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
Ratings:
4,189
Reviews:
1,815
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
Wants:
198
Gots:
527
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Greywulfken
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: black beer in a stout flute glass with a fat dark tan head; slippery, milky lace all the way down

S: smoky roasted dark malt, wood and earth

T: bitter dark malt, smoke and charcoal, very distant cold espresso and bittersweet chocolate (more bitter than sweet)

M: medium body, modest carbonation, smooth and coating, mellow bittering

O: very simple and flavor-specific porter - high quality product from a high-quality brewer. Smooth, dry, mellow bitter porter riddled with smoky char.

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Photo of mullenite
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glassware - 10oz Nonic

Appearance - Ridiculously dark red in color with a tan cap for a head. My wife was drinking an Aprihop which has a nice red tinge and it didn't even compare to the depth of color in this one. The best way to describe it is blood red. The lacing on the glass is pretty much a solid wall.

Nose - Smells of barbecue smoke, chocolate and roasted malts. The smoke adds a really interesting meaty, pork-like note.

Taste - Where the smoke is somewhat strong in the nose, it is subtle in the taste, adding a nice accent to the dark kilned malts, similar to a nice smokey coffee.

Mouthfeel - Body is good but it is slightly over carbonated in my opinion, kind of takes away from the smoothness of the flavor profile.

Overall - Even with the higher than anticipated carbonation this is a hugely drinkable beer. Very nice clean and balanced flavor.

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Photo of jlervine
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black with only the slightest hints of deep brown along the edge of the glass. Head was just slightly off-white and fell down to a thick webbing of foam along the top of the beer. Smell is dark chocolate, thick gooey dark chocolate, roasted malt, and just a hint of subdued smokiness. Taste leads off with a smooth hop bitterness that has a citrus/earthy tone, then takes you into roasted malt land. The dark chocolate tones reign supreme, and the finish adds just a touch of smoke. Mouthfeel is very nice, but perhaps a bit too much in the astringent drying feeling left at the very end. Not bad, though. A very drinkable beer, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of tfinn
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer simply smells wonderful. I had to smell it even before I poured my first glass from the bottle. light head dissapeared after the first few sips. it's a suitably dark dark red / brown porter color.

did I mention it smells really good? there's a subtle almost carmelized undertone that hearkens to roasted food which strikes me as very tasty.

initial flavor is somewhat tangy "hoppy wood" which fades quickly after swallowing to yield hints of malt. the hops return and the tail continues a low light hoppy ride off to a dry finish on the sides of my tongue.

mouthfeel improves as it warms up, but is still a tad on the light side for me. (I <3 malt.)

overall a very good beer, worth seeking out for the smell alone.

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Photo of MerkinMan
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into imperial pint glass. Dark black with a head that looks as though it would hang around for a while.

Smokey aroma is there, but not overwhelming. There is a slight caramel scent hiding in there as well.

The taste is at first peaty and dry. The sweetness is cut by the smokey taste, but comes back with the hops in the end. Caramel tastes show up after it warms a little.

The mouthfeel shows a little less body than some of the heavier porters. Not a bad thing at all.

Drinkability is better than many porters. This style is not at the top of my list like it was in the past, but this is one that I could drink plenty more of since it is not so sweet. The $3.99 price tag on a 22oz doesn't hurt either.

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Photo of risendragon
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%

Bought from Market Basket. I've had this before but not ever had the chance to review it. I will say, it goes well in a beef stew, gives it a sweet deep flavor with a hint of smoke.

A- Deep mahogany, almost red wine deep (4.25)

S- Chocolate covered cherries are the first smell I get followed by a whiff of smoke and dark chocolate. Not as much smoke as I remember though and it does have a bitter aftertaste that's not as appealing as it would seem (3.75).

T- I get coffee, dark chocolate, and a faint smoke wafting in the background. It also has a dark fruit flavor that's kind of unique. Not as smoky as I remember though (3.75).

M- Porter smooth, no complaints here! (4.5)

O- One of the better porters I've had, the smoke adds a bit of complexity but I remember it being more assertive in that department. Overall, I like it. Maybe drinking it at more of a room temperature would be better as I drank this one slightly chilled (4.07 average).

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Photo of jdubjacket
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Popped open a bottle of this after a weekend of wedding planning and 10 hours worth of driving. It's been sitting in my fridge for a few months now, so I figured this would be a good time to crack this one, especially now that it's readily available in Georgia now.

Poured into my Boulevard chalice. Pours a dark brown. Looks a little watery and has almost no head at all.

Smells of dried fruit; prunes, raisins, bit of alcohol and roasted malts.

Tastes of roasted malts, a hint of raisins, almost port-like, but much more subdued.

A slightly watery mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

A pretty drinkable porter. Not my favorite style of beer but this is pretty exceptional.

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Photo of eballard
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark deep brown color with a dark cream colored head. The smell is very much like roasted coffee. This beer is full and rich with a smoky roasted taste. Flavors of coffee and chocolate blended with the roasted malts bring out a lot of taste in the beer. The beer is heavy and deep with a nice strong after taste. This is a great porter if you like your porters strong. I also love it as a marinade for stakes. It has a great taste and adds a great flavor to the meat. Just make sure you save some for drinking.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out dark, with a hint of brown. Forms a nice head on top, and leaves decent lacing all the way down the glass. I love the smell, smells smoky and roasty, very enticing. I'm nost sure how much I like smoky flavors from my small experience with smoked beers, but the taste is still very subtle, though the smokiness seems to come out more as the beer warms. I wonder what this would taste like without the smoked malts. I really love the mouthfeel, it's a bit creamy and very, very smooth. And I think that could make it very easy to drink a lot of these in succession, though I think I would get bored of the smokiness after a while.

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Photo of scotorum
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Lawson's tulip.

a: Black, clear ruby when seen through light. Half finger thick tan head receded to thin surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Mild dark and caramel malt.

t: Big smoke up front followed by an almost equally big hop bite. Sweet to dry finish.

m: Smooth mediumn, plenty of carbonation tingle.

o; Sure lives up to its name! Smoke in abundance, perhaps the strongest of any similar type. A most enjoyable sipper. Have had their Vanilla bean version and enjoyed that, but this one packs an amazing smoky wallup.

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Photo of HappyPappy2X
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap, pint glass at Mississippi Pizza, Portalnd, Oregon March 11, 2013

Appearance: Dark, almost opaque. Off white head, good retention

Smell: Not strong, slight malt sweetness

Taste: Malt forward, slight roastiness, smoke flavor hidden deep. Milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side for porter. Above average carbonation.

Overall: A great porter. One I would revisit. Smokiness almost not enough, although better to err on too little, perhaps...

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Photo of Dave1999
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a foamy off white head.

The smell is subtle smoked malts, roasted malts and just a touch of coffee .

The taste is quite smokey, like a Scottish whisky, slightly sweet malts and some licorice. Very tasty all round.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth with medium carbonation.

This is another great beer from stone, very tasty, I wouldn't have minded just a little bit more smoke but overall can't complain.

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Photo of beersarang
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Upon pouring there is a generous and creamy head. This beer also leaves wonderful lace along the glass. Tone is extremely dark brown with a tan head. Shines wonderfully in the light.

Smell: The aroma has malty roasted notes, superb.

Taste: Strong upfront malty coffee and chocolate notes. Beautifully done. Alcohol character is present, but does not dominate. Final flavor is fruity.

Mouthfeel: Just right, not too light or heavy. Makes for a very smooth beer with carbonation that tingles just enough.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had a pint at the uc catskeller. decent looking deep brown, not much of a head. smell has notes of roasted malt,smoke,chocolate,and coffee.

taste is strong roasted malt flavors (roasted coffee,burnt chocolate) with a bit of nuttiness. finished with a mild smoked flavor that lingers on the tongue.

overall this is a pretty good beer. the lingering effect of the smoke flavor though makes this beer a slow sipper for me. i like smoke flavor, but one of these is enough for me.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hreb
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cold 22 oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours black, opaque except for a tinge of red, and a medium chestnut head. Aroma is smoky, as expected. Smoke and roasted malt pick up the front of the flavor, too. Smoked flavor is the major player here, but it doesn't overpower the substantial malt bill here. Burnt toast is big here. In the background there are subtle coffee and mocha flavors. Finally, there's a bitter edge to bring out the dry finish. This is a really good smoked porter and worth coming back to again and again.

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Photo of Arborescence
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Virtually black. Pours a thick three finger head with some hints of chocolate.

Aroma: Roasted malt, toasty. Deep and satisfying, but not smoke as far as I can tell.

Taste: Lovely malt attack! Rich chocolate, espresso, and roasted coffee & malts. Some toasty characteristics from the smoking, but it's not "smoky" as such. Very tasty though.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, medium bodied.

Overall: This is an excellent, robust porter, although I'm surprised about the relative lack of smoke. For the style, the points come down a little bit because of the lack of smoke, but as a porter this is very good indeed.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with faint reddish edges under a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and semi-sweet chocolate. Flavor follows the nose with a good smoked, dry finish.

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Photo of jkanavel
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this more than once at Lucky Baldwins is Pasadena. 5 dollars a pint. WHAT???? (Cherumbim is the raddest server ever)

A: One of the most attractive aspects of this beer is the inky blackness of it, topped with the mocha head that clings all the down the glass, right until the last swallow.

S: Mocha, baking chocolate, campfire, pancake syrup, and malt, with a touch of spiciness.

T: sweet malty goodness, very light smoke profile and rich mocha, not too strong on the hops, but good balance from the bitter toasted grain component.

M: Smooth as silk. Light carbonation makes this go down like chocolate milk almost.

O: This is an old standby for me. Not a great summer brew, but when the weather starts turning ugly this becomes one of my favorite session beers.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, mohogany (ruby red highlights) with a low brown head and light lace. Light smoky and chocolate aroma with rough roasty alcohol tones. Chocolate malt flavor dominates with a light smokiness. Medium bodied with a slightly rough bitter finish.

[22 oz. bottle for $3.99]

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Photo of JDizzle
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rumrunner
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle

A bit different from other porters I have tried. It is somewhat like a stout to me. Still very good though.

Inviting dense brown color with a light brown head. Lacing is ample.
The scent is light chocolate with a roasted smokiness. Some light toffee and bread waft through as well.

The flavors are all roast and smoke. There is a dark bread quality and some tart molassas like flavor. Also a toffee quality. There is some hoppiness but nothing to be alarmed about. It has a full bodied flavor.

It is very crisp and refreshing. Despite its dark color it is not heavy and drinks very easily. I do not drink porters on a regular basis but this one seems to differ from the few other porters that I have had. It tastes like a porter but it still has a stout quality to it in some ways. Anyway a very nice and enjoyable drink.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a thick black color with a medium to thin tan head that wofts chocolate and woodsy hops together, then after that fades to smoky chocolate.

Very smoky in the flavor - kinda made me jump back. This is my first smoked beer. Some coffee notes.

A lasting bitterness goes good. Real nice lacing. Very bubbly and soft on the palate. At first the smokiness wasn't subtle but as it warms a little it mellows out.

Very nice beer indeed.

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Photo of Cold_1
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JackStraw22
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: nearly pitch black body, slighty translucent near the bottom of the glass. Nice head of tan foam with great retention and some good lacing to boot.

Smell: Lots of chocolate, buttery and a little bit yeasty/earthy. Not a lot of smoked aroma.

Taste/Feel: This really has a bite to it. The smokey taste is upfront, but really manifests itself at the end. The smokey character has an almost metallic quality to it, which is a little dissapointing. Edit: now that it's warmed up, that metallic taste has dissapeard and turned into a warm smokey flavor. The residule smokey flavor that lingers is very nice. Some slight bitterness, but nothing big. Full mouthfeel, a little sticky.

Drinkability: Great, though coming in the larger bottle size, one is plenty.

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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
4.02 out of 5 based on 4,189 ratings.
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