Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

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Stone Smoked PorterStone Smoked Porter

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

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.

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep, clear cola ruby brown. Finger thick rocky tan (almost brown) head with endless retention. Very thick lacing. Fairly active carbonation. About as pretty a porter as you're likely to run across.

Smell: Ka-boom! Immediate heavy malt scent of chocolate, coffee liquor, yeasty raisin bread, a bit of burnt sugar, with hints of dark fruit.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Smooth chocolaty malt, with hints of dark fruits. Smoke comes through in the finish, tight, dry but not overwhelming--there's a nice balance. Smoke lingers long into the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a hefty light-to-medium, smooth and coating, with a refreshing zap of carbonation bringing up the rear.

Drinkability: Taste? Great. 5.9% ABV? Not too bad. Still, it's a bit too much to drink more than one or two--palette killer.

This is about a big, bad porter. It's not the most complex brew in the world, nor is it a "smoke" beer per se, but what's there works. There's a fine line between this and stout, but if like your porters burly, this will not disappoint. Good stuff.

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Photo of WesWes
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades. The aroma is good. It has a nice dark malt scent that boasts of chocolate, crystal, and black barley. It is a bit dry and devoid of hops. The taste is good. It has a fine malt palate and a dry smoked malt finish. It is rich, yet smooth. There are a lot of black malts in this one. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking porter. It has excellent malt complexity and drinkability.

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Photo of Gritsak
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearence is dark black that barely lets any light through at all..light tan head that goes away to form a top coating that laces good.

definitely can smell a bit of smokeyness, as well as black licorice, and a hint of beef jerky?

taste is roasted malt with plenty of smoke presence...kinda in between a regular porter and a imperial stout

mouthfeel is pretty thick..nice balance of carbonation

drinkabilty is good..goes down smooth and the aftertaste lingers just long enough.

definitely a good beer. if you are a fan of porters or strong stouts then you will like this. if they sold this is 6packs i would be alot happier

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Photo of meathookjones
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber. This poured a deep black that let a little bit of light through and a decent sized tan head that quickly faded down to a collar. Smokiness can defiantly be detected in the smell but it is not overpowering as coffee and roasted malts also come through quite well. The taste is a quite balanced with the smokiness being subtle and a sweet malt flavor coming to the front of this. It has a slight bittersweet finish that is quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is light medium with good carbonation. A good all around beer that is not your average porter. Another good brew by stone.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
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 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 BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany brown with strong ruby highlights. Light is visible on the opposite side of the glass which is somewhat surprising. Given Stone's perchant for big beers I figured that this porter would be darker than it is. The head is chocolate nougat brown, looks pretty sturdy, is pitting like crazy on top and deposits copious amounts of lace as it slowly descends. As is usual for these guys, an excellent look.

The aroma is dark malty and is more chocolatey than anything else. Strangely enough, I don't appreciate any smoke in the nose. It's a little hoppy too, but very little. Excellent beer. The flavor is a wonderful amalgam of heavily roasted malt, chocolate, dark caramel, hops, coffee and smoke in roughly that order. The hops lend more bitterness than they do actual hop flavor, but this is not a bitter beer.

The smoke is more subdued than I'd like. If you're going to call this beer a smoked porter, then make it smoky. Interestingly enough, the body is much more substantial than the appearance would suggest. This baby is full and creamy; dextriny even. It's a very nice body that helps carry the flavor across the palate and keep it there.

Smoked Porter isn't the best porter that I've ever had, but it's damn close. I knew that Stone wouldn't let me down. If you have easy access to this fine beer, then consider yourself extremely fortunate.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep deep ruby black color-theres just a trace of light peeking thru. Crammed the whole bomber bottle into one glass and it has a huge,white,creamy head atop it. Chocolate/roasty flavor dominates-a slight trace of smoke in the backround-builds as you get more into the beer. Mellow hop bitterness. Very full mouthfeel-the smokiness sneaks thru in the velvety finish of the beer. A very delicious,drinkable beer-cant imagine this on draft-whew!!!

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Photo of beertaster13
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I love Stone offerings as much as the next guy but the smoked porter did not do my tastebuds justice. It is a good beer but from Stone you expect incredible with a capital I. Pours a ruby dark color with a creamy head that grows to an astonishing level. The smell is of roasted malts and mocha roast, smokiness. Taste is where it fell off the charts, hint of mocha and cream but not as full bodies as I would have liked, lighter than expected. Feels light in the mouth, un appealing. Drinkable for a nice meal but not that dessert beer I hoped for that is a meal of its own.

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Photo of cbl2
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Ruby black with a faint brownish head that has good retention.


Light smoky in aroma (almost like a fog machine), with hints of burnt sugar.


One of the better porters I've experienced. Smoke is muted, with a nice sweetness taking the foreground. Finishes with a slight bitter tang. Only complaint is that the carbonation is off somehow.

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Photo of deejaydan
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I usually like most things from Stone, however, this does not blow my socks off. The pour is very nice, with a nice creamy head ( I almost thought it was a bad bottle because the first pour had a huge head). The Smoke flavor is faint. Lingering in the background, covered up by the roasty burnt malt flavor. There isn't much to the aroma, but what is there, is smoky. I just don't pick it up in the flavor. It's a solid porter, but I just don't find it all that great as a smoked beer.

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Photo of shapudding
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautifully dark chocolate brown, almost blackish. The head was gone almost instantly and left only a slight beige ring. Just enough carbination. Great aroma, nice and smokey. The flavor is a great blending of the wonderful smokiness, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, a nice toastiness. You are left with alot of flavor in your mouth after each sip... yummmy. Such a nice and smooth mouthfeel, but not at all heavy, nicely drinkable. I have always liked the smoked and am a big fan of Stone, and have been looking forward to trying this one. Once again they haven't let me down.

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Photo of Zorro
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a super black colored brew.

Smell is sweet and fruity with just a trace of smoke.

Taste is basically a stout. I thought I was going to hate this beer, but I do not. I can't really call this a porter, it isn't sweet enough. It IS however a good Stout.

Mouthfeel is good.

Smoky and chard it is, but this is a good stout. NOT A PORTER!

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Photo of rajendra82
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When poured from the 22 oz. bomber, with the signature Stone Gargoyle, into a Pilsner glass, the beer displays an inch tall off-white rocky head that diminishes to a small line of bubbles, leaving a fair bit of lacing. The body is ruby brown in color, and is much clearer than almost any other porter that I have come across. The smoked malt clearly imparts a burnt roasty aroma to the beer. The hop aroma is light and faintly grassy. The taste is refreshingly acidic (lemons mostly), and bitter-sweet chocolate with almonds, with a smoky grain flavor constantly lingering in the background. There is also a hint of cracked peppercorn in the aftertaste. The body is light on the palette, with a creamy smooth texture enhanced by the soft carbonation. The finish is chalky and bone dry, leaving you craving the next sip. The beer is amazingly drinkable, and would make a good companion on a hot summer day. Stylistically, this is not quite a classic porter, but Stone is not known for their strict adherence to such things. I say more power to them.

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Photo of proc
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet, another excellent offering from the fine folks at Stone. I picked this bottle up during the "Michigan BA's Invade Toledo" gig. Pours out to a jet black in the glass with a decent-sized head. Aroma is that of dark chocolate and coffee. The taste is excellent, with a wonderfully smooth roasted malt taste that finishes with a swallow that beckons you to sip again. Drinkable and easily a session porter.

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Photo of andyo
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice 22oz. bottle. i am always intrigued by the Stone Brewing Company bottles. I've had this beer on a few previous occasions, most recently on a visit to my dear friend Shane, as he had a bomber of this and a bomber of Rogue Shakesphere Stout awaiting my arrival after 10 long hours of driving from Virginia Beach to Columbus Ohio. To say this beer holds fond memories for me is quite the understatement.

Purchased this from my local Farm Fresh store for $3.89. This beer poured a beautiful black/ruby color, and created a stunning 2 finger grey/tan head that pillowed above my glass. This head slowly settled as I drank, yet continued to leave a sticky lace along the sides of my glass all the way down. Beautiful.

This beer had a nice skokey smell (duh!) with hints of caramel, and a faint whiff of alcohol.

This beer had a mighty nice taste to it. Everytime I taste this beer, it has something slightly different to offer from past tasting experiences. On this occasion, the taste really hit me in the back of my mouth. Very bitter, tastes of roasted malts, very round upon my tongue, full flavors of coffee, slightly nutty, and some tastes of alcohol. This beer left a HUGE aftertaste in my mouth. I found this porter to be very smooth, somewhat complex, and very nice to drink. Count me in for at least one of these, but certainly not a beer I could drink all night long (well...maybe. This is subject to change!)

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Photo of Southernbrew
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a very small, tan head.

Very light smokiness in the nose along with a roasted chocolatiness present.

Medium body with a nice carbonation feel to it. Moderate roasted flavors come through with an ever present if not overpowering smokiness. Flavors stay very even the whole way through and leave a pleasant roasted aftertaste with the slightest smokiness remaining.

Very interesting beer. One of the "biggest" porters to cross my palate and my first smoked beer. I'm inspired to try more, very nice.

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Photo of Afterburner
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Thick, dark, opaque, with foamy beige head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Faint smoky character that I probably wouldn't have been able to identify if I weren't familiar with the aroma. Also some coffee-ish, caramel-ish notes.

Taste: Initial burst of malt sweetness, followed by a smoky toffee flavor. The smoke is mild, but definitely present. It's a sweetish smoke flavor, provided by peat-smoked barley according to their website. The finish is mildly bitter with some chocolate notes and a bread-like character.

Mouthfeel: Silky, but not viscous. Moderate levels of small-bead carbonation give it texture and keep things interesting.

Drinkability: This is a wonderfully balanced beer of exceptional flavor. I don't remember the smoke character being this noticable the last time I had one, but that was in a smoky bar (The Brickskeller) after I'd had a few other beers. It's verra nice.

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Photo of FormatKid
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a 22oz bomber of this from Riverside Beverage in Chattanooga. Stone is one of my favorite breweries so I’m pretty confident I will enjoy this one. It’s been sitting in the fridge for a couple weeks and I finally have the opportunity to sit down and enjoy it.

Pours out a deep, dark garnet color. A BIG rugged, lumpy head rolls up in an off-white shade. The head is oatmeal like in its consistency. The beer appears opaque but you can see light through it rather well. Lacing sticks in chunky, lumpy web like patterns down the entire length of the glass.

The smell is a little more subtle than I was expecting from a brewery that usually goes so big. Smooth sweet malts are dominant and remind me of bitter chocolate and possibly a creamed coffee. Thin strands of bitterness are apparent on the nose as well.

Oh yeah, taste is spot on. Mouthfeel is creamy and wonderful, yet goes down refreshingly. Smoky roastiness is present, but again..not quite as prevelant as I’d expected. Tones of semi-sweet cocoa are richly present in the middle. Finish is sweet, with a teasing hop zing around the back and edges of my tongue. Not what I would characterize as “dry”, I’d consider it quenching in fact.

Another super-solid offering from Stone. This is definitely one of my favorite porters I’ve tried.

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Photo of Stimack
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this brew on tap at Mahars the other night. Brew poured to almost black color with a nice head that stuck around for about half of the brew and then broke down to pretty good lacing. The aromas of this brew where of caramel, chocolate, charcoal and of course a sweet smokiness. Excellent aroma coming from this brew. The taste was very much in line with the aroma, but the roasted malt flavor was prevalent. Also could notice a bit if a hop hit but is was difficult to track that one down. Nice think brew that I think would be incredible during the colder months but was happy to give it a try with it being close to 80 out! Over all a great brew and would track this one down again!

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Photo of Lupe
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, almost black in color with some deep red highlights. Creamy tan head that stays and leaves nice lacing. Sweet aroma with chocolate, caramel, and a hint of roasted malt. Rich flavor, once again with chocolate, coffee, caramel, and roasted malt. Some toasted grain also peeks through along with a hint of smokiness. Hop flavor is light, herbal when noticed. Lingering roasted flavor. Medium-full in body, creamy, and smooth. After having this beer, I know what they mean by saying chewy. Highly drinkable. Not as smokey as I imagined, but excellent regardless. A terrific porter.

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Photo of david23
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Once again Stone has the head that won't quit. Beautiful lacing all the way to the end.Has a smokey charcoal aroma with a hint of peat. Carbonation is just perfect and such a smooth feel on the tongue. Here's where it gets interesting. Shared this with two friends and they just kept going back and forth on the flavors that kept coming through. Roasted, toasted barley, hops comes to the palate for a brief visit only to be replaced with perhaps a caramel but I think chocolate. Stone just keeps our minds working with the combinations of flavors in all of their brews. Definely one of the best Porters I've ever had. If you missed this one, you're missing the boat!!!

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown hue with a thin, quickly absent tan head. The smoke isn't so subtle to me, it's actually pretty well developped. Very sweet though with lots of crystal? malt making up honey and maple flavors. Subdued hops profile that gain Stone a bit of respect from me. Chocolatey sweet, just very malty altogether and finely balanced once the grassy green hops finally kick in, but it's no standout in my books and is actually a bit watery in the finish. I can definitely see where the brewers are from when they claim this to be their less understood beer though.

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Photo of Morris729
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black ruby in color with a thick and creamy tan head that billows out of the top of the glass with no spillage. Nose is roasted coffee beans and dark caramel along with some fainter aromas of smoked grains. Fairly full in body with a somewhat heavy and chewy texture and a very smooth level of carbonation. Taste begins with some sweet malts and milk chocolate followed by flavors of fresh brewed coffee and some earthy notes with touches of smoky charcoal and peat with only a mild trace of bitter hops towards the finish. The smoky and peaty notes remain in the aftertaste, becoming more pronounced as the beer warms. Another winner from Stone. Purchased from Liquid Solutions.

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Photo of oggg
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was presented to me in a tall pilsener glass at Fleming's Steak House in San Diego. It was a solid black with brown tints at the edges. The head was poured small, but it was light and creamy and left a strong lace. The aroma was of chocolate and roasted goodies. Tiny bit of hop aroma. Not a whole lot of smoke. The taste was full of chocolate and sweet roasted grains. Astringency was low. Mild hop flavor barely balanced the chocolate sweetness. Smokiness was restrained. Not dry. I ordered a filet mignon and I don't think they went too well together, go figure. Anyways, this porter is medium bodied and very smooth. I had this a few months ago in the bottle and it was terribly astringent. This tap version was very nice.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured dark chocolate brown, bordering on black. It poured a good foamy one and one half inch head that slowly dissapated and left a slight creamy lace on top that stuck to the glass throughout the entire drink. The smell was semi-sweet with a fair amount of spicy undertones. Just a slight hint of coffee. It started out with a sweet cream taste with just the right mix of a coffee taste. The middle was laced with a spice that I just can't put my finger on. The finish was just slightly bitter with a slight kick of smoke. All and all a great beer that would be great to share with friends over a heated conversation about nothing, or with a fine dinner, or just sitting back and relaxing after a long day at work.

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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
4.02 out of 5 based on 4,177 ratings.
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