Stone Smoked Porter | Stone Brewing

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Stone Smoked PorterStone Smoked Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States | website

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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1,807
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4,161
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
16.92%
 
 
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany brown with strong ruby highlights. Light is visible on the opposite side of the glass which is somewhat surprising. Given Stone's perchant for big beers I figured that this porter would be darker than it is. The head is chocolate nougat brown, looks pretty sturdy, is pitting like crazy on top and deposits copious amounts of lace as it slowly descends. As is usual for these guys, an excellent look.

The aroma is dark malty and is more chocolatey than anything else. Strangely enough, I don't appreciate any smoke in the nose. It's a little hoppy too, but very little. Excellent beer. The flavor is a wonderful amalgam of heavily roasted malt, chocolate, dark caramel, hops, coffee and smoke in roughly that order. The hops lend more bitterness than they do actual hop flavor, but this is not a bitter beer.

The smoke is more subdued than I'd like. If you're going to call this beer a smoked porter, then make it smoky. Interestingly enough, the body is much more substantial than the appearance would suggest. This baby is full and creamy; dextriny even. It's a very nice body that helps carry the flavor across the palate and keep it there.

Smoked Porter isn't the best porter that I've ever had, but it's damn close. I knew that Stone wouldn't let me down. If you have easy access to this fine beer, then consider yourself extremely fortunate.

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Photo of mactrail
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flavorful but restrained black beer.

Not much head in the pint glass. Black with slight reddish cast. Aroma has just a hint of smoke and more of browned barley. Medium body. Really subtle smoke flavor compared to other smokey beers. Just a whiff, and not an identifiable kind of smoke. Hops are a tasty but modest addition and take over from the smokiness. Moderate bitter aftertaste.

Pleasant, very quaffable brew. Tasted at Cueva Bar, on Adams Ave in San Diego.

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

Very dark brown in color, almost black, but with clear ruby and mahogany highlights visible at the base of the glass. It's frothy tan head holds quite well. It keeps a creamy collar and thin surface covering throughout the glass, and leaves good lace as well. The nose is quite enticing, with a chocolate and caramel base that's enhanced by a soft peat-smokiness. The smoke is just enough to add to, and enhance, the aroma of the beer. The body is medium/full, creamy, and velvety smooth in the mouth. The flavor, much like the aroma and mouthfeel, is quite smooth and round. This beer is exceptionally well balanced in all regards. It's softly sweet with a combination of milk chocolate and caramel, a light touch of smoke, a supportive bitterness and some background hop flavors. It finishes with a lingering roastiness, mild smokiness, and dull bitterness followed by some light, grassy hop flavor. Although the subtle smoke gets lost in the flavor over the course of the glass, it remains in the nose. Very nicely done, and highly drinkable with just enough smoke to give it a little bit of complexity and keep it interesting throughout one or two. Except for it's strength, this would make a very nice session beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown body with a light tan-colored, creamy head.

Smell: What's in that aroma... let's call it "excitement"! Lightly sweetened cocoa and coffee amidst the rich, smokey overtones.

Taste: More of that semi-sweet chocolate and coffee from the nose, and, of course, the smoke, but also just a hint of citrus on the finish. Though the flavors run a bit thin at times, its still pretty pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation. Slighty creamy.

Drinkability: Reasonably smoked, it gives you just enough of that smoke you want without ever becoming overpowering or life-threatening.

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

Pored a dark brown/black that let just the slightest light through. Small cream colored head gave was quickly leaving just a bit around the edge till the bottom. Smell was total caramel chocolate malts. A hint of a spiceness as well. Taste was very nice, the nice malts come through beutifully and the mouthfell is almost perfect, goes down very smooth and has a very nice, long lingering almost hopped back. This is a very nice brew, I would love to try this on tap one day!

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

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 8/28/2015. Pours crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 2 finer dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toasted brown bread, wood smoke, herbal, mint, pepper, light coffee/nuttiness, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and compelxity of dark/roast/smoked malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toasted brown bread, wood smoke, herbal, mint, pepper, light coffee/nuttiness, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy hop and light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toasted brown bread, wood smoke, herbal, mint, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/smoked malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.9%. Overall this is an excellent smoked American porter style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/smoked malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. It’s unfortunate that this one is being retired this year, but at least the homebrew recipe will always be available. A very enjoyable offering.

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

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a thin beige head and leaves a good lace on the glass.

S: Heavy roasted coffee and chocolate smell with the smokiness that gives the beer its name. The malt comes through as well. Very nice!

T: The smoked flavor is what dominates in the taste with a mild bitterness, both of which stay in the after-taste. You also get a bit of dark chocolate in it. Not too sweet as some Porters can be.

M: Smooth, medium carbonation with a medium/heavy body and a little more crisp than most Porters that I’ve had. The fact that it’s not as sweet as most Porters lends to less of a syrupy & sticky feel that other beers of this style tend to leave behind.

D: It’s very easy to drink since it’s not too sweet, not too bitter and not very over-powering. However it is a bit filling, which is expected in the style. Overall this was a very good beer. Stone Brewing Co. does not disappoint. The beer represents the style well, while maintaining the brewery’s signature.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown, almost black with a finger and a half of off-white head.

S: Smokey, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and a bit of sweetness.

T: First sip is sweet, primarily caramel. As it warms up a bit, the slight smokiness comes out, as do the traditional porter flavors such as coffee and chocolate. A nice roasted malt taste is prevalent.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel.

D: I'm generally not that big of a fan of smoked beers, but this one is light enough on the smoke, and it seems to add a bit of sweetness.

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

I picked this up at Thirsty's in York. Put part of the bottle in some burgers marinaded and grilled and reviewed the other portion. Poured chilled into a nonic.

A - Extremely dark brown or mahogany as the ink on the bottle states w/ a 2 finger band of khaki.
The lace clings very well and the porter has a decent garnet amber hue

S - A carmel, toffee, roasted malt scent and dark cherry fruity ester w/ hints of coffee and mild cocoa w/ a fresh juicy hop aroma. The hop scent is both spicy and citrus tinged - a nice mellow toasted/smoked odor accents the roasted malt nose very nicely

M - A sweet feel w/ medium carbonation and bitterness w/ subtle smoky dry texture. The acidity from the hops balances the sweetness and adds complexity to the toasted rich and malty feel

T - Very well blended w/ dark malt thatt has a sweet and juicy taste w/ plum and stone fruit nutty caramel and spiced bread flavors. A light cocoa and smoked flavor adds to the malt roastiness w/ an adequate amount of intensity and flavor that keeps it interesting to the last sip.

D - I love the smoky taste that isn't overdone in this porter. The balance is unusual for Stone's ales, but a welcome trait w/ plenty of fresh hop flavor that lets you know it is a porter from southern California. Possibly in my top 5 Stone ales - I really love a little smokiness in the porter Top notch drinkability I could see myself drinking more of this as the weather gets cooler

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

Pours mahogony to midnight black with a massive bubbly tan head. Lacing is very good & head retention is okay

Smell: Hint of smoked malt, fruitiness, & alcohol

Taste: smokineness up front gives way to biscuity/malt taste with some raisin & alcohol taste on the finish

MF: Very smooth, but a little undercarbonated.

Smokiness is used for good effect on a good-great porter works well. But just not quite perfection. Works well as a stand-alone or with BBQ, cheese, or Heavier food, wouldn't rule it out for dessert.

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

On tap at the Sunset Cantina.

Thick webby lacing riding off the tawny brown colour. Estery smoky aroma and malty nose. Spicy alcohol flavour with a smoke charcoal malt in the middle. Big maltiness with a light hop balance, some mellow chocolaty malt flavours in the end with a lingering faint smoke. Good stuff on tap and one of the better porters on tap I have had, bring it on.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at Idle Hands in New York, NY

A: Pours a clear dark amber to brown in color with some ruby hints when held up to the light. There is a thin off-white head that reduces to a thin ring of bubbles at the edge of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Roasted and caramel malts followed by a lovely peat smokiness and some hints of sweetness. The smell reminds me a bit of a good scotch.

T: Slight hint of iodine/band-aid from the smoke but that just adds to the flavor in my opinion. Some caramel sweetness but not as much as you might expect from the smell, followed by the peat smokiness, and leave a scotch like flavor on the tongue as a aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: Definitely a really interesting beer with a good flavor but I personally could not drink a whole lot of this one - just doesn't match my palate as well as other smokey beers. Definitely a quality offering from Stone and a good one to sip on.

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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid brown color; leaves some spotty lace.

Dark malty and touch of what reminds neighbours liquid smoke.

More cocoa than smoke in the flavor; rich bodied and smooth. The finish is like powdered hot chocolate. Good hop aftertaste, which I wasn't expecting. Overall, a very interesting porter on tap.

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Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22z bottle poured into my Stone nonic pint glass. It poured a very dark brown color with a foamy tan head filling the top inch of the glass. Nice head retention and lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows a little more of the caramel and milk chocolate to it. I get a little bit of a roasty, bitterness, but not really any smoke.

The taste has a bitter-sweet chocolate and caramel flavors mixing with some roasty, slightly burnt, bitter flavors. It's a nice balance between the chocolaty sweetness and the roasted bitterness. Just a little bit of smoke is there, not enough for me.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall, it's a pretty good beer. It's very nicely flavored and balances the flavors well. It's very drinkable for the style as well. My big criticism is that every time I have this beer I always wish there was more smokiness to it. It's just barely noticeable, which isn't enough for me. Alaskan Smoked porter is one of my favorite beers ever, I just wish this one was a better substitute for that one.

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

Review from notes 3/11/11. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing this bottle.

A: Dark brown, mocha colored two finger head with nice lacing.

S: Some roasted malt, a little bit of chocolate, and a little bit of smoke.

T: Dark fruits, mostly raisins and some prunes, chocolate malt, and some coffee. There is a hint of hops in it as well.

M: Medium bodied with a rich/silky mouthfeel, which allows for very easy drinking.

O: A nice offering, was expecting a little more smoke on the flavor profile, but even without it, I enjoyed it. Love a Stone offering at a lower ABV.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a very dark brown with on finger of tan head with good retention and a tiny bit of lacing. Moderate carbonation evident at bottom of pint glass.

s - Smells of a nice coffee, roasted malt, and sweet malt combination. Hints of chocolate.

t - Tastes very smoky, like roasted malts and coffee. Not really tasting those sweet malts I smelled. Not bad.

m - Medium body with moderate carbonation, it is pretty smooth and creamy.

d - Overall this was an interesting porter. I didn't think it smelled too smoky but the taste certainly lived up to the name. The smell was sweeter (which I kind of liked better) than the taste, but it was still pretty good. I'd give it another shot.

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

Huge 22oz. bomber, pours with an very dark ruby almost opaque black in color, with a moccha toned nicely constructed head. The aroma is mainly of darker roasts with a background of a smokey screen in the aroma. The flavor is has mild cocoa notes along with roasted barley all wrapped up in a wonderful rauch style smoked. Leaves a nice dryness on the tongue, I am guessing this beer goes really well with a nice juicy steak. Very good porter, if just getting into rauchbier this is a nice one to start with, very mild smoke taste and aroma. All together very well done, everything is tied together to form a complete full flavor. A medium to light bodied porter, this beer definitely turns the tongue into a desert, very dry mouthfeel. All in all very drinkable smoked porter, but even with my love for Stone this is a dinner beer for me. Not a beer for chilling at the bar and drinking one right after another, but a very enjoyable experience none the less.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm. A nice and long lasting flow over the palate. The tones are even and it leaves a long taste in your mouth. I have saved trying a lot of the Stone productions in order to build up my palate, but I have to say that I am satisfied with this one beyond what I had expected. I have tried others with stronger flavors, so this won’t be an all time favorite, but my opinion of it will always remain high.

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

The beer is dark brown with crimson highlights visible when held to the light. The beige head is an inch thick, displaying lasting retention with plenty of sticky lacing left behind.

The aroma brings smoke, roast, brown bread, a touch of resinous hops.

Nice flavor with a forward smoke character. A touch of campfire and charred roast. Additional notes of salami, summer sausage. The finish offers a touch of bitterness with lingering pine and resinous hops. Quite flavorful and enjoyable.

Medium bodied and pretty smooth sailing with moderate carbonation. Alcohol content feels low and unobtrusive.

A solid beer. As easy as this one is to find, I definitely see myself buying this again.

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

Review from notes taken 4/9/10.

Served on draft into a pint glass. It appears a very dark brown color with a tan head that doesn't retain too well outside of a thin lace on top of the brew. Nose has a classic porter aroma with roasted malt coupled with what seems like Pete smoked malt dominating the back end. The taste of pete smoked malt also dominates the flavor that lingers through the long aftertaste. Medium feel and moderately carbonated. As it warms, more standards porter characteristics come through to win the fight of porter verse smoked malt. Flavors of bitter chocolate and coffee also come through in the nose. Pretty good with some citrus hops even evident in the finish.

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Photo of jwc215
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured black in the center with ruby highlights around the edges. There was a fairly thin, but well-retained foamy white head.
The smell was of smoky roasted coffee with a burnt charcoal aroma.
The taste was of charcoal, roasted black coffee and a touch of chocolate. It was medium to full-flavored (almost rich - not quite there.)
The aftertaste was smoky and burnt - almost gritty, while still being smooth.
It does hit its goal of being a porter that is good for a barbecue or as a dessert. And, of course, the bottle is cool!
This is a very good beer! IMO, it's not the best offering from Stone, but certainly a good, slightly different (but in a good way) porter, and worth the price!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark, raisiny brown hue, under a nice, big, bubbly brown head.
Aroma: initially yielding nothing, but with time we get all the whiffs of a smoked salmon session, right here in your beer! ...very clear, clean, but sharp with the smokiness, and noticably subdued beyond that.
Mouthfeel is big and warm, floods every inch...portery characteristics are secondary to the smoke involved, and you have to let it reign, it's the smoke in charge tonight.
Terrific texture, tasty tang, full body, thick, chewy,delicious, chock full of the requisite coffee/cocoa connotations I would demand out of a decent porter, but they emerge only briefly and are submerged by that smoke!
thanks to xlperro

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Photo of tdm168
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark brown with 1/2" of cappuccino head with great retention. The nose is intriguing; deep roasted malts and wood fire. Roasted malts, wood smoke, and chocolate all get a play here. There's enough hops to balance and add a welcomed bitterness to the finish. As the beer warms figs, dates, warm fruit becomes noticeable with a little licorice. Mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth, and incredibly drinkable.

What a fantastic beer!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very large head is formed off the pour that is a nice creamy tan color. Very nice uniform bubbles in it as well lots of retention and a nice cap. While drinking lacing is big and sticks in GIANT clumps.. oh that's sexy! Gorgeous clear dark red body with wonderful red ruby hues, I love this color it looks just wonderful.

Bouquet is a nice roast and coffee at first then gives way to some smoky meat character like jerky salts, a small hint of sweet brown sugar but very small.

Taste is slight jerk roast meat, but not incredibly salty. Very much rauchbier light in a sense. There is a neat spicy hop finish on this also on the swallow. Heat and expansive in the palate while drinking, my palate feels warm and hot almost hot sauce in feel and seems to grow.

Overall great drinkability, fits in with grilled meats like crazy. I want to bbq now after drinking this, and I like the slight spice finish at the end.

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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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