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.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a Nonic/Imperial pint glass (this beer deserves it).

Appearance - Dark ruby red color. Big, dense, tan, lumpy head. Mondo stickage. Despite the dark color, the clarity is amazing. Awesome!

Smell - Malty. Smokey (no surprise there).

Taste - Big malt. Smokey (again, no surprise). This beer has an acidic black coffee flavor (which is great because I love the flavor of strong black coffee). There is a touch of sweet that works well with the aforementioned bold flavors. As if all that weren't enough, the hops are also vying for your attention.

Mouth - Oily. Slick.

Overall - In the past, I've been a little biased against Stone ales (some of their ales are overly hoppy and their marketing campaign is a little obnoxious). Smoked Porter, however, is a winner. What's most impressive about this beer is that, despite the big flavor, it's still relatively smooth (as a fine Porter should be). Yet another bold and wonderful California ale!

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Photo of Shrews629
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very deep ruby color. Brownish/orange/ruby highlights around the edges. Almost black when held away from the light. Nice tan, creamy head with very nice retention and excellent lacing. The head settled to a wonderful film on top.

Smell - The description on the bottle is spot on. A nice smokey aroma of coffee and chocolate. Licorice is both delicate and brilliant. The dark fruit is subdued, but makes a worthy impression. The smell is very well balanced in my opinion.

Taste - A nice robust black coffee flavor jumps out at first. Followed by some rich chocolate flavors. Both flavors are equally roasty, burnt and smokey. The dark fruit, like in the smell, is pushed to the background to give a little complexity.

Mouthfeel - Medium to mostly full mouthfeel. Chewy and smooth. Tons left on the palate waiting for the next sip. Very dry and exquisite.

Drinkability - This is a Porter that has strong character and flavor. It's perfect for the bitter cold evenings. The smokey aroma and flavor are really prominent and, to some extent, started to distract me. Not a great deal, but some. It's still a great, well rounded Porter. One that I will pick up again and again. I could drink this in moderation with extreme pleasure.

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

Very dark pour, black at center. Small head retains well, good lacing. Aroma of light smokiness, chocolate, and a bit of piney hops (what would a Stone brew be without a trace of hops?).

So smooth and yet very flavorful. Tons of roasty malt and bitter chocolate. Not very sweet; rather, refined. Hops are not too discernible in the flavor. Oddly, the smokiness is not as pronounced as I thought it would be. Much more subtle than say in a Rauchbier from Schlenkerla. Mouthfeel is creamy and lighter than expected. Carbonation is medium at first but dies down beautifully.

Very drinkable for a six percent porter. The Stone porter also paired nicely with some sharp cheddar, though I guess it should have been smoked cheddar for this particular beer. Does Stone actually use smoked malts? To their website...

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Photo of BigBen61
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is quite possibly the beer that turned me from a hophead to a porterphile. While I find many porters to be interesting and well made, this really bent some of the preconceived notions I had, as to what a beer should be.
Appearance is magnificently thick and rich poured into a clear pint glass leaving a couple...oops, I poured too hard...three and a half fingers of cream colored head with wisps of tan throughout. The aroma is smoky and full of that charred porter goodness that many of us love. The smoke is so well balanced here that it flows seamlessly through the flavor. They do not joke when they suggest barbecue on the bottle. The flavors are sweet and malty up front with the smoke beginning to rise in the mid-palate and by the time that roasted char comes through in the finish the smoke peaks and hangs around like a campfire in the early morning. An interesting beer that should be given a try by anyone, especially those who think porters aren't as exciting as hoppier beers.

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Photo of jakester
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. 22 oz. bomber.

Pours an almost opaque black with just a hint of mahagony around the edges. A beautiful head of beige colored foam forms on top, with great lacing.

Aroma is chocolate and caramel candy, with a detectable level of smokiness. The smoke adds a nice touch. Fruity, with notes of dark cherries, dark raisins, and prunes. Smokiness increases as it warms.

Flavor is chocolate, dark molasses, and light smoke. The smoke character is a very nice touch to this beer. It's fairly sweet, with notes of cherries, raisins and plums. Aftertaste is long, sweet, and delicious.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with low to medium carbonation. There is a certain level of oiliness on the tongue. Finish is sweet and luscious.

This is a really delicious beer. The smoke is just enough to be noticed, and everything else is great. It's also a pretty beer.

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Photo of bsp77
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bomber into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: An exceedingly dark brownish-red that remains slightly transparent. Massive foamy head with major lacing.

Smell: Smoke, caramel and roasted malts, cherry.

Taste: Definitely can taste the smoke, almost a charbroiled taste. Slightly sweet chocolate malts and fruit are balanced by roasted malts and hop bitterness. Different facets of the taste shine more than others dependent on the temperature.

Feel: Low to moderate carbonation, medium body, quite smooth and dry on the finish.

Drinkability: Very flavorful porter that insists you keep drinking, although the flavor overload may eventually wear thin. One of the best porters I have had.

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Photo of tdm168
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark brown with 1/2" of cappuccino head with great retention. The nose is intriguing; deep roasted malts and wood fire. Roasted malts, wood smoke, and chocolate all get a play here. There's enough hops to balance and add a welcomed bitterness to the finish. As the beer warms figs, dates, warm fruit becomes noticeable with a little licorice. Mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth, and incredibly drinkable.

What a fantastic beer!

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Photo of secondtooth
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black, with red undertones. Nice tan head. Superb and frilly lace.

Aroma is chocolate, and some roasty, smoky accents. Not at all overpowering with the smoke..actually quite mild.

Taste -- here's that smoke! Nice burnt wood and chocolate. Nicely bitter finish. As this one warms, it turns smoother, with the smoked malts integrating better with the chocolate taste. Quite delicious.

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Photo of scott
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark pour with amber highlights complimented by the attractive full head of tight bubbles that have some hang time. Well carbonated.
Bread/smoke/molasses for aromatics, that transfer to the tongue. Creamy, full-bodied & rich with almost a green apple lurking in the background that finishes quite clean. An easy drinker that you pull & gulp. I appreciate the subtle complexities that keep revealing a very well structured (not overly robust, not too smoked) offering. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Darkale
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful, dark, ponderous brew. Pours thick and heavy. You can see the head coming up through the thick beer, roiling, getting lighter, and forming a thick, munchy tan head that looks so beautiful against the black liquid. A gorgeous beer; one of the prettiest I've ever poured. Sweet malty aroma.

I ought to know by now that porters are not heavy beers, necessarily, but still I am surprised by the deftness of the taste. Sweet, but not thick or syrupy. Nice hint of smoke, nice deep layer of chocolate. Nice and complex, with different flavors dancing around your tongue, from the slightly bitter to the cocoa-sweet.

Head is long-lasting, clings to the glass like it's afraid it might drown.

All of Stone's beers make me grin like a fool. I just sit there, sipping, marveling in the complexity. Then I see how much is left in that big brown bottle and grin and grin and grin. But, unlike the other Stone beers, this one won't knock you on your butt. An excellent quiet evening beer.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark with some beautiful ruby highlights when held up against the light. Big, fluggy brown creamy head. Very nice lacing. Exceptional to look at.

Aroma of coffee, malts, sweet dark chocolate.

Taste is smokey [not overpowering], light bitterness at the end. Has a wood burning taste.

Medium body, decently cleansing, very dry [somewhat surprising].

Overall, a very nice beer. Good to sip. Nicely complex. Good session brew. I appreciate that the smoke flavor is not overwhelming...just right.

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Photo of gbontrag
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dark - pinot? It's got that beautiful odd, burnt sienna color from smokey malts as I pour. It cascades (!!!), a big bonus. Froth sits on top like a toasted marshmallow. It's resting in the mug dark with a pinot glow.
Smells like a dark, sweet cigar.
Ummm. Raspberries crushed with the burnt end of a fire poking stick made out of the tip of a Christmas tree. Chew on some pine sap, nibble on some rosemary, and nosh on some organic spinach. Finishes with herbal minerals, hence the spinach. It's got a silky mouthfeel to it, and - marshmallowy. Dang, that's good. It makes me want to grill an assinine-ly huge ribeye, and serve it with a side of pintos, and smokey New Mexican red chile.

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Photo of meechum
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with Tayner..thanks for the great trade

A - Poured dark black with slight red highlights around the edges, poured into a pint tumbler with a nice large brown head that fell slowly and left an impressive mapping around the glass

S - Hint of wood smoke, coffee, fruits and just a tad boozy

T - The taste was very full, had a great coffee flavor along with a hint of raisins or figs and a bit of caramel..and then finishing out with a smoky and hoppy flavor

M - Had a very good feel..coated the mouth and was dry on the palate from the smoke

D - Very good..enjoyed all of it and look forward to the other bomber I have

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Photo of darrellzilla
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours coffee black, with a slightly reddish cast like a dark chocolate when held up to the light. Decent tan head (1 inch or above) that laves good lacing though melts quickly.

Immediate dark chocolate/espresso notes with a slightly cherry aroma. Slightly oily mouth feel leaving a generally pleasant bitter chocolate aftertaste. Very smokey, but not overpowering.

This beer is such an easy drinker that I polish off a bottle before I even notice what I'm doing. A solid tasty dark brew.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 1 1/2in soapy creamy rocky tan head makes great webs of lace on the glass. the body looks black but it's actually a deep deep red. if you hold it up to a light bulb, you'll see striking plum-purple-burgundy rays and highlights.

S- dark chocolate and dried fruit, fig, currant, tobacco, huge roasted malt, give it a swirl again and i get smoky roasted coffee bean, nuts, burnt caramel, cigar smoke and wood ash.

T- initially a smoky bitter burnt wood raisin-prune taste, then cocoa coffee dark malt, the dark fruit becomes tart making a nice intro for some earthy woodsy hops and burnt caramel backed up by another puff of cigar-ish smoke for a malty charcoal aftertaste.

* with determination, i found some black licorice flavors like the label suggested hidden behind the smoky malt. it was right in with the dark fruit, but it was more like a jagermeister anise herbal type taste, very delicate, and it goes great with the smoky cocoa tobacco.

MF- chewy in the mouth but velvety smooth goin down, medium carbonation tingles become creamy. sits rather light in the belly despite its seemingly thick texture.

D- the smoke is a nice novelty, but this is a treat to savor, not a go-to beer or something to session. puttin away the brown bomber though, was no problem at all.

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Photo of UA8
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Rich Mahogany body with an interesting rich light brown head.

S- Roasted malts and light yeast scent

T- Rich smokey malts, hints of hops, and yeast

M- Rich and thick with fine carbonation that dances on the tongue

D- Very nice porter. I enjoyed the nice balance and refreshing taste. I would deffinitely session this brew.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Woodman’s in Rockford, IL in early 2012 since it is no longer sold in Wisconsin. Pours a dark brown color with off white foamy head. Has a mild smoked scent. Taste is robust yet still sweet with caramel malts finishing with a smoking flavor that delivers a hoppy after taste.

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Photo of number1bum
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber pours a deep, dark brown, almost black, but with some dark red ruby notes around the edges. Coffee colored head leaves a bit of lacing. Very nice. Smell is dark chocolate, a hint of coffee and just a touch of smoke. Taste is bittersweet, dark chocolate, some earthy flavor and finishing with more dark chocolate and then the smoky flavor. Smoky flavor is present but not overpowering, really adds a nice touch to a great porter. Oh so smooth, beautifully balanced. This is really a great porter.

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Photo of fsimcox
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour a deep dark black. Thick 1-inch white foamy head that held up very well. Lot’s of lacing.

Smells of smoke with hints of coffee. Not as strong as I expected.

A smooth smoky taste, with hints of coffee and a very faint hop bitterness in the after taste.

Mouthfeel is creaminess, with a nice medium body feel. Some carbonation as well.

I very enjoyable beer if you like this style.

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Photo of kunzbrew
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a very sexy black with a tan creamy head that last the duration, leaving a sexy lace behind. I am so excited to try this, Seeming I just brewed a smoked porter my self. Hops fill the nose along with burnt amber aroma. The first sip brings a nice smoky flavor to the palate, which is very, very nice. Hops fill the rest of the palate with a coffee malt flavor. This is a very good beer, A clean finish is very nice because the smoked flavor is not stuck in your mouth for a long time. This is another exceptional beer by Stone.


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Photo of mweso2000
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love Stone beers and I took a chance on this beer on the recommendation of my server. Black color with a tan head. Malty aroma wit with chocolate. Has a nice flavor of unsweetened chocolate, coffee and malt. Just the right amount of smokiness. Not overpowering at all. Slighly spicy, perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness. Full feel in mouth and drinks very smooth. Very flavorful. Highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of CBFanWish
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A super dark brown color that would give you the impression that it was a stout just by looking at it. There was a smoky smell as well as a smoky yet caramel taste. If there is a better way to spend my winters, I havn't had it yet. This beer was as smooth as it gets.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Still working my way through my Christmas gifts. This beers is so dark, no light could penetrate it. I was bored so held a flashlight behind the pint glass and (mostly due to the glare around the edge's of the glass) swear no light made it through. A thinlayer of head eventually forms on the top of the beer and incredibly sticky lace clung to the edges of the glass. The aroma is of a fire that had you wake up to the next morning and all you smell is the wet charred wood. The flavor is of charred malts and charred wood. Almost as if I licked the inside of a wodd-burning kettle. So good. IT wafts uo the back of the nose. There are also very deep notes of dark chocolate wrapped into the beer. It would make a great tasting beer, but if you're working through a variety of beers, make sure it is toward the end because you will not be able to taste much afterwards.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Standard Stone Philosophical musings, but no useful information like abv, date, etc.

Aroma: Smoke is at a great level, mild but definitely noticeable, and blends well with a firm dark malt base with some of the burnt porter characteristics.

Appearance: Ruby amber glass with surprisingly nice clarity. The rocky tan head held deep into the glass and laced nicely.

Flavor: Malt is a bit sweet and the hops are juicy and citric. Not enough of the burnt characteristics to really nail “porter”. The smoke adds a wonderful depth with hints of tobacco, leather, and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, creamy texture, low carbonation and just a touch astringent.

Overall Impression: Very enjoyable drink. A great spring/fall sit on the back porch with a cigar or some fish kind of drink. I had to work hard to sip and not just turn it up and DRINK it. Great drinkability, I’ll have to work on a way to get some more out here in Texas. Well done Stone!

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours extremely dark ruby red, looks black unless you hold it to extreme light. Forms a nice finger of creamy head with nice whispy lacing.
S - Notes of malts, slight chocolate, coffee and a smoke that blends with the coffee.
T - Malts, touch of hops, black coffee, very dark chocolate with a very bitter after taste. Very delicious but I'm not finding much smoke even though it is a smoked porter.
O - A nice, strong sipping beer.
V - Medium.

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Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 4,202 ratings