Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

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4,202 Ratings
Smoked PorterSmoked 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.

Added by kbub6f on 03-18-2002

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Ratings: 4,202 |  Reviews: 1,816
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, almost black in color with a 1/4 inch tan head. Robust and full bodied but not over powering. The smoke is well balanced with the rest of the beer. There are hints of chocolate in the beginning that give way to the smoke flavor. Redbones has this on tap and I can't wait!

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Photo of freed
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just finished a day of skiing, and this is a surprising compliment. Nice light ring of foam and odd geometric lacing. Deep chocolate brown body, but not quite black. Smell is slightly mild for such a strong beer; but its predominantly smoked peat.

That thought is continued through the taste. Initially I sensed some greeness, but the longer I take, the better tastes. There are some sweet flavors that mingle with the otherwise dry and peaty dominance, and they do help. For a Stone brew, I'm somewhat startled by the lack of bitterness, but the hop selection seems to compliment the beer very well. It helps dry the palate with the smoke, and whispers in your ear "take another sip."

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Photo of PhilMiller
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace leaving some messy foamy lacing all around the glass.
The smell has a light ashy to meaty smokiness to it in the front. After a bit of warming, then there's some subtle roast weaving into the rest of the blend, nice.
The taste was moderately smoky with the roast gently settling back in underneath with a warming subtle sweetness (cocoa bean?, I'm guessing). The aftertaste was really nice as it took the smoke along with the roast and allowed the sweetness to enter in. Gentle dry finish.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied and felt like it had more roast than smoke on my tongue, not bad, but wasn't expecting that, different.
Overall, for the most part as someone who used to live in Southeast Alaska, ahem, uh..yeah, when you get the choice of this or Alaskan Smoked Porter, I'm gonna stick with Alaskan's. Sorry, Stone, its still good for the most part.

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Photo of diamondlie
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of crwills
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking beer! A deep, dark read -- nearly black -- with ruby highlights. Small off-white head accents it.

Aroma is rauchbier-like: burnt wood, barbecue mesquite, dark burnt chocolate and... bacon!

The roasted malts really show up in the flavour. Good hop backbone as well, with a smoky finish and bitter, dry aftertaste that morphs into sweet candy sugar over time. As it warms, additional flavours (milk chcolate, sweet toffee, banana) start to show up. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Fantastic beer!

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black, with traces of mahogany around the edges and bottom of the glass; a chocolate milk like head, with a decent and invigorating nose of roasted malts, chocolate and dark roast coffee beans. Creamy, tenderly slick; coffee roast flavors are couples with some charcoal and burnt toast. The palate is rich and clean, with dark chocolate and just a touch of bitterness. A long, lingering and nice smoky feeling going on here. Very nice; an absolute stellar porter, to be expected from Stone.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber, served in a shaker pint. Poured a dark brown almost black with a couple of fingers of fine bubbled tan head. Not a lot of smoke in the aroma, some chocolate malt and a little hops. Roasty, chocolate malt flavor that quickly gives way to the smoke. Dry finish with the smoke and chocolate malt really lingering. A fair amount of hop bitterness in the middle. Smoke seems to come out more as the beer warms.

A solid smoke flavor without being overwhelming on top of a good base beer. Flavors of the base beer come through.

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Photo of elamb106
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of JEdmund
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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

With the upcoming change in the weather I've found myself revisiting some brews I haven't had in a long time. Definately wasn't in the mood for a porter all summer that I can remember, and I don't think I've had the Stone since my first days of beeradvocacy. Definately a great beer. Dark brown, but not opaque, with a hefty brown head on there. Nice and bubbly. Smell and taste are loaded with complex chocolaty coffee notes and a nice smoke character that really separates this beer from others in the style. Really nice. Definately much hoppier than I expected as well, with a really killer bitterness not usually found in porters. I really liked that part of the beer, and it gave it a nice dry mouthfeel, which is also strange for a porter. Definately something I'll be keeping warm with this fall and winter.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Definitely a change of pace after my Monk's Cafe... pours an almost opaque black with thick off-white head that fades more rapidly than I was expecting. Nice lacing, however. Normal porter notes on the nose of chocolate, dark malt, and a hint of hops. Definitely getting some smoke in there too. Taste is pretty good, chocolate malt, dark malt, some near coffee flavors, some piney hops (slight), and a bit of smoke. The smoke here is actually more pronounced in the nose than the flavor. Slightly creamy body, though it falls flat at the front of the palate. It could use (I can't believe I'm saying this) a bit more carbonation. Or more body. Pretty easy drinker here, although I feel as though it is due to the moderation in smoke flavors. A good introduction for me to smoked beers, but next time I might just go for a smoke bomb. I guess I can't fault this beer too much because it is definitely a porter, and a good one at that. I need to remember that it is Stone Smoked Porter and not Stone Rauchbier.

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

Pours a rich dark brown, almost black. Very porterlike in appearance. Nice little carbonation bubbles surface. Smell isn't very porterlike. All i get from it is a sort of yeasty, black-malt sweetness. Kind of coffeelike in essence. Not a lot of smell to it. Taste is very good, however. Deep in excellent porterness, dark sweet malt balanced very nicely by a healthy dose of hops at the end. The sweet-pushed hops are what slightly linger on the palate. I'm not getting a great deal of smokiness, but there seems to be a bit. It's basically a slightly smoked porter, a very nice touch. The smoke lingers a bit on the palate too, now that I taste it. Light-heavy in body, sufficiently coating and lingering. Drinkability is pleasant if not amazing. This is an excellent beer, and I will continue to treasure it.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Brewing Smoked Porter

Appearance: Dark brown, medium pillowy head, and good lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel, cocoa, and flowery hops.

Taste: Cocoa, smoke, and flowery hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium.

Overall: Delicious! Not too much smoke resulting in a great balance of flavor.

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Photo of cowboy83
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of bconsidine
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of irishgreensoda
2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very dark brown, almost black body with a dark-cream head.

Smell - A little stale and cardboard like. Slight chocolate malt and coffee.

Taste - Very oaky and nutty. Plenty of alcohol and with astringency to boot.

Mouthfeel - Very clean body and very little residue. A little too flat.

Overall Drinkability - Decent porter. Could use some more carbonation and more complexity. Good but a little too one dimensional.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one from a bomber into an imperial pint glass. It pours a super dark color, damn near black but maybe a little bit of brown. Huge creamy tan head, lots of lacing and great retention.

Smells like smoke, for sure... hard to place the exact flavors but it smells like a Pacific NW salmon being smoked... at least that's what comes to mind.

The taste hits up front with a little bit of chocolate before the smoke flavor takes over... and then lingers a bit. It's good but I expected more.

The beer is a little more watery than I would like to see too... but still has a good mouthfeel.

Medium marks for dirnkability... the smoke flavors are a little on the strong side and it might throw some people off.

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Photo of brett606
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MarcWP
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of khiasmus
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Almost black, with a light brown head that lasts as a single layer.

S- Malty aroma, balanced by some roasted grains, smoked meat, peat, alcohol, faint hops, and a hint of sweetness.

T- Slightly sweet and malty, but more on the side of dark roasted grains and peat, with a very slightly hoppy finish.

M- Medium high carbonation with a smooth, medium body and a fairly dry finish.

D- Due to the fairly balanced taste, this is quite drinkable. Delicious, even.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed 2-24-12. (Apologies in advance for the short review; it was from early in my beer rating days). Shaker pint.

A: pours dark black/still translucent - like Coca-cola. Thick sandy head 1/2 inch, settles to sandy ring of lace around the edge of the glass.

S: Smoky. Smells like the [Aecht Schenkerla] rauchbier.

T: Dry; thinner than I expected. Bitterness initially, fades to something strange; tastes like the air freshener at Palmer's beverage smells. Thin overall, but complex.

M: [My memory is that this was on the lighter side of midweight with ample carbonation and a very clean finish.]

O: Decent, but I was really in the mood for a Russian Imperial Stout, and this is definitely not that. (With the benefit of hindsight, my memory is that this was what I would now consider an English style porter; lower ABV, less viscous, not really malty, but heavy on the smoke, roast, bitterness, and in a twist of American ingenuity or corruption, a boatload of floral hops. I think it was the roasted malt/smoke/floral combo that I had trouble with, along with the thin texture. Also, this was before I had tried Ardbeg; would probably like this more now. Worth revisiting now that I have had a half dozen peated single malts and several hundred more beers' experience. Worth trying).

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Photo of Sathanas
4.77/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mountdew1
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark reddish brown, edges were slightly lighter, Head was 2 fingers frothy foam that clung very well and left a nice layer on the top. Aroma was slightly sweet, but also reminded me of fresh cut grass outdoors. Taste was a bit of melted brown sugar with burnt brown bread. Felt of in the mouth, but was slightly bitter and acidic. Reasonable to drink, but a good sipping beer, not a session beer.

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Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 4,202 ratings