Stone Smoked Porter w/Chocolate & Orange Peel

Stone Smoked Porter w/Chocolate & Orange Peel

Porter
5.9%
53

We decided early on that we wouldn’t do seasonal beers for the sake of doing seasonal beers. For us, beer comes first, much as Stone Smoked Porter came first. Actually, it came second, oddly enough, in the form of a seasonal. But rather than relegating fans to nine peat-smoked-porterless months, we made it a year-round release. Nowadays, we brew a trio of tasty takes on this smoky, sultry vanguard. This version 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.

October 20, 2014
22oz Bottles and Draft
Magnum & Mt. Hood

Tasting Notes

Provided by
Mitch Steele
,
Brewmaster
Appearance
Pours deep brown with a tan head.
Aroma
Peat-smoked malt, orange peel and coffee with hints of cocoa.
Taste
First impression is the smoky flavor from the peat-smoked malt that characterizes our regular Stone Smoked Porter, followed immediately by a blast of orange peel and citrus. Cocoa and roast malt characters follow, but the orange peel is particularly prominent in the aftertaste.
Palate
Medium body with a light sweetness and citrus tang, along with balanced hop bitterness.
Overall
This is a fun beer to brew. We’ve loved this orange and chocolate flavor in beer for a long time, and our team has made several casks of this particular version that are always very popular. The orange notes blend in well with the dark-roasted malt character, and the peat-smoked malt adds layers of flavor.

Pairing Notes

Provided by
"Dr." Bill Sysak
,
Craft Beer Ambassador
Appetizers
Goat cheese-stuffed mushrooms, coconut shrimp, bacon-wrapped dates, pulled pork sliders, hummus, artichoke dip
Soups
Beef stew, lentil, New England-style clam chowder, French onion, chili con carne
Entrées
Pork tenderloin, lamb chops, filet mignon, stuffed poblano peppers, Indian yellow curry
Desserts
Tiramisu, chocolate lava cake, oatmeal cookies, pecan pie, vanilla ice cream