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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1,816
Ratings:
4,202
pDev:
11.25%
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4.03
 
 
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Photo of mhowell
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark, almost black, brown, with an hint of translucency ( I could see the shadow of my fingers on the other side of the glass). I picked up a slight smoky aroma from the bottle. The creamy tan head stayed a 1/4 inch thick till the bitter end. And that's my only negative. As smooth and creamy as this beer looks, and feels in the mouth, I was taken by surprise by the bitter bite. Not a complaint, just unexpected. Now that I am expecting it, I will enjoy this beer.

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Photo of dgallina
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with garnet highlights and a chunky tan head that recedes into a thick blanket of foam and sticky lacing. Smells of sweet roasted coffee and chocolate malts on a vaguely spicy base. Flavor starts with evenly toasted sweet malts. Slowly develops more rounded roasted and slightly smoked qualities Finishes with a lasting and nicely drying burnt toast bitterness. Mouthfeel is slightly prickly from the carbonation; smooth and creamy, if perhaps a touch light.

A relatively light and refreshing, but not superlative porter. Aroma and flavor are restrained overall, but the finish is *very* well executed. Would make a nice session porter.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle recived as part of BIF 24 from beerhandy. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1" brown head above the clear, dark brown brew, with reddish highlights. Head lasts nicely, with delicate sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet, a bit boozy, with wisps of smoke here and again. Taste is vinous and sweet as well, with the smoke there, but shouted down by the syrupiness and alcohol notes. However, looking past the fact that I'd want more smoke, this was still a beer with a smooth mouthfeel, and good drinkability.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz chug into a snifter. Color is great, rich and deep brown, probably would be a little lighter in the sun than indoors here, but it's a good color. Big zesty head.

Nice bitterness and a good bite to it. Tastes a little thin, but to be fair to this brew I'm drinking it right after an RIS so maybe this is bound to feel like a light beer. The one thing about this beer that I was a little disappointed with was the nose. The smokiness doesn't come out in the aroma as much as some other beers. Altogether though, worth drinking and recommended as a decent example of the style.

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Photo of Lerxst
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into Stone Smoked Porter glass.

A-Very nice pitch black with a nice two finger head that lingered around for quite a while.

S-The smoke is a bit much. I know this is a smoked porter, but the smoke smell is hard to get past to get to the chocolate/coffee undertones.

T-Again, the smoke. its a bit much and the coffee/chocolate undertones are showing up which is nice.

M-A nice full bodied brew with perfect carbonation.

D-I would enjoy this more if I could get past the smoke. But still, for a big beer it is surprisingly drinkable, but one bomber is enough.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrived at the table a black amber with clear ruby highlights and an everlasting head that coated...no...painted the glass with Belgian Lace.

The aroma was only slightly smoky with more of a banana and fruity aroma. Mostly caramel in the background.

The flavor also was only slightly smoky with the same banana fruitiness and a caramel coffee and chocolate flavor. There was also present a slight malty sweetness that was well balanced by the darker malts.

The finish was dry with chocolate and then coffee well into the aftertaste. The body was medium.

I got much more coffee from this beer than smoke. Very nice beer, but if I had not known it was supposed to be a smoked beer I would have just thought it was a well crafted porter.

Pint at the Taproom at Ghent.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy dark brown in color with burgandy accents, forming a decent-sized light-tan head atop fine bubbles with good retention and lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The mouthfeel is at first sharp, then somewhat smooth, and finishing sharp again. I want a little more body, as it finishes somewhat thin. Medium body. Aroma of lightly roasted malts, lightly roasted coffee, a piquant earthiness and distant sweet molasses, all under an umbrella of distant campfire smoke and smoky herbs. The smoke is very light. Taste begins with "mild for Stone, yet assertive for style" citric hops with a subtle bite of smoke, subtle green grass, and notes of dark coffee and juniper in the finish which seems to increase as the moderately intense herbal hops begin to fade. As the brew warms, it takes on an acrid cheese character and the juniper becomes more assertive. Alcohol and off flavors are imperceptable. The aftertaste is of lightly smoked herbs.

A decent porter overall, but a little at odds with itself. With a little more malt, and a little more smoke it would live up to the high expectations these guys place upon themselves.

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

This is a bomber served cool in a Chimay goblet.

A: The porter is black in color with a thick white head that dissapates rapidly.

S: Aroma is a roasted, chocolately nose, no hint of smoke.

T: The taste is smokey up front and gives way to a chocolatey, roasted flavor. The smoke pops back up in the finish and lingers.

M: Smoking the malts for a porter is interesting and that flavor pops up at interesting times throughout the drink.

D: I am not a huge fan of smoked beers, but this one is alright (but nowhere near my favorite stone brews).

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Photo of mrnobody
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a dark brown with a reddish tint. One finger of mocha head that dissipates quickly but leaves a little lacing.

S: Smells of chocolate, coffee with a slight smoky undertone.

T: Tastes of mild chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, slight smokiness, a bit of hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Body is light-medium with an average level of carbonation. Overall this seems a bit thin.

D: Drinkability is pretty good but I expected more smokiness.

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Photo of curlybird
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Served in a bottle at Idle Hands in New York, NY

A: Pours a clear dark amber to brown in color with some ruby hints when held up to the light. There is a thin off-white head that reduces to a thin ring of bubbles at the edge of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Roasted and caramel malts followed by a lovely peat smokiness and some hints of sweetness. The smell reminds me a bit of a good scotch.

T: Slight hint of iodine/band-aid from the smoke but that just adds to the flavor in my opinion. Some caramel sweetness but not as much as you might expect from the smell, followed by the peat smokiness, and leave a scotch like flavor on the tongue as a aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: Definitely a really interesting beer with a good flavor but I personally could not drink a whole lot of this one - just doesn't match my palate as well as other smokey beers. Definitely a quality offering from Stone and a good one to sip on.

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank 7.19.14, on-tap at Drop Off Service in the East Village.

A: Dark mahogany brown, with a deep red highlights. Thick and creamy one finger head, dark tan in color, fades to a moderate cap. Nice pitting, leaves tons of lace throughout the entire glass.

S: Roasted malt, with undertones of smoke and chocolate/caramel. Fairly hoppy and bitter for a porter, but it works reasonably well.

T: Roasted dark malt dominates, subtle dark fruit flavors, and a lingering smoke flavor. Was really expecting a deeper, more complex taste.

M:Moderate carbonation, fairly thin for a bigger porter (was expecting something more from Stone). Smooth up front, smooth in the middle, and a bitter finish.

O: As a porter alone, it is fine enough...tasty in its own right, but not something I would reach for over Founders/Great Lakes/Deschutes. As a "smoked" porter? I am left underwhelmed. I would have assumed the smoke would be much more robust and ingrained.

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Photo of brett606
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Enjoy by date of Feb. 15, 2012. Poured into a goblet.

Bleak, for a porter. Brown and opaque as melted dark chocolate, with perhaps some amber hints at the edges. The half-finger of sand colored head descends to a thin top layer, leaving sticky fingers of lace.

Smells like smoky dark chocolate. I get notes of burnt sourdough bread, earthy hops, hints of raisins and seared pork. In the background is an odd, sourish tang.

Smoke drops in the flavor, replaced by fruit. Dried prune and chocolate syrup are major contributors, with just a touch of smoke. Earthy hops balance the stuff in a surprisingly clean finish.

The velvety medium body is big for a porter, but I like it. Carbonation is moderate, pinching, and creates some silky fizz. Clean, soft bitterness on the sides of the tongue.

Stone’s Smoked Porter isn’t outstanding, but it does display some well-integrated flavors. More like a porter with smoke as an afterthought than a 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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Photo of brdc
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large capped bottle, poured into a snifter.

Very dark brown, with ruby highlights at the dges, a light tan head that is rather small, showing a decent retention and minimal lacing.
Aroma is rather weak for what I expected, showing some roasted malt notes, chocolate, and if you work hard, perhaps some "smoke".
Light to medium body, it has the expected roasted notes, but mostly chocolate and coffee. Everything not exactly strong or remarkable; a pleasant brew, but in my opinion does not deserve to be called smoked. Subpar for Stone.

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Photo of Stopper
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hefty, creamy light brown head atop a very dark body with burnt orange highlights. The aroma is of a sweet base malt, with touches of a blend of smoke and bitter chocolate malts. The body is smooth and a bit lighter than I expected, and the hops bitterness is apparent almost immediately, as the balance is definitely toward the bitter side. The finish is so dominated by a gigantic citrusy hop bite that the smoke and dark roasted malt are difficult to pick out, though they do come through a bit as the hop fades a touch after a long and heavy presence.

This is my first taste of a Stone beer, and after built up expectations from all the hype I've heard, I am sorry to say I'm a bit disappointed. They managed to take a beer that should have multiple levels of interest and effectively squelch most of it with an oppressive hoppiness. That said, perhaps my expectations were just too high -- it's a good beer, and if I'm really looking for a load of hops, I'll look here again. But, in my opinion, for a smoked porter, this is far from well-balanced. The other bottle I bought will live in the cellar for a while, and perhaps the flavors will be perfectly balanced and blended after the hops have some time to fade.

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

Poured black with chestnut edges. Nice creamy tan head. Good lace. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate and a subtle sweet smokiness.
Taste of charred malt, chocolate and a tangy hard wood smokiness. The smoke comes through a lot more in the flavor than the smell. The smoke and a hop bitterness lingered on the palate a little longer than I liked. Almost seemed to need a slightly sweet element to balance it out.
Good mouthfeel if not a little thin. The sharp aftertaste hurt the drinkability for me.

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Photo of marburg
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one puzzled me a bit. I'd never had it nor read anything about it, so I wasn't really expecting something quite so stout-like. It was very, very dark, and the head was remarkably tight -- almost nitro-tight -- and dark tan as well. I thought I was looking at more of a stout. The aromas were nice, though I was hoping for just a tiny bit more of a "smoky" aroma. Definitely chocolate and sweet sensations, though. Very full-bodied with some big chocolate flavors. I really enjoyed it and thought it was exceptionally drinkable -- but I wanted intensity, passion, and, goddammit, smoke! Really, it just didn't live up to what I thought a smoked porter from Stone could be -- maybe a bit more lively and with a little more variety in flavors? (Like, you know, actual smoke?)

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

A nice darker brown color to the brew. Has a small head to it that goes away at a decent pace.

It smells of roasted coffee, chocolate, and bonfire.

It has a pleasant malt taste to it. Coffee and chocolate up front, with a finish of a nice outdoor wood fire. Yes it taste just like a fire pit smells.

A nice smoothness to the beer and a pleasant amount of carbonation to it.

One bottle would be enough for me for the week, maybe month. I like the taste but just couldn't have it to often. Just not my normal tastes, but a tasty brew none the less.

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

Out of a bomber.

A - Deep clear brown with ruby highlights. Tan head of about two fingers leaving behind some soap-like lacing.

S - Smoke is a bit subdued in the aroma. Hops are pretty prominent for the style. Plenty of cocoa and a bit of coffee. There is also a very slight waft of caramel.

T - Although not the most dominant taste, I have to mention the smoke as it presented on the palate. It was a very ashy note that briefly appeared up front and lingered with the bitterness in the finish. I really enjoyed the bitterness.

M - Medium. I'd rather this be thicker, but that's a common complaint I have. It's very smooth.

D - This is quite drinkable. The only problem is the ashy flavor. It just seems to get a bit grating as you progress through the glass. The bitterness and hoppiness were appreciated, however.

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

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: A very dark brown color with two fingers worth of a mocha head from a vigorous pour that fades.
There is a rather nice lacing on it.

S: Brown sugar, chocolate and some coffee. I didn't detect any smokey aroma.

T: Dark chocolate and coffee right up front that transitions into a smokey note that does not linger for too long. A very well balanced malt profile on this one.

M: Body is on toward the heavier side with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.

O: I wasn't sure what to expect going into this one but the smoked flavor was not overdone and gave it a nice balance.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A difficult beer for me to rate. If I were to rate it just by its porter characteristics (creamy body, subtle roastiness, beautiful coffee, chocolate, hops interplay) it would be over a 4 overall. However, the smoke quality, as subtle as it is, really spoiled it for me. I like smoked beers, and can appreciate using it as an "element" rather than the dominating factor, but the smoke in this beer tasted more like ash. This is still a GOOD beer and it’s very close to GREAT, but that final failing it very frustrating indeed!

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Photo of MrNuggets
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one dark porter! A big tan creamy head tops my glass and holds strong. Coco on the nose. Hey what do you know, I smell some smoke as well. Taste is smooth with a slight coffee flavor along with that coco from the nose. Then it gets bitter, not hop bitterness but smoke bitterness which I like. This transition is kinda rough, taking away from mouthfeel and drinkability.

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Photo of mmorris15
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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