Stone Smoked Porter

California
United States
Smoked Porter
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
89
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

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 to apple pie. This worldly libation is dark, smooth, and complex, with rich chocolate and coffee flavors suffused with subtle smokiness from the addition of peat-smoked malt.

Profile

ABV: 
6.5%
IBUs: 
45
Served at: 
50 - 55°
Hops: 
Magnum, Mt. Hood
Malts: 
Pale 2-Row, Crystal, Chocolate
Judges Review 
Nelson Crowle's picture
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Poured into a snifter, this beer is a bold, blackish, deep mahogany with slight reddish highlights and a large, fluffy, light tan head.  Bready and toasty malt balances with grassy, floral, and tangerine notes in the aroma, with a background hint of smoke and sweet chocolate. Both the smoke and chocolate come out a bit more as the beer warms.

The first sip is bread crust malt and the same tangerine and grassy hop flavors as in the aroma, with a big kick of bitterness into the finish. There is a moderately high clean campfire smoke that goes nicely with the chocolate and slight coffee notes. Additional dark malt and black licorice flavors hover in the background.  The West Coast-style high bittering tends to overpower the lovely smoky and chocolate balance.

Very nice beer to have with sweeter, Carolina-style BBQ baby back ribs, or with a flourless chocolate cake or fudge brownie.

Brewery Introduction

Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner, Stone Brewing has come a long way since opening up in San Diego, California in 1996. We have been listed on the Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list 11 times, and has been called the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate ... Read More

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