Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

Stone Smoked PorterStone Smoked Porter
BA SCORE
4/5
4,191 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#3,493
Reviews:
1,815
Ratings:
4,191
pDev:
11.25%
Bros Score:
4.03
 
 
Wants:
200
Gots:
527
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,191 |  Reviews: 1,815
Photo of puck1225
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Clear black-brown with a thick dark beige head and nice lacing. Smell is smokey but subdued. Nice smoke flavor with toffee and chocolate tastes, great with spaghetti!

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Photo of CNoj012
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a dark brown color with amber highlights. There is a dense, 2 finger khaki colored head that lasts the entire beer and leaves fantastic webbed lacing in it's wake.

The smell is not overwhelming, but a very nice mix of chocolate, smokiness, charcoal and a hint of caramel.

Taste is similar. More flavorful than the smell suggests, but also more one dimensional. The smokey flavor really takes over the taste and lingers well into the aftertaste.

Feel is light, almost too light. Very smooth and drinkable with perfect carbonation.

Overall a very good porter. Not my first choice, but I certainly wouldn't turn one down.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz "bomber" into nonic pint
BB 9/27/16 (a couple weeks past, but this isn't an IPA)
L- dark brown with ruby red highlights, huge tan head with great retention
S- slight coffee aroma along with some smokiness
T- dark chocolate, coffee with a pleasant smokiness there from the first sip to the finish, ever so slight hop bitterness on the finish as well
F- light bodied, easy drinking, with average carbo.
O- very enjoyable Porter, full-flavored and easy drinking. A shame Stone is retiring this brew.

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Photo of Lefty_P_Hand
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Giggy
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rypkr
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kuhndog
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zazzi82
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SaltofOH
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed 2-24-12. (Apologies in advance for the short review; it was from early in my beer rating days). Shaker pint.

A: pours dark black/still translucent - like Coca-cola. Thick sandy head 1/2 inch, settles to sandy ring of lace around the edge of the glass.

S: Smoky. Smells like the [Aecht Schenkerla] rauchbier.

T: Dry; thinner than I expected. Bitterness initially, fades to something strange; tastes like the air freshener at Palmer's beverage smells. Thin overall, but complex.

M: [My memory is that this was on the lighter side of midweight with ample carbonation and a very clean finish.]

O: Decent, but I was really in the mood for a Russian Imperial Stout, and this is definitely not that. (With the benefit of hindsight, my memory is that this was what I would now consider an English style porter; lower ABV, less viscous, not really malty, but heavy on the smoke, roast, bitterness, and in a twist of American ingenuity or corruption, a boatload of floral hops. I think it was the roasted malt/smoke/floral combo that I had trouble with, along with the thin texture. Also, this was before I had tried Ardbeg; would probably like this more now. Worth revisiting now that I have had a half dozen peated single malts and several hundred more beers' experience. Worth trying).

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 8/28/2015. Pours crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 2 finer dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toasted brown bread, wood smoke, herbal, mint, pepper, light coffee/nuttiness, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and compelxity of dark/roast/smoked malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toasted brown bread, wood smoke, herbal, mint, pepper, light coffee/nuttiness, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy hop and light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toasted brown bread, wood smoke, herbal, mint, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/smoked malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.9%. Overall this is an excellent smoked American porter style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/smoked malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. It’s unfortunate that this one is being retired this year, but at least the homebrew recipe will always be available. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep brown pour with a tan head, 1/2". Aroma goes roast heavy, minor smoke, usual Stone Chinook hops.

Taste is a porter similar to Sierra Nevada and Black Butte, its plenty hoppy, I probably should have mentioned Alaskan Smoked Porter as well. Its in that vein. Hoppy, ample roasted malt porters from the West. Always consistent. Never had a bad bottle of this. The variants are pretty good too, especially vanilla melds well with this roasty gem.

Bomber format I could do without.

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Photo of jprince103
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Overall, a good porter. If you like the lower ABV then a stout and smokey flavoring then you will like this.

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Photo of madelf66
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled July 2016 from bottle in pint glass. Drank it about 4 months after the bottled date on the bottle.

Appearance: Very dark color, dark tan head that lasted average length of time.

Smell: Sweet with strong toasted coffee aromas, also some hops. Strong caramel aroma as well.

Taste: Full-bodied with nice balance of malt and hops and alcohol. Dominated by coffee and burnt malt flavors, but with some bitterness and kick from the hops. There is also a very little sweet flavor like chocolate. Overall a nice combination and a great taste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but very smooth.

Overall: Nice porter. Best if you enjoy a combination strong malts, alcohol, and some bitterness from the hops. Great aftertaste of hops. I recommend this porter.

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Photo of Jamie_Newman
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dag1991
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Harrison8
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thick (3 cm) khaki head. Great retention and good lacing left behind. Starting off well. Aroma is smoking, which is strange, but done well. It smells like you're walking into a smoking BBQ joint. Other notes in the aroma include roasted and toasted malts and cocoa nibs. The flavor profile is dark, with roasted and toasted malts under a billow of smoky notes. A little accent of chocolate and cocoa nibs helps this beer round out well. Mouth feel is velvety, and otherwise smooth. It has a medium-thick consistency. Overall, it's a well put together beer that really showcases the smoked beer category.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from ABV

A very dark brown with a dense, light brown head with good retention and gorgeous sheets of lacing, this looks pretty spectacular. The nose is a great blend of smoke, vanilla, roast, coffee, cocoa and a mild hop character. The smoke is a little wet and fruity. The palate opens smoky before a blend of vanilla, cocoa, coffee grounds and a mild fruitiness (cherry wood? apple?) . The roasted malt flavor is heavier on the coffee grounds/chicory flavors. Drying, roasty and with a little cocoa on the finish, this beer is light in body, moderately carbonated and has a nice finish. Quite excellent, i like this more than the variants Stone came up with way back when.

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Photo of Studfarm69
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of psmith161
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of petewheeler
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vienna_mantrap
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pajfuwen
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 4,191 ratings
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