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RATINGS: 2453   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2886) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 31, 2003
Medium sized, chunky , tan/light brown head with some whispy laceing that hangs on. Dark brown color when held up to the light has a gorgeous clear red glow. Full bodied. Roasty, chocolatey nose with a hint of smoke.Slight smokeyness blends well with the malt and hops, though some more smoke wouldnt hurt. Finish is medium dry, roasty. Nice porter just needs more smoke! It is a smoked porter ya know.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - AUG 29, 2003
Pours a dark, dark brown with a dense, one-pinkie head. Lace is not spectacular, but acceptable. I smell hops, chocolate, roasted malts, and I sense some alcohol--but with the ABV only 5.9 I wonder why; the aroma is a tiny bit harsh to me. Taste chicory, chocolate, coffee. towards the end, a nice bitterness, then a rush of roasted malt, then a little more bitterness, and then the peat flavor just inches out at the end, just for a second, to say hello. Then after Mr. Peat smoke has said goodbye, the previously generous mouthfeel gets a little thin. Just a little, though. Like many raters here, I wouldn't characterize this as a 'smoked' porter, just a porter, albeit a good one. Another good brew from Stone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 28, 2003
Dark ruby brown color with nice highlights. Great explosive tan head and fantastic lacing. Fruity hops with coffee & chocolate, bitter notes emerge. Flavorful with just the right amount of smoked qualities, goes GREAT with some jerky while camping. Slightly sweet & bitter. Yummy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mushi (18) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2003
22 oz. Seems like an average porter to me. The label is a pretty accurate description actually, I could taste the smoke as 'an element'. Decent hop flavor. Tasty, but I prefer other porters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2003
Pours an opaque dark brown with an ok head. Has an ever changing character. First sniff reminds me of an English Pale Ale. Next one is mocha with hints of smokiness. Taste is similarly schizophrenic, but in a good way. Plenty of hops with smokiness appearing variably upfront and in the finish. That said, the character is mostly malts. Interesting brew, but a little confusing because it doesn't always taste/smell the same. Soft on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2003
Bottle. Dark brown, almost black with tan head. Mocha, malt, with a touch of berry and hops in the aroma. Starts out sweet and fruity, chocolate, blackberry, smoke comes on more in the finish and as the beer warmed up. Long finish, starts sweet then dry and a little bitter. Little confused on the style here, I think I'd call it a porter. Whatever, it's good either way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2003
Black w/ ruby hue. Light brown head. Light smoke (peat) aroma w/ some woody, vinous elements. Full-bodied. Lovely, subtle smoked flavour w/ a nice, roasty, chocolaty, nutty complexity

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Radek Kliber (7306) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 18, 2003
Smoked. Lambic . Smoked lambic aged with additional 35 lb/barrel of Downsview hops . Nah, I still love my self to much, far too much. Yet that night when I had first time in my life Lambic that forced me to stop saying that all lambics are good as vinaigrette to garden salads. That night also I had my second revelation. Not every smoked should be used as a sausage smoking pit. Stone Smoked porter was an elegant, handsome brew that used nicely roasted malt with gentle refined undertone of smoke. Not overdone in any way. Mr. Koch was right this time .Smoke being part of beer made it better. Hallelujah!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
deprogram (115) - Renton, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2003
24 oz. bottle Velvety soft, super dark, subtle smokiness is just enough to be distinctive, not nearly enough to be overpowering. Sweet, woodsmoke aroma with a undertone of hops. Nicely balanced all the way from malty start to lightly bitter finish, fading evenly on the tongue. Of course it's good! It's a Stone :>

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (7835) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2003
UPDATED: APR 30, 2009 Rerate A bit less flavorful this time around - not as much roasted chocolate notes as a porter of this caliber should have Original 3.9 An excellent smoked beer for those who are not fond of smoked beers (me!). The appearance is the color of raw liver with a mocha head and good lacing. Has a slight smoky aroma but not overpowering. Has a very mellow smoky flavor not cloying at all and did not taste like a bottle of liquid smoke - I expected to be blown out of the water with smoky flavor. Has a very pleasant mouthfeel. The hops find their way in nicely in the aftertaste. Well done.

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