Friday, August 2, 2013

Stone Smoked Porter

  • SRM Color : 70
  • Brewer: Stone Brewing Company
  • Brewer's 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.
  • Recommended Glassware: A Goblet
  • Russ' rating: 9.5 of 10
  • With the brew: Pizza loaded with all manner of roasted veggies
  • Comments: Porter is one of my favorite styles of beer, and good ones cross the line from "Good" to "Special". Stone Smoked Porter is so far past that line that "Good" is barely visible behind it. Smoked Porter pours more heavily than most beers and forms a very shallow head of average size ( 0.5mm - 0.7mm ) bubbles. The most prominent aroma is the darkly toasted grain, with a slight but persistent smokey nose, highlighted by a hint of hoppy sharpness. Until now most of the Smoked Porters I have had were dominated by the smokey scent and flavor of the smoked malt... So much so that I almost considered them novelty beers. Stone has produced a beer that has placed this style on a very short list of favorites. The beer drinks smoothly with a sharp hoppy body and a rich malty flavor that really carries the slightly smoky flavor well. Another great beer from Stone!
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6 comments:

  1. I agree - this was one of the best porters I have tried - and it gets even better when you pair it with food.

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  2. One hell of a beer, stone never dissapoints

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