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RATINGS: 2266   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   IBU: 53   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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A rich, dark and delicious porter with chocolate and coffee overtones accented by a subtle smokiness from just the right amount of peat smoked malt. Unlike a rauchbier, the "smoke" in Stone Smoked Porter is an ELEMENT of the character rather than being THE character. -- Greg Koch, Stone Brewing Co.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ducky (1) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 17, 2003 does not count
This is my favorite of all the Stone brews. It's smooth, a tad bitter, with just enough tang to make a good piece of chocolate taste really great.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2003
Poured a nice tan head. I thought this was a pretty decent porter. The bit of added smoke was interesting. Nowhere near as smokey as Alaskan.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2003
More tame than most Stone beers that Iíve tried, the Smoked Porter still has a bit to live up to. It certainly tastes drinkable, but has a bitter edge. It isnít to hopped up, but doesnít have the smooth edge of other Porters, like Anchorís. Tastes like smoked teriaki jerky with a kick. Has a bit of bite on the finish. Iím missing the "chocolate" taste that Iíve tasted in cheaper, more watery brews. It lacks malt definition for a porter. Overall, itís not bad, but not something Iíd drink every day.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Racegoer (352) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2003
Decent Porter, smoky,creamy,good compliment to a cold Winterís night. Dark chocolate, coffee (somewhat Lacking here)still overall a good beer on the Eve of 2003

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 30, 2002
Unexpected citrus aroma from this beer. It turns out to be a pleasant aroma/flavor to compliment what is essentially a great porter. The aroma seemed one-dimensional...just the hops and very little if anything else. The flavor, however, was huge, rounded out by roasty, smokey, chocolatey tones. The feel was pure creaminess...silky with just the right amount of carbonation. A snappy hops finish ends the experience perfectly.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2002
Very nice porter. Dark Borwn in color with a nice beige head. Roasty aroma with a hint of chocolate. Nice roasty start. Slight Smokiness start to kick in, in the middle. Nice slight bitter finish. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - DEC 26, 2002
Subtle smokey, chocolate aroma. Very smooth with appropriate bittering and flavor hop additions. Chocolate flavor and a hint of smokiness are seamlessly blended. I didnít get much coffee flavor but the bottle was gone when it hit 50F. Recommended highly.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - DEC 21, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2003 14Jan2003 Update: After some prodding (from the brewer, no less), I decided to clarify this rating. The beer is not bitter by absolute standards, but it is (in my opinion) over-bittered in the sense that it overwhelms the unique and subtle flavors present in the beer. Re-rate ASAP. <hr> (20Dec2002--22oz bottle) Reading the commercial description, the smokiness of this ísmoked porterí is indeed subtle. Unfortunately, the hop bitterness of this beer is anything BUT subtle. In what seems to be a recurring theme from this brewer, excessive bitterness undermines what would otherwise be a unique and wonderful beer. The beer is totally opaque. Its head is lumpy, rust-colored, fine-textured, very lacy, and provides a nicely persistent effervescence to the beer. The aroma is surprisingly mild; a little smoky, with some malt and alcohol. Flavor: starts bitter, ends bitter, bitter in the middle. In the midst of the bitterness, I did actually taste wonderful smokiness and tasty roasted malt. The beer has perfect mouthfeel. íHop headsí love this, but I think you can make a pretty convincing argument that the level of bitterness in this beer detracts from its overall quality.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2002
This is all i need for a cold winter evening.Nice dark color,malty aroma with a lite smokiness,flavor was malty with some chocolate,coffee and very lite smoke but just enough of it to make you want more the finish was full with a lasting coffee aftertaste that wasnít over powering but quite refreshing.all around nice brew.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2002
Dark, rich, creamy, these are all good characteristics of this beer. This bark brown colored brew with a brownish head has lot of complexities in itís smell. But thr taste is where I found myself being amazed, the malt and hops blend, the smoky after taste and the hint of toffee and chocolate make this a good smoked porter.


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