Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
90
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4,183 Ratings
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
Ratings:
4,183
Reviews:
1,812
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
Wants:
196
Gots:
528
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 4,183 |  Reviews: 1,812
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of GClarkage
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

02/06/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in Colma, CA

Presentation- 22oz bottle shared with BA mates at my Super Bowl party yesterday. Divided into Duvel glasses. No expiration date listed.

Appearance- Nice semi-black pour with a yellow-grayish head and good lacing.

Smell- Smells sweeter than I expected and the smoke is not noticable to me in the smell. Smells more like a imperial stout to me.

Taste- First off, I usually despise smoked beers. The only reason I got this is that I know Stone makes great beers and I know BA buddy Spinlock like smoked beers. So, I figured, what the hell. I only have to drink a portion of it. Much creamier than I expected for a less than 6% brew. Has a nice chocolate and roasted malt flavor. Then the smoke hits in the back of the mouth and aftertaste. Not too bad! I'll have to give it to Stone. I can actually tolerate this and even enjoy it a bit. I'm not going to buy another, but it was pretty good considering.

Mouthfeel- As I said before, very creamy and also low-medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Yeah, not bad at all. I would definitely suggest this one to smoke lovers. It has enough taste going on with the smoke to make it feel like your not sucking down liquid charcoal or burnt bacon like other smoke beers I have had. About the same as AK Smoked Porter. I'll have to try that one again and rate it.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of BEER88
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aasher
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown, not quite black, with a one finger super spongy looking light khaki head. I'm surprised that this isn't darker. The foam looks great but the lack of true black isn't what I look for in a porter. It smells or rich, woody smoke and is pretty appealing. It's a little more subtle than I'd like but it is solid. I prefer a good amount of smoke. I'm not getting any of the hoppyness that others have mentioned. The flavors are solid but not awe inspiring. It's a little sweet on the palate and as you swallow you get the char, wood, and smoke. It doesn't really have any coffee to it. I'd describe this as pretty mellow. This drinks exceptionally smooth and is in between medium to full in body. I do like the after taste but again, I'd prefer more smoke. This beer is solid but nothing too special. It's very drinkable though and worth it for the $4.99 per 22oz bottle.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 7/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours dark, almost black. Thin light brown head with little lacing. Roasty malts and light smoke throughout with a mellow roasty faint smoke finish. Not as smoky as a rauchbier or Smoke Jumper, but nicely made and tasty. Surprisingly tasty for a 6% beer. Medium bodied. Worth a revisit.

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

Three smoked porters tasted side by side at Churchkey last night, regular, vanilla and chipotle. Served in a wine glass.

Beer is black / dark brown with a thin broken head of brown tiny bubbles that leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low, they all three looked exactly the same.

Aroma is mildly smoky and roasty, smells really nice.

Beer is medium bodied and has this mild sweetness to start and finishes out with a some nice roast and mild smoke. I really enjoyed this beer and the elaborations on the beer with the different flavors.

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Photo of beernads
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of Wasatch
4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Revisit: 14 Nov 15

22 oz. Bomber
Bottled: 07/17/15
Enjoy By: 11/14/15

Been Along Time Coming!

Pours a very nice dark brown color, with some very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus light tan head, which leaves some very nice small islands, and some nice thick sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, nice chocolate notes, slight vanilla, slight roastyness. The taste is very nice malty, smoky, very nice chocolate, slightly vanilla sweetness. Medium body, with a very nice bitter/dry finish. Overall, a very very nice smoked porter, a classic indeed. Highly Recommeded!

A - Pours a black in color, nice carbonation, nice small foamy tan head, very nice lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of malts, toffee, caramel, and a slight roasted/smoked scent.

T - The taste is of roasted/smoked toffee and sweet, nice clean finish.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. An awesome brew from Stone, a classic to the style. Highly recommended.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Gavage
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color with a tan head that's about 1/2" thick. The head receded to the surface rather quickly, but that stuck around a while. Some lacing developed too. The aroma is of coffee and burnt wood. The flavor has coffee, molasses, licorice, pepper, and a hint of burnt chocolate. The smokiness is just right, not overpowering and it adds to the flavor.

The mouthfeel is smooth with a slight dry aftertaste. The smokiness and coffee tones last long on the tongue after swallowing. This is one of the better smoked brews I have ever sampled.

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

Pours a very dark brown with velvety, creamy beige head. Soft burnt wood aroma, some coffee, some peat. taste has some of the smoke flavor, some chocolate, lots of the dark roast grains. Still plenty bitter, but with a nice fireside feel.

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Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Good lacing throughout. Smell is rather mild, some roasted malts. Taste is good, malts, some smokiness, a bit of coffee coming through. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.
Dark brown/black pour with a creamy tan head about 1 inch. Head diminished, no lacing.
Smell of coffee and a bit of chocolate and malt, nothing overpowering.
Taste was more subtle than other smoked porters; coffee was predominate, but not so much as to shock the taste buds. Some malt and chocolate. Little hoppiness. Cleaner finish than I expected.

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Photo of tempest
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely a step away from other porters, I might have even mistaken this for a stout, but taste is really what matters right? Not some silly style guideline. The beer was a bit heavy, but not syrupy like some big stouts, and tasted of dark cocoa, a bit of espresso, and smoke. The bitter bite was a perfect pair for my spicey turkey sandwich and the remaining beer after I finished my meal was a nice dessert. Give it a try on tap, the bottles are too expensive.

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

On tap at Commonwealth in Newport Beach, CA

A - Dark black with a small amount of light brown head.

S - Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and a hint of smoke.

T - More smoke than the nose indicatedm but still not dominant. Roasted malts and some coffee round out the palate. A nice overall sweetness.

M - Medium body. Light to moderate carbonation.

O - A truly outstanding beer and example of how all smoked beers should be. Enough smoke to make an impression without overwhelming the palate with smoke.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of LoveStout
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades. The aroma is good. It has a nice dark malt scent that boasts of chocolate, crystal, and black barley. It is a bit dry and devoid of hops. The taste is good. It has a fine malt palate and a dry smoked malt finish. It is rich, yet smooth. There are a lot of black malts in this one. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking porter. It has excellent malt complexity and drinkability.

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

Popped a bomber of this after having some carne asada. On to the beer:

I poured this into a hefeweizen glass and got a black figure inside the glass, with the color fading on the edges of the glass. My mom actually asked me if I needed a fork to consume this beer! Yes, it's a rich porter with esters, a touch of chocolate, roasted flavors, and charcoal smoke. It was lighter than I was expecting in the mouth, and firm. The smoke can sometimes become too monotone, driving down the drinkability a bit. Delicious stuff.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a very dark brown color with a large tan head. The aroma is a very nice mix of smoke. roasted malt and chocolate. The smoke compliments the other flavors and doesn't overshadow them. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt, with the smoke mixing very well. The beer tastes smokier than the aroma, but it is still not overwhelming. Very easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of my favorite smoked beers and a beer that goes very well with barbecue brisket.

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Photo of dar482
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours dark brown/black with an off head.

The aroma has sweet roasted malt, chocolate, with not really much smoke on the nose, with some woody though.

The flavor follows, but with definitely more smoke this time. It's very porter with that roasted malt, chocolate, and then some smoke and ash on the back. You definitely picks it up more in the flavor than nose. It has a wonderful bitterness on the back.

The mouthfeel is medium to light, being a under 6% porter, much like other porters.

I was pleasantly impressed with this. I definitely really like this one and arguably more than some top porters like Deschuttes or Great Lakes.

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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
4.02 out of 5 based on 4,183 ratings.
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