Stone Smoked Porter, a year-round release from Stone Brewing, poured an almost inpenetrable dark brown, topped with a thick tan head that was surprisingly short on lacing. The nose carried forward notes of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee with only a hint of smoke.
Stone Smoked Porter opened light and well carbonated for such a dark beer, with a pleasant amount of smoke, capturing the campfire taste without getting into meaty Rauch territory. The subtle smoke quickly faded to a respectable coffee-like middle before trailing into a bakers chocolate fade. Throughout, notes of fruits and herbs make brief appearances without managing to settle and there is little to no hop flavor to detect.