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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Photo of orford
3.01/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 20 oz pint glass.

A. Very dark, black with deep mahogany edges suggesting clarity. Two inch tight, tan head, great stability. Slowly disipates to lace.

S. Slight alcohol, roasted grain and maybe a hint of smoke. All inn all not a very strong nose on this one.

T. Surprisingly empty taste up front. Middle had some roasted grain and some smoke. Aftertaste of hops bitterness, not much though. As the beer warmed these flavors became more evident.

M. Slight carbontation, appropriate for the style. Surprisingly thin considering the style.

D. Drinkable. Overall seemed vacant to me. The framing is up and ready but there is no drywall, much less fittings, paint and furniture... Color me unimpressed.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. into a pint glass- Deep dark brown/balck color with a perfect tan head. Great head retention. Smells of light smoke, with some malt and hop. First taste is wonderful, filling flavor of dark malts and light smoke. The Smoked flavor is not overdone one bit. Wonderful full, smooth feel in mouth, with a slight bitter finish, which helps flavor keep. Overall another wonderful beer from Stone, and definitely a great porter to session.

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Photo of Deuane
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep dark brown with a medium tan head.

S-A subtle smoke scent with a bit of hops in the backround.

T-A nice balance with more upfront smoke and then a hit of hops. This is NOT the smoke of Alaskan Smoked Porter or a true German Rauchbier. More a smoke beer for the beginner, but good nonetheless.

M-Solid malty backbone with the nice the smoke scent wafting into the narse.

D-Certainly not the best smoked porter out there...but the best one that is widely available. A solid all around porter that I enjoy when I see it on tap.

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Photo of AlephNull
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yay! Stone just came to Delaware, so I get a chance to try a few after my initial brush with the Oaked Arrogant Bastard.

A: Pours from the 22oz bomber into my SA pint glass (Thanks BA and Sam!) with 3 fingers of thick, bubbly offwhite head. The body is a dark almost black brown but when held to the light, you can see it's not cloudy, just dark.

S: Unfortunatly, I think I might be coming down with a cold, because the scents are a little bit muted. What I get is a sweet slightly carmelly smoked malt scent with just a bit of floral hops for good measure.

T: Sweet smoked malts -- molasses in character, but not in sweetness come to the forefront at first. The finish is a bit sweeter but the smoke taste gets stronger at the end. The hops give it a slightly citrusy flavor and round this beer out quite well. While they're there, the coffee notes are very subtle and not nearly as strong as I expected.

M: A fairly light body -- this actually disappoints me a bit. No negative characters, but I like my porters to have a bit more body to them. Incredibly smooth with a light to moderate carbonation. Good, but not what was expected.

D: Well, I'd have to say this is a wonderfully drinkable beer. If I was one to session a porter, this would be up there in my list of choices.

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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my favorite Middle Ages Brewing Imperial Pint glass.

A: 3 fingers rich head leaving a soft lace ring after every sip. Dark brown almost black but smoothe and velvety.

S: Malty and pungent but in a good way. Not too over the top. Although only 5.9% abv, smells of acohol.

T: Coffee undertones with a smoky flavor. This is not like the rauchbiere I expected. The smoke is a subtle addition, not the focus.

M: Mildly carbonated. Very good mouthfeel.

D: Absoulutely fantastic. A well rounded beer, great from start to finish. Glad I bought a 2nd bottle.

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Photo of atrus138
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bomber of this into an English-style pint glass I just got for Christmas. Black with hints of red where the light hits it. Thin light-colored head. Keeps you company throughout the entire experience and leaves some serious lacing. Chocolate and caramel are evident on the nose, both burnt. Decidedly malty. A little on the weak side, especially at first. Taste is a robust combination of coffee, coal, cocoa, and caramel, which provides great alliteration. A little on the thin side, though still medium bodied and lightly carbonated. With such a low ABV and great taste, this makes for a great session beer.

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Photo of dnichols
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured a 22 ounce capped bottle into a pint glass.

A: It poured a dense dark black body with a rich sticky abundant head that retained well and laced the side of the glass.

S: It had the distinct aroma of burnt malts, dark molasses and toasted brown sugar with hints of coffee. There is also the clear and consuming odor of reminded me of when I first open a bag of hard timber charcoal.

T: There is an initial flavor of burnt sweet malts and molasses followed by bitter chocolate and coffee with a ever present taste of charcole. True to the style this brew stands tall and delivers a wonderful smoky porter that is a joy to consume.

M: It is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a smoothness that makes each sip a joy from the tip of the tongue to the back of the throat. It has a nice clean finish that leaves a desire for the next sip.

D: The moderate body, balance of flavors and modest ABV make this a wonderful session brew.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm. A nice and long lasting flow over the palate. The tones are even and it leaves a long taste in your mouth. I have saved trying a lot of the Stone productions in order to build up my palate, but I have to say that I am satisfied with this one beyond what I had expected. I have tried others with stronger flavors, so this won’t be an all time favorite, but my opinion of it will always remain high.

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Photo of ralree
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep black and opaque, nice tan foamy 2-finger head. Great head retention and great lacing. Beautiful.

S: String smoky and slightly skunky flavor. Sweet caramel malt, and fine flowering hops permeate well.

T: Strong smoky flavor with a good bitter hop flavor underneath. Malt isn't quite as sweet as I like it, making this beer a little bland. Dark chocolate and a little bit of coffee are also present.

M: Pretty oily, good carbonation, medium-heavy bodied, non-astringent. Not bad, but not great.

D: Drinks alright - it's pretty heavy. Alcohol is burning nicely. I think one per night would be my max.

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Photo of boelker62
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A large, creamy two-finger, off-white to light brown, mostly-diminishing head into a stange (don't ask why I chose this...I don't know) The hue is deep without being black, and is more of a deep, dark reddish brown when held to the light. Intriguing.

Moderate dark bread aroma with a light tinge of resin. I pull a bit of burlap frm it as well, but it fits. Many if these scents come through in the taste, but also add in there semi sweet chocolate and a distinct maltiness. I think it is officially my favorite porter, now.

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Photo of penguinjive7
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a dark, almost black color with a band of light tan head. Lacing retains somewhat but is not significant.

The smell is of smoke and semi-sweet chocolate.

The first taste to hit the tongue is the smokiness followed immediately by the nicely roasted malt. A hint of dark chocolate can be tasted as well. The finish is a very roasted flavor with a hint of charcoal. An excellent blend in the finish.

The carbonation is done very well and complements the brew's viscocity.

A fine tasting brew that all could drink all night. Extremely drinkable and proves to be yet another astounding offering from Stone.

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Photo of younger35
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My buddy picked up a bomber of this tonight and we enjoyed it while he cooked dinner. Drank from my Squatters nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a dark brown with light amber highlights around the edges. Beautiful one finger dark tan head that slowly recedes leaving a superb cap and collar for the duration of the beer. Plenty of thin splotchy lacing to go around.
Smell- Nice smoky nose that is a bit more pronounced than the Alder in Alaskan Smoked Porter, peat perhaps? A bit of sweet milk chocolate and highly creamed coffee round out the nose beautifully.
Taste- Lightly smoked body is very delicate and blends well with the semi bitter, semi sweet chocolate. Feint notes of coffee make an appearance but for the most part the smokiness is the center of attention. Nice warm roast is present from the malt with a hint of citrus. Finishes with a lingering smoke and the slightest of bitterness.
Mouthfeel- Silky smooth with a medium body and perfect medium carbonation.
Drinkability- I just ate about sixteen pounds of sweet chili hot wings and this thing is the perfect desert. The light smokiness with the chocolate background makes this a really good Smoked Porter. It’s only a step behind the Alaskan Smoked Porter but the availability of this compared to ASP is fantastic. A solid, solid brew from Stone.

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Photo of Iceman77
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with an off-white, latte colored head. Good thickness on the head and hangs around a while before receding to a nice surface film and lacing around the edges. The name is in the smell and taste, up front you get the smoky malt aroma along with a hint of citrus and roasted nuts. In the taste you get more heavy malt flavor, along with chocolate and smidge of hop bitterness. Nice texture in the mouth, with the right amount of carbonation and a slight aftertaste of those smoky/roasted grains. Definitely the kind of porter you could have several of with ease.

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Photo of cichief
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber.

A- Pours a deep brown, nearly opaque, with a nice deep brown head.

S- Smell strongly of smoked malt, with a subtle licorice hint.

T- Tastes of smoke and licorice, but not as smoky as some rauchbiers. Finishes with a decent dry, hop finish.

M- Nice full mouthfeel, full body, well carbonated.

D- More drinkable than many smoked beers, although I am a fan of rauchbier.

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Photo of Thanby
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely dark amber, just a hair off of black. One finger of rocky tan head, some visible active carbonation. Nice sheet of clingy lace, even though the head dies to a ring.

Smells of smoky roasted malts and chocolate, a little orange, a little nutty.

Smokiness right up front. Oak (I think) roasted malt. Very mellow but flavorful. Slightly bitter smoky aftertaste.

Medium body, good amount of carbonation, just a hint of citrus. Chocolate permeates the whole flavor in a very subtle way. Easily drinkable, and very enjoyable. Simply a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of bobbyc881
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out dark brown, tan head. Red highlights. Thin carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, leather, smoke & slight burnt sugar.

Taste begins a touch sweet and quickly turns into a nice, round smoke flavor. Reminds me of cooking ribs on a summer afternoon. Not overpoweringly smoky, though. Finish ends dry, with lingering smoke flavors -- but not a I-just-smoked-a-cigarette taste.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick, creamy and leaves my tongue a bit sticky. Extremely drinkable. Smoke seems to be one of those flavors introduced into a beer that can go horribly wrong. Stone has struck a really nice balance here that enhances the beer. A solid brew -- surely not a novelty.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Into the Stone Tulip

A - Near black, heavy off white head, aggressive lacing. Head leaves pretty quickly.

S - Best part of this beer. Smoke, coffee and cocoa.

T - Really smoky. Maybe too smoky. Thin in other aspects.

M - Medium body. Decent carbonation. A little thin.

D - Different and fun.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to say this is only my second Smoked Porter and my first was Alaskan, this is definitly not as good but still a good offering. Pours the darkest brown I've seen, just shy of black. A small tan head formed but it didnt last long and no lacing either. Smell is of some sweets, some caramel, but mainly that of a smoked meat or fish. Taste is good. The taste is a complex blend of the actual smoke flavor, some malt hints, some of coffee, a bit of malt and small touch of bittering hops. It does have a slightly heavy mouthfeel and leaves behind a rather thick and almost oily aftertaste that I wasnt fond of. Overall an easily drinkable beer, light on the ABV and best at a warmer temp. A good offering from Stone.

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

Very dark pour, when held up to light it reveals mahogany hues. Nice off-white head that stays in it for the long haul. Great lacing, decorating the glass with each sip.
Smells of light smokiness, coffee, maltiness. Tastes of more smokiness, coffee flavors, roasty & toasty, good bbq beer. Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied, good carbonation, and semi-dry finish. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of orangedive
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark, dark brown. 1/2 inch cream-colored head. 100% opaque.

S - Nutty aromas initially. Strong scent of roasted malt with hints of coffee. Notes of hops and a little spice, too. Very nice, sweet.

T - Tastes a little like a cherry smoked piece of beef. Heavy chocolate and malt flavors. Not too much alcohol--sweet. A little coffee flavor too. Quite complex.

M - A little thin, but not bad. Not as good as the smell and the taste.

D - I'm drinking the 1pint&6oz bottle, which is the perfect amount of this beer. Wouldn't want anymore than that. It goes down nicely on its own and even better with a quality piece of chocolate.

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Photo of techdiver
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appears black, but held to light shows a high degree of clarity with ruby brown highlights. Modest tan head dissipates leaving lots of lacing.

This is tasty stuff, has a very light mouthfeel compared to other porters. Well balanced, and very smooth.

With this relatively low ABV, this a great brew to spend a cold winter night with.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm porter. Beer is dark reddish brown topped by dense, slightly chocolate milk colored foam. Retention is alright. Aroma is sweet, toasty, bittersweet chocolate, milk, lactose, molasses and some kind of berries. tastes delightful in an easy going porter kind of way. Flavors match above but blend real well together then all into a roasty bitter finish which smooths out in waves. Feels smooth and easy but almost too delicate for the flavor. Body could be a little larger. Very easy to drink however. Goes down effortlessly.

Porter good.

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Photo of wedge
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown under a slim, sticky tan head. Clean malty aroma - brown sugar and chocolate with a hint of dark berries...not much more than a wisp of smoke. Chocolaty, malty flavor with a surprising amount of oily hops to balance. Not too sweet with, again, a very mild smokiness. Medium body with a lingering dryness.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up one of the 1 pint 6fl oz. bottles from my local variety beer store, price was pretty decent.

Bottle looks cool, and it's nice that Stone has suggestions on the bottle of what to place it with.

I poured this into a stoneware mug as I had nothing else handy at the time, but the first thing I noticed was the color. Very dark, almost a mix between a brown and a red. Carbonation was about middle of the road and fairly clear. Head was tan, fairly foamy at first, but dissapated over a few minutes.

Smell was a tad bit smokey with a bit of earth and malt. Made my mouth water a bit.

Initial taste was sharp and although it smoothed a bit it retained a that bit of sharp flavor. I paired this with chicken wings and a meatball sub and it went great with the wings, not so much with the sub.

Mouthfeel was nice, felt a bit thick but not grainy.

Overall drinkability for me is a 4, this was a good beer and I'll definately buy some more, however, I'll remember to keep pairing this with wings and other grilled/baked meats.

If you've got a cook-out or something similiar coming up, even just a family barbecue, treat yourself and pick this up.

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

had a pint on tap with dinner at DuMont in Williamsburg Brooklyn.

Poured a deep dark black with a nougaty tan head, one finger high with decent amounts of lacing.

Chocolate, dark malts, caramel, and some smokiness on the nose, the type of beer you can't wait to drink after you get a wiff of it.

There was a higher acidity on the palate than I had assumed their would be, but that made it all the better as a food beer. This really rocked with my Braised Pork Shank. chocolate flavor, a little smokey, not nearly as smokey as I would have imagined, with a some light earthy hop flavors. Medium / fully body, chewy and round in the mouth, light carbonation.

Super drinkable beer and was an absolute delight with my meal! Cheers to Stone

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