On the day before the Super Bowl, Mrs. Limpd extended an invitation to Mrs. G-LO and the rest of the G-LO clan to attend an impromptu Super Bowl party at Chateau Limpd. Since we knew that this would be a great opportunity to spend some time with friends, eat some good food, drink some good beer, and basically let the children run wild for a couple hours, we graciously accepted her invitation. Mrs. G-LO offered to make a Buffalo Chicken Dip and I planned to bring a 22 ounce bomber of the Stone Smoked Porter that I had been planning to open for quite some time.
While I have had the Stone Smoked Porter on two separate occasions (once on tap at The Pourhouse while The Wookie was having the Laguntias A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’, and a second time on tap at When Pigs Fly Pizzeria in Kittery, Maine) this would be my first time having it poured from a bottle.
Here is what Stone has to say about their Smoked Porter:
So you think you don’t like dark beer? Prepare to believe. This is no ordinary porter. And if you are already among the enlightened who appreciate a fine ebony-hued ale, we think you will find Stone Smoked Porter to be a poignant addition to your repertoire.
Let’s get on with the review…
- Appearance: Deep, dark brown with red highlights when held up to the light. Thick, tan, fluffy head that lingers for a really long time.
- Aroma: Hints of smoke. Rich, roasted malt. French roast coffee. Faint smell of hops.
- Taste: Medium carbonation. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. A nice combination of rich, roasted malts with just a bit of hop bitterness. Clean, roasted malt finish.
- ABV: 5.9%
I am happy to report that the Stone Smoked Porter lost nothing in translation! Much like the Great Lakes Eddie Fitz Porter, this is a smooth, easy drinking dark beer, and it’s a definite #ComfortBeer contender. The Stone Smoked Porter is a great beer that I will definitely be drinking again.
But don’t just take my word for it! Since this was a 22 ounce bottle, there was more than enough to share. Limpd, Mrs. Limpd, Mrs. G-LO, and even Limpd’s Mom (a self proclaimed non-beer drinker) all had a sample. They were a bit apprehensive at first, but after that first sip, they were instantly won over. Lots of “Oh! This is really good!”, “Not at all what I was expecting”, and “I really like this beer” comments soon followed as they emptied their glasses.
One last thing…
Although The Wives let out a collective groan when I started writing down my tasting notes, Limpd’s Mom decided to join the fun and asked for a pen and paper to write down her impressions of this beer. For your reading pleasure, here are her tasting notes…
- Appearance: Dark caramel color.
- Aroma: Evergreen bouquet.
- Taste: Slightly peppery taste with a bit of a bite as you swallow. There’s also quite an aftertaste.
For a woman who claims to not drink beer, she certainly seemed to know her way around a review.