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 thehyperduck
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber picked up from the LCBO; bottled Oct 1 2015 and served at cellar temperature.

Pours a deep-hued, translucent chestnut-brown colour with crimson highlights. A full two fingers of light beige-tinged head is situated atop, remaining in place for the long haul. It takes more than 10 minutes to seep away, leaving behind a creamier, more manageable-sized cap and gobs of lovely lacing. Subtly smoky/peaty aroma, with notes of nutty, lightly toasted malts and milk chocolate. Perhaps a few suggestions of molasses, licorice and earthy, herbal hops.

The flavour profile pretty much follows the nose; minimal sweetness, save perhaps a touch of burnt sugar, with the roasted malt elements played up. Peat smoke is a persistent, subtle presence that permeates the whole sip. Chocolate, toasted hazelnut and hints of dark fruit become noticeable by mid-sip, with some earthy, resiny hop astringency rising in intensity as you near the finish. Bittersweet aftertaste with baker's chocolate, lingering roastiness and some woodsmoke flavour. Low carbonation levels, with light-medium body and a soft, smooth, generally satisfying feel in the mouth.

Final Grade: 3.91, a B+. Stone's Smoked Porter is worth a shot, but don't expect miracles. The smoked malt is not overdone, making it potentially good as an introduction to this sort of brew. I'm enjoying it, but not to the extent that I would consider this a memorable beer, or a 'must-try' or anything like that. It's pretty good, and I'd certainly give it a shot if I spotted it on tap somewhere, but it's not something I expect to return to frequently.

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown pour with a fine tan head. Smells like dark cherries, roasted grains, a bit of whiskey, peat, smoke. The taste is bitter, with notes of peat, smoke, dark cherries and dark chocolate. Silky smooth texture with medium body and a bitter and smoky aftertaste.
LE: when the beer gets warmer, one can identify other notes: funky sour notes in the nose, together with caramel, and the taste also contains notes of caramel and a bit of vanilla. Pretty complex beer.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 11/17/15:
Pours a lovely mahogany that appears decently clear near the edges. Tan head, fluffy, caps the beer for the whole pour. Lacing is quite nice.

Nose has a light bit of smoke atop a basic porter nose of toasted bread and some roasted malt notes.

Taste leans more porter for me, but a nice porter. The smoke is quite light and acts more like an accent initially. Typically pronounced bitterness, earthy to grassy back up the porter base. With a little warmthand looking for it, I get more smoke, but not much more than I get from some strong stout roasted malts. As the beer starts to get to the edge of being too warm for the porter, the smoke comes out a little more.

Medium body, but with a little friction on the tongue as I sip it.

A solid porter as a base makes it hard to rate this beer low. I wish the smoke took on a bit more of the flavor profile. The smoke was noticeable, but not flavorful, to me, almost like the beer was brewed next to a fire instead of as a part of it.

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Photo of JoLight
4.88/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Brown hues around the corners; black body straight on; and a khaki head that retains very well, and is frothy. Nice lacing.

Aroma: Slightly sweet, maybe chocolate. Roasted malt, and lots of rustic hops.

Tastes of roasted malts; maybe something like 70-ish% dark chocolate; maybe some fruit; and a slight; coffee bitterness end; and it finishes with a slight smokey flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thick medium-mouthfeel. Slight carbonation on the end.

Finish: thick, somewhat savory.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
2.54/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

22 oz bomber, poured into tulip glass. Bottled 10/19/15, Enjoy by 02/16/15.

L - Pours dark, mahogany, almost plum skin color. Thick white/off-white head that dissipates slow, leaves slight lacing.

S - Ash, smoke, leather, burnt chocolate/coffee.

T - Roasted/burnt malts, coffee, a very woody aftertaste that's probably the "smoked" aspect. Not getting any fruit or maltiness to balance out the strong bitter bite this has throughout.

F - Smooth and creamy, very soft carbonation. The intense flavor notes clash with the smoothness.

O - For my third-ever porter, I probably shouldn't have thought of "smoked" as universally appealing as "smoked ham" or "smoked almonds." "Smoked" beer is a bit too strong, woody, almost like drinking the contents of a chimney. But, my first IPA was a "bitter" experience and I'm guessing I'll need to acquire this taste, let it sit longer at room temperature, or stick to stouts.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear mahogany body with surprisingly light head, a thin veneer and ring last. Nose contains sweet-tangy smoked notes, but only mentioned first because I'm looking for it. The rest is roasty malt, chocolate. Flavor is mostly the porter notes: chocolate, roast, faint caramel, dark fruit even, with an afterthought of the smoke. Hops are significant for most of it, providing moderate bitterness (high for the style), and the finish also contains unexpected chalky yeast. Very dry throughout. Medium body, slick, with forceful but not overpowering carbonation.
Meh. The porter part was good, minus the strong bitterness, but I'm especially embittered by the lack of smoke. Glad to check this one off and not worry about missing a potential hidden gem every time I pass it over.

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Photo of Dravin
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 0.5 L bottle into a Duvel Tulip. Bottled on date is 10/19/2015.

Look -- One finger of medium-tight light tan head. It has decent head retention, it doesn't impress and it doesn't disappoint. Nice lacing with a deep dark ruby color at the edges of the glass.

Smell -- Chocolate and sweetness, some herbal hoppiness beneath it all mingled with teasing scents of smoke. The scent of smoke is fairly light.

Taste -- Bracing bitterness that gives way to chocolate and sweetness and then reappears to linger. Light smokiness worms it's way throughout the taste. The smoke and chocolate aspects make me think of munching on chocolate around a campfire between rounds of making smores.

Feel -- Nice carbonation and medium body on the palate. Definitely reads as a porter to me. Finishes somewhat dry but it isn't cutting and it simply encourages you to go back in for another sip.

Overall -- Initially I was disappointed that the smoke wasn't aggressive but as I got into the beer I appreciated just how well balanced the smoke element is. My only possible complaint with the smoke is I wish it was a little more present on the nose but that may be a failing of my own sniffer and it may not be possible to make it more aggressive on the nose without ruining the balance on the tongue.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace leaving some messy foamy lacing all around the glass.
The smell has a light ashy to meaty smokiness to it in the front. After a bit of warming, then there's some subtle roast weaving into the rest of the blend, nice.
The taste was moderately smoky with the roast gently settling back in underneath with a warming subtle sweetness (cocoa bean?, I'm guessing). The aftertaste was really nice as it took the smoke along with the roast and allowed the sweetness to enter in. Gentle dry finish.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied and felt like it had more roast than smoke on my tongue, not bad, but wasn't expecting that, different.
Overall, for the most part as someone who used to live in Southeast Alaska, ahem, uh..yeah, when you get the choice of this or Alaskan Smoked Porter, I'm gonna stick with Alaskan's. Sorry, Stone, its still good for the most part.

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Photo of Chris_Huston
2.35/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I normally like just about any beer much better between 60 and 70 degrees F. I had to get this one down to between 40 and 45 to get any kind of a decent taste from it. At the warmer temp it smelled of burnt manure, with a similar taste. Even at a colder temp it immediately put me in mind of the huge, open plan barns filled with farm animals at the 4-H events I went to as a kid. Might be a nice base as a farmhouse ale (a la Mad Meg), but as a smoked porter, it was a little disgusting, even if a bit nostalgic. I'm thinking it was an off bottle, b/c the Vanilla Bean version had a fantastic smoke presence, pitched just right so as to be clear and upfront without being overwhelming.

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Photo of kitch
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A 22 fl oz bomber with a bottled on date of 17th July 2015 and an enjoy by date of 14th November 2015. Poured into a Spiegelau stout glass.

Appearance: Poured a dark dark brown colour with a light amber hue and a nice two fingered tan head that dissipates slowly leaving stringy lacing.

Aroma: Smoky, roasted malts with some light chocolate and cream.

Taste: Roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate. There is also some light smoke which is ashy and hints of licorice and milk coffee.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, medium bodied with light to medium carbonation.

Overall: The smoke taste was a bit ashy for me, but otherwise this was a nice smoked porter.

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Photo of ritwingr
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly jet black with a beautiful dense Carmel colored head having average retention and above average lacing.

I didn't catch much "smoke," but it's a ver nice American Porter. Feel is a little thin for a porter, but tastes quite agreeable. Slight chocolate presence. Hops just kick in at the very end and only faintly. No alcohol burn at all.

Could be a bit more robust....but I'd definitely drink it again. And will.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

650 ml bottle served fairly cold into a St. Pauli Girl clear mug. Purchased while visiting the USA. Enjoy by date is July 24, 2015, so unfortunately I'm a bit late. Let's give it a go anyways.

Appearance - Dark, dark chestnut brown, practically blots out all light. Nice finger and change of tan head that recedes slowly and leaves behind a plethora of gorgeous lacing.

Smell - A lot of burnt malt notes, some firewood and a dank earthiness dominate the aromas.No sweetness to be found anywhere.

Taste - Big and bitter, burnt malt, with earthy flavors throughout. Tastes like burnt wood, but in a good way. The smoke is present, but comes through more with and ashy, wooden flavor. Charcoal is the overall profile that comes to mind. A tiny bit of dark chocolate on the aftertaste. I think the smoke is too prevalent but did enjoy it for what it is.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and surprisingly light bodied, with soft carbonation. Still feels a little heavier because of the profiles, but good feel.

Overall - An enjoyable smoked porter, with big smokey flavors, with the taste of wood and a generally ashy bitterness. Definitely worth a try especially for those that like smoked beers, rauchbiers etc.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a simple black with a satisfyingly thick head. The aroma presents hickory smoke, tobacco, cedar, coffee, and burning gasoline, though not in an unpleasant way. Indeed, I love the slightly mechanical hint to this beer. I also get a touch of roasted hazelnut on the nose, this one grows as the beer warms. The taste leads with a sweet coffee flavor, followed by hickory smoke, the kind you get from eating really good smoked barbecue. The motuhfeel isa bit thin, but maybe that is for the best given the heavy quality of the beer. Overall I adore this beer. It is deep, rich, complex, and utterly drinkable.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A brilliant chestnut pour sits beneath a 3” cream to light tan foam collar that is fairly persistent and lacy. S: Smoke aromas are mild and restrained, with chocolate and hints of coffee. T: Primarily chocolate and coffee with a hop bitter accent and a light hand on the smoke. F: Very soft on the palate with medium full body and medium carbonation. O: Some creamy texture makes this beer.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with faint reddish edges under a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and semi-sweet chocolate. Flavor follows the nose with a good smoked, dry finish.

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Photo of EMV
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Zeno's in State College, PA. Poured into a snifter.

L: Pours an inky black with thin tannish head.

S: Smokey, with roasted malts and chocolate.

T/F: Smooth as silk. This is roasted malt heavy at the front with flashes of cocoa and coffee. The smokiness hits you towards the finish and isn't unpleasant. This is a big flavor kind of beer, and like most of the good stuff it becomes more complex and rich as it warms.

O: A very cool beer from Stone. It deserves at least two samplings to get the full effect. It's not one I go for regularly, but I always enjoy it when I pick one up.

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Photo of TH28
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. 8/15/15 code date. Appearance: deep brown with a ruby undertone. Nearly opaque but clear under light. Light brown foam head. Aroma: Roasted malt prominent, with a hint of smoked wood. Taste: Medium malt sweetness, with a prominent roast character. Strong bitterness, and a light, leathery, woody, smoke character after the swallow. Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, almost a bit thin, with light carbonation. Finish: chocolate roast on the finish, with a light smoke character that lingers retronasally. Overall: A pretty solid robust American Porter with an underlying smoke character to compliment, not overpowering.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Date: June 272015... Glassware: Victory no nick.... Occasion: a cold June night lingers on---with Game of Thrones to ponder and rue... Appearance: dark black, intimidating body that allows an equally ominous brown head that webs archways across the glass in artful fashion; a thick half-inch ring holds staunchly; walls of head blanket the glass as it drains.... Aroma: a soft, milky whisp of lactic activity; some chocolate, licorice and some citric hops, the usual Stone calling card.... Palate: smooth, sensibly sippable; medium-bodied, creamy and softly carbonated; a drinkable porter... .Taste: milky, chocolaty, but rather subdued in its profile, almost apologetic in its assertiveness; a malty finish ensures a pleasant, roasted profile...Overall: A smooth, mildly flavorful example of the style--not nearly as prolific as the bottle’s script proclaims...a welcome but unworthy follow-up to the Founders Breakfast Stout...

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Photo of jzlyo
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is hops, malts and hint of smoke. The flavor is smoke up front with an edge of hops that is balanced by the malts, chocolate being the dominate element of the malts along with a mild nuttiness. A complex porter, hoppier than most but makes it stands out.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by *gasp* 12/15/12. I've literally had this bottle in my fridge for about two and a half years. I bought it when I first got serious about reviewing and I have no idea why it's taken this long to do so.

Appearance: Dark brown body with about half a finger of sudsy tan foam that has dissipated leaving lacing.

Aroma: Quite clean. Some cream and hints of woody smoke. I would think the smokey flavor, if any is left, would be very mild by now.

Taste: If I didn't know this was as old a bottle as it is, I probably wouldn't guess it. Let's talk hops first: they are quite aggressive. The first thing I notice is a building bitterness that hits its peak during the finish. There really isn't much for hop flavor but the character is all clean bitterness. The malt takes a back seat until the aftertaste when flavors of roasted barley and cream take over. The smoked malt flavor comes through at the beginning of each sip and then again in the aftertaste, but it is subtle. Nice depth of flavor for 5.9% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium in body, which is lighter than expected. The carbonation is a little overdone. Good drinkability for the style.

Final Thoughts: I was pretty nervous cracking this bomber open but the beer inside has aged well. Would I drink it again? Sure, next time I won't let it age.

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

22oz bomber. Pours dark chocolate brown with an amber hue. Smells like a traditional porter. Tastes like a traditional porter with a little smoke flavor. Little different. Would have liked a little more chocolate and toffee. Good. Just not great.

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

Stone Brewing 'Smoked Porter' @ 5.9% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6.90
A-pour is a dark cola brown from the bottle to a near black in the glass with some ruby red at the bottom of the glass peeking thru a fine medium size off-white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
S-some smoke
T-ok taste , some smokey bitterness on the swallow
MF-ok/decent carbonation , medium body
Ov-ok/good beer , just an ok porter
prost LampertLand

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Photo of barczar
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is fairly sweet, lightly chocolatey, with a touch of phenolic plastic and a bit of tar.

Flavor is more smoky and plasticy, with woody smoke notes becoming bitter chocolate at the finish. The bitter roast malt lingers. Becomes fairly harsh.

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Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
2.43/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Terrible, just so bad. I had three sips and dumped it down the drain. One of the few beers I've had to get rid of. Stone is an over-hyped brewery and most of what they make are IPAs and pale ales that all taste the same. Avoid it if you can.

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Photo of drunkenmess
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice smokey porter. Beautiful body. Nice creamy head, light lacing. Aroma of smoke, fruit and burnt malts. Taste is up front with that smokey sweetness that comes from a porter. Not heavy, nor boozy. Very light and drinkable. Good sh*t

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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
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