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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,807
Ratings:
4,161
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
16.92%
 
 
Wants:
188
Gots:
513
For Trade:
1
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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, lovingly transported home to Australia and shared with friends.

Pours a dark, but clear, brilliant ruby-red with a surprisingly light off-white head of meringuey bubbles. Nice lacing. The colour is great; it's deep and delicious looking.

Strong, pleasant dark aromas on the nose. Characters of chocolate, cherries, timber and peat. not incredibly smoky, but there is an underlying hint of it. Even a little vanilla of American bourbon sneaking in. Quite deep and delicious.

More smoke on the palate, a pleasant outdoor woodfire character. The dark malt is more prominent too, with a charring roasted character providing the back palate bitterness. Among this, though, are lighter notes of cherry and tart fruit, that just peek out from around the edges of the dark, smoky foreground. Mouthfeel is great, quite thick and rich without being too heavy.

A very smooth but very complex beer. Enjoyable and pleasant, with lots to explore.

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

From the 1 pt. 6. fl. oz tall bottle and poured into a pint glass. Not noticeable expiration date or lot number on the bottle. Sampled on Jan. 28, 2009.

Appearance - Very dark brown with a good amount of foamy beige head that sits on top of the glass for several minutes. After the first sip there is a good dose of light brown lacing on the glass.

Smell - Not as smoky as I would have liked but that smoky aroma was there in a limited amount.

Mouthfeel - Above average body. Stays creamy and does not break down on the tongue into carbonation.

Taste - The smoked flavor is not as strong as I imagined but there is a noticeable element of chocolate hops. Still a pleasure.

I drank this at the end of a snowstorm that dumped 12 inches on my backyard. This was a nice escape from the weather.

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Photo of corby112
4.88/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a deep, dark chestnut brown, almost black with a foamy beige head. Smoky malt aroma with hints of dark chocolate, coffee and toffee. Smooth, delicaate mouthful with a slighhtly bitter finish. Creamy chocolate roasted maltiness with hints of roasted cofee

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Photo of Derek
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruby-black, plenty of tan head, only a little retention, but some nice lacing.

S: Dark chocolate malt, slightly fruity (like British yeast).

T: Predominantly dark chocolate. Slightly bready, some raisin, dark caramel sweetness beats the roasty bitterness into submission. Very well balanced (bittersweet). Only a hint of smoke in the aftertaste.

M: Moderate to full body, moderate carbonation.

D: As it warms, the boldness steps forward. It's a big brew with plenty of flavour. The 650 mL bomber is plenty.

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

Poured a very deep brown with a small dirty tan head, very little carbonation. Nose smelled of a little smoke and roasted malt, coffee but let down on the nose much like the taste. Tasted like it smelled. I almost detected smoke smoked meat or something in there. The bottle did not do this brew justice.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

( Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer pours a dense black body with a nice tan head that holds in the glass.

S-Very nice smoky grain aroma with some deep roasted barley smell and almost a chocolate hint with it.

T- This has a great roasted barley flavor with some good depth of malts and a nice spicy hop finish that has a hint of smokiness with it. The finish hops have hint of tangy almost pineapple resin flavor but it is very faint.

M-This has a pretty creamy mouthfeel but no alcohol heat or astringency.

D-This beer is a spot-on-porter very solid on its own but the nice gentle smoke shows its present. The smoke is not overpowering and really compliments the deep roasted grain. Next time I'm in the distributing area I must stock up.

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

A: Poured a dark, near opaque mahogany red with a big 2 finger rocky tan head that was fully lasting and sticky leaving a very good lacing.

S: smoky pine and dried citrus, and dark roasted malt and chocolate.

T: The initial flavor has a nice smoky and roasted malting with some sweet chocolate coming through. There is a slight coffee bitterness that follows along with some dark raisin grist, black licorice and dried prunes adding some spicy dark nature to the beer.

M: very smooth and smoky with dark chocolate. The body is full with ample carbonation bringing out the nice roasted nature and left a good smoky lacing.

D: Very good drinkability with good complexity and well balanced providing a great experience.

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

This is a bomber served cool in a Chimay goblet.

A: The porter is black in color with a thick white head that dissapates rapidly.

S: Aroma is a roasted, chocolately nose, no hint of smoke.

T: The taste is smokey up front and gives way to a chocolatey, roasted flavor. The smoke pops back up in the finish and lingers.

M: Smoking the malts for a porter is interesting and that flavor pops up at interesting times throughout the drink.

D: I am not a huge fan of smoked beers, but this one is alright (but nowhere near my favorite stone brews).

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Photo of clayrock81
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a two-finger tan head that gives off sticky lace and dies slowly over a dark brown, almost black body. Roasted malts seem to cover up other malts in the smell as there is a smoky, charcoal like smell. A semi-sweet and creamy medium-bodied beer that has good flavor. Toffee, chocolate, coffee, roasted and some toasted malts w/ hints of coffee and bread malt with moderate dryness produce a balanced beer that hits on many strong points of porters. Not slick or anything but finishes by gliding over the tongue. I could sit back and nurse a bomber of this anytime.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with an off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is dark roasted malts, roasted coffee, and a touch of smoke. The taste is dark malts with a lot of bitter roasted coffee flavors and some smoke and hops in the finish. Overall, this is another solid offering from Stone that is recommended.

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Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured black, darker than some stouts and certainly darker than most Porters, with about 1/2 inch of light tan head that had low retention and some lacing.

The aroma featured rich malts supporting the even, balanced (there's a word rarely used about Stone) smokiness. There was just a trace of hops poking through in the background. The taste was surprisingly crisp, well-defined malts providing the base for the just-right amount of of smoke and that hint of hops.

The body was good, solid and even. As usual with smoke beers, drinkability depends on your tolerance for the smoke. I found this to be much easier to drink than most of the style, I might even have 2 in a row.

Overall, a very nice beer, worth trying when you see it.

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

Purchased from Wilbur's Liquors in Ft Collins

This pours from 22oz bottle(room temp) a very dark brown with reddish hues. There's a huge billowy offwhite head of foam that shrinks down to a solid layer and stays for the entire session.

The smell I'm getting is chocolate and roasted malt .

The taste on first sip is very chocolaty with good roasted malt flavour and a touch of coffee. Initially, I thought it was going to lean towards the sweet side but the roasted malt bitterness gives it a good dry taste.

Further sips in and I can taste *some* smoke but it's lightly done and it really meshes well with the other flavours and makes it quite smooth and quite drinkable.

The body is medium, the carbonation is on the light side and the finish, for me, ends on a somewhat semi sweet note. Very nice.

Bottom line: This is quite different from Alaskan Brewery's interpretation of a Smoked Porter, which is much more vigorously smokeie, but it's also quite good. I recommend it!

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark brown; almost opaque. Poured a 1 finger creamy brown head with good retention. Lots of thick lacing.

S: Subtle roasted nuts and bit of smokiness that's clearly not overdone (as some are).

T: More smoke in the taste along with wet wood; but, like the smell, subtle. Once accustomed to that, light grains, floral hops and a sweet candy taste are present. Interesing, varied and subtle flavors are the hallmark of this beer.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation I didn't notice decanting in the appearance. Coats the mouth and tongue.

D: Could't drink many, but well worth frinking.

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

650ml bottle poured into tulip May,16.2011

A deep purple almost ruby red when held to a bright light, has a loose tan head three fingers deep before it falls to a short tunnel of lace leaving no lace after that

S more hops and less campfire then expected with a little milk chocolate and faint coffee

T much more dark earthy roast in the mouth but not layer upon layer, good but not the depth in flavor I was expecting. the hops I smell are gone but replaced with a little prune and purple candy on the finish

M silky entry and then it expands and turns to cream as it hits your tongue

O the malts not that smokey but it's something I could drink for a few hours without getting board or falling over

perhaps if it was labeled just a porter I'd give it a higher rating but the "smoked porter" I see on the label has me expecting smoke. Worth trying without doubt and I have to thank liamt07 for my chance at this one

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Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from Wegmans Syracuse NY for 5.49$

Appearance - Black/brown colour with with an average size fizzy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, roasted notes

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and some roasted/toasted nuts. There is also a bit of a smokiness and a touch of bitter coffee flavour. It ends with a grainy/chocolate aftertaste with a bitterness that lingers for a bit.

Overall - Very drinkable, but a little plain/boring. My bottle is a little past the exp. date, but still. A great session beer, but lacking the wow factor that most Stone beers have.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle recived as part of BIF 24 from beerhandy. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1" brown head above the clear, dark brown brew, with reddish highlights. Head lasts nicely, with delicate sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet, a bit boozy, with wisps of smoke here and again. Taste is vinous and sweet as well, with the smoke there, but shouted down by the syrupiness and alcohol notes. However, looking past the fact that I'd want more smoke, this was still a beer with a smooth mouthfeel, and good drinkability.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A brilliant chestnut pour sits beneath a 3” cream to light tan foam collar that is fairly persistent and lacy. S: Smoke aromas are mild and restrained, with chocolate and hints of coffee. T: Primarily chocolate and coffee with a hop bitter accent and a light hand on the smoke. F: Very soft on the palate with medium full body and medium carbonation. O: Some creamy texture makes this beer.

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

A-Pours lighter than expected. Darker brown but the beer is somewhat translucent. The highlights are attractive. Big, fluffy head floats above the liquid and seems quite persistent. Definately one of the larger heads I have seen on a porter. A bunch of lacing sits in chunks along the glass.

S-Rich maltiness and chocolate. Not detecting an smokiness in the aroma however. But as I have come to realize with Stone, they ver rarely let me down. I'll trust that this beer is what is advertised.

T-Quite roasty. See, I knew I should trust the brand, this beer is tasty! The smokiness is definatel apparent on the tongue. A charred flavor sits on the palate after the sip for quite a while. Along with the roastiness, I get some good chocolate notes as well a twinge of hop bitterness.

M-Quite thick. Wasn't expecting it to be this thick because it looks thinner than other brews of the stle. Pleasant surprise.

D-Not too much booze in this beer which allows it to be quite drinkable. Very flavorful nonetheless.

Once again, Stone refuses to let me down.

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Photo of barczar
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is fairly sweet, lightly chocolatey, with a touch of phenolic plastic and a bit of tar.

Flavor is more smoky and plasticy, with woody smoke notes becoming bitter chocolate at the finish. The bitter roast malt lingers. Becomes fairly harsh.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Stone Smoked Porter pours a very dark brown, with about a 1/2 inch head. It smells mostly like coffee, chocolate and malt, with a slight smoky smell. Very nice. It has a stronger smoky taste to it, along with it tasting like chocolate and roasted malt. There's also a slight bitter coffee-like aftertaste, which is good. It's very full flavored overall. The mouthfeel is thin, and it goes down pretty smooth with not much carbonation at all. I'm very partial towards dark beers anyway, and I would place this one close to the top of the ones I've tried. I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Cheers!

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thank You Kahn's of Indianapolis!!!
And of course runwayred for showing me the way ;).

Appearance- Great two and a half finger head with awesome retention. Decent lacing that slowly disappears after it sticks to the glass. A very deep garnet hue when held directly to the light and deep brown when held away from God's touch.

Smell- Not realy smokey for a "smoked" porter. More like a normal roasted malt profile you'd find in any other porter. Isn't waht I expected from a Stone product.

Taste- Coffee grounds to start with some more burnt like malts in the middle. The hops hit closer to the finish. Just a little general bitterness giving it a good baker's chocolate feel. The finish is a dark malt and toffee roasted over a campfire ending. Not too smooth.

Mouthfeel- A little thick, but does bring an overall pleasing sense to the tongue. Great palate of bitter brownies.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My night cap beer that I enjoyed on an excellent day of drinking.

A - Deep dark amber that's not completely dark or see through. Fluffy white head. Nice.

S - Mostly of smoke, toffee, caramel, chocolate malt and slight coffee. Overall great!

M - The flavors are of one heck of a great porter. You start with some mild caramel and chocolate that rounds out to slight smokey BBQ flavor and finishes with a great coffee bitterness. Overall impressive.

M - Really light and very drinkable. Please keep in mind of the ABV change from the 5.9 listed here since it is now 6.2%

D - Overall a pretty great brew. I mostly have had hopped up beers by stone so its great to see that they have great flavored beers along side of hop bombs. Enjoyable perfect porter.

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Photo of DrJay
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, very dark brown, nearly opaque, with very nice deep ruby highlights. Light brown head of fine, dense bubbles that show excellent stickage to the glass with very good retention. Malty, roasty aroma with a little bit of smokiness. Very light american hop aroma as well. Malty flavour up front with plenty of roasted and chocolate to start, moderate sweetness. Bitter smokiness appears at the midpoint and carries through to the finish. Light bitterness from the hops, balance is more between the malt and charcoal smoke, which hit a nice balance towards the end and carries through to a long, drying finish. Medium body and medium-light carbonation. Fairly smooth, creamy texture. I really appreciate that the smoke aroma and flavour feel like a balanced part of the beer rather than just an afterthought that was dumped in at the last minute, but admittedly smoke in a beer is not really my thing.

22 oz. brown bomber, no apparent best before or freshness date.

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Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a somewhat thick consistency. Had a big, long-lasting, creamy brown head. Very good lacing.

S: Smelled mainly of coffee and malt, with some sugar thrown in for good measure.

T: Flavored with coffee, chocolate, malt and a bit of sugar. Not as complex or flavorful as you'd expect, but decent nonetheless.

M: A fair amount of carbonation and a very dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a drinkable beer. I think it's a bit on the overrated side, but it's still a well made beer.

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Stone Smoked Porter from Stone Brewing
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