Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

4,185 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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Ratings: 4,185 |  Reviews: 1,814
Photo of UA8
4.38/5  rDev +9%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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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Photo of Jamison85
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Drew966
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Smoked Porter pours a very dark brown with only the slightest hint of ruby around the edges, and a tan head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. I mostly smell chocolate malt and a hint of coffee. There is a thick mouthfeel that is appropriate for the style. Coffee and chocolate flavors are quite noticeable, the smoke only comes into play in the finish. I like this one quite a bit, I wish it were regularly available here. Highly recommended.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 22 oz. bottle of this with my dad-we both liked it.

A- Deep brown body with thick, smooth and creamy dark tan head. Head has good retention and leaves behind plenty of lacing in the glass. Vibrant-bright red tone can be seen throughout the body when held up to the light.

S- Lots of chocolate malt, toffee, and some vanilla. Nothing overpowering and a nice balance between them.

T- Robust chocolate malt upfront with lots of toffee and hop flavor in the background. Lots of vanilla comes out for the finish along with plenty of chocolate malt and some bitter coffee taste. Both chocolate malt and a subtle vanilla sweetness linger.

D- Medium to low carbonation and medium weight body. Smooth and creamy. Near perfect for a porter.

D- This stuff is good. Probably my favorite porter. Has the big robust taste of a stout but the smooth drinkability of a porter. One I will definitely have again. Nice job by Stone.

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Photo of ZAP
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge rocky head...great soft smoked aroma..very very dark burgandy...sweet on the buds with a smokey accent..not overbearing smokiness though(about right)..a bit sweet/syrupy mouthfeel...almost some java tones..very good but in the the same league as Alaskan Brewings' Smoked Porter.

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Photo of 1Special_k
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, freshness date of 9/10, into Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours black, with ruby-brown highlights showing around the edges of the glass, and a big, long lasting, fluffy mocha head on top. Really nice lacing.

Nose has a light woody smokiness to it, nice earthy roastiness with some dry cocoa layered underneath. A bit on the light side, I like to see a more robust nose on a smoked porter or stout, but still quite good.

Taste begins with said woody smokiness, with a bit of a dry campfire quality, complemented by a rich, earthy cocoa and light caramel sweetness that fades quickly into a light balancing roastiness on the finish that works well with the lightly smoked quality. I feel like I get a bit of chicory in this one, also.

Mouthfeel is fairly light bodied, maybe medium-light, with a nice, smooth creaminess from the head that really works well. Carbonation is light-ish but plenty present, smooth. Really nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability is spot on. Perfectly balanced between smokey, roasty, rich, and earthy, with just the perfect amount of sweetness to emerge to complement everything else that's going on. Really well put together beer.

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Photo of burnstar
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown to black with a smallish off white head. Aroma is subdued roasted malt with a touch of smoke. Taste has a light background sweetness. Chocolate and coffee notes. The smokiness is not overpowering at all and actually complements the other flavors. A little roasted malt bitterness. No particular flavor dominates. Very balanced and very good. Not too heavy.. medium to full bodied and well carbonated which adds a bit of bite that works well with this beer. An extremely flavorful beer which is also quite drinkable. Excellent overall.

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Photo of Morris729
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black ruby in color with a thick and creamy tan head that billows out of the top of the glass with no spillage. Nose is roasted coffee beans and dark caramel along with some fainter aromas of smoked grains. Fairly full in body with a somewhat heavy and chewy texture and a very smooth level of carbonation. Taste begins with some sweet malts and milk chocolate followed by flavors of fresh brewed coffee and some earthy notes with touches of smoky charcoal and peat with only a mild trace of bitter hops towards the finish. The smoky and peaty notes remain in the aftertaste, becoming more pronounced as the beer warms. Another winner from Stone. Purchased from Liquid Solutions.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from Stone. This one is not as edgy as Arrogant Bastard but still unique. Very dark color with a thin and lasting beige head. The aroma is smokey of course. Medium body, and the smoked flavor was not overpowering and complemented the malt perfectly. Slight bitter chocolate in the aftertaste. Well done.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany brown with strong ruby highlights. Light is visible on the opposite side of the glass which is somewhat surprising. Given Stone's perchant for big beers I figured that this porter would be darker than it is. The head is chocolate nougat brown, looks pretty sturdy, is pitting like crazy on top and deposits copious amounts of lace as it slowly descends. As is usual for these guys, an excellent look.

The aroma is dark malty and is more chocolatey than anything else. Strangely enough, I don't appreciate any smoke in the nose. It's a little hoppy too, but very little. Excellent beer. The flavor is a wonderful amalgam of heavily roasted malt, chocolate, dark caramel, hops, coffee and smoke in roughly that order. The hops lend more bitterness than they do actual hop flavor, but this is not a bitter beer.

The smoke is more subdued than I'd like. If you're going to call this beer a smoked porter, then make it smoky. Interestingly enough, the body is much more substantial than the appearance would suggest. This baby is full and creamy; dextriny even. It's a very nice body that helps carry the flavor across the palate and keep it there.

Smoked Porter isn't the best porter that I've ever had, but it's damn close. I knew that Stone wouldn't let me down. If you have easy access to this fine beer, then consider yourself extremely fortunate.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown, almost black. Holding the glass up to the light and you can see some reddish highlights at the bottom of the glass. A nice finger and a half of medium brown foam sits on top. Good head retention and a lot of lace with this drink.

Smells like roasted malts, but with a smokiness sort of lingering around it. It's not an overpowering smell of smoke like some smoked brews. This one blends in with the other scents and enhances the overall smell.

Tastes great! The malts and smokiness are balanced with a nice hop presence. Nice hit on the tongue with no alcohol burn and a pleasant smoky finish.

Mouth feel is smooth and creamy like a good Porter should feel.

Very easy to drink as it goes down so smoothly. I polished off my 22oz bottle and was wanting more.

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Photo of sevenredrabbits
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish brown with 1 to 2 finger head. Head has staying power.

Smell:s like coffee and something bitter sweet like moxie.

Taste : coffee and melted sugar. smoked porter is apt. something mellow. campfire roasted marshmallow and cocoa, but much heavier.

mouthfeel : satin with a small nip at the tip of your tongue. nice.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Yard House, San Diego, CA on 7/9/09.

A - Deep reddish brown with mahogany wood hues and almost a finger of rocky beige head that settled into a thin bubbly retention, leaving a sheet of thick, gorgeous lacing around the rim of the glass.

S - Aroma is quite subtle, surprisingly. While very light on the smoke, the nose is quite chocolatey with just a hint of earth and smokey char in the back.

T - Smoked malt but with a prominent chocolate presence that adds a bit of sweetness and a hint of bitterness. While smoke is the primary flavor, it is not dominating. Nicely balanced flavor overall, with chocolate and licorice notes to balance the smokey character.

M - Medium to full-bodied with a pretty substantial thick, chewy mouthfeel. Carbonation is spot-on and bolsters the bitterness, which lasts well into the finish.

D - It took me a while to finally try this beer, but wow! This is a great beer all around. This could very well be the benchmark smoked beer for all others to live up to.

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Photo of hkyplyr73
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A favorite porter of mine

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Photo of HopHead4LifeFour20
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
4.02 out of 5 based on 4,185 ratings.
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