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:
4,182
Reviews:
1,811
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
Wants:
196
Gots:
528
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Bottle is awesome. Great gargoyle graphics in the traditional Stone style with eye catching font and color scheme. Label is painted on. Gives and excellent description of the beer and about the “Stone” philosophy when they decided to brew this beer. Also gives ABV info, a small ingredient list, web info, and a small food pairing suggestion.

Appearance: After warming for 20min I poured this from its 22oz bomber bottle into a 20oz dimpled beer mug. This poured out a deep dark coffee brown with a 3 finger mocha foam head of medium density. Head retention was an amazing 7min 7sec before fading to a thick coating. Phenomenal lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells heavy on the smoke with a charred chocolate malt aroma also detectable.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is again very heavy on the smoke and roasted chocolate malts on the front end followed by a smokey licorice bite that is very nice. The finish is full of smoke and a slight hop bitterness with a charred coffee aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth almost velvety mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: An excellent complex brew that is done extremely well. Very well balance. If you are a porter fan, this is a must try. Classified as an American Porter at 5.9%. consumed 1/19/2013.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of TheFightingMongooses
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on 12/10/12. Let sit at room temp for 10-15 minutes before pouring vigorously into a goblet.

Appearance - Soft black with a tawny glow along the edges when held to the light. A cm of beige head stays with lots of lacing and some visible carbonation around the head.

Smell - The smoke hits immediately and reminds me of a rauchbier. Mostly bonfire, campfire, and a bit of cigarette ash. There is a tad of sweet malts with some hints of roasted coffee.

Taste - Taste is of sweet, roasted malts mixed in with the smoke and herbal hops at the back end. Sweetness and bitterness fight it out in the finish, and the bitterness wins. Actually, the bitterness is getting to me as I continue to drink.

Mouthfeel - Really nice, good medium body with a soft fluffiness. Just like a porter should be; pretty drinkable.

Overall - The bitterness detracts from the drinkability and overall taste. Otherwise, very enjoyable.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
4.02 out of 5 based on 4,182 ratings.
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