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
Ratings:
4,189
Reviews:
1,815
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
Wants:
198
Gots:
527
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Crimsontider22
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of JasonTaverner
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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

Impenetrably dark with spiderweb lacing. Chocolate and smoke aroma. The malts are huge, and the smoke is very light but it's tough to keep smoke from dominating a big slice of the flavor. I am also getting a lot of hop bitterness and dryness. Hardly any sweetness from the malts carries through, and the juicy hops leave it bitter and appetizing. A serious beer, and a good one at that.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to expatsteve for bringing me some Stone back from out East.

Pour: smokey black with garnet highlights, not quite opaque to the light with a finger of creamy tan foam that fades to a ring.

Nose: metallic, appleskins, smoked jerky, charred malt, wisps of booze, caramel malts add body.

Taste: not as smoked as I would have guessed from an extreme brewer like Stone but still noticeable. Rich, charred malts with sweet caramel body dominate with notes of beef jerky, wood, appleskins and surprisingly noticeable but not distracting booze in the finish and a cocoa/coffee coating on the tongue.

Feel: creamy, rich, but far from chewy...smooth.

Drinkability/Overall: a tasty porter with a smokey richness adding depth and character. A little tame for Stone, but a solid representation of the style as is their IPA. Can't wait til they're distributed here this summer.

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

This pours a very dark red-brown that turns black with any depth, a small head and great lacing. On the nose I'm getting a good deal of toasty flavors, some coffee and chocolate, but underneath that there seem to be some piney hops. On the tongue the coffee and some subtler smoke notes come through. In the mouth it's a good deal thinner and lighter than a lot of the porters and stouts I like, which is refreshing, not cloying at all, but full enough to be satisfying. Obviously it's not waterish but it's not laborious. Like an svelte English game gun versus a Winchester Model 21. Both are great, but very different. In the drinkability department I find this to be pretty great due to the manageable alcohol content and lightish body.

Overall this a fine brew, nearing the absolute top class of porters in my book.

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Photo of jmartinger
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of frank4sail
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark scarlet/ruby color with a rich sticky thick lacing yellowish beige head. Rich sweet chocolate smell with a slight wisp of toasted hazel nut. Inital dry cocoa powder and coffee taste. The brew then finishes with a sharp hop/smoke bite. The mouth is thick initally with a dry back of the tongue finish. The dryness to the finish pushes you to drink more. There is alot going on in the brew complex and bewildering to the palate.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Stone Smoked Porter...

Appearance-dark black with minimal head despite an heavy pour, heavy carbonation, certainly fits the style profile.

Smell-alcohol and bready malt, caramel and coffee undertones, a little bit of smokiness but it doesn't dominate.

Taste/Mouthfeel-nice suprisingly light malty flavor, chocolate and coffee, some small smoke burn but it's again lighter than I expected. Creamy smoothness, hints of raisin like fruit as well.

Drinkability-smooth light creamy very drinkable.

Overall-a surprisingly subdued beer from Stone but it's a good one, very flavorful and very drinkable.

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

Very nice robust porter. Pours almost completely opaque, even backlit, though ominous, blood-red highlights are perceptible. Thin, creamy head persists throughout the 22 oz drink.

The aroma, true to style, smells of roasted coffee and perhaps charcoal.

Taste is slightly chocolately, though roasted grain dominates. Slight smokey flavor from their pete-smoked malt is detectable throughout.

Very full-bodied ale, with a slightly sweet finish. This is a very drinkable brew -- it was difficult for me to wait for the beer to warm up a bit, but well worth it! Tastes best when just slightly cool.

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Photo of obywan59
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650ml into a pint glass. Mahogany at the narrow part of the glass with a ruby edge. Close to pitch black otherwise. 2-finbger tan head leaving great lacing. Hard second pour gave a very impressive 4+ finger head that left an incredible honeycomb-like lacing as it receded. The head resembled an ice cream float.

Smokey dark chocolate with hint of dark fruits.

Smoke prevails again, but this time there's more coffee than thocolate. Woody. Sweet malt up front, then even sweeter before the bitterness of coffee rises to balance. The bitterness finally overpowers in the finish.

The mouthfeel is a bit on the light side for such a dark brew, but smooth and pleasant nonetheless. Lightly creamy.

An excellent drinker. A bit less sweet than I prefer, but this brew has enough character to keep me interested.

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Photo of Pellinore1
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of KShophead
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aratcliffe
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in my stone pint glass

A: pours a deep dark brown color verging on black, shows a small amount of light through when held up to the light, pours with two fingers of thick frothy head that is light brown with large bubbles and lingers beautifully, leaves tons of lacing on the glass
S: beautiful sweet chocolate malts and a slight underlying coffee malt scent, overall a really pleasant nose on this one, everything i hope to see with a porter
T: great taste, hits first with the sweetness of the chocolate malts then moves into a bit of smoked wood flavor and also something like hickory smoked bacon, nice but a bit intense, and finishes with a nice smoothness of coffee malts
M: gentle carbonation, thick on the palate, leaves the mouth feeling dry like after sitting around a camp fire for too long
O: a great smoked porter, would have liked to see a bit of a better feeling on the palate and a little bit less of an intense baconish flavor, i know it is a smoked porter but im allowed to be picky

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Photo of billhelm
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of SlothB77
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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

This brew pours dark brown..completely opaque of course...with a large head that dissapates down to ring around the edge of the glass. Dark roasted malt, chocolate, caramel notes. Sweeter than I expected. Some hops, and smokey as it should be. The alcohol is disguised completely, I could drink this for breakfast. The mouthfeel is slick and full. Overall a great porter, a tough comparison against Synebrychoff, which IMO is the best. But even still, very good. I will be drinking this again and again when in the mood for a porter.

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

A- Pours a tan 2 finger head over a black body with ruby brown highlights. The head has great retention and some nice sticky lacing.

S- First off the bat is some nice smoky campfire, a meatiness, and underlying chocolate and cream and a nice hoppy edge.

T- Starts off with a nice smokey campfire and meaty note with an underlying citrus hop note and some roasted grains, chocolate, and cream. The finish has bits of smoke, some creamy chocolate, and even some essence of marshmellow.

M- Low carbonation works well and the smokiness is very balanced but clearly evident. To date, the best smoked porter or stout to deliver the smoke factor.

D- A downright solid brew. This has the most Rauchbier characteristics that I've seen yet in the porter category. Definitely check this one out as it's very delicious and drinkable.

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Photo of oldsailor
2.41/5  rDev -40%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the only product I've sampled from one of my favorite breweries that I cannot stand. I've tried this on multiple occasions while visiting the stone brewery just to see if maybe my opinion would change, but it hasn't. The smoothness of the beer is it's best attribute. The smoky flavor is unappetizing and leaves me wanting to get anything else on the menu in my glass to overpower the flavor. Think I'm done trying to give this a chance and will just leave this off my list of beers I like.

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Photo of KnowYourCraft
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of erlenmeyer
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of patrick802
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of s1ckboy
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Devi0us
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of bh123
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
4.02 out of 5 based on 4,189 ratings.
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