Stone Smoked Porter w/ Chocolate & Orange Peel

Winter is coming... That means I start gravitating towards porters and stouts. These malt-forward styles are surprisingly versatile and play nicely with a wide variety of flavors. Stone Brewing has released variations of their popular Stone Smoked Porter with both Vanilla Bean and Chipotle Peppers. Their most recent twist on Smoked Porter melds the flavors of Chocolate & Orange Peel.

This limited release is now available and is best when enjoyed within 120 day of bottling. The brewery sent me a sample bottle, and I'll be sure to share my tasting notes soon. For more details, check out the Stone's full news release below.

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Stone Brewing Co. Debuts a New Fall Release:
Stone Smoked Porter w/Chocolate & Orange Peel

ESCONDIDO, CA – In time for fall, Stone Brewing Co. is introducing a new, citrus-rich chocolaty iteration of the classic year-round Stone Smoked Porter. Today, Stone Smoked Porter w/Chocolate & Orange Peel begins shipping in 22-ounce bottles and on draft at retailers, bars and restaurants in select markets nationwide.

“Since 2006, we’ve done experimental cask creations with Stone Smoked Porter and discovered how well it pairs with a broad range of ingredients, from chipotle peppers to vanilla beans,” explains Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele. “When trying out different combinations for this specific limited release, I was really impressed with how well chocolate and orange peel worked together and knew it had to be shared with our fans on a large scale.”

Orange peel was added post-fermentation to bring about a citrusy aroma and lingering, tangy flavor. The cocoa flavors come from the dark malts and addition of chocolate from Los Angeles-based ChocoVivo, which naturally augment the beer’s sweet, robust flavor. Magnum and Mt. Hood hops provide complex flavors, aromatics and a balanced bitterness that doesn’t overpower the chocolate and citrus qualities of the beer.

To fully enjoy the robust flavors present in Stone Smoked Porter w/Chocolate & Orange Peel, the beer should be enjoyed within 120 days from the “bottled on” date found on the bottle neck. 

Stone Smoked Porter w/Chocolate & Orange Peel Quick Facts
Name: Stone Smoked Porter w/Chocolate & Orange Peel
Stats: 5.9% ABV, 53 IBUs
Availability: Limited 22-ounce bottles and draft, beginning October 20
Hops bill: Magnum and Mt. Hood
Distribution: AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, TV, WA, and Puerto Rico
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