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RATINGS: 2449   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   IBU: 53   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2003
Nice creamy tan head. Almost opaque brown, but has these cool red highlights when held up to a light bulb. Faint smoke aroma, with chocolate and malt notes. There is a malt (patent/ roasted) astringency, coupled with some hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is very rich and creamy... chewable stuff. The aftertaste has a few smoke notes, but is still dominated by the dark malts and hops. Not a real rauchbier in my book, but a damn fine porter. I nuked the last part of this beer (oh, the heresy), and it brought out much more of the malt aromas, bready, and maybe some yeast notes. Flavor is much more complex warmed up to about room temp. Heck, maybe I'll turn it into coffee temp. next. Yummy!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2003
It was nice that the smoke wasn't overpowering, but otherwise a so/so porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SirTom (89) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Good - but not as extreme as I'm used to stone's brews being. I was hoping for a bit more punch. Do they do a version of the imperial porter?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djrevnoir (26) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2003
The nose was absolutely smokeless, but nonetheless smelled wonderful, as any good porter does. Distinct bitterness in the flavour. It was very creamy as I started drinking it, but became less so as time passed. Very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2003
I don't detect any smoke in the nose. Smells like a regular old porter to me. Cherry is what I notice the most. Held up to a light a little bit of red shines through. It tastes far less smokey than I expected. It is a little sour, and bitter - more like a stout than a porter. I can't put my finger on what it tastes like, but I like it! It is really creamy, almost like an oatmeal stout. Truly a great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Reid (2474) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Smoked porter? mmm sounds not very tasty..but lets see. Well as with all Stone brews I have had so far this beer looks absolutlly great..deep mahogany brown beer..with some garnet accents when held to the light and on top a huge frothy tan head..great stuff. Wow the aroma of this beer blew my mind..this is great stuff..roasted deep dark chocolate malts mixed with some great black coffee..and with a luxurious smokey smell below. The taste is just as I described the aroma except I get that wondeful Stone creamieness..fantastic stuff. Wonderful and smooth on the palate..with some great aftertatse. A most drinkable porter indeed..I did not think I would like this "smoked" beer..but its just great. I dunno whats happening to me but im becoming a Stone freak..god help me!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
VAYankee (353) - Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2003
Black colored body with a light brown head. Smells of roasted malt with a bit of bittersweet chocolate. Full malt flavor accompanied by a mild smokiness and chocolate. The aftertaste is of dry roasted malt (and a continuing touch of smokiness).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - NOV 25, 2003
Deep black pour with a frothy tan head. Nice complex aroma of molasses and chocolate. Deep flavor full of chocolate...hint of smokiness as well. Some roasted malt maybe? A damn good Smoked Porter if you ask me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2400) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2003
Rich caramelly aroma with strong chocolate and alcohol presence. Small tan head that is mostly diminishing. Opaque body with a dark red hue. Nice lace. Good bitterness for a porter. The nice alcohol mouthfeel helps separate Stone's Smoked Porter from the rest of the Porter pack. Excellently sweet and strong. Warming. Thanks Kinz for sending this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (6400) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2005 2004 bottle Pours a tranluscent deep deep brown with some dark violet/red tinges, black colors and a medium tan head. Bittersweet aroma, some nuttiness actually, a bit of sweet coffee. Immediately upon sipping, the smoothness and balance are felt. Big flavors, subtle smokiness that lingers in the background and is actually barely perceptible. More up front is a fairly large saltiness, with a touch of chocolate, lots of bittersweet malt. Finish is pleasingly coffeeish, a touch of syrup, maple, coffee, salted beef.(ok not as bad as salted beef sounds). Alcohol no where to be found. Flavor is subtle, not hugely complex with twists and turns along the way, but a solid drinkable porter. Could use some more hops.
late 2004 bottle Much less body and a more neutral, even, light chocolate malt taste. Little to no smoke, if any, and a lightly nutty/sweet body. Not as flavorful as I remember.

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