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Stone Smoked Porter by Stone Brewing Company

I’m not into this tonight (blogging…not beer), just a word of warning.

Beer #303 is Smoked Stone Porter by Stone Brewing Company from Escondido, California.  This American Porter has an ABV of 5.9%.

It was black and had a very nice tan head.  Nose was kind of light with chocolate, coffee, & roasted caramel malts.  Taste was better than the nose, slightly sweet and a bit of a bitter dark chocolate flavor.  It had a decent roasted coffee flavor and was a bit smoky near the back end.  It had a medium body with just a bit too much carbonation.

This was a decent American Porter but not even close, IMHO, to Robust Porter by Smuttynose or Red Brick Porter by Red Brick.

Rating: C

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Robust Porter by Smuttynose Brewing Company

TGIF…’nuff said!

Beer #138 is Robust Porter by Smuttynose Brewing Company.  From the Live Free or Die State of New Hampshire comes this American Porter.  The ABV of this brew is a nice 5.7%.

Look at that nice really deep dark brown color topped by a thin tan head.  Roasted aromas abound in the nose.  Coffee and chocolate…yum!  I knew I was going to like this just from the nose alone.  What you smell here is what you get in the taste.  It starts off with deep dark roasted coffee goodness, followed by something slightly sweet (caramel?), and ends with a nice bitter (must be the hops) chocolate ending.  Mouthfeel was nice and creamy bordering on being thick…but in a good way.  It had a decent amount of carbonation.  Highly drinkable…more so as it warms up to room temperature.  I wanted more of this but I only had the one…darn.  Maybe a quick trip to the liquor store after will be in order.

This was an excellent porter.  Very satisfying and delicious with a nice balance of flavors.  I have to say it is the best American Porter I have had so far.  It has been a long time since I handed out one of these…but what the heck…

Rating: A+

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