Taking a sip, I get a beer of medium body, perhaps not so hearty as I might expect from your average robust porter. Still, there's too much roasty flavor here for a brown porter, and so the beer falls somewhere in between I think, packed as it is with rich dark chocolate notes and a hint of black coffee. This is, indeed, a very roasty beer, but I'm not getting as much smokiness as I have in the past.
Still, it's there, subtler perhaps but unmistakable in it's earthy peat pungency. Stone Smoked Porter is laced with it's underlying smoke flavor from the first sip right on through to the roasty, hoppy bitter finish. Overall, this is a nicely balanced smoked porter, though I think I'd like just a little more smoke and a bit more body.
The natural comparison is with Alaskan Smoked Porter, and I think this one loses out to that beer. Still, it's always welcome in my beer fridge, and has the virtue of being far more readily available than the latter. At five bucks for a bomber bottle its very reasonably priced, too. If you've never tried a smoked beer before, this is a good place to start. The subtle smoke is enough to arouse the appetite, yet not too much to frighten the novice away.
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