07 September 2009

Beer Review, Stone Smoked Porter

Stone Smoked Porter (bottle)
San Diego, CA
5.9% ABV

Appearance: An aggressive pour gives a reddish-black body, slightly translucent, with a very thick foamy brown head. Significant lacing. 4.5/5

Smell: Malty, heavy with grains and bread, chocolate. Very highly aromatic, an amazing scent. Gotta give it full points. 5.0/5

Taste: Amazingly well-executed porter. Strong notes of coffee and chocolate, with a rich velvety dry finish. And yes, you can taste the smoke. Somewhat sweet on the aftertaste, hints of dried fruits. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Moderate. Again, velvety, low carbonation, mild hops. Coats the palate well. 4.5/5

Drinkability: Another amazing winner from Stone. I didn't expect to like this one as much as I do. 4.5/5

Overall: 4.6/5

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