“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.” 5.9% ABV Smoked Porter
Purchased from BevMo in Fresno, California
Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my porter/stout glass. Solid black in color, with a huge tan and frothy head, which retains well and leaves solid lacing. A few carbonation bubbles are visible in the glass.
A faint smokiness is the predominant aroma. It is lighter than expected, nothing as intense as this beer. I also get some general barley aromas, as well as some peat/wood resin.
Medium thickness in the body of the beer, maybe a little heavier than medium. The mouthfeel is very soft, finishing very smooth. The flavors are of the peat-smoked malts and dark chocolate. There is mild hop bitterness in the aftertaste, and the smoky flavors linger.
Stone’s Smoked Porter definitely is a complimentary beer, just as described on the label. I can easily see it mixing well with a sweet, decadent dessert dish. By itself, it was a bit of a chore to finish the entire 22 oz bottle, as the smokiness really comes through more as it warms. The other flavors, though subtle, are very high in quality – exactly what I’ve come to expect from any beer from Stone Brewing. Overall, I’d give it an easy 7/10.
Stone Brewing Co. – Escondido, California