Stone 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,727
Reviews:
1,816
Ratings:
4,198
pDev:
11.25%
Bros Score:
4.03
 
 
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Photo of Jwale73
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard pint glass (thanks Stoneman78). Growler opened with a pop and a rush and left some specks of porter on my kitchen ceiling (guess it's fresh :) Poured the color of obsidian, followed by a luscious coffee colored two-fingered head that settled into a quarter-inch consistent layer of foam and ringlets. Lots and lots of lacing; just like drinking a coffee milkshake. Scent of hops, roasted malt and espresso, as well as a lingering smokiness in the nose. Nice mellow taste - unsweetened cocoa, coffee and malt with a slightly hoppy finish. Nice medium-bodied mouthfeel; not too much carbonation. Very sessionable porter.

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Photo of BeerTaster
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to say I avoided this beer thinking i wouldn't like it boy was I wrong. Everything I would expect in a porter(chocolate and coffee) a hint of licorice with a touch of German smoke beer. The smoke was not overpowering making this beer suprisingly drinkabile.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very strong selection from Rogue - outstanding stuff and a superb representation of the style... Copped a 1pint, 6floz bomber from Total Wine and More in West Orange... one of my favorite brews from Stone... Pours an ebony hue with a dark, tan, frothy head that soon dissipated... aroma was not too apparent, although cocoa and espresso smells were noticeable... flavor is what it was all about with this one... rich, thick, roasted-malt, dark-chocolate taste with a nutty, latte like characteristic... good, solid mouthfeel with excellent drinkability make this a terrific sample and a pleasure to drink... went down very smooth without any bitterness detected... the relatively modest 5.9% ABV also helps with the overall drinkability... great stuff from Stone... Definitely recommended...

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

From a 22 oz bomber purchased at Mr. Bones in Greensburg.

Pours a near black with an off-white head that has decent retentions. Lacing appears along the the glass and lingers well.

Smell of roasted malts comes through immediately. coffee and some chocolate is also there. Hops give the beer a slight floral aroma. Smokiness is barely detectable through smell.

Tastes of dark coffee with a slightly bitter finish. There is just the right amount of hops in this one. The smoke flavor is not distracting as in other brews and compliments this version of porter very well.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Medium bodied with not too much carbonation. This brew clings to the palate just long enough to get the right amount of smokiness and malts.

At 5.9% abv, this is one of the more sessionable Stone offerings I have had. I could easily have a couple of these with no problems. This would be a good beer to pair with smoked meats and game. This is a natural choice for when I am in the mood for something other than a hop bomb.

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Photo of shabbtastic
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stone seems to be all the rage so I gave the smoked porter a try. Presented in a 22oz bottle.

A - Poured a deep black with a nice frothy head. Lacing was what I expected, as it stuck all the way down the glass.

S - Pretty average I must admit, caramel malts with not a much smokey as I expected. I had to double check the bottle to see if it was a smoked porter, but it was nicely balanced.

T/M - Malty up front with hints of floral hops as it finished. Not too heavy and a bit sweet initially. Smooth finish with nice carbonation, but kinda struck me as average...

D - Overall a very good porter, just not as smokey as I'd a liked. I recommend picking one up if you see it.

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

Received in a trade with Tayner..thanks for the great trade

A - Poured dark black with slight red highlights around the edges, poured into a pint tumbler with a nice large brown head that fell slowly and left an impressive mapping around the glass

S - Hint of wood smoke, coffee, fruits and just a tad boozy

T - The taste was very full, had a great coffee flavor along with a hint of raisins or figs and a bit of caramel..and then finishing out with a smoky and hoppy flavor

M - Had a very good feel..coated the mouth and was dry on the palate from the smoke

D - Very good..enjoyed all of it and look forward to the other bomber I have

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

$4.69 at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

It pours near black with a few amber glints. The head is small and shortlived but leaves a decent amount of lace behind. The aroma is on the grainy side with some modest dark chocolate and black malt flavors. A subtle smokey feel ads a subtle complexity. The taste reveals dark Belgian chocolate with caramel and cookie dough mixed with a light citrusy hop character. The smoke flavor is light but always noticeable. It mingles with the hefty dark malt and roasted barley flavors, adding an intriguing layer of complexity. The mouthfeel is medium and softly carbonated. Light hop bitterness and a roasty, smokey feel last a while in the finish.

This is a great porter. While relatively light in body, it has loads of different flavors that make every sip novel. Try it if you like porters/stouts.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber reddish hue surrounds the black color. Tan, somewhat creamy one-finger head, which quickly dissipated.

Absolutely wonderful smell - sweet caramel was the first thing I noticed, followed by black licorice, and as it warmed, noted the charred, smokey wood.

Definite coffee flavor - some hints of irish coffee, with a light smokey aftertaste and a little cherry bite as it warmed.

So smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation. Slight smokey aftertaste on the tongue.

This beer was incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of goodmaml
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stone's description of deep mahogany is pretty accurate. Short, but beautifully brown, medium density head. The nose is very pleasant, primarily a faint licorice smell, perhaps a hint of oak. Mouthfeel is not at all bad, but maybe just a touch watery. No one pervasive taste. Nice, muted malt sweetness balances with a similarly muted hop bitterness. It finishes dry and the bitterness persists. I don't get the chocolate or smoked character that is expected. Easy drinking at 5.9%. Everything combines for an outstanding session beer.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this from a 22 oz bomber.

A- comes out essentially just as the bottle said it would and really a pretty porter. Dark, opaque black in the middle with a bit of cherry red highlights on the side and the bottom. A big old frothy, thick cream colored head that rests on top and leaves lacing down the glass. Rather nice to taste.

S - Rather fragrant; pick up notes of coffee mainly with a light hint of chocolate as well. Also, may sound odd but it actually reminds me of beef jerky's odor, which is probably imparted from the smokiness.

T- Can definitely taste some kind of wood smoked through this one as it hits the mouth. Also, kinda sweet as well; mostly molasses coming through and a hint of chocolate as well; also hints of blackberries I would say. Not as coffee tasting as it smells but the smokiness was really a nice attraction that I was not expecting. When I first put it to me lips, I was taken aback because I did not expect it to be as smoky as it was. Not much of an aftertaste really at all and think this has to do with the wateriness of the beer. The more I drink this, the more the water seems to dominate and temper the flavor.

M - Kinda watery in the mouth and little carbonation in this one. At the end there is a little bit of body coming through but on the whole thought this was rather thin. Wish it had some more ummph to it actually. This wateriness actually detracted from the taste in my opinion and stops this from being one amazing brew.

D - an accessible porter that is easy to drink a lot of. Have to like a smoky flavor to like this though would be my only thing. The thinness of the body makes it easy to drink and it is easy to find and not too expensive as it was 5 bucks, which is not too bad for the bomber. I think if it were thicker I would change from a beer that I would buy just to drink and session to one that I would pick to sip and enjoy while reading a book.

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

22 oz bottle. Pours a nearly black ruby color with 1 cm off-white/tan head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, and caramel, very slight aroma of smoke. Initial flavor is a little sweet and smoky at the same time. Aftertaste is lasting and dominated by smoke and bitter from coffee or chocolate. Medium bodied, light carbonation, light lacing, and only a hint of alcohol detected. Very drinkable, as both a good porter and smoky beer.

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

Stoned is the way of the walk. Pours a beautiful black with a one finger head that laces down the pint glass.

Smells of smoked salmon and hops. Normally that's not a turn on, but here, i'll make an exception.

Tastes of beautiful glorious hops, smoked malts, and julie andrews.

Love this beer. Great carbonation, good mouthfeel and ooey goody goodness.

If you love smoke, and you love porters, this is one for you.

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Photo of Boppar
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a pint glass

A: Pours quitre dark, almost black at first. Subsequent inspction reveals that it is ark brown with orange and re highlights.

S: Sweet and inviting. It smells primarily of vanilla and caramel. I was expecting it to smell astringent and smokey, but it did not. Not a bad thing.

T: it tastes really, really good. Roasted malts are in evidence, but Stone Smoked Porter thankfully avoids the usaul pitfalls of a porter by replacing the played-out coffee flavor with ripe dark berry tones. I'm surprised and a little disappointed by the lack of smokiness in this beer. There is a slight smoky finish, that tastes a little leathery, but it's fairly subdued. All the same, this is a very solid porter.

M: Mouthfeel is exceptionally creamy. Full-bodied and smooth.

D: Sure, I could enjoy a few of these.

This is one of the most complex and enjoyable porters I've ever had.

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Photo of orford
3.01/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 20 oz pint glass.

A. Very dark, black with deep mahogany edges suggesting clarity. Two inch tight, tan head, great stability. Slowly disipates to lace.

S. Slight alcohol, roasted grain and maybe a hint of smoke. All inn all not a very strong nose on this one.

T. Surprisingly empty taste up front. Middle had some roasted grain and some smoke. Aftertaste of hops bitterness, not much though. As the beer warmed these flavors became more evident.

M. Slight carbontation, appropriate for the style. Surprisingly thin considering the style.

D. Drinkable. Overall seemed vacant to me. The framing is up and ready but there is no drywall, much less fittings, paint and furniture... Color me unimpressed.

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

Poured from a 22oz. into a pint glass- Deep dark brown/balck color with a perfect tan head. Great head retention. Smells of light smoke, with some malt and hop. First taste is wonderful, filling flavor of dark malts and light smoke. The Smoked flavor is not overdone one bit. Wonderful full, smooth feel in mouth, with a slight bitter finish, which helps flavor keep. Overall another wonderful beer from Stone, and definitely a great porter to session.

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Photo of Deuane
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep dark brown with a medium tan head.

S-A subtle smoke scent with a bit of hops in the backround.

T-A nice balance with more upfront smoke and then a hit of hops. This is NOT the smoke of Alaskan Smoked Porter or a true German Rauchbier. More a smoke beer for the beginner, but good nonetheless.

M-Solid malty backbone with the nice the smoke scent wafting into the narse.

D-Certainly not the best smoked porter out there...but the best one that is widely available. A solid all around porter that I enjoy when I see it on tap.

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

Yay! Stone just came to Delaware, so I get a chance to try a few after my initial brush with the Oaked Arrogant Bastard.

A: Pours from the 22oz bomber into my SA pint glass (Thanks BA and Sam!) with 3 fingers of thick, bubbly offwhite head. The body is a dark almost black brown but when held to the light, you can see it's not cloudy, just dark.

S: Unfortunatly, I think I might be coming down with a cold, because the scents are a little bit muted. What I get is a sweet slightly carmelly smoked malt scent with just a bit of floral hops for good measure.

T: Sweet smoked malts -- molasses in character, but not in sweetness come to the forefront at first. The finish is a bit sweeter but the smoke taste gets stronger at the end. The hops give it a slightly citrusy flavor and round this beer out quite well. While they're there, the coffee notes are very subtle and not nearly as strong as I expected.

M: A fairly light body -- this actually disappoints me a bit. No negative characters, but I like my porters to have a bit more body to them. Incredibly smooth with a light to moderate carbonation. Good, but not what was expected.

D: Well, I'd have to say this is a wonderfully drinkable beer. If I was one to session a porter, this would be up there in my list of choices.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my favorite Middle Ages Brewing Imperial Pint glass.

A: 3 fingers rich head leaving a soft lace ring after every sip. Dark brown almost black but smoothe and velvety.

S: Malty and pungent but in a good way. Not too over the top. Although only 5.9% abv, smells of acohol.

T: Coffee undertones with a smoky flavor. This is not like the rauchbiere I expected. The smoke is a subtle addition, not the focus.

M: Mildly carbonated. Very good mouthfeel.

D: Absoulutely fantastic. A well rounded beer, great from start to finish. Glad I bought a 2nd bottle.

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Photo of atrus138
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bomber of this into an English-style pint glass I just got for Christmas. Black with hints of red where the light hits it. Thin light-colored head. Keeps you company throughout the entire experience and leaves some serious lacing. Chocolate and caramel are evident on the nose, both burnt. Decidedly malty. A little on the weak side, especially at first. Taste is a robust combination of coffee, coal, cocoa, and caramel, which provides great alliteration. A little on the thin side, though still medium bodied and lightly carbonated. With such a low ABV and great taste, this makes for a great session beer.

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

I poured a 22 ounce capped bottle into a pint glass.

A: It poured a dense dark black body with a rich sticky abundant head that retained well and laced the side of the glass.

S: It had the distinct aroma of burnt malts, dark molasses and toasted brown sugar with hints of coffee. There is also the clear and consuming odor of smoke...it reminded me of when I first open a bag of hard timber charcoal.

T: There is an initial flavor of burnt sweet malts and molasses followed by bitter chocolate and coffee with a ever present taste of charcole. True to the style this brew stands tall and delivers a wonderful smoky porter that is a joy to consume.

M: It is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a smoothness that makes each sip a joy from the tip of the tongue to the back of the throat. It has a nice clean finish that leaves a desire for the next sip.

D: The moderate body, balance of flavors and modest ABV make this a wonderful session brew.

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

Mmmm. A nice and long lasting flow over the palate. The tones are even and it leaves a long taste in your mouth. I have saved trying a lot of the Stone productions in order to build up my palate, but I have to say that I am satisfied with this one beyond what I had expected. I have tried others with stronger flavors, so this won’t be an all time favorite, but my opinion of it will always remain high.

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Photo of ralree
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep black and opaque, nice tan foamy 2-finger head. Great head retention and great lacing. Beautiful.

S: String smoky and slightly skunky flavor. Sweet caramel malt, and fine flowering hops permeate well.

T: Strong smoky flavor with a good bitter hop flavor underneath. Malt isn't quite as sweet as I like it, making this beer a little bland. Dark chocolate and a little bit of coffee are also present.

M: Pretty oily, good carbonation, medium-heavy bodied, non-astringent. Not bad, but not great.

D: Drinks alright - it's pretty heavy. Alcohol is burning nicely. I think one per night would be my max.

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Photo of boelker62
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A large, creamy two-finger, off-white to light brown, mostly-diminishing head into a stange (don't ask why I chose this...I don't know) The hue is deep without being black, and is more of a deep, dark reddish brown when held to the light. Intriguing.

Moderate dark bread aroma with a light tinge of resin. I pull a bit of burlap frm it as well, but it fits. Many if these scents come through in the taste, but also add in there semi sweet chocolate and a distinct maltiness. I think it is officially my favorite porter, now.

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Photo of penguinjive7
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a dark, almost black color with a band of light tan head. Lacing retains somewhat but is not significant.

The smell is of smoke and semi-sweet chocolate.

The first taste to hit the tongue is the smokiness followed immediately by the nicely roasted malt. A hint of dark chocolate can be tasted as well. The finish is a very roasted flavor with a hint of charcoal. An excellent blend in the finish.

The carbonation is done very well and complements the brew's viscocity.

A fine tasting brew that all could drink all night. Extremely drinkable and proves to be yet another astounding offering from Stone.

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Photo of younger35
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My buddy picked up a bomber of this tonight and we enjoyed it while he cooked dinner. Drank from my Squatters nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a dark brown with light amber highlights around the edges. Beautiful one finger dark tan head that slowly recedes leaving a superb cap and collar for the duration of the beer. Plenty of thin splotchy lacing to go around.
Smell- Nice smoky nose that is a bit more pronounced than the Alder in Alaskan Smoked Porter, peat perhaps? A bit of sweet milk chocolate and highly creamed coffee round out the nose beautifully.
Taste- Lightly smoked body is very delicate and blends well with the semi bitter, semi sweet chocolate. Feint notes of coffee make an appearance but for the most part the smokiness is the center of attention. Nice warm roast is present from the malt with a hint of citrus. Finishes with a lingering smoke and the slightest of bitterness.
Mouthfeel- Silky smooth with a medium body and perfect medium carbonation.
Drinkability- I just ate about sixteen pounds of sweet chili hot wings and this thing is the perfect desert. The light smokiness with the chocolate background makes this a really good Smoked Porter. It’s only a step behind the Alaskan Smoked Porter but the availability of this compared to ASP is fantastic. A solid, solid brew from Stone.

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