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Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

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Stone Smoked PorterStone Smoked Porter
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
Reviews:
1,811
Ratings:
4,171
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
16.92%
 
 
Wants:
189
Gots:
526
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 1,811 | Ratings: 4,171
Photo of Bricelyn
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pored from a twenty four oz. bottle this beer Gave an amaizing amount of head holy shit three fingers of head that came up over the top of my mug ( I need a bigger mug because I can't fit a 24 with this much head in it!!!) about a finger!!! SO MUCH HEAD!!! Gotta love good head!

Smell coming off of this beer was malty chared goodness.

Taste was a wonderful mix of smoke and cocoa.

Feel Very smooth I may have poured this one a little hard but it went down excellently with my Sheppard's pie!

I wouldn't session this beer it is to special to cheapen I think it needs to be a special occasions beer. EXCELLENT BREW!!!

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
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 techdiver
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appears black, but held to light shows a high degree of clarity with ruby brown highlights. Modest tan head dissipates leaving lots of lacing.

This is tasty stuff, has a very light mouthfeel compared to other porters. Well balanced, and very smooth.

With this relatively low ABV, this a great brew to spend a cold winter night with.

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from a 22oz. bomber at about 55 degrees.
Appearance - Black with a cream tan froth. Good head retention.
Smell - The roasted malts string out of the pint with dark chocolate notes and a subtle, but easily detected, smoke character.
Taste - The smoke definitely leads the pack over the palate with those chocolate malts that I detected on the nose.
Drinkablitiy - Dangerously smooth. Do yourself a favor and buy this beer.
(This makes a fantastic base for a dark chocolate & black pepper marinade.)

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Photo of cnjohn19
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

so i won't lie...when i first took a taste i was looking for more...BUT, don't give up on it because the complexity of this brew is simply amazing...a smokey start which is almost burnt to the taste buds...pours a dark and light looking brew with a khaki colored head...gets very complex: licorice, smoked, and a very nice hint of caramel which makes it sweet to taste...

i really think you're going to enjoy this beer...cheers to it...one of the better smoked porters you'll have...

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nearly completely black color, if you look at it at an angle you can see a slight red hinge, has a big offwhite head that actually laces quite a bit. Smell is of sweet sweet delicious bacon, its like walking into an German meat market, i love it. Taste is wonderful, an absolute delight. Has of course a wonderful rich malt flavor and the smoke flavor is really noticeable as well. Mouthfeel is wonderful as well, just a great porter.

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Photo of Brianjames16
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a dark dark cloudy brown color with a substantial two finger width light tan frothy head. Nice tight bubbles build to form the head. A lot of lacing sticks and stays on the glass.

S- Big roasty malt aromas mixed with chocolate and sugary notes. The roasted malt aroma is beautiful in this one.

T- Wonderful balance of characteristic flavors. Roasted malts, sugars and chocolates all blend into on smooth and warming taste. Alcohol is masked by the rich flavors. Nice bitterness at the end from the hops.

M- Here's where it gets very interesting. From the look I would suspect this would have a heavy body. Not the case. The smooth and silky texture plus the balance of flavors make this beer an very easy drinker for me.
D- Surprisingly very easy to drink. I love porters and stouts and I will most definitely come back to this one again.

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Photo of ordybill
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. The appearance is a near pitch black pour with a medium sized tan head. the aroma is a nice blend of smoke, malt and cocoa. The taste is malt driven with some smoke. An outstanding beer.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a midnight black with a thin tan head from my 22 oz bomber. I've also had it on tap and I think the tap version has a stronger smoke flavor.

Smell is smokey, coffee and faint chocolate

Taste is smokey, coffee and some chocolate. A little hop bitterness on the back end.

Nice mouth feel, what you would expect from a porter

Good drink ability, would be a good session beer with the low ABV,except the smokiness detracts from the ability to drink too many of these.

This is a great smoked porter, one of the best examples of the style.

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Photo of beerme626
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Liquor Barn in Lexington, poured into a tervis tumbler (still don't have my glasses yet)

A: Rich dark, practically opaque, with a nice two-finger head, very tan, that diminishes but doesn't quite disappear after 2/3 of a beer. Seen better, but it's very good.

S: Rich caramel, malts, and chocolate.

T: A tasty porter. Rich is the word of the day. Complex malts and syrup initially, with a nice touch of hops and coffee on the back end. Bittersweet. Not as much obvious smoke, but an aftereffect of smoke that feels good.

M: Rich, and frothy without being foamy. Bubbly without going overboard, and a very pleasant feel on the tongue. Ideal for a porter.

O: I've been more blown away by porters (Founder's, Great Lakes,) but this is very good.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby-brown appearance, but the head is ridiculous - its about 3 inches thick and really doesn't settle down.

Smokey, somewhat milky smell, combined with chocolate, toffee and sweet, sugary coffee. The smokiness is noticeable, but fairly tame. This smells almost like Camp coffee.

A bit more tart taste, and the smokiness is a bit more noticeable, but this still has an almost coffee-and-cream flavour to it, with a bit of sugar in it. Chocolate, burnt toffee and butter swirl around in the flavour.

Mouthfeel is bang-on - low natural carbonation. A very nice beer to drink - a really mild, subtle smokey profile not at all typical of a smoked beer.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A= one thing I love is a smoked porter... Lets do this thang! The pour is classic porter look. A nice black color with some deep amber highlights when held to the light. A nice two finger head on it that is a slightly off white color falls to about a half finger high and stays there throughout the drink. Decent lacing.

S= Pretty pungent. There is a really beautiful smoke smell wafting from this glass. Not really the common bonfire smoke you get a lot of times which I love but more of a nice mellow smoke odor. The porter underneath the smoke is just as beautiful. Nice roast and chocolate to it. Excellent smell.

T= The taste is also wonderful. The smoke seems to be really controled. This isn't a smoke beer where the smoke dominates but one where the smoke sort of plays with the porter flavors and just jumps in through out the taste to say whats up from time to time. Really well balanced. The roast and chocolate from the porter is delicous.

M= Smooth. Luxury. This beer feels great. A nice balance between stout and pale ale.

D= Great brew. I love smoked porters to death. Porters are my favorite and when they get smoked it's awesome. This beer didn't let down. Delicous and complex without too much smoke in it. Seek this out.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a stange at Stone Brewery.

Appearance: Dark coffee color, very small head (wonder what the head looks like out of a bottle) with some delicate lacing. The head leaves a collar that remains over the course of the beer.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, cigars. 3 distinct and abrupt smells, working well together.

Taste: A very strong porter; they definitely don't mess around at Stone Brewery. A smokey oak flavor up front, and it is easy to taste the alcohol. The middle and end are a bomb of malt and hops, with some vanilla and caramel flavorings. The end leaves with a slight smokey chocolate aftertaste residue.

Mouthfeel: Definitely a very full body, but still fairly smooth. There is a definite bite to this porter, like it wants to fight your tongue.

Drinkability: The richness of the porter will definitely impede the speed of consumption, although the fact that it is a thick, chewy, tasty brew more than makes up for that fact.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting a kick-ass and kick-your-ass porter.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a simple black with a satisfyingly thick head. The aroma presents hickory smoke, tobacco, cedar, coffee, and burning gasoline, though not in an unpleasant way. Indeed, I love the slightly mechanical hint to this beer. I also get a touch of roasted hazelnut on the nose, this one grows as the beer warms. The taste leads with a sweet coffee flavor, followed by hickory smoke, the kind you get from eating really good smoked barbecue. The motuhfeel isa bit thin, but maybe that is for the best given the heavy quality of the beer. Overall I adore this beer. It is deep, rich, complex, and utterly drinkable.

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Photo of BacklitAvenger
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Black in the glass. Capped by whitish-tan head, leaving lacing down the glass as I drink. Held to the light it is straight ruby. A dark drink here boys and girls.

Smell - Dark malt, and a hint of smoke. A bit disappointed here, was expecting more smoke. Perhaps I may be jaded from Aecht Sch., but I thought it a bit lacking in smoke aroma.

Taste - Well! Made up for the lack of aroma here! There's dark malt flavors composed of dark bittersweet chocolate. Intertwined with the dark malt is a thick, powerful smoke flavor. Caramel and roast round out the malt bill, and hops are limited to bittering role, perhaps a bit overpowered by the smoke. Can't say I mind though, this is a truly delicious drink! The chocolatey and smokey characteristics blend masterfully, dueling for control of the beer. This is a proper porter as well, much restrained in the roast sort of taste, barely posessing it at all. I like my stouts roasty and my porters malty and bittersweet, and this fully fits the bill, living up to my buddy's exhortations. He picked me up a bomber at DLD this year since we can't get them here in Illinois. Overall the flavor is explosive, yet restrained. There's a warming quality about it that manages to expose alcohol without being hot or solvent-like. Additionally I feel the smoke taste to dissipate fast once poured into the glass, so I used my smaller tulip and refilled more often.

Mouthfeel - Velvet. Pure and simple this is a silky smooth and slightly viscous and thick porter. Not slick and viscous, but more soft and fluffy. I almost feel like there's some sort of mouthfeel related smoke properties here, not sure. Carbonation adequate, ideal even. There's just enough CO2 to prickle the mouth as you drink, adding to the voluptuous, voluminous mouthfeel overall.

Drinkability - I damn dear well gave this a five here as well, but compared to lighter fare it isn't truly that drinkable. It is merely extremely drinkable for such a beer with a medium-heavy body and chock full of flavor. I noticed myself gulping the stuff down and had to check myself as I only have the one bomber, and as such should savor and sip. Still, this stuff makes you want to take big, full drinks.

Lovely all around, highly recommended. Stone needs to come to Illinois post haste.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Very dark, almost black, with a gorgeous foamy volcanic head that held onto the inside glass.

Smell – Big flavor of burnt malt, molasses, and huge brown sugar. There’s also some budding bread in there and probably a lot of other things but it’s tough to get through the malt aroma. Certainly all the standard dark flavors (as mentioned) along with coffee, cocoa powder, banana, and other dark fruits.

Taste – The smoky flavor is more at the finish. Up front there’s the huge flavors presented at the nose. The malt dominates but everything else is there as promised. The studious taster will also find hops for balance

I would also like to point out a fantastic trick. I enjoy the aroma of chocolate the most as you’d find with cocoa power (chocolate and sugar kind of) but the taste I like best like chocolate chips (Nestle, for instance). The chocolate in this one comes out as powder in the nose and semi-sweet eating chocolate in the flavor. Well done.

Mouthfeel – Little carbonation in accordance with the style. This one is smooth, smooth, smooth.

Drinkability – I sucked this down while in the kitchen making tacos. It goes great with anything, including Mexican food, steak, chicken, or Cheerios.

Comments –Not only is this a terrific brew, but it hit my personal preferences right on target. Awesome!

Update: The 2004 is wound a bit tighter than the ’03. The heavy flavors are bigger and the lighter fruits and sugars are faint. This is a terrific candidate for cellaring.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A brilliant chestnut pour sits beneath a 3” cream to light tan foam collar that is fairly persistent and lacy. S: Smoke aromas are mild and restrained, with chocolate and hints of coffee. T: Primarily chocolate and coffee with a hop bitter accent and a light hand on the smoke. F: Very soft on the palate with medium full body and medium carbonation. O: Some creamy texture makes this beer.

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Photo of rdilauro
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

STONE Brewery did a super job with this one. It pours nice and dark with a semi-dark creamy head.
The aroma was very pleasant. But what set this one apart from many other Porters/Stouts, is the slight overtone of chocolate, a bit of coffee and a subtle but enjoyable smoking taste.

Very drinkable. A pleasure to drink

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a great dark color, even the head was dark. And surprise! No overwhelming hops. It had all kinds of great porter tastes, chocalate, caramel, etc. I liked this beer almost too much, craving it like an addict. A definite solid beer, worhty of stone.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Stone Smoked Porter pours a very dark brown, with about a 1/2 inch head. It smells mostly like coffee, chocolate and malt, with a slight smoky smell. Very nice. It has a stronger smoky taste to it, along with it tasting like chocolate and roasted malt. There's also a slight bitter coffee-like aftertaste, which is good. It's very full flavored overall. The mouthfeel is thin, and it goes down pretty smooth with not much carbonation at all. I'm very partial towards dark beers anyway, and I would place this one close to the top of the ones I've tried. I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Cheers!

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Photo of diabecktic
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Roughly ~3 fingers of creamy, light-tan head form quickly upon pouring. Retention is excellent, as it takes several minutes for ~3 fingers to dissipate. The beer itself appears to be black, but when held up to the light you can see a dark, cherry red color. Carbonation isn't really visible, and the lacing is excellent.

Smell:
A robust, smoky dark chocolate/coffee malt is complimented by just enough of a hop aroma to make itself known. A dark fruit adds additional complexity, but at this point I can't discern what it is.

Taste:
The taste is very much like the nose, but I find it even more complex. A dark chocolate malt seems to be the centerpiece, but I can distinctly pick out notes of coffee, plum (maybe raisin?), caramel, and a slight hint of licorice in the aftertaste. Hops add balance towards the end, and an underlying woody smokiness seems to tie everything together.

Mouthfeel:
I was expecting the dark, sweet malt to impart excessive density, but I didn't find this to be the case. The body is nearly perfect for the content; it's on the ever-so-slightly heavier side of medium. Complex sweet and smoky flavors tantalize the tongue; flavor improves upon slight warming.

Drinkability:
This beer is very drinkable. It's complex without being overpowering, and the alcohol content is on the higher end of what one would call a session beer. You might protest if you're some sort of purist, but this is an excellent beer to enjoy sipping with nearly anything (though the bottle provides some suggestions).

Summary:
I might be committing some type of sin by saying this, but I might actually like this beer a bit more than Stone's classic Arrogant Bastard. Though I couldn't rate any one section as perfect, I felt that nearly every aspect of the tasting was ALMOST perfect. Again, this is an extremely complex beer which is very drinkable; the balance is the one thing which I most want to emphasize. Beers like this are what keep me coming back to the Stone Brewing Company.

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Photo of aranheaney
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a DFH snifter:

A-Deep, dark mahogany with a caramel, creamy head that hangs on a bit and leaves some nice lacing around

S-Incredible: cocoa, toffee, coffee and a hint of wood-fire

T-very nicely balanced all the smells come through and the smoke on the back-end is wonderful

M-wonderful, leaves that smoke at the back-end

D-VERY high, the abv at 5.9 is something that would make this a nice candidate for sessioning a porter

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a 22 oz. bomber, with a nice little paragraph about the gargoyle. Pours a very deep brown with just the tiniest hints of red poking through. A nice chocolate head tops it off with some very pretty lacing. Smells incredibly chocolately, with just a little hint at espresso. Tastes almost like a stout, only more chocolate. Nice coffee bean notes. A fabulous tasting brew to say the least. Nice and chewy in the mouth, with a suprising amount of hops rounding it off. The aftertaste stays for hours. A very drinkable beer, especially since t's only 5.9% ABV. A great brew indeed. My first shot at a Stone offering. Now on to the Arrogant Bastard...

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Photo of DeutscheJeff
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first foray into the big Stone family of Porter's. Needless to say, I was not left disappointed as this beer packed all of the punch and flavor I've become accustomed to with Stone beers. This beer is jet black, offering no discernible light through, and has a thin tan head that lasts until the very last drop. A sweet feel on the tongue is followed by a strong smokey flavor that delivers an uncompromising finish on what the name implies. Would I buy this again? Absolutely. Do I regret missing out on their chipotle porter? Absolutely.

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Photo of bradybeer
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a thck creamy tan head. Light to medium carbonation with hops and smoke coming through. Smell is of hops and a whiff of smoke everytime your nose nears the brew. Taste is at once smokey, a little bitter, with notes of cocoa. Your mouth fills with a chewy smokey medium body feel with every sip. Drinkability? Oh my, while not a session beer-I could have several of these as the taste is near perfect for me

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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
4.02 out of 5 based on 4,171 ratings.
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