Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

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Smoked PorterSmoked Porter

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Smoke Porter

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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Ratings: 4,203 |  Reviews: 1,816
Photo of johnrobe
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perhaps I have a predilection for smoky things. Sam Adam's Scotch Ale was my favorite of their offerings and I lamented its demise. My favorite scotch whiskies come from Islay. I love to barbecue with mesquite or hickory chips. Hell, the name of my alma mater's mascot is Smokey. So with that I have to say, this is one tasty brew. Anyone who likes porters or smoked beers should give it a try.

It pours black in the glass with a tan head that dissipates midway through consumption. There's a lot going on in the aroma: fruity esters...plum preserves and raisins, as well as light molasses, chocolate, a touch of sourness and just a whisp of smoke.
Very balanced taste. Dark malt (yet without that deep roasted on for a porter) and sweeter malt with enough hops to keep the sweetness in check. The mouthfeel is lush and medium-bodied. A subtle smokiness comes through in the finish and sticks around on your palate, very nicely done.

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Photo of mickstepp
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm not an experienced drinker of smoked Porters so I have little basis for comparison. I like the look of the beer. Nice and dark with a decent head. The aroma was subtle and I tried to pick up the smokiness but really couldn't. Mostly it smelled like a pale ale just not as hoppy and citrusy.The beer has a nice velvety mouthfeel but was a lot crisper than I thought it would be. I expected either chocolatey or bitter or both. I was a little disappointed in the amount of smoke in the taste (after all this was my first experience with a smoked beer). It was there but very faint and in the background. I should say that I'm a huge Stone fan so I hold their beers up to a very, very high standard. This beer was good but not as rich and smokey as I would have liked. I drank it cold (right out of the 'fridge) and perhaps too cold. I think I'll try it again when the weather gets brutally cold and I'll let the beer warm up to closer to room temperature

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

This porter pours a deep rich black with garnet highlights. The head is a light carmel color with lots of staying power. The aroma is malty with notes of smoke and dried fruit. The taste starts smooth with plenty of malt flavor and finishes with a smokey bite and an aftertaste of hop spiciness and smoke. The mouthfeel is quite velvety and smooth. A very enjoyable porter. The smokiness is balanced with the sweetness of the malt quite well. Personally I wish there was a little more umph (sp?) to it. I feel like I have been teased in that it left me expecting more than I got. None the less this is a very nice porter. Has potential to be a great porter.

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

Very dark, almost black in color with a 1/4 inch tan head. Robust and full bodied but not over powering. The smoke is well balanced with the rest of the beer. There are hints of chocolate in the beginning that give way to the smoke flavor. Redbones has this on tap and I can't wait!

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to black and somewhat opaque. Brownish head. Aroma is of smoke and roasted malts. Taste is of chocolate and coffee and of course smoke. The smoked malts really give this beer character and a unique flavor. Fairly heavy for a porter. IMO, Stone's is a little heavier and maybe a little sweeter than the Alaskan Smoked Porter. Personally, I prefer the Alaskan slightly over the Stone, but take your pick, they are both exceptional beers. I'm beginning to hold Stone Brewing in very high regard.

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Photo of Kwak
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Head: Soft and creamy lots of flavor.
Body: A muddy dark look nice brown color with a rube tint.
Taste: Sweet Smokey bitter a little malt and small chocolate coffee,
with a nice warming finish.

Very complex brew with a great taste!

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

It poured into the glass a very dark brown/red in color. The head was a creamy light chocolate in color and very thick. And the lace seemed to last to the end of the glass. The aroma is deep malt, lightly smoked, caramel, and even a hint of coffee and elements of chocolate. The taste is of a sweet malt, caramel hints of coffee/chocolate and smoke. It is nicely hopped, and I really enjoyed the smoke qualities in this beer.

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

This marvelous creation looks black as night and even if you hold it up to the light, you can barely see the outline of the lightbulb with some reddish highlights. First sip starts out with a slickness coupled withfaint chocolate flavors that turns into roasted coffee like flavor in the middle. The lingering aftertaste is very dry and roasted. After my first swallow, I was wondering where the smoke flavor was, then about 10 seconds later it kicks in and is very nice - not overpowering at all. After each swallow the flavors just seem to last in your mouth forever.

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

Another Stone Beer - Smoked Porter this time. I am seriously falling in love with the silk-printed trademark 'Gargoyled' brown glass Stone “Bombers”, they truly represent the wholesome, “in yer face” character of Stones Beers. I love Brewers that take fewer prisoners than the Japanese when it comes to Brewing.
Look up “Black Body” in Physics text books, and where it once waxed lyrical about Planck’s Curves and an Emissivity of 1.0 - it now just says “Stone Smoked Porter”. Huh - and I respected Sir William Herschel at school (I bet he drank wine)!!?
A rudely opaque beer that pours with little carbonation. A lovely brown head formed, but it had as much resolve as the Republican Guard – and soon retreated and disappeared under scrutiny. A Chocolately introduction that even Marianne Faithful would be proud of. This leads to a roasted coffee middle, and a superb lingering bitter finish. The smoked dimension enters unannounced at the end, akin to trying to stand up after and hour or two in an Amsterdam Café. Mouthfeel is good (no more Marianne Faithfull comments as I will get ejected), and this contributes to a smooth drinking Porter with no sweetness whatsoever, quite contrary to some UK Porters I have tried. But I don’t care – I love this beer, and have just adopted it. Stone appear to be able to turn their hand to any style with a tenacity that is highly respected by this one Limey. Another great beer, when will I have a bad one from Stone I wonder???
Hmm…., better pack Two Bottles of this in tomorrows lunchbox.

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Photo of jtw5877
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is everything I look for in a porter, elements of chocolate, caramel, coffee, and a nice smoked malt taste. It pours a nice deep brown with nice amount of head. Smooth rich taste leaves me wishing I had another.

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

As deep as garnet gets, before we call it brown, the head is "Chocolate", frothy, long lasting; the lace clings in thick sheets till the very bottom of the glass. Nose is deep malt, lightly smoked, sweet, caramel, and even a hint of coffee. Front is sweet malt, the top is medium to full, the finish is of course "Smokey", nicely hopped, light to moderate carbonation, dry, and a nice long lasting bitter after taste. Call me a "Stone-o-phile", but I like the over the top hops, high ABV, big malts and that robustness, only found in a few brewers beers, such as "Alesmith".

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

The beer pours a deep dark color with a thick head. I was a bit disappointed with lack of smoke in the aroma. Being a Stone brew, I expected to be overwhelmed with a smokey aroma that would bring back memories of camping. With the lack in aroma, it is made up for in taste. You can taste the smoke, but it doesn't overwhelm you. This is probably the worst Stone brew I've had, but that doesn't make this a bad beer. I wouldn't have any problems buying this beer again. I just expected more out of this beer coming from a great brewer like Stone.

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Photo of hyuga
4.77/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Almost completely opaque. Light brown head composed of tiny bubbles that stays pretty well. Quite a bit in the nose, lots of smoked peaty malt, chocolate, and caramel backed by leafy hops. As for the taste, the expected smoked grain. This is most apparent with retro-olfaction, but is definitely a big presence throughout. Lots of roasted grain and dark chocolate, very bittersweet up front. Leafy and slightly rind-like hops come out more in the back, but are subtle and balance perfectly with the malt. Very slight fruitiness, plum-like. Perfectly smooth and creamy mouthfeel. I'm a big fan of smoked beers, and this one is amazing. I am very impressed, I love this beer. I bow to the great gargoyle.

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

Very nice robust porter. Pours almost completely opaque, even backlit, though ominous, blood-red highlights are perceptible. Thin, creamy head persists throughout the 22 oz drink.

The aroma, true to style, smells of roasted coffee and perhaps charcoal.

Taste is slightly chocolately, though roasted grain dominates. Slight smokey flavor from their pete-smoked malt is detectable throughout.

Very full-bodied ale, with a slightly sweet finish. This is a very drinkable brew -- it was difficult for me to wait for the beer to warm up a bit, but well worth it! Tastes best when just slightly cool.

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Photo of Brent
3.03/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Up to now, I've liked every Stone beer I've had the chance to try. This was almost true for the Smoked Porter, but it is the defining character, the smoke, that turned me off. Beautiful to behold in the glass. The nose was a surprising sweet, thin chocolate. Up front, a very nice robust porter. Then the smoke flavor emerged at the end, and I found it to be a disconcerting stale bar-smoke like flavor, rather than a peat or wood smoke. Had this been a straight porter, I think I would have loved it.

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

Another great beer from Stone. This one is not as edgy as Arrogant Bastard but still unique. Very dark color with a thin and lasting beige head. The aroma is smokey of course. Medium body, and the smoked flavor was not overpowering and complemented the malt perfectly. Slight bitter chocolate in the aftertaste. Well done.

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Photo of marc77
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Virtually black in hue, w/ deep garnet aorund the rim when held to light. Persistant beige head leaves loose lace. Chocolate malt, carob, butterscotch, dark caramel and smooth black patent comprise the aroma, while smokey peated malt is surprisingly subdued. Quite appetizing aromawise. The malt profile is very smooth & lacks any black patent sharpness, allowing mellow chocolate and dark caramel malt to provide a flavorful base sweetness. Hop bitterness, although secondary, counters this sweetness well, lending an overall cleanly bittersweet chocolate profile. The use of peated malt is conservative but adequate enough to add a pleasant smokey undertone. Moderately bodied, w/ a dextrinous and enjoyable mouthfeel. Finishes very clean, w/ chocolate flavors abruptly ending but light peat smoke briefly lingering. This is a tasty, well balanced and highly drinkable porter-- It's perhaps the most subtle brew by Stone I've had. Agreeably mellow.

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

Pours almost as black as black can be, only the barest hints of light getting around the edge. The brew has a nice brown head on it to start but once that fades there is no lace at all and no more head. Huge roasted coffee, chocolate, and smoke aromas dominate. Starts off like a straight up porter with some nice bitter coffee and roasted malt flavors before fading into a bittersweet dark chocolate taste. The porter taste fades and the beer appears to be done but then a huge smoked quality comes in and slaps you in the face. Smooth and creamy, this is one seriously drinkable beer. Damn these guys know what they are doing. A big thanks to Greg and Co. for making these beers.

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Photo of cokes
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Throws a glass of near black liquid. When held to light, it is realized that it the darkest shade of ruby possible. Crystal clear too. Light brown head settles out quickly.
Delicious nose of chocolate, charcoal and faint wood smoke. A faint fruity sweetness resides here as well.
Taste is heavy on the rich dark maltiness associated with porters. Lots of expresso and dark chocolate tones with some malty sweetness. Smoke plays a backup role. It comes in towards the finsh and mingles with the hops to turn this one pleasingly bitter with charcoal dominating the aftertaste.
Comparing this to other (good) smoked beers I have tried, the smoke flavor does not seem quite as integrated. Almost seems like an afterthought and at times seems sort of stale. Not a major complaint, as it is still pretty tasty.
Body is medium. Solid foundation, but does not necessarily dazzle the mouth.
I do like this beer quite a bit, but it pales in comparison to the Alaskan Smoked Porter....but then again, few beers reach those heights in my eyes.

Good stuff, Bighuge. Thanks alot!

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

The aroma has an ironlike smokiness to it, with hints of citrusy hop. Dark dark brown.

The flavors in some order (changes sip to sip) - citrus hop; an oiliness similar to that found in an oatmeal stout; smoky maltiness; chocolatey maltiness; roasted coffee maltiness. Take the late, lamented Big Indian Porter, subtract some of the malt, add in hops & smoke, and you have this beer. This is NOT a bad thing at all. The finish is very nice - a little sweet, with some smoky-roasty-dry malt overtones.

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

It's close to black with a surprisinlgly strong tan head. Even after it warmed, it gave off only a slight smell, with the smoke just barely detectable. The smoke flavor is also subtle with lots of nice roasty malt swimming around. Drinking it is a bit like chewing on a little bit of black patent and chocolate malt.

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

It's a cross between the smell of your clothes the morning after you stayed up late staring into the campfire and stale cigarette smoke. That's the dominate aspect of the character, or at least the middle anyway. The beginning is more a good porter, warm and malty without crossing into stout territory. The ending is bitter hops with the lingering stale smoke. Actually, given the almost pitch black color and tan head of this beer, I'm surprised the malt doesn't play a stronger role in the flavor of this beer. This would be excellent with grilled pork or some of the smokier barbeque I've had.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first smoked-style bier I've had in a while other than Schlenkerla... Quite good! Opaque, dark brown color, with a smooth tan head, and attractive lacework. Nose was smoky, malty and dry; reminiscent of Schlenkerla. Body was a degree or 2 less than medium, but mouthfeel was good otherwise. Good malt backbone, and the smokiness is not subtle, but just strong enough. Some other roasty-porter notes come through, and it finishes well on the dry side. All the Stones biers I've tried to date are quite good! Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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

Huge rocky head...great soft smoked aroma..very very dark burgandy...sweet on the buds with a smokey accent..not overbearing smokiness though(about right)..a bit sweet/syrupy mouthfeel...almost some java tones..very good but in the the same league as Alaskan Brewings' Smoked Porter.

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Photo of Wildman
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer has a nice dark color to it when you pour, plus a nicely colored head to accent it. The smell is rather interesting, since I usually don't drink smokey beers. It is lighter than other porters. The taste is good and interesting do to the smoky aspect of it. Worth a try.

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