Saturday, September 17, 2011

Stone Smoked Porter: Smokin'!

Stone Smoked Porter! I've been wanting to spend some quality time with this one for a while now.
As an aside, I've also been interested in trying more smoked beers. Rauchbiers are traditional old-school German beers that have had malts smoked over a beech wood fire. On the other hand, Smoked beers use peat-smoked malts in a variety of styles. Thanks Beeradvocate.com! Stone's Smoked Porter would be the latter style, using peat.
Appearance: Way too many words on the bottle. I don't have time for this. But truth be told, it is an entertaining/informative read. AND, Stone recommends PB&J as a good food item to be paired with this beer. Very nice. This brew was very dark, but had ruby highlights around the edges. Also a beautiful foamy tan head rested on top of the dark liquid.The nose was fairly mild, but notes of sweet malts as well as smokey malts were present. And the taste: UHM. NUM. Roasty, robust coffee, sweet dark chocolate. Nutty, sweet malts, burnt sugar. Rich, tasty, earthy (wood). Smokiness is there, but not in the forefront.
Overall, this is a delicious porter. The smoked factor adds a little to the taste. This is a full-bodied, creamy ale. Delicious; I would totally have another.
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