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:
4,183
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 tviz33
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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 tjsmith910
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Sam-VW
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 6oz bottle into a generic pint glass.

Almost black in the middle with the red shining through a lot more on either side.
Thick brown sugar/caramel coloured head. Good retention.

Smells like smokey brown sugar and caramel, very malty smell.

Taste - Very malty, brown sugar then at the end the bitterness from the hops as a very nice surprise.

Very smooth mouthfeel, but a little alcohol kick on the way down.

All in all a fantastic beer from Stone. Would go extremely well with BBQ food.

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Photo of treyrab
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was glad to hear the Wegman's in State College, PA started carrying beer, so I grabbed this while I was there and poured it into my pint glass...

This is simply chocolate thrown into a damn campfire!

A: Brown in color, but light for a porter. Looks more like a dark brown ale. When held up to the light, this has a nice red/cola color that looks real nice. The head is a three finger dark khaki and very creamy and lasts a long time.

S: Smell is phenomenal for the style. Let me first start by saying that this smells like a bonfire. Very woody and smokey, just as this is advertised. There is also a lot of chocolate and a tad cigarette smell in the nose also. Very complex smell, also with some dark cocoa and roast as well.

T: I usually go into these beers thinking that there will be a lack of smoke or woody flavors, but this one really lives up to the expectations. This one is extremely smokey, just like a campfire. It is a bit light in body, but still has nice chocolate and light cocoa flavors as well that make up for that.

Overall, this is a great smoked porter. It is not heavy or thick, but has a lot of smoke, chocolate, and cocoa flavors that get the job done.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of KornWallace
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Date: 8/27/14
Location: Half-Time Mamaroneck
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: The Porter pours black and allowing no light through with a large frothy carmel colored head with extremely good retention. The beer has an amazing cling as well that makes the drink look like time has come to a standstill within the glass.
Aroma: The malts really come through but do not hit me with as smokey a flavor as I imagined. In the malts I get a woodsy flavor with some very small notes of coffee and milk.
Taste: That smoked flavor I was looking for in the aroma I absolutely find in the flavor. As the beer warms, it really hits me on the top of my mouth and the back sides of my tongue. The finish is medium strong coffee.
Mouthfeel: Medium light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. The beer is very wet and smooth when cool but as it warms really develops to a roasted dryness.

Notes: This beer really needs to be given a chance to warm up before it is consumed. All it's great flavors come out in time.

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Photo of jodybrutal
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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

Photo of dbrelsfo
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of johunnic
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

Photo of GreenWBush
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, if you think this is particuarly smoky try any (and every, they're great) beer from this brewery: Aecht.

Anyways, the appearance is a particularly dark brown ruby: some amounts of clarity. This defied expectation, as every other 'dark' stone beer is light-enveloping. Absurb amount of cling.

Nose is much creamier than I had envisioned. Bittersweet porter aromas, brown-ale maltiness, mild smoke blends right into the gooey fold.

More often than not I can't stand middle of the road porters. Clearly, Stone brews nothing middle of the road...Hoppy without being annoying or out-of-place. Muted astringency/metallic flavors I associate with style.

Finish is full, rich, albeit not particularly smoky at all. Great lingering harmonius finish. Just the bee's knees for a low ABV beer...sessionable.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Smuttynose Robust Porter.

A: Clear dark brown with two-finger, off-white, foamy head that lasted several minutes. Good lacing.

S: Smokey malt and hops.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. I taste the hops, but also chocolate and roasted coffee. Licorice and dark fruit.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Pretty smooth.

O: Excellent American porter. I'm not sure if this is better than the Smuttynose. They are both excellent, and I think I would call this one a tie.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall glass, no freshness date on bottle.

A: Very dark brown with red around the edges. The head was comprised of larger bubbles that didn't last and didn't lace. My finance looked at it and commented that it looked "like coke or Pepsi" which is enough to knock this score pretty low. A $5.00 porter from a brewery as acclaimed as Stone shouldn't look like Pepsi!

S: Bold chocolate, cocoa, burnt coffee and deeply roasted malts (imparting a bit of sweetness). No smoke smell present in this "smoked porter".

T: Follows the nose with bold vibrant coffee, chocolate and roasted near-burnt malt tastes. Well balanced with light hopping and enough bitterness to keep the sweetness in check. The smoke just barely shows up at the end with some nearly metallic flavors.

M: Nicely full bodied and somewhat smooth, but could be smoother. Very good mouthfeel, but the best of this style still reign supreme.

D: Nicely drinkable, very good.

Overall: A fine porter that does , but not worthy of all the hype. Other examples of this style are richer, fuller, and more vibrant. That being said, I wouldn't turn down if it was offered, I just wouldn't spend money on it.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Time to check another one of the Stone creations off my list.

Poured from the bottle into a belgian snifter, the Smoked Porter is a dark brown color, with nice tan head that leaves minimal lace. It's deep brown in color, but does exhibit some shades of red and dark orange at the edges when held up to the light. Nice looking, but nothing exceptional. The aroma is rich and malty, but less smoky than I would have imagined given the beer's name. It's a nutty aroma with some smoke present, but not as pronounced as I thought it might be. Still, it's a nice porter nose. The taste is rich and nutty as well, with a bitter chocolate/coffee finish. The smoke really emerges in the aftertaste; even more so as the beer warms up to room temperature. It's a mild smokiness, but very evident, and very tasty. Smooth, silky mouthfeel keeps things moving along nicely.

This is an entirely drinkable porter. If the title of the beer scares you off, or if you're not a fan of smoked beers, don't worry - this is not as smoky as you might think. It's a mild smokiness, evened out by a firm malt presence and nutty/coffee/chocolate flavors. It's a good beer, all around.

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

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured dark brown almost black non-transparent color with medium head that slowly dissipated leaving moderate lacing around the glass.

S - Roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate dominate.

T - Roasted malts, bitter coffee and dark chocolate with slight smoky flavor in the aftertaste.

M - Full bodied with high carbonation.

O - Very good porter that I would highly recommend.

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Photo of Jameswoody
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Don't expect a rauchbier here, it has a subtle smokyness that compliments the toffee maltiness of this porter. This is a good thing, as I personally can only drink one rauchbier at a time, while Stone makes this a beer to enjoy for a few rounds. My first review, how exciting.

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Photo of giblet
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

another good brew from Stone. i have not had one yet that was not very good from them. this is not my favorite style of beer but here goes. poured smooth into my glass. small 1/8" head that remained. nice light lace as i drank it. good even carbonation too. rich smoked smell and taste. a bit rich for me but very good. the only reason for not a 4 on appearance is i would like a lil more head. and drinkability is tough for me to give a 4 when it is sooo rich.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

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