Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

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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pDev:
11.25%
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Photo of Spidey13
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Smoked Porter pours a very dark brown with red highlights. A thin, light tan head sits on top. Lots of roasted coffee notes on the nose along with dark chocolate with a hint of smoke.

The flavor stars off with very rich oasted flavors. There is definitely some caramel in there. There is a good amount of hop bitterness and flavor in there. The smoke shows up on the finish, which is pretty dry. The mouthfeel is medium with fairly low carbonation.

Overall, this is a very complex beer with many layers that is very fun to explore.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Beersofeurope.co.uk...

Poured completely black even when held up to the light. Dirty mocha head poured tight, thick and foamy then faded slowly to nice thickish covering... some light sticky lines of lacing around the glass...

Aroma - Strong roasted malts, dark chocolate notes, ground coffee beans, very faint smoke notes although nowhere near as strong as i expected... treacle / burnt sugar sweetness, leathery, toasted nuts, faint liquorice, some pepperiness...

Taste - Nice roasted malt bitterness although not as strong as the aromas would indicate, toasted / burnt bread, lots and lots of chocolate to the fore, barely any smoke, some creamy / milky traces, woody, light treacle notes, some grassy / peppery traces, some oatiness, light sweet nutty notes...

Feel - Quite smooth and creamy... medium bodied... very drinkable and surprisingly refreshing... a very sessionable porter...

Overall - A pretty good porter although not as smoked as i was expecting - i would have liked it a touch more pronounced. In fact this was more like a chocolate stout / porter than a smoked one... certainly worth a try though...

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Photo of therealnod
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow...I mean wow, what a brew.

A: Everybody gets the appearance right on their Porter. Grading Porters on appearance? A Porter looks like a Porter, period. No one ever misses, not even A-B. (!)

S: Beautiful. Everything Porter.

T: Holy Hell, this thing is immense. One hell of a roller coaster ride between chocolate, coffee, vanilla bean, licorice, and a bunch of things that go by too fast to recognize properly. Big, complex, and mystifying.

M&D: Sublime. Enough said...session at will.

The best Porter I've ever had...eclispses the Alaskan Smoked Porter with ease. Wow.

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Photo of ljbrisson
4.71/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown that shines red into my Guinness pint glass. Head is voluminous and pillowy, a sandy-tan color that leaves good lacing. Aroma is malt, wood, bread, a touch of fruit. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, with medium carbonation, a little thick compared to porters I am used to. Taste is chocolate, nuts, roasted malt, with a smoky flavor that is very distinguishable but does not knock you over the head. A little sweetness in the middle though with a surprisingly mild hop bitterness towards the finish. I have never tasted a brew quite like this; besides being a very intriguing smoked beer, it is a fantastically balanced porter in my opinion. The taste only improves as the beer warms. Drinkability is excellent due to the (thankfully) low-ish ABV and intriguing flavor that has you wanting more immediately after the taste from the previous sip has diminished.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a two-finger tan head that gives off sticky lace and dies slowly over a dark brown, almost black body. Roasted malts seem to cover up other malts in the smell as there is a smoky, charcoal like smell. A semi-sweet and creamy medium-bodied beer that has good flavor. Toffee, chocolate, coffee, roasted and some toasted malts w/ hints of coffee and bread malt with moderate dryness produce a balanced beer that hits on many strong points of porters. Not slick or anything but finishes by gliding over the tongue. I could sit back and nurse a bomber of this anytime.

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Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Poured approx. 10 oz. let settle, and let the aroma kick in. Strawberries and chocolate mixed in with some razzberries and coffee.

Head dissipates somewhat quickly. Nevertheless, because the flavor of the coffee and barley collide. The olfactory on this is World Class. By far boosts this porter above the rest.

I will recommend and drink again on the finest occasions.

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Photo of Wackyfoot
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown nearly black with a small to middling tan head. Intense smoky aroma hits the nostrils like a freight train and clears those sinuses straight out. Taste is primarily coffee with the smoky flavors coming through on the back end. This beer is not messing around.

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Photo of WAP
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a blackish-brown with a thin, but persistent head that stuck around for most of the glass. Smell was fainter than expected, but held nice dark roasted malts and a hint of smoke. Taste was excellent - intense roasted malt, smoke, and hop flavors held in perfect balance. Mouthfeel was very pleasant and creamy.

I found this to be exceptionally drinkable, with a deliciously balanced flavor balanced perfectly with the smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

A near-perfect offering from Stone in my book.

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Photo of TheDoorman
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a think brown color with a massive light brown head. Head retention is excellent. Aroma is rich, roasty malt and very smoky. Taste is filled with the same flavors as the aroma. Rich and very roasty, hints of burnt espresso with a very smoky backbone and prevalent hop character as well. Bitter, dry finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a tad more carbonation than I generally like, as I expected from the large head. The alcohol is fairly low, but with such bold roasted and smoky flavors, this isnt a beer you want more than one in a night. It is, however, an excellent version of a smoked porter. For a beer with flavors this bold, I would expect a higher ABV.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a dark brown body with some red around the edges when held up to a light. a moderate tan colored head forms and stays around almost the entire glass but leaves very few marks on the sides.

S- roasted malts with with a decent amount of smokiness to them. very hoppy as well.

T- dark, dry, and very roasted. the smokiness is there, but not as much as some others which isnt a bad thing. lots of chocolate flavor in here too, along with some licorice. at the end comes a big blast of coffee/hops.

M- big and thick. almost chewy. nice low level of carbonation.

D- a smoked porter that doesnt remind me of sipping pure liquid smoke is a good thing. easy enough to finish the entire bottle myself in about an hour. the lower level of alcohol makes it almost sessionable, which i could see myself doing if in the right mood.

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Photo of sgoodship
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the Liquor Stop in Highland, Indiana after a visit to 3F. $5.29 for a 22oz.

A: Carbonation went hogwild with this one. The fairly gentle pour gave me a 5 finger head spilling over the glass. When it came back to it's senses, it was a nice creamy, fine, fluffy head. Reddish, brown - almost black liquid. Some ruby showing at the edges. The lacing was insane after all of that head action. Big topographical and stalactite shapes. Handsome looking beer.

S: Nice subtle sour roasted malt. Slight smokiness to it. Smoke same out in force when the beer warmed up more.

T: The last one I had was over chilled and it was horrible. I served this a little warmer than recommended and it was a great decision [pats self on back] because it was a lovely drink. Not a show off by any means but just what I like in a porter. A little sourness at first with the roasted maltiness following. The finish gave me an almost black currant type sweet/tart hint which was nice. After the second pour and it had warmed up more, I liked it even more. The head became darker and the maltiness took on a much more smokey personality. There was chocolate too. Really enjoyable.

M: Medium bodied. Quite smooth but carbonation is too prickly for me.

D: A really nice porter but way too over carbonated. Not jumping to the top of my porter list but I would be happy to drink it again and recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of TrevorGW
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Stone World Bistro and Gardens. Dark hazel brown with a thin head.

Roasty aroma is soft and subtle.

Taste is very restrained but does not lack complexity. All the coffee and chocolate flavor that you would expect. Slight smoky touch in the finish. No metallic twinge, which I often dislike in porters and stouts. Smooth clean flavor all the way through.

Light mouthfeel for a porter. Very fresh feel.

Easy to drink but still a bit filling.

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Photo of bhalter8
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint, well twice... Had this before at Taco Mac, but didn't want to review at that time. This time I had it with a steak at home, and it was an excellent match. Pours a deep, dark, black color and a nice thick caramel head (aggressive pour). The smell was not as overwhelming as some other smoked brews I have had, not bad, just not that strong. Light smell equated to lighter smoked flavor, but definitely an excellent, thick porter. Personally, I have been hit or miss with the smoked brews, but this one accented the flavor well, while not overtaking the rich porter tastes of the chocolatey malts. As rich as this brew is, it goes down easy (but filling). It's not the alcohol, but the thickness that makes one bomber about enough (well maybe it was the steak too). Definitely an excellent porter.

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

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a very dark brown with ruby red highlights. The light tan head poured about an inch or so with an agressive pour and left tons of lace down the glass.

S= Lots of sweet syrupy malts in the aroma with just a touch of smokiness deep within. Some minor chocolate and toffee came through in the nose as well.

T= The front end was a nice balance of sweet malts and a mildly bitter roasted-grain-coffee blend. The middle had a brief but solid hop bitterness and some chocolate kick. The finish dried a bit as the smoke kicked in. Not overpowering but there nonetheless to give this a beautiful long finish.

MF= Somewhere between medium and heavy bodied with a silky smooth mouth feel despite a decent amount of carbonation.

D= A very solid porter with a modest smokiness. This woild make a great gateway beer for those wishing to try their first smoked beer.

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Photo of umtox
4.85/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a reddish black with lots of bubbles witha carmamel head. Nose is of smoke and molasses. Taste is of faint smoke, malt, caramel, all with a faint background of char. This beer is surprisingly light on the palate. Excellent balance and great drinkability-one of my favorites in this category.

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

A - Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours pitch black with a medium/thin brown head that slowly dissipates.

S - Brown sugars and malts slapped and just a faint hint at the smokiness that awaits.

T - Bam. Smokey, charred wood at the start. Chocolate and coffee blend in to a finish that continues to be smokey and sweet.

M - Full bodied, low carbonation.

D - Depends on your personal preference, but I found it above average but not exceptional in terms of its drinkability.

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Photo of jiggahertz
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: three finger capuccino brown head sits ontop of a dark brown almost black beer. Only Slight traces of light can be seen through the glass.

S: Roasted malts come through up front a slight sweetness on the tail end is detected resembling chocolate and honey. Chocolate aroma becomes more prevalent near the end of the drink.

T: Remaining true to its name the smokiness is present, reminding me of a subdued version of a smoked beer. The roasted malts are the dominant flavor, then the roastiness subsides followed by a sweet chocolate and just a twinge of hops on the tail end.

M: Full bodied, low carbonation, no alcohol detected on the tongue.

D: Very drinkable for the style, the smokiness is not overpowering but definitely present. Wouldn't mind seeing a little more hops.

Overall, very pleased. A terrific beer to pair with a steak.

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Photo of beer2day
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with reddish tint. Minimal head. Not much in the way of lacing. Initial hit does not give up much in the way of taste, but leads to a more roasted than smoked finish. Good bitters in the finish as well, not overly so. Creamy mouthfeel, which is a plus in my book.

Not as good as the Alaskan version, but a very good beer.

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Photo of mrandypandy
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Capital City Package in Atlanta.
22oz bottle.

A- Pours a medium black with amber highlights when held up the light. Small tan head to start but it quickly fades away to nothing. It might be my glass but there's little to no head regention.
S- I get some black licorice and a bit of smoke. I was expecting a little bit more in the terms of aroma. I do get some alcohol as it warms, which I found surprising.
T- Man is this beer delicious. Smoke, lots of smoke. Licorice and a bit of roasted malt. Did I mention the smoke?
M- Mouthfeel is on par for a porter. Medium body and exceptionally smooth.
D- Drinks well for a smoked beer. Goes down easily. I could try to put away a couple of these but I think the smoke would get in the way.

Overall, a damn fine porter and a damn fine smoked beer. Even my dad thought it was good, and he's a Schaefer kind of beer guy. Stone again does not disappoint.

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Photo of JayNH
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a dark brown with a nice two-finger frothy head. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S- The first thing I notice is alcohol. Some hops in the background... The usual smokey/ burnt porter smell.

T- Warm alcohol. Smokey coffee with a hint of fruitiness. Just enough hops to balance the brew nicely.

M- Smooth and creamy. Maybe just a shade too much carbonation.

D- excellent! Smooth drinking, very well balanced. An excellent porter.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 6/28/08. Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of smoke, roast, coffee. Flavor of sweet roasted malt, slight bitter chocolate, and light bitter hops. Not too smokey (a plus for me). Palate is not as robust as the great porters, but it's pretty decent. A nice porter.
7/4/8/3/14 (3.6/5)

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Photo of yesyouam
4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At first glance, this beer is the solid black of the monolith. When held to the light, it yields a very intense, low-frequency red of an LED. The head is thick, lumpy, and tan. The aroma is that of roasted coffee, a hint of smoke, and possibly spuce and licorice. I can't help but notice the cementish smell of the yeast. It is instantly recognizable as a California beer. The flavor is very pulled-together. The smoke flavor does not at all overwhelm. The bitterness is appropriately prominent with a grapefruitish flavor. Perhaps this is from Cascades? Again, very California. It seems to be around 35 IBU. The citrus bitterness melds seamlessly with that of dark coffee and dark chocolate. It avoids being astringent and the smoke flavor merely lurks in the background. If anything, it serves to enhance the overall roasted flavor. It is medium-bodied and very drinkable. This could serve as a session beer. The carbonation is lively and seems to bring out the flavor of the hops. Neither the roasted flavor nor the grapefruit rind flavor muddle each other and work together brilliantly. Again: a very pulled-together flavor. The aftertaste is short and has the bitterness of french roast coffee and bitter chocolate. I love it.
(rated Jan 15, 2007)

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Photo of meday
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber to a pint glass.

Dark brown body with just a slight reddish hue and tan head.

Very fainted smell with a hint of smokiness

Earthy, smokey flavor with almost no hop presence. A well balanced dark strong brown ale with the delicately smoke flavor.

Full, creamy body and great mouthfeel

Stone recommends paring with both BBQ and deserts, which would go well. But today we had it with a bacon and squash pizza (no tomato sauce), and it was excellent. Any pairing with bacon or something that goes with bacon would be wonderful.

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Photo of Dirty1
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bomber of this at Whole Foods in White Plains New York the other day. I poured into a pint glass.

A- Very dark brown with some ruby red tint. I can barely see through it when held to light. No head to speak of, but had a slight off white film that floated on top. It left no lace rings.

S- First whiff had a nice chocolate malt aroma with slight notes of coffee and caramel. It also had a pleasent smokey note that was very subdued.

T- Much like the smell, chocolate malts dominated. It also had subtle hints of coffee, sweet toffee, and vanilla with a light fig or raisin note. It had a realy good smokey undertone that didn't overpower everything else. It also had some mild citrusy hops on the back end.

M- Medium body with good carbonation. The over all feel seems to fit this style of beer very well.

D- I'm not general a big fan of porters, but do like smoked beers. I liked this a lot! I thought the smoke was very balanced with the malty sweetness and didn't over power the way some do. I drank with grilled pork chops and thought they complemented each other nicely. I will definatly buy again and could drink a few of these at one sitting. Over all another very nice beer from Stone. Cheers!

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Photo of DoctorDog
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Sampled at a recent private beer tasting. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a sampling glass.

A- Very dark mahogany/brown and nearly opaque with ruby highlights. Tan head. Head dwindles slowly to a thin, incomplete cap.

S- Grapefruit and slightly smoky bitterness.

T- Slightly fruity sweetness on the front with some smoky, roasty maltiness. Balance is superb.

M- Extremely creamy and smooth. Absolutely superb.

D- Excellent. I'd see no problems knocking back and enjoying a 22 ouncer.

Future outlook: Without doubt, I'll be getting this again.

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