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 daveruman
4/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Low carb, not very much head, nice brown. 3.7

S: meaty, smoky, brown notes.

T: very light porter, with a smokey after taste and a slight aftershock hoppyness

M: low carb on the tongue hold, smooth going down.

O: not a bad porter, drinkable and smooth, very light for a smoky beer. I'd give it a 4

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Photo of musicbeer7
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance: pours a beautiful ruby red with a medium amount of carbonation. I love the color of this beer reminds me of arrogant Bastard but a little darker plenty of light coming through for a porter.
Aroma: big smoky peat overtones with the coffee and chocolate hiding in the back slight caramel as well.
Taste: follows the nose perfectly, also i slight milk sweetness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: nice medium body with medium carbonation.
Overall: great example of a smoked porter would buy again and can't wait to try the vanilla and chipotle versions

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Photo of KornWallace
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Date: 8/27/14
Location: Half-Time Mamaroneck
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: The Porter pours black and allowing no light through with a large frothy carmel colored head with extremely good retention. The beer has an amazing cling as well that makes the drink look like time has come to a standstill within the glass.
Aroma: The malts really come through but do not hit me with as smokey a flavor as I imagined. In the malts I get a woodsy flavor with some very small notes of coffee and milk.
Taste: That smoked flavor I was looking for in the aroma I absolutely find in the flavor. As the beer warms, it really hits me on the top of my mouth and the back sides of my tongue. The finish is medium strong coffee.
Mouthfeel: Medium light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. The beer is very wet and smooth when cool but as it warms really develops to a roasted dryness.

Notes: This beer really needs to be given a chance to warm up before it is consumed. All it's great flavors come out in time.

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Photo of T_Reeves92
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

A: Dark Deep Brown/Black in color with thin tan head
S: Smoke, Malt, Dark Cocoa
T: Follows the nose, with a tiny bit of dark fruits
M: smooth, almost a little thin for what it should be
O: Pretty good beer overall. Very good if you like porters

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Photo of TimZebGir
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%

A: Dark brown, almost opaque, light and bubbly 3/3
S: Smoke dominates, but lightly caramel or toffee 8/12
T: Smoke dominates even more, with dark malty notes that balance out a subtle sweetness…hops are an afterthought 15/20
F: Light mouth feel, astringent finish 4/5
Overall 8/10

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have failed to be surprised by Stone products anymore.This Porter Rocks.I had a Bomber last night .Poured it in my 20oz Firestone glass and watched as the color was a dark brown.The smell was fantastic and I Knew it was going to be a good night.At 5.9 ABV it was just about right for a mellow David Bowie greatest hits night.I would recomend this Porter and any other Stone product.Quality is job One for them.Motley Drunk out.

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Photo of stevoj
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown with velvety, creamy beige head. Soft burnt wood aroma, some coffee, some peat. taste has some of the smoke flavor, some chocolate, lots of the dark roast grains. Still plenty bitter, but with a nice fireside feel.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Stone Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours dark brown with as slight mahogany tone towards the bottom of the glass, with a frothy tawny brown head that settles to a firm layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Smoke, roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, burnt toast, dark fruit, a little pine, and a touch of toffee sweetness.

T: Roasted malt, smoke, burnt toast, coffee, dark chocolate, some dark fruit, plum, cherry, spicy, a little pine, and a little toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Had this one a few times before, but somehow never got a chance to do up a full review so I'm sneaking this one in before it's retired. Really solid porter that stands out from the crowd. Sad to see it go.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a thin white head and moderate lacing. I picked up the smokiness in this immediately although some seem to not have. Vanilla, toffee, tart cherry, a touch of coffee and a full amount of smokiness that makes bacon ring through my mind. Not much carbonation and the flavors made it feel like I was drinking flat soda (in a good way, for those who deem it possible) towards the end. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A deep brown with ruby red highlights coming through in the light. One finger of head. Died too quickly IMO and left minimal lacing when it was around.

S: toffee, caramel, some dark fruit and an ashy (not in a bad way) roasty element as well.

T: Didn't get much of the smoke element as advertised and much less a peat flavor but that's okay. Toffee and caramel malt are pretty present taking the forefront of the beer. Almost equally chocolate and darker malt appear. Dark fruit , no so much in an ester sense, but more of like a dark caramelized plum and more malty then anything. Hop bitterness is less then I would have expected and is balanced nicely.

M: Thin honestly, way to thin for a porter. This seems to make the carbonation "bristly" and prickly a touch which is something that should never appear in a quality porter.

O: This was a great beer overall. No peat and this is really not a single malt in a pint glass but it does a good job at being very drinkable, flavorful, and remaining interesting to the palate throughout the experience. Mouth feel definitely needs work though but then again who am I too tell STONE how to brew a beer.

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank 7.19.14, on-tap at Drop Off Service in the East Village.

A: Dark mahogany brown, with a deep red highlights. Thick and creamy one finger head, dark tan in color, fades to a moderate cap. Nice pitting, leaves tons of lace throughout the entire glass.

S: Roasted malt, with undertones of smoke and chocolate/caramel. Fairly hoppy and bitter for a porter, but it works reasonably well.

T: Roasted dark malt dominates, subtle dark fruit flavors, and a lingering smoke flavor. Was really expecting a deeper, more complex taste.

M:Moderate carbonation, fairly thin for a bigger porter (was expecting something more from Stone). Smooth up front, smooth in the middle, and a bitter finish.

O: As a porter alone, it is fine enough...tasty in its own right, but not something I would reach for over Founders/Great Lakes/Deschutes. As a "smoked" porter? I am left underwhelmed. I would have assumed the smoke would be much more robust and ingrained.

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Photo of Mikus
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Some thoughts... #1 I love me some Stone... poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter (and my wife's stemless wineglass, as we are talking about a dark beer here!). The appearance of this brew was fascinating... a deep black at the top of the glass, with a rich, translucent scarlet around the bottom of the glass. About a finger of a tan head which dissipated quickly. The aroma was overpowered by smoke, with some deep malt coming through as well. Taste was again overpopwered by smoke, with some dark fruit and malt undertones. Mouthfeel was smooth and enjoyable. Though this was definitely overpowered by the smoke (duh asshole, it is called smoked porter...), it chilled out as the glass warmed. Though it is somewhat like drinking a porter in a smoky room, at least it was more like yummy smoking meat smoke, as opposed to smoky bar smoke. Probably won't seek it out, yet intrigued by the chile pepper and vanilla variants. Worth a try if you like your beers dark.

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Photo of troobie
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First smoked beer that I've tried, but certainly not my first porter.

A: Poured into my Sierra Nevada branded hop tulip imperial pint glass. Only one finger of tawny head that quickly settles to a thin cap from an aggressive pour. Deep dark brown color that will let strong light through. I can see lots of floaties in the glass. Moderate lacing that less than expected. Looks scrumptious.

S: Strong peat , so strong that I'm having a hard time getting to the other aromas. Wood smoke, cocoa, milk chocolate, and some vanilla. Sweet and inviting. Smells like sitting around a fireplace, inside of an old cabin, in the forest, at Xmas time. I'm not getting the coffee that most other reviewers noted. A hint of dark fruits.

T: Once again strong peat that encompasses wood smoke and dark chocolate. Not nearly as sweet as it smells. No fruits to speak of. Strong charcoal. Reminds me of Irish Dry Stout, specifically Guinness Extra Stout. Starts bittersweet and quickly leads to a strong, drying bitterness that lasts well after swallowing.

M: Carbonation is perfectly moderate with a tight feel. Creamy. Tea-like drying is strong. Substantialness is spot-on.

O: Mind = Blown

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Photo of Omnium
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber > Mason Pint

A - Pitch black with two fingers of foamy khaki head with thick lacing. Looks awesome.
S - Wonderful aroma, big smokiness, but not extreme, earthy hops, pine, burnt caramel, toasted nuttiness.
T - Roasted smoky flavor in front, some nice medium pine hop bitterness, toasted nutty toffee flavor underneath, just really nice.
M - Drier, and a tad bitter, but very balanced.
O - Wonderfully balanced smoked porter, smoke is in check with the hops and malt, excellent beer all the way around.

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Photo of Bone53
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter at around 45° F

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a mahogany tent when put up to the light. Foamy one finger tan/light brown head

Smell: Quite faint, but I pick up some roasted and chocolate malt, brown sugar, and a hint of dark fruit. Swirling gives it more character

Taste: Smoked malts hit you up front, then fades into chocolate and a hint of hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, but light for the style. Smooth with a moderately bitter finish

Overall: My first smoked porter and I enjoyed it. Rich flavor for the style, and the price is right. As with most well made beers, more flavor came out the warmer it got. The finish was perhaps too bitter for my liking. Although good, it's not great, and falls short of being top tier for me. I will almost always grab for a more straight forward robust porter such as Founders or Smuttynose over this. However, this will be added to my cookout rotation. Recommended for sure!

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Photo of lochef81
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As a long time fan of Stone ipas, I was very excited to try their smoked porter, it did not dissappoint. This offering pours a very near black color with a thick tan head that quickly dissipates and leaves a nice film and lacing. The nose is robust and roasty. Lots of coffee, dried fruits, leather, and a slight smoky quality. Not as abrasive as in some smoked beers. The flavor confirms the nose. Smooth and rich and roasty. Coffee, vanilla, and chocolate abound and are accented by the slight smokiness. Mouthfeel is rich and luxurious; almost more stout like than porter. This is an excellent beer. Stone does a great job of balancing the flavors without making the smoke too prevalent. Well done!

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Photo of BREWS4LA
4.71/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'll be honest I haven't had too many porters maybe 6-7 but this one is by far the best I've had.

Pours a cool dark reddish color with a creamy head which leaves a very nice lacing
The smell is slightly sweet but also a hint of roasted coffee.
Know the taste is what I would consider very complex. Initially a bit of chocolate but then the smoky roast flavors and a slightly bitter finish but in a very good and balanced way.
Very flavor full but not overwhelming, the flavor contrasts are something else.

Let me tell you these STONE BOYS don't mess around and not just because I'm a CALI native.

I just told the wife I will be spending my B-Day at their Escondido location I hear its like Disneyland for the brew heads.

Go Team USA..


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Photo of SFNC
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured reddish brown into a cut pint glass. A nice head piled up quickly, then disappeared just as quickly with some decent lacing. The smoke was not overt, but was there like a distant fire. Coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and shoe polish dominated the scent. The taste was complex and shifting from sip to sip, slightly sweet at first, then bittering on the swallow, with again a light impression of smoke on the backside. I'd say this has more carbonation than most Porters, but this is not a detriment at all. Overall a great porter, if not a very smokey one, I'm impressed that I'm noticing nuances several sips in. Hats off to Stone, I need to track down the Smoked Porter with Chipotle now.

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Photo of LuvLagunitas
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark, dark brown with a slight red tint when held to the light. Opaque would definitely describe this one. Small off-white head. Seemingly no carbonation. Looks good.

S: Deep smokey earthiness. Almost like the peat character to scotch ale. Almost sweet, but not in a malty way. A touch of booze backs it up with a subtle spicy note. Not overly complex, but spot-on.

T: Earthy and smoky upfront supported by a solid roasted backbone. There are hints of coffee, dark chocolate, and a touch of hops. The hops are aren't too strong but add a hint bitterness that compliments the roast nicely.

M: This one has a smooth medium-body feel. You wouldn't guess it from looking at it, but it has a good amount of carbonation that fizzes the tongue.

O: This to me is what a smoked porter should be. Robust porters aren't usually my thing, but this one was quite tasty and well balanced. Would definitely get this again, and I recommend trying it, strongly. This is my first taste of Stone, and I want more.

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Photo of esmcd05
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Unique and rich deep brown with notes of amber. Full head with decent retention and good lacing.

Smell: It didn't have much aroma. With some agitation a combination of smoke, coffee, and cherries.

Taste: Malty up front with hints of cherry (both sweet and tart) and molasses. Followed by coffe and a slight nuttiness. Finished smoky.

Mouthfeel: Balanced. Enough carbonation to stimulate a slight zing. Dry finish that work very well for this beer.

Overall: One of the best porter's I have had. I imagine this is what they originally tasted like in the 1700s. Very drinkable. Is not overwhelmingly heavy, so I could drink a healthy amount. Some more aroma would really bring this beer out.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on tap.

Pours a dark black color with a slight reddish tint and a tan head, approximately 1/2", a good looking beer.

Aroma - chocolate, roasty, but I did not pick up much smoke which is fine with me.

Taste delicious, a little roasty, a little hint of coffee that finishes crisp and somewhat dry. Without the smoke It was a bit like a stout.

Mouth feel - smooth and very drinkable. Another fine product from Stone Brewing.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head which looks to have decent retention. The head is a light beige while the body is a mix of deep maroon and medium dark chocolate brown that shows a lot of crimson in the light. Considerable lacing is left behind.

Nose- Lacks presence but has some complexity- semi-sweet chocolate with faint hints of roast, nuts, and smoke. Some dark fruits- notably cherries and raisins. Swirling reveal a good amount of coffee with a slight sour note. I certainly wish there was more smoke.

Taste- The front starts off sweet with a blend of semi-sweet chocolate and dark fruits- once again, cherries and raisins. The roasted notes build and express some nuttiness and coffee. Maybe a little bit of wood and smoke around the edges that suggest (to my mind) leather and tobacco. These are definitely not prominent and perhaps not even present but the light wood and smoke notes make me think of them. Much less smoke than I would prefer- chocolate, cocoa, and coffee are the dominant themes. A slight mint note mixed with licorice. The dark fruits run a little vinous and remind me of a thin, red wine. Some pine and resin and a bitterness that recalls a faint bit of earwax. Don't really get any caramel though. The hop notes are much more apparent than I would have expected. It's an above average to good beer but I had wanted to like it more than that. Some notes of tomato mixed with the wood and slight smoke give it a slight barbecue profile. Closer to good than above average.

Mouthfeel- Almost medium bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation, slight zing. A bit of a dry finish.

Drinkability- Fairly easygoing but a little disappointing in regard to the minor smoke. It seems rauchbiers may have ruined other smoked beers for me. This may be a little cheaper than the standard price for Stone bombers. Probably not a repurchase.

Overall- Almost a solid, good beer. Probably would be just that if it met my expectations for the style. It's still worth a try- after all, it is a Stone beer.

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Photo of Sam-VW
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 6oz bottle into a generic pint glass.

Almost black in the middle with the red shining through a lot more on either side.
Thick brown sugar/caramel coloured head. Good retention.

Smells like smokey brown sugar and caramel, very malty smell.

Taste - Very malty, brown sugar then at the end the bitterness from the hops as a very nice surprise.

Very smooth mouthfeel, but a little alcohol kick on the way down.

All in all a fantastic beer from Stone. Would go extremely well with BBQ food.

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Photo of tmm313
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- I can honestly say I've never seen a beer that looks like this in the glass. It is a rich brownish red on the outside and almost black in the middle. Poured an awesome 2 finger head. Great lacing.

S- I swear I smell grapes! Also dark chocolate, a touch of coffee, nuts, and soft pine. Grape smell morphed more into raisin as it warmed. Overall, a little on the light side.

T- Sweet up front - almost like light orange meets coffee and caramel. Shifts into mix of caramel, dark chocolate, and smoke, then fades to earthy hop, grapefruit, pine, and burnt wood. A different flavor stands out with each sip.

M- Medium-thick bodied with nice, crisp carbonation. Smooth, lightly viscous, and drying. This is what I wish all Porters felt like.

O- Stone is my favorite brewery for a reason. All four categories are brilliantly crafted and mix together to create one hell of a Porter here. Each sip shifts focus to somewhere else. The back of the bottle hits the nail on the head by saying, "Stone Smoked Porter is mysterious, smoky, and verging on utterly decadent". I'll be having many more times to come.

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Photo of Beerlover
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

reviewed from notes (2/10/12)
A: ours dark brownish black, looks like it has a medium body
S: definitely smells of smoked malt but not overpowering like stickin your head in a campfire. roasted malt backdrop
T: this is great not too smokey not too subtle, very balanced, delicious! Seems to be the best value for flavor and price.
m: medium carbonation slightly silky after effect on the palate.
O.A.: this beer is a good in-betweener, you could spend your time sipping this one for its richness or its a good session porter, not too rich if you don't want to take your time.

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