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Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

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Stone Smoked PorterStone Smoked Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,811
Ratings:
4,171
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
16.92%
 
 
Wants:
189
Gots:
524
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 1,811 | Ratings: 4,171
Photo of scruffwhor
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thank You Kahn's of Indianapolis!!!
And of course runwayred for showing me the way ;).

Appearance- Great two and a half finger head with awesome retention. Decent lacing that slowly disappears after it sticks to the glass. A very deep garnet hue when held directly to the light and deep brown when held away from God's touch.

Smell- Not realy smokey for a "smoked" porter. More like a normal roasted malt profile you'd find in any other porter. Isn't waht I expected from a Stone product.

Taste- Coffee grounds to start with some more burnt like malts in the middle. The hops hit closer to the finish. Just a little general bitterness giving it a good baker's chocolate feel. The finish is a dark malt and toffee roasted over a campfire ending. Not too smooth.

Mouthfeel- A little thick, but does bring an overall pleasing sense to the tongue. Great palate of bitter brownies.

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Photo of tigg924
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: medium carbonation, 1/2 inch head, dark brown

Smell: malt, hops, some smokiness

Taste: malt, chocolate, some alcohol, grapefruit, and a hoppy smoky aftertaste

Mouthfeel: sweet body with a bitter end, medium heavy, not overly smooth

Drinkability: This was good enough to make me want to finish the bomber, but not to have a second one...It does have a decent smoky taste and is a lot hoppier than most smoke beers I have had.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into tulip glass.

reviewed from notes taken 7/17/12.

Appearance: Dark brown to light black bodied beer with medium brown colored head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Lots of smoke thats earthy and meaty. Little bakers cocoa and chocolate malts.

Taste: Just like the nose. Meaty, bacony, earthy, and peat moss smoke. Touch of chocolate and roastiness. Really tasty smoked beer.

Mouthfeel: low end of medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Wish the beer was a little thicker, but it makes it more drinkable which is a fair compromise.

Overall: This is a no frills smoked beer. A solid beer that you can never go wrong with purchasing. Especially, if you want a consistantly good smoked beer for a reasonably cheap priced bomber.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, light shines through on th eedges quite easily, big poofy khaki head, decent retention. Smell is milder than expected, dark roasted and chared malts are the dominant components with actual smoke taking a backseat and barely making itself known. A touch of earthy hops on the back. Taste brings a nice roasted malt profile, light touches of chared wood and faint chocolate. Again the smoke lacks any sort of umph - ive had beers that contained so few smoked malts they didnt name their beer with that description and they still had more umph than this. Medium bodied, slightly creamy. A nice porter yes - but a weak smoked beer.

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Photo of DrJay
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, very dark brown, nearly opaque, with very nice deep ruby highlights. Light brown head of fine, dense bubbles that show excellent stickage to the glass with very good retention. Malty, roasty aroma with a little bit of smokiness. Very light american hop aroma as well. Malty flavour up front with plenty of roasted and chocolate to start, moderate sweetness. Bitter smokiness appears at the midpoint and carries through to the finish. Light bitterness from the hops, balance is more between the malt and charcoal smoke, which hit a nice balance towards the end and carries through to a long, drying finish. Medium body and medium-light carbonation. Fairly smooth, creamy texture. I really appreciate that the smoke aroma and flavour feel like a balanced part of the beer rather than just an afterthought that was dumped in at the last minute, but admittedly smoke in a beer is not really my thing.

22 oz. brown bomber, no apparent best before or freshness date.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint

Pours a used engine oil black with a nice tan head with some slick retention.

Smells of roasted chocolate and caramel malts. Very little smoke on the nose, but it is there.

Whoa! Sweet cocoa and caramel meet perfectly. This is almost as nice as it gets. Taste a slight citrus hop backbone.

The mouthfeel is creamy and light.

It is a heavy beer, but it's really light in finish.

This is another solid offering by Stone. Not too much smoke, just enough to give a great layer of flavor.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from ABV

A very dark brown with a dense, light brown head with good retention and gorgeous sheets of lacing, this looks pretty spectacular. The nose is a great blend of smoke, vanilla, roast, coffee, cocoa and a mild hop character. The smoke is a little wet and fruity. The palate opens smoky before a blend of vanilla, cocoa, coffee grounds and a mild fruitiness (cherry wood? apple?) . The roasted malt flavor is heavier on the coffee grounds/chicory flavors. Drying, roasty and with a little cocoa on the finish, this beer is light in body, moderately carbonated and has a nice finish. Quite excellent, i like this more than the variants Stone came up with way back when.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to cjacobsen for sharing!

(A)- Pours a dark black color. A good tan colored head and retention. Some lace.

(S) - Mild smoke aromas. Hints of vanilla and raisin behind that.

(T)- Like the smell, a good smoke and roasted raisin components.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Fairly bitter, but richer and a good smoke component that does not overtake the beer.

(D)- A nice porter. Not overly smoky, but balanced and meshes well into the beer as a whole.

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Photo of Brad007
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown color witha nice brown head. Aroma is nice and creamy with some subtle smokiness. Taste is nice and smoky with a good balance of malts as well. I can even detect some burnt coffee flavors towards the back of the throat. The aftertaste is dry and smoky as well. Very drinkable and would compliment certain foods well. I love this beer.

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

Pours a deep brown/red, medium tan head, pretty thick and spots of lace on the glass. Smell is malty, sweet cherries, very light smoke. Taste is roasted coffee, cherries, and light smoke, little bit of chocolate, quite malty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with low carbonation. Smoke character is perfect, not overpowering and very complementary, thanks DrJay!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby witha beautiful thick head that has good retention. Smoked salmon and jerky on the nose. Medium body. Slick mouthfeel. Light smoked jerky on the palate. Chocolate and coffee tones also present. Some good roasty tones too. I like this one. The only better smoked porter I've had is from Alaskan.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A classic in the smoked porter genre. Pours dark delicious brown. Aroma comes through, a little different, is that the burnt choco malt I smell over any hop character? Taste, hey, there's a massive amount of hops (Chinook?) for a porter. . . for anything really. Mouthfeel holds up, drinkability rated a little lower as I don't think i've ever had more than one in a night. But yet you always want to have one on any given day.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard pint glass (thanks Stoneman78). Growler opened with a pop and a rush and left some specks of porter on my kitchen ceiling (guess it's fresh :) Poured the color of obsidian, followed by a luscious coffee colored two-fingered head that settled into a quarter-inch consistent layer of foam and ringlets. Lots and lots of lacing; just like drinking a coffee milkshake. Scent of hops, roasted malt and espresso, as well as a lingering smokiness in the nose. Nice mellow taste - unsweetened cocoa, coffee and malt with a slightly hoppy finish. Nice medium-bodied mouthfeel; not too much carbonation. Very sessionable porter.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.29/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

I had such high hopes for this beer. I love porter and I love smokey beers so how could this go wrong? Sadly, I was wrong.

The beer pours black with light tan head that is big, 3 fingers high with good retention and lacing.

The aroma is really light and doesn't bring forth nice smokiest that you would expect. The smoke is there just really light with a tad of chocolate.

The taste is really super light as well, you can barely get any smoke at all and just a light coffee taste.

Mouthfeel is solid nothing great, and this is just a bland beer that is not very drinkable.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Charcoal gray/black. Medium tan head.

Smell - Major notes of cocoa and coffee. Burnt grains with just a hint of smoke linger in the background.

Taste - Mild smokiness initially with some chocolate and roasted coffee. There seems to be some vanilla and butterscotch to sweeten it a bit. Roasted bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - I'd say it's medium to full-bodied. It's very easy to drink, but at the same time it is a big beer. Fills the mouth, yet there seems to be very little carbonation.

Drinkability - Medium bodied. Mild carbonation.

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Photo of dgilks
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice, lightly smoked aroma with a hint of roast and the barest hint of American hops. Nice.

Clear, dark brown and with a large, tan head.

Really tasty. Smooth, lightly roasty with touches of smoke, plenty of bitter chocolate and a hint of coffee.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Silky.

I really like this beer. Plenty of flavour but smooth, silky and easy to drink. A solid and really good beer.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone is always dependable. I first tried this on tap, and remembered the smell as being more smoky. But now that I'm drinking from the bottle, there's not so much. The aroma is more chocolate and roast malt, with some smoke flavor only showing up with the aftertaste. The appearance is really good too, dark black with mahogany edges, milk chocolate colored frothy head. Nice beer, nice brewery.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Twain's in Atlanta.

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with moderate amounts of smokiness - char with hints of campfire. Also present are mild dark semi-sweet chocolate aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Mildly dry roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by well-integrated smokiness. Moderate amounts of dark chocolate come into play midway through the sip. Hints of leafy hops come into play near the end of the sip before carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this beer was more smoky than I remembered however it still isn't robust enough given the ABV. Worth a shot to see for yourself but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep brown nearly black color with a thick one finger tan head. The head had very nice retention leaving a medium amount of lacing.

Smell – Roasted malt is heaviest in the nose. These are cocoa and dark bread in nature with lighter hints of some smokiness, pine and a nice caramel/brown sugar sweetness.

Taste – A smooth roasted malt and cocoa flavor mixed with a light sweet caramel start the taste out. The caramel fades as some hoppy flavors come to the tongue. These are largely earthy in nature with lighter flavors of pine. At the end, the smoke that is suggested in the name, comes to fruition along with a resurgence (light resurgence) of some sweeter flavors.
Overall a very nice taste is left on the tongue in the end.

Mouthfeel – Creamier then the average brew with a slightly lighter level of carbonation. Very nice for the roasty-smoky flavors of the brew.

Overall – It’s a rather easy to drink, roasty and a good go to for a slightly dryer porter. Not too shabby.

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Photo of champ103
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice brownish/black color. Some ruby highlights can be seen as I hold it up to the light. A two finger beige head forms and leaves some patchy lace.
S: Roasted malt with some sweet toffee, brown sugar, and coffee. A hint of smoke.
T: Again roasted malt with toffee and coffee. Some chocolate that is subdued a little. I don't really detect any smoke flavors.
M/D: A medium body that is creamy, chewy, and well carbonated. Smooth and easy to drink. A porter that hits the spot.

A pretty good porter. I don't detect hardly any smoke though. Other than that, everything you want for the style. It paired well with some grilled steaks for dinner.

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

Appearance. Pours a deep brown with a creamy 1 finger off white head. Head sticks around and leaves a little lacing.

Smell. Roasty chocolate and campfire.

Taste. Roasty bitter coffee and chocolate, stirred with a half-burned campfire log. Lasting smokey bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with some nice medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability. A pretty good drinker. Smokeyness is a little much at times, but still goes down pretty good.

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Photo of Gusler
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As deep as garnet gets, before we call it brown, the head is "Chocolate", frothy, long lasting; the lace clings in thick sheets till the very bottom of the glass. Nose is deep malt, lightly smoked, sweet, caramel, and even a hint of coffee. Front is sweet malt, the top is medium to full, the finish is of course "Smokey", nicely hopped, light to moderate carbonation, dry, and a nice long lasting bitter after taste. Call me a "Stone-o-phile", but I like the over the top hops, high ABV, big malts and that robustness, only found in a few brewers beers, such as "Alesmith".

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Friday night at home, watching a movie. Had this beer, as well as porters from Sierra Nevada and Smuttynose. Liked this one a lot. It was a dark brown with a little red. A small tan head. Sweet chocolate aroma, maybe some smokiness. A chocolate, coffee taste, without the sweetness I had smelled. More of an espresso. Very smooth, and fun to drink.

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

22 ounce bottle.
Poured extremely dark with a moderate, tan head that quickly settled and dissipated. Aroma is predominately roasted grains and malt. Very slight smoke character in the rear of the aroma. In fact, the smokiness of the beer takes a backseat throughout the experience....it's almost an afterthought. And, in one sense, that's a refreshing change from smoked beers that are plainly overdone.
The beer has a rich, thick mouthfeel...mouth-coating with a somewhat astringent and dry finish. Roasted grain throughout, and moderately bitter hop aftertaste. Overall, it's a very drinkable, well-made brew.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.83/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On tap at the brewery after the tour. I have had this before but this one had more flavor. Dark black with a cocoa head. Smells smoky. This just tastes way too smoky for me, I wonder how they get the smoke flavor?? My cousin's exact words were :"You can't hide behind your IPA forever!". Needless to say the Stone employees did not take a liking to us. I bet this would be better with the chipotle peppers or vanilla beans to temper that smokiness.

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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
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