Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

Stone Smoked PorterStone Smoked Porter
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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.

Added by kbub6f on 03-18-2002

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

A- Deep Brown with and amber frame. Thin light beige head which is very bubbly. Dissipates rather quickly.

S- Good amount of smoke and sweet malts. Hints of chocolate and vanilla.

T- Very smokey backed by sweet malts. Hints of chocolate, caramel, some dark fruits, touch of hops to finish.

M- Smooth, medium bodied, decently carbonated.

D- Easy to drink, very satisfying. Another good offering from Stone.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to kbnooshay for the bottle.

Pours dark with red highlights. Medium/small sandy colored head. Reduces quickly to a thin cap leaving light lace.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, a sllightly acidic twang and a hint of smoke.

Flavor is malty and a bit medicinal (band aid). Espresso and a little smoke make it interesting. I was expecting more of a wood-fire smoke like a rauchbier, but the smoke character has more of a tobacco smoke quality. Not bad, just different from what was expected; not an unfamiliar combination for me. Nice balance with just a hint of dryness in the finish.

Lighter body for a porter. Good carbonation levels.

Overall it's very good, but I wasn't blown away.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my "Arrogant Bastard" pint glass

Dark, black cherry color with big two inch toffee colored head

Aroma of milk chocolate,coffee with cream and faint charcoal

Taste-Robust, but silky-smooth-tasty subtle smokiness blends nicely with subtle coffee/chocolate flavor. A slightly different taste with every sip adding to the wonderful complexity of this beer. A perfect pairing with BBQ ribs, wings or smoked sausage!

Overall, very smooth and drinkable, complex and delicious, and although full-bodied, only 5.9 abv. This beer is "top shelf" all the way.

Get Some!!

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Photo of AgingWarrior
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown, almost black. Holding the glass up to the light and you can see some reddish highlights at the bottom of the glass. A nice finger and a half of medium brown foam sits on top. Good head retention and a lot of lace with this drink.

Smells like roasted malts, but with a smokiness sort of lingering around it. It's not an overpowering smell of smoke like some smoked brews. This one blends in with the other scents and enhances the overall smell.

Tastes great! The malts and smokiness are balanced with a nice hop presence. Nice hit on the tongue with no alcohol burn and a pleasant smoky finish.

Mouth feel is smooth and creamy like a good Porter should feel.

Very easy to drink as it goes down so smoothly. I polished off my 22oz bottle and was wanting more.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I guess I'm review #1000. An honor I guess. I've been sitting on the bottle for awhile, so I proceed with caution.
Light smokey aroma and not heavy handed at all (I like that). Can catch a little malt background too, but overall pretty consistent smoke.
Very dark beer with solid one inch head. Seems clear with only hints of brownish-red in the light. Some drippy lacing and partial rings marking drinks.
Still nice with minimal indications of any aging (other than it's probably less bold or intense). Smooth malt profile with roast and smoke notable, but again not heavy-handed in anyway. Touch of malty sweetness with other malt flavors too. Drying increases with time leaving a long finish and somewhat hoppy mild bitter taste.
Smooth with a lighter body. Carbonation is very fine on the bigger side of moderate.
Boy, this has held up really well. I wonder how good a fresh bottle would/could be. Looking forward to some chicken to enjoy with this.

Thanks John B. for the bottle. Much appreciated.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark brown; almost opaque. Poured a 1 finger creamy brown head with good retention. Lots of thick lacing.

S: Subtle roasted nuts and bit of smokiness that's clearly not overdone (as some are).

T: More smoke in the taste along with wet wood; but, like the smell, subtle. Once accustomed to that, light grains, floral hops and a sweet candy taste are present. Interesing, varied and subtle flavors are the hallmark of this beer.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation I didn't notice decanting in the appearance. Coats the mouth and tongue.

D: Could't drink many, but well worth frinking.

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Photo of KBoudreau66
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark brown that I was unable to see through even when I held it up to a light. It has a thin off white head that will dissipate.

S- There really wasn't much in the way of smell, very faint hints of coffee, smoke, and a little bit like a band-aid or something along those lines.

T- It isn't as smokey as I was hoping, but it is overall a good porter. Hints of cocoa, coffee, smoke, cardboard and a little bit of alcohol in the aftertaste.

M- rich, full-bodied

D- If you're in the mood for a porter this is a solid choice as any beer by Stone is. Definitely not the best porter, but certainly not the worst. I couldn't drink it everyday, but then again I don't think I could ever drink porters everyday, only on freezing cold nights when I want to chill and watch a Celtics game.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, lovingly transported home to Australia and shared with friends.

Pours a dark, but clear, brilliant ruby-red with a surprisingly light off-white head of meringuey bubbles. Nice lacing. The colour is great; it's deep and delicious looking.

Strong, pleasant dark aromas on the nose. Characters of chocolate, cherries, timber and peat. not incredibly smoky, but there is an underlying hint of it. Even a little vanilla of American bourbon sneaking in. Quite deep and delicious.

More smoke on the palate, a pleasant outdoor woodfire character. The dark malt is more prominent too, with a charring roasted character providing the back palate bitterness. Among this, though, are lighter notes of cherry and tart fruit, that just peek out from around the edges of the dark, smoky foreground. Mouthfeel is great, quite thick and rich without being too heavy.

A very smooth but very complex beer. Enjoyable and pleasant, with lots to explore.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Dark dark brown with a nice foamy tan head that clings to the glass.

The smell is very faint, grains and nuts and thin film of smoke.

Taste was very much a porter. Not the most complex porter imaginable, but a damn good one none the less. The roasted malt and vague nutty taste are complimented with a subtle hint of smoke.

A bit thin/watery for a beer this dark, but goes down smooth enough.

This is a pleasant beer that's easy to drink.

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Photo of TehAnkh
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured a very dark brown that you can just barely see through. One finger of tan to light brown head which appears very foamy and fluffy but recedes quickly leaving a fair bit of lacing.

S: Very very subtle smells here, roasted nuts and obviously a bit of smokiness, but I'm not getting much from the smell at all. Maybe it was just my nose at the time.

T: Obviously some smokiness, and woodiness, but it's very subtle as in the smell. I taste light grains and a little bit of floral hops, and some light fruit and candy notes in there also. As with the smell, all the flavors in here seem to be extremely subtle, but very very nice.

M: Light and crisply carbonated, yet heavy and tongue coating enough to get by as a porter. A little light for my taste, but nice.

D: I could drink a bunch of these, and with the price tag there's no reason not to. I'd choose this over a Yuengling Porter any day of the week. Smooth, refreshing, light, yet heavy enough for those who rebel against fizzy yellow beers with multi-million dollar ad campaigns (Please refer to the label on a bottle of Arrogant Bastard)

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Photo of Chapter40z
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this in a 22oz bomber.

A. Dark brown color poured with a solid finger of light tan head, left quickly leaving only a thin layer.

S. Not much of a smell. Some roasted and smoky hints(who'd of guessed in a smoked porter.)

T. Nice rich roasted flavor. More roasted then smoky in my opinion. A mild hoppy bitterness on the last few sips.

M. Crisp, the bitterness and low carbonation = goodness

D. Id drink more then a few of these, not over powering but definitely a beer that you'd remember.

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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 82.7% out of 100 with 4,191 ratings
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