter chocolate flavor which ends in just the right amount of hops.

Mouthfeel - great full bodied beer with just the right amount of carbonation. Nice and smooth.

Drinkability - this is a fantastic beer, I just wanted to drink it. And when I was done I wanted to go to the store an buy another one.

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Photo of dismal
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle. Poured a dark brown, dark ruby color with about a one finger head. The aroma is very sweet with smells of caramel, chocolate, and smoke. Overall a very nice, very sweet aroma. The taste is quite great, coffee, chocolate, smokey yet kind of sweet. Very drinkable, I would pick up another one right after I was finished. This is a great porter and another great offering from Stone.

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Photo of wescj
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Color is dark brown and ruby read. Head is dark tan, and there isn't much lace at all.

Aroma is very woody, and definately smokey. Malts are very dark with lots of chocolate.

Taste features the same woody and smokey notes, along with chocolate and coffee malts. Slight hop presence, and a very nice and creamy body.

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Photo of joshuadlight
3.26/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Cricket's in Lubbock.
The beer just didn't impress me. Stone always seems to be pushing the boundaries of taste and overall beer experience, but this thing seems pretty tame. It looked fine, dark with a small tan head. The smell was sweeter than I expected and I even had trouble finding any smoke in the nose. The same goes for the taste. Biscuity malts, no smoke, no carbonation, no balance. Not a special mouthfeel. Drinkable enough. If you like it.

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Photo of Greggy
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a tan 2 finger head over a black body with ruby brown highlights. The head has great retention and some nice sticky lacing.

S- First off the bat is some nice smoky campfire, a meatiness, and underlying chocolate and cream and a nice hoppy edge.

T- Starts off with a nice smokey campfire and meaty note with an underlying citrus hop note and some roasted grains, chocolate, and cream. The finish has bits of smoke, some creamy chocolate, and even some essence of marshmellow.

M- Low carbonation works well and the smokiness is very balanced but clearly evident. To date, the best smoked porter or stout to deliver the smoke factor.

D- A downright solid brew. This has the most Rauchbier characteristics that I've seen yet in the porter category. Definitely check this one out as it's very delicious and drinkable.

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

22oz bottle

Pours a transparent deep brown color with a small off white head that sticks around most of the glass. Huge chocolate malt nose, coffee bean and subtle hints of vanilla. Much is the same in flavor mellow, rich and decadent, mild bitterness and subtle notes of rootbeer, cherry and fruit. By the way, this bottle has been hidden in my stash since at least this time last year. Heavier than medium in body, mild carbonation and good drinkability. Pay no attention to the best by date.

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Photo of danielcc
4.67/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full disclosure: this beer is on my top-10 list. Found it in a bomber, and poured into a Pilsner-style glass (not a pint glass...sue me).

Appearance: dark brown, kinda ruby around the edges. When I hold it up to the light, I can peek through it without a problem. Since I've got a smaller glass, I poured it two ways: first, an easy pour down the side of the glass yielded a nice 2-finger head that faded down to a thin layer that left a pretty good lacing. A full-on pour yielded more head (3-finger this time), but not as much of a difference as I expected (although it has gotten to sit out and/or warm a bit since that first pour). Regardless, this beer looks good.

Smell: definitely can find the smokiness here, joined by coffee and caramel. I really like the smell on this one.

Taste: I did mention that this is number 3 on my personal top-10 list, right? Definitely a porter: lots of chocolate malts, some caramel in there as well. I'm not noticing much in the way of hops, which is OK with me (much more partial to straight-up maltiness). The smoked part comes in after to hit you, and the aftertaste fairly reeks (in a good way) of smoked malts. I really do love this beer.

Mouthfeel: not too heavy nor too light. Perfect for a porter on this one; I just don't like giving out 5's if I can help it!

Drinkability: good thing this beer's got a low ABV, as I could see myself drinking a lot of it for a very long time. It says it goes well with barbecued meats (and it without a doubt does), but it's an outstanding accompaniment to this lamb stew and couscous I made.

Overall, an extremely awesome brew, and one I'd highly recommend!

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Photo of KeefD
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown color with a small head and light lacing. Nice chocolatey smell, but not a whole lot of smoke going on. Not bad smelling. Flavor has a little more smoke, but nothing outrageous. More chocolate, lightly roasted malts, maybe just a touch of coffee. This beer is good, but I think I was hoping for a lot more.

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