Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

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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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look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep mahogany color, mostly black, especially when viewed in dim lighting, some dark ruby highlights around the edges. Super thick and creamy tan head that sustains and leaves some excellent lacing behind, something that seemingly all Stone brews do.

The aroma hits you before you bring the glass to your nose. Roasted, dark malts, some dry cocoa powder, slight char, some leafy, ashy, and dry hop character. The smoke is hard to notice at first, maybe because the beer is a little to cold. Upon warming up a bit, the smoke definitely comes out and becomes quite nice. Liquid smoke, burnt wood, campfire char - it adds such a great element to an already aromatically pleasing beer.

Stone Smoked Porter tastes exactly like the nose would lead you to believe it tastes. Roasted, nearly burnt malts, dry, light cocoa, bitter coffee beans, herbal hops that are just bitter enough to be called "perfect", and of course, a helpful heaping of smoke. Just like on the nose, the smoke comes out more and more on the palate as the beer warms up. It goes from being a tertiary flavor to a primary flavor over the course of 15-20 minutes.

Along with the smoked flavors comes the charred woodiness and an even more intense roasted profile that sticks with you through the aftertaste. A delicacy that coats your palate and keeps the flavor in your brain long after it's gone. The body is heavy and creamy, not quite chewy, nice amount of carbonation in this one.

Had this a long time ago, didn't care for it. Had it again recently and loved it. Smoke can be a touchy subject in the world of beer when not left in the most deft of hands (Heller-Trum), but it works perfectly here and isn't anywhere close to overpowering. Plus, only 4-5$ for a bomber? What a steal. One of the best smoked beers I've had to date, for many reasons.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle with a BB of 7th Nov 2012, so it's a little out of date. I figured a dark smoked brew wouldn't age too badly. Purchased from Trembling Madness in York a while back, and stored in my garage.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A very dark reddish-brown hue that appears black unless held to the light. Good carbonation. Produces a vast head of creamy beige foam with superb retention; this slowly subsides to a thick surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of rich roasted malt with notes of burnt grain, coffee, chocolate, smoke, mild kippers, molasses, dried fruit, pine resin and earthy yeast. Complex, dry and slightly sweet. The alcohol is well hidden.

Tastes of roasted malt with a mild smoky character and a dry bitter finish. Notes of burnt grain, coffee, molasses, mild smoke, faint chocolate, dried fruit, pine resin and earthy yeast. A subtle sour hint lurks in the background - this occurs with other rauch beers. Complex and somewhat fruity, with a strident bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is rich, smooth and spicy, with tingly carbonation and good body. Rather astringent - dries the palate. An aftertaste of dark roasted malt, fruitiness, pine and bitter stewed hops.

Tasty - an impressive effort, though it comes across as more subtle than the other Stone beers I've tried. I'm not sure what effect has resulted from allowing it to go past it's BB date; perhaps a reduction in hop aroma? I was expecting it to be smokier - it appears that the brewers held back on the rauch to produce a brew with a well-judged balance between smokiness and traditional dark malt flavours. The hoppy pine notes that define Stone beers are noticible but take a back seat for a change. However, the overall effect is unique; how many other breweries combine smoked malt and hops the way this beer does? A solid brew with a delicious range of flavours - it goes down a treat. Well worth sampling if you have the chance.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Bottle is awesome. Great gargoyle graphics in the traditional Stone style with eye catching font and color scheme. Label is painted on. Gives and excellent description of the beer and about the “Stone” philosophy when they decided to brew this beer. Also gives ABV info, a small ingredient list, web info, and a small food pairing suggestion.

Appearance: After warming for 20min I poured this from its 22oz bomber bottle into a 20oz dimpled beer mug. This poured out a deep dark coffee brown with a 3 finger mocha foam head of medium density. Head retention was an amazing 7min 7sec before fading to a thick coating. Phenomenal lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells heavy on the smoke with a charred chocolate malt aroma also detectable.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is again very heavy on the smoke and roasted chocolate malts on the front end followed by a smokey licorice bite that is very nice. The finish is full of smoke and a slight hop bitterness with a charred coffee aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth almost velvety mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: An excellent complex brew that is done extremely well. Very well balance. If you are a porter fan, this is a must try. Classified as an American Porter at 5.9%. consumed 1/19/2013.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on 12/10/12. Let sit at room temp for 10-15 minutes before pouring vigorously into a goblet.

Appearance - Soft black with a tawny glow along the edges when held to the light. A cm of beige head stays with lots of lacing and some visible carbonation around the head.

Smell - The smoke hits immediately and reminds me of a rauchbier. Mostly bonfire, campfire, and a bit of cigarette ash. There is a tad of sweet malts with some hints of roasted coffee.

Taste - Taste is of sweet, roasted malts mixed in with the smoke and herbal hops at the back end. Sweetness and bitterness fight it out in the finish, and the bitterness wins. Actually, the bitterness is getting to me as I continue to drink.

Mouthfeel - Really nice, good medium body with a soft fluffiness. Just like a porter should be; pretty drinkable.

Overall - The bitterness detracts from the drinkability and overall taste. Otherwise, very enjoyable.

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