Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

4,183 Ratings
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 SeanRedd
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hell of a barbeque. Main dish? Chocolate, hot off the hickory smoke. A side of irish soda bread with a dash of charcoal. A tall glass of cocoa cola syrup with an order of tips and bits. A Midwest must have. Garnish this Porter with fresh caught Crappie and grade A crappers. Bon Appetit!

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Photo of JRed
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty good smoked porter. By looks alone it may seem as scary as the gargoyle on the front of the bottle but upon first sip you realize that this brew may not be as aggressive as it seems. Although malty, the taste is a little on the bland side but that isn't a terrible thing. Because the taste is so acceptable it makes for a great mouthfeel. You don't ever get the urge to just drink this fast. This beer doesn't attack you, it's much more like a neutral country allowing the invading army to pass through to get to the real battles. Highly drinkable over a period of time and smokey enough to enjoy; the only downfall lies in the unexpected knockout punch that never comes. This is just another example of thinking your opponent hits harder than you do but comes up short.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear but very, very dark red/brown with a giant head of creamy tan foam.

S - Smoky, charcoal character is immediately evident, backed by some dark fruit, molasses, grassy hops.

T - Sweetness up front, with a mild smokiness and a light hoppy finish. Mix of dark chocolate and molasses in the middle.

M - Fairly heavy body, moderate carbonation.

D - Was expecting much more intensity in the flavours than I got. Overall balance is quite good, with nothing overwhelming.

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Photo of opwog
3.11/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Let me start by saying that I am not a big fan of smoked beers and when I do have one, it is usually a hybrid.

A- Dark as dark is. Poured into a wine tasting glass, this had a nice head that was fine to drink through.
S- Not much of a nose, which surprised me for a smoked ale.
T- While there wasn't much smoke in the aroma, it was strong in the taste.
M- If I am getting that much smoke in the taste, I would like more malt body to bring it together.
D- I didn't even make it through a 4 ounce taste.

If you ever have the chance, try the brandy aged version of this. That is a world better.

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

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: A deep black color with little to no light filtering through. A very minimal light brown head was poured from the bottle. Minimal carbonation.

S: Lots of roasted flavors with hints of dark chocolate, coffee and burnt notes. Slight smokey smell at the back end.

T: Burnt flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and darker flavors of licorice or almost a a tar flavor. Very bitter with a slight hint of smoke on the finish. Not nearly as smokey as I would have liked.

M: Heavy, oily and bitter. The flavors just linger on in your mouth but they are not all pleasant.

D: For me this was low. The heavy mouthfeel just starts to weigh on you by the end of the bottle and the bitterness just seems to take over. More bitter as it warms also.

Overall this was a solid porter, but didn't have enough smokey flavor for me. If I want to drink a smoked porter, I want to taste the smoke. I think Stone could have somehow made this beer more drinkable somehow.

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Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep dark flat black hue with hints of ruby-brown showing thru. The head is big bold and rocky. Excellention retention with nice sheet lacing.

S: Nice blast of roasted malt. There are hits of smoke, chocolate, coffee, and more smoke.

Taste: Robust smoked malts up front with hints of chocolate coming thru. Tinges of bitter coffee come thru somewhere in the middle and is finishes with a nice blast of smoke.

M: Medium to full bodied with a nice amount of bitterness in the finish.

D: One of the more drinkable smoked beers out there.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

Poured a very dark brown/black with red-orange highlights. Pillowy light tan one and a half finger head.

Aromas is pretty mild but includes chocolate, coffee, some fruitiness, and a hint of smoke.

Flavors of chocolate, coffee, some caramel. Finishes with smokiness reminiscent of charred wood and some hop bitterness. Nice full malty flavor balanced nicely.

Very smooth mouthfeel, medium body, good level of carbonation.

Definitely enjoyed this one, but it is a bit heavy and not really something that I would want to drink a lot of. A bomber was definitely plenty.

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

Appearance: Poured from the 22oz. bomber into a large snifter. The beer is a dark brown, almost black color. Head was 3 fingers thick, tan, and had pretty good retention.

Smell: Very thick and malty with roasted coffee coming through and hints of smoke in the finish. Semisweet notes throughout, almost like dark chocolate, but smoke covered up most of the aroma.

Taste: Roasted malts throughout with taste of black coffee and semisweet chocolate dominating. Meaty flavor, almost like smoked sausage, noticeable in the midpalate. Finishes smooth with more smoky character, but also a noticeable semisweet depth.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Medium to full-bodied.

Drinkability: Got through the whole bomber, but it started to become heavy towards the end.

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Photo of Tolann
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark. Hard to even see the ruby red when up against the light. A small off-white/brownish head and leaves little lace.

S- smoke and sweet. maybe a hint of chocolate sweet. I think this will improve as it warms...

T- smokyness hits you in the back of the throat. A small amount of sweetness too. Some roasted coffee characteristics as well.

M- Some aftertaste mostly in the smoke in the back of your throat. Some roast as well. Finishes roasty kind of like a coffee. Not too much carbonation. really nice

D- Very enjoyable, but I don't know I can really enjoy more than 1 22oz bomber in a nite to make it sessionable. Not too much alcohol, but I think the next bottle wouldn't be appreciated as much.

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Photo of ewright
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A thin layer of head forms and rapidly dissipates leaving no lacing. The beer is a slightly opaque dark brown.

S: Smoke is readily apparent on the nose, floating on top of dark toffee and burnt toast aromas.

T: Hints of smoke flavor reminiscent of good bacon, moderate hop bite shows up late.

M: Thin and a bit undercarbonated. Not nearly enough body for a porter.

D: I could smell this one all day long, but it's just not as tasty as the aroma might lead you to believe.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ridiculously dark black color with a nice big (some would say huge), thick, rich fluffy light caramel colored head. Held to the light a little redness shines through but other than that, this one is black as night.

Smell is creamy coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, burnt sugars, dark malts and a nice hint of hoppiness. Its a bit hard to separate out the smokiness as this one smells very rich and roasty, like a nice cup of coffee. That smoked malt smell is somewhere hidden in there but I can't seem to find it. Regardless, this is a great smelling porter.

First sip and the first thing I notice is how smooth this beer feels in my mouth. Its like iced coffee. Tastes of bitter chocolate, coffee (of course) and some smokiness definitely stands out but its in no way overpowering. Its actually quite a nice balance with the smokiness. The West Coast hops are present as well in the finish and provide a nice bitter dryness. Wow, this is good.

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Photo of almychristopher
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looks like a porter should with a thick tan head receding to lace down the sides of the glass, a little quickly, but who hasn't been there? The color is a nice dark brown with red highlights. The aroma is a little light for perfection, but still the smoke and the malts come through nicely. The taste is wonderfully has wonderful undertones of chocolate and sweet malts. The mouthfeel is definitely full and rich, with a nice amount of carbonation.

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Photo of Gatch
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - As dark as a beer can be with a light-brown, fluffy head.
S - Roasted malt, coffee, smoked wood.
T - Not as smoky as I thought it would be but still a lot of roasted malt.
M/D - A great porter that finishes well and leaves a great taste in your mouth. Recommended and a consistent porter.

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

C: mohogany in color, nearly completely opaque, nice tan head covers the surface and leaves patchy lace.
S: Smoky wood scent smells a bit like sorghum
T: taste of heavy malt and chocolate undertones also feels like an espresso aftertaste.
Light carbonation very smooth and surprisingly clean tasting.
Now inside my top five porters

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Photo of SpecialK088
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a delirum snifter

A-Pours an extremly dark brown near black even aginst direct light its completely opaque good head and laceing throughout.
S-Wonderful, bold notes of hickory, esspresso, vinilla, and chocolate that all come through extremly clear
T-Again wonderful everything that the nose hints about this beer comes through in the flavor and just as bold the complexity it amazing and only outdone by the balance in the beer. Nice full body with a near perfect carbonation level for the style this is perhaps the best porter i have ever drank and would reach for it time and time again if i had the oppertunity.

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Photo of Avryle
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Mahar's

A- Pours burnt umber with deep red highlights on the sides of the glass, 2-fingers of tan head with great retention. Sticky lacing.

S- Subdued aromas of smokey, almost brunt, malt. Molasses, carmel & rasins.

T- Like the nose, but more intense.

M- Full bodied and lower carbonation.

D- Strong smoke flavors don't make this a quick-drinker, but it still is pretty easy drinking. A nice offering from Stone.

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Photo of turbine2475
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BrewBakerE for this beer:

A - Pours translucent black with come cola highlights, Forms a tan head that dissipated slowly leaving a spotty lace.

S - Dark fruits, some light chocolate, coffee...not a lot of smoke.

T - Smoked flavors come through -Coffee, chocolate, grains all seeming to come fresh out of the smoker to this brew.

M - Smooth with a nice balance of carbonation.

D - Awesome beer that combines two of my favorite styles. Will definitely be looking to pick some more up soon.

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Photo of drperm
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As Stone is as of yet unavailable in my state (NC), I must continue to seek it out when visiting friends abroad (VA). As this particular offering I found to be averagish-good, I'm not sorely lamenting its absence at my LBS...yet it was still worth trying to be sure.

Appearance: Coca-cola, pure and simple

Aroma: Weak smoke permeates all else.

Taste: Smoky porter! An American take on an English style mixed with Rauchbier.

Overall, it's a one-trick pony, not especially smoky (but then again I love Rauchbier). I kinda dig it -- one caveat, though, if you're not into the smoky beer thing, don't bother with this one!

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from a 22 oz bomber.

A light brown 2 finger creamy head formed as the beer was poured into a traditional pint glass but then quickly dissipated.

There was a thick malty aroma that did have hints of smokiness.

The color was very dark brown and could almost be considered truly black.

Excellent balanced flavor.
Chocolate, coffee, black licorice flavor. Roasted malt and of course the slight smoky flavor. I also noticed a slight spiciness.

Effervescent carbonation.
Combination of the smokiness and hops lingers long after you've swallowed your most recent sip.

Very nice.
Mouth feel is about right for a Porter and this is actually quite drinkable.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark beer. Almost black with tobacco mahogany highlights where the little bit of light sneaks through. Fluffy beige head rises above the brew for a short duration but fades to just a collar. It does leave light dots of webbing on the edges of the glass.

Smell is of moderately smoked sweet malts. They are hard to pick up but reveal themselves eventually.

Taste is very smooth, caramel based sweetness with a slick moderate smoked malt. Not as smoky as I was expecting based on the name but it is more apparent in the finish. The beer is slick, creamy and smooth on the palate and has a nice thick medium body. There are light notes of chocolate and coffee but very minimal.

This beer is smooth and easy to drink. It has a very glossy feel with low carbonation, mild flavors and almost no bitterness.

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Photo of hopheadsal
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very dark, with a decent head. Loved the "smokey" flavor and feel of the beer but i was a little disapointed with the nose...couldn't really smell the smoke. As far as drinkability, it was awesome...I only had one and was sad to see it go.

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

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured an inky-black with a thick, brown head into a pint glass. The aroma was of burnt wood (reminded me a bit of how my clothes smell after being around a campfire). The smoked malt was very evident in the first taste, with the roasted malt and burnt toast flavors evident as well. The smoked flavor complements the beer style very nicely, in my opinion.

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Photo of Slynger
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stone's Smoked Porter pours a deep brownish black with mahogany highlights near the bottom of the glass. Nicely sized light tan lid.

The nose has sweet chocolatey malts first and foremost with a dark roasted and nutty character, with hints of smokiness. Cherry liquorices comes out as it warms a bit.

The flavor has a nice balance and approachability to it. Soft chocolate and caramel flavors with un-intimidating amounts of black coffee, and a more pronounced smoke character than the nose.

I was thinking Stone would try to overpower me with this one, but they didn't. This was a tasty and well balanced porter with a fairly light smokiness to it. Come to think of it I kinda wish they did try to blow me away. Oh well, still a good beer, and maybe they will come out with an imperial version.

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

Appearance: From a 22 oz bomber to a Stone Ruination mug. Dark brown with reddish tints, just barely transparent when held up to the light. The tan-colored head shows no sign of going anywhere.

Smell: Mild smoke at the forefront, charred grains and coffee. The smoke aroma comes out more and more as it warms, though it never becomes dominant.

Taste & mouthfeel: Roasty and smoky with subtleties of coffee and burnt bread. Dry throughout - I can't pick up any sweetness whatsoever. The body is medium-full and chewy, moreso than the average American porter. The smoke flavor is plainly noticeable but nicely balanced; it blends nicely with the other flavors rather than dominating the palate. The finish remains dry, revealing a mild earthy hop note that pairs nicely with the smoky backbone.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber I had resting in the cellar.

A: Pours very dark brown almost black with a pillowy light tan head. Can see some hints of light but otherwise opaque. Good lace clinging to the glass already.

S: Fresh, sweet roasted malt and toffee aroma real clean. Just a hint a smoke in there and a raisiny smell. Very aromatic malts with rich complexity. Notice a hint of fresh earthy hops as an accent.

T: Right off the start an abundant roasted malt sweetness that is so smooth and fresh tasting and not overly sweet. Some bitterness from burnt malts and hops gives this porter great balance. Malt flavors are a complex mix of charred meat, coffee, molasses, and licorice. The bitterness intensifies later on in the glass. The smoked malt flavor also becomes a bit more noticeable as this beer progresses.

M: A smooth, lightly carbonated, medium bodied porter that is spot on for the style.

D: Extremely drinkable porter right up there with some of the best I have ever tasted! Easy drinking and not too heavy to consume. Not sure it should be called a smoked porter though. Drink at cellar temperature for best flavor and it should pair well with a wide range of food styles.

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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
4.02 out of 5 based on 4,183 ratings.
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