In this seasonal beer blog, we are going to get into another beer from Stone Brewing. It is Smoked Porter Chocolate and Orange Peel. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this west coast craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know Stone Brewing. Let us get into this porter.
It has a jet black color with a nice tan head that disappears. It is semi on there. The smell has a smoke chocolate notes. The taste has a slight smoke chocolate with an orange aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
We decided early on that we wouldn’t do seasonal beers for the sake of doing seasonal beers. Summer ales and winter lagers certainly have a ring to them. Big-beer focus groups prove consumers get a kick out of them and macrobrew marketing analyses suggest they sell well. But for us, beer comes first, much as Stone Smoked Porter came first. Actually, it came second – oddly enough, in the form of a seasonal. Our co-founder and original brewmaster, Steve Wagner, thought it would be an innovative creation suited for winter…and it was. Legend has it Greg’s Mom agreed. So, rather than relegating fans to nine peat-smoked-porterless months and building revenue-generating fervor for the cold season, we made it a year-round release. Nowadays, we brew a trio of tasty takes on this smoky, sultry vanguard. But the closest they come to being “seasonals” is that they are enhanced with seasonally driven ingredients such as vanilla bean and chipotle peppers. This version, released in the literally gray area separating sunshine and snowfall, incorporates dark chocolate and dried orange peel, making for a semisweet, citrus-nuanced porter that comes across like a break-apart chocolate orange enjoyed by a campfire. It’s not a seasonal – it’s just a phenomenal beer, regardless of the time of year. Throw out the calender and enjoy.
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
Ending, I never thought I would see the day that Stone Brewing is doing a seasonal. It is kind of crazy to think about it. This craft brewery thinks and runs in their drum beat. They do not what everyone else is doing in the world of craft beers. They felt the time is now to make a seasonal. I have to say they did a great job on this brew. I did not know how the orange peel would go well with the smoked porter. I do enjoy it. It has a weird twist and this is how this craft brewery is successful. There is a nice balance from the chocolate, porter, and orange peel. The smoke porter part is not overpowering everything in this beer. I highly recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser