Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

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Smoked PorterSmoked 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.

Added by kbub6f on 03-18-2002

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Photo of treyrab
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was glad to hear the Wegman's in State College, PA started carrying beer, so I grabbed this while I was there and poured it into my pint glass...

This is simply chocolate thrown into a damn campfire!

A: Brown in color, but light for a porter. Looks more like a dark brown ale. When held up to the light, this has a nice red/cola color that looks real nice. The head is a three finger dark khaki and very creamy and lasts a long time.

S: Smell is phenomenal for the style. Let me first start by saying that this smells like a bonfire. Very woody and smokey, just as this is advertised. There is also a lot of chocolate and a tad cigarette smell in the nose also. Very complex smell, also with some dark cocoa and roast as well.

T: I usually go into these beers thinking that there will be a lack of smoke or woody flavors, but this one really lives up to the expectations. This one is extremely smokey, just like a campfire. It is a bit light in body, but still has nice chocolate and light cocoa flavors as well that make up for that.

Overall, this is a great smoked porter. It is not heavy or thick, but has a lot of smoke, chocolate, and cocoa flavors that get the job done.

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Photo of jdubjacket
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
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 paco1029384756
3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany color with a half finger tan head with a somewhat uneven ring of lacing.

Scent roasted malts and cocoa powder with smoke and a hint of oak.

Taste of smoke and light cocoa with some roasted malts and alcohol. Not as balanced as it could be, but that doesn't mean it's bad by any means.

Mouthfeel is smooth and flat.

I didn't enjoy this beer as much as I could have, it's too smokey for my taste. I could recommend it to try, but I don't know if I will be picking this one up again.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with a bit of ruby. Somewhat light in color with a rich, tannish head that has great retention. Smell somehow doesn't reveal the smoke that I expected, only on a very small scale toward the end. Very nice chocolate scents, luring me in. A bit of cocoa and a touch of coffee. Again, the end displays the smallest hint of smoke. What a great tasting beer! The smoke is definitely here now. Still, it only provides an added complexity to the beer itself. Nice chocolate flavors, toasted caramel and roasted malts. Smoked barley plays well with the rest of the flavors. Shockingly, the hop presence in the finish of this one is nearly on the level of the Pale Ale. Well, maybe not, but it wasn't expected so much here as it was there, and I welcome it. Excellent medium body that is silky smooth, with a nice roast/smokey finish that works wonders. I could drink a couple of these no problem, though a regular Porter such as Black Butte would be easier to return to on a regular basis. A very unique brew and the smoked barley does it good.

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Photo of itcomesnpints
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black. Fine lacing and a thin film of head follow. The aroma seems subdued and restricted, but hints of coffee, smoked alder? and hop spice can be uncovered. Notes of chocolate, smoke, dark fruit and a rush of hops hit the palate. Big, full, chewy and warm mouthfeel that is balanced and smooth. A fine porter from Stone that could use a little more smoke character, but overall very enjoyable. The salient hops push this closer to a stout. I dig it.

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Photo of tbbrown
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasted on-tap at Trappeze Pub at the Stone releasing party; pint glass.

A: Dark mahogany with ruby hues and finger-width, tan, foamy head, which retained well

S: Strong roasted, smoked coffee, malts; very earthy, a bit spicy

T: Earthy and roasted, smoky flavor(as the name suggests). A bit spicy toward the end.

M: Very light; low carbonation

D: Good

Great beer, so glad Stone is in town!

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22-ounce bomber bottle poured into my new Stone shaker pint glass yields a dark mahogany body with a tinge of ruby-amber trim and a thick, glossy crown of ecru foam. The head retains at a finger's thickness and leaves an amalgam of webby swaths and fat rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is sweetly smoky, with a note of cocoa-dusted caramel and café au lait.

The taste is richly malty with syrupy, creamy mocha sweetness, and a dark, smoky finish. A bit of dark chocolate emanates from the succulent depths of the drink, as does a lightly-charred note of espresso and overdone whole grain toast. Lingering earthy dryness, smoky chocolatey notes, and a drop of black coffee persist in the mellow aftertaste.

Stone's Smoked Porter is full of flavor and medium in body, with fine carbonation that gives the drink a light, creamy feel. So drinkable I've caught myself wanting to quaff this one down and crack the other I have languishing in the fridge... but that's just being greedy, isn't it?

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Photo of r3zim
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich near black liquid from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass with 3/4 inch of head.
Carbonation appears strong leaving a nice layer of bubbles lingering.

Smells is of chocolate and cherries. Very inviting.

Taste is a full complex flavor with chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel is smooth with medium body.

This is very drinkable. Goes down very smooth and would make an excellent session beer. Could be a bit lighter on carbonation.

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Photo of Hophead101
3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tasted on 9.22.08 at home watching Brett Favre throw a million interceptions on Monday Night Football.

served in wide mouth glass. great dark brown color, almost black. the head was nice and thick with a beautiful tan color and active bubbly head. head stuck around for a while and also left a nice lacing on the edge of the glass that looked like the mountainous skyline of Colorado.

Smell is less than I expected. you can easily discern the roasted malts with a hint of chocolate. aside from that, there wasn't much else there.

nice crisp taste up front. tingles the mouth a bit. the dark malt comes through with a bit of an alcoholy taste, on the thin side. the smoke flavor is very mild, almost too mild to call itself a smoked porter. but the balance is great.

mouthfeel is nice - a bit thin, but gets better as you drink more of it and your mouth gets more or less coated.

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Photo of Strix
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extremely dark mahogany brown, decent head, good retention and lacing.

Interesting smell. Roasted notes predominate, definitely a smoked component, a bit like smoked fish, ash, or even cigarette.

Roasted malt base, with an ashy finish.

Mouthfeel on the thin side, minimal carbonation.

A very drinkable porter, one of the best I've had.

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Photo of Yesac
2.9/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Pours solid brown with a thick foamy head that stays throughout the glass.

S - sweet and smokey - thats it

T - holy liquid smoke! Strong smoke, roasted malts and a spicy finish

M - Highly carbonated and thin bodied

D - With such a strong smoke taste one is enough.

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Photo of wanker
3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

If you are expecting the smokiness of a rauchbier you will be disappointed. This is your basic porter, with a hint of smokiness. The smokiness is there, but it is quite subdued.

It was tasty, and I'd certainly drink it again, but it was neither my favorite porter nor a particularly smoky beer.

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Photo of Baileyuk
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was somewhat dissapointed with this brew as I was expecting something special with the high ratings this beer had already. Dont get me wrong it is a good beer.

A - Pours a Dark Brown with a ruby red tint, the head was minimal although the lacing was decent.

S - Malty smells. A little baked coffee in there also bt overall a very basic scent. Even had my wife smell it who dislikes the smell of beer and she said she could smell little to nothing. I had to agitate the beer to get what I did from it. No idea why.

T - Malts dominate. The coffee is more prevalent but still fairly mellow and pleasant. As thisbeer warmed the flavors definately came out more with a faint burnt wood taste coming on at the end.

M - Medium bodied, heavier than you would expect for the color but still morethan appropriate and very nicely done.

D - Easy to drink beer, I could have had more for sure. I will probably try again at some point at somewhere else to see if my ratings were thrown by a temperature or pairing issue

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, Stone. Love Stone, I do. Bomber to glass....

Dark ruby brown around the edges. Pretty damn dark otherwise. Huge off white head. Frothy, marshmellowy.

Smells...roasty. Burnt coffee. Cigarettes. May sound unappealing, but it isn't.

Tastes like smoked coffee. What does smoked coffee taste like? Get a bottle bobo! Can't get the flavors listed on the bottle with my untrained monkey tongue. Someday!

Feels good, but I've felt better. At 5.9%, easily drinkable.

Toward the end of the bottle, I was more and more reminded of an ash tray, which as a non-smoker really bothered me.

Overall: good porter, not a great porter

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Photo of Silenus89
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bomber into a sniffer. Mahogany in color and tan head with nice lacing

S. Hickory, vanilla, molasses and chocolate

T. Coffee, Chocolate and grainy all smoked of course

MF. a balanced smooth flavor

D.. This a good smooth beer with stong smoked flavors that ill have to enjoy again

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smells rich and malty, dark and sugary, lightly hoppy and fruity.

Pours a dark, dark brown like a deep cola color, with a nice foamy head.

Thick and malty, Smoked Porter is teeming with dry roasted and baked flavors, rich chocolate and caramelized sugar flavors, and light, fruity, floral hop. There's a citric hop spritzer that adds balance and depth to the dominant malt. There's also a mild hoppy bitterness shares tonguespace with a lighter dry husky bitterness - both are key to providing that bittersweet beer character. Hint of alcohol marries well with the bright, floral, fruity, almost-white-wine-like hop flavor/aroma.

Beyond being a solid Porter, I find it disappointingly not-very-smoky. I can remember regular non-Smoked Porters that came across smokier. Also, there was a surprisingly strong hop flavor for a Porter that I found to be very nice. Stone would do well renaming this to Stone Porter, sans Smoke.

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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 ckeegan04
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Incredibly dark brown with faint ruby highlights when held up to light. Huge head upon pouring that slowly fades lleaving a pillowy layer on top. Chunky lacing up and down the mug.

S - Roasted nuts and a smoked malt aroma, but not very strong. Hints of beef jerky?

T - Hints of chocolate, roasted nuts, and a dominant smokiness. A spicy hop taste sneaks in, but the smokiness is the star here. Not as strong of flavors as I am used to out of most Stone beers, but still a well done balanced beer.

M/D - Full flavored but a touch thin on the feel. Too much carbonation. A very drinkable porter.

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Photo of horshack7
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: From a bottle with a gargoyle on it it pours black as night with red hues. A thick head that stays around for a little while.

Aroma: A very light hop nose nice hints of smokiness and chocolate malts which are roasted oh so wonderfully dark.

Taste: A tremendous amount of smokiness come billowing out like smoke from a chimney. It has a lightly crisp mouthfeel yet a nice light bitterness to it. Great hints of chocolate malts top this beauty off very well.

Notes: This one is remarkable. A quintessential brew for a cold night to warm up ones soul so very nicely. Cheers

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Photo of timmah427
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark mahogany with a thick head that quickly sinks into the beer, leaving a ton of sticky lacing behind. Not much aroma, but a little malty chocolate and just a hint of smokiness. At first I didn't taste any smokiness at all in this one, so I was quite disappointed. Tasted like an average porter; roasted malt and a slight sweet chocolate flavor. However, as it warmed up a little, the smokiness started to emerge a little bit. The smoky flavor was still not as bold as I expected though, but that's not a bad thing. Excellent, full mouthfeel. Overall, not as bold as I expected, but a really well balanced porter, nonetheless.

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Photo of wolffman17
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Smoked Porter pours deep brown, not quite opaque, with ruby red highlights. Two-inch creamy head dissipates slowly.

Subtle chipotle aroma surrounded by chocolate, a bit of caramel, and plenty of roasty malt.

Excellent balance of roasty bitterness and malty one flavor overpowers another. Smokiness makes itself most known in the finish, especially on exhale.

Lingering bitter aftertaste that's also somewhat sour. Finishes on the thin side.

An easily drinkable beer for the style. The smokiness contributes without dominating. Grab some BBQ to enjoy with this one.

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Photo of omnigrits
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting a while to try this one and I must say that I'm not disappointed - the hype lived up to itself. Holding the glass up to the light reveals a sumptuous dark mahogany colour. There's a good porter aroma with a hint of the advertised smoke. Porters can be smoky even when they're not described as such but this one lets you know it's there without being overpowering. The flavour is pleasantly dry but cut by just a hint of malt. It's a big beer, no two ways about it. Something to round off the night with, like a fine glass of port, but not a session drink. Can't wait to try this one with a good quality cheese.

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Photo of Bitzy
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I read a few reviews prior to drinking this great brew which helped me interpret its complex delicious tastes.

Firstly I couldn't really detect the smokey part in the taste despite being able to smell smoke-like hints in the aroma. In the end I decided that the slightly alcoholic esters at that are felt towards the end of the swallow was the smokiness intended to be tasted in this beer.

Overall I loved this beer. The roasted malts lent themselves to delectable chocolate and coffee notes like a rich cafe latte. Despite its mouthfeel being on the heavy side (which I like) this bodacious brew was very drinkable.

Thanks Stone Brewing Company for another amazing beer!!!

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Photo of Atron67
3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle ive had around for a little while, time to finally crack this baby open.

A- pours a clear black with a copper red hue through the glass, tufts of brown head on top, built up an inch or so on the pour and left wet thin lacing down the glass.

S- not a fan of this smell, its malty, not much hops (slightly sweet), but it doesnt smell chocolaty very much. has a bit of roasted character, but its relatively weak and not all that impressive.

T- heres a good smooth porter that reminds you of how porters came around. smooth light and clean. chocolatey malty body. not very strong flavor, but solid.

M- light body, light carbonation, pretty smooth all over, slightly creamy body

D- pretty good, idk a little underwhelmed, some of their other stuff is alot better. maybe im just spoiled by having had so much of black hawk porter and smoke on the porter recently

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

I picked this up at Thirsty's in York. Put part of the bottle in some burgers marinaded and grilled and reviewed the other portion. Poured chilled into a nonic.

A - Extremely dark brown or mahogany as the ink on the bottle states w/ a 2 finger band of khaki.
The lace clings very well and the porter has a decent garnet amber hue

S - A carmel, toffee, roasted malt scent and dark cherry fruity ester w/ hints of coffee and mild cocoa w/ a fresh juicy hop aroma. The hop scent is both spicy and citrus tinged - a nice mellow toasted/smoked odor accents the roasted malt nose very nicely

M - A sweet feel w/ medium carbonation and bitterness w/ subtle smoky dry texture. The acidity from the hops balances the sweetness and adds complexity to the toasted rich and malty feel

T - Very well blended w/ dark malt thatt has a sweet and juicy taste w/ plum and stone fruit nutty caramel and spiced bread flavors. A light cocoa and smoked flavor adds to the malt roastiness w/ an adequate amount of intensity and flavor that keeps it interesting to the last sip.

D - I love the smoky taste that isn't overdone in this porter. The balance is unusual for Stone's ales, but a welcome trait w/ plenty of fresh hop flavor that lets you know it is a porter from southern California. Possibly in my top 5 Stone ales - I really love a little smokiness in the porter Top notch drinkability I could see myself drinking more of this as the weather gets cooler

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Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 4,201 ratings