Smoked Porter Beer Brownies

Smoked Porter Beer Brownies are so fudgy and delicious! They're super easy to make and have a hint of smokey flavor from a smoked porter beer. You can't go wrong by finishing with a topping of a decadent amount of cream cheese frosting.

Author rachelle


  • 1 cup smoked porter beer
  • 3 sticks butter divided
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoon vanilla divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar


  1. Heat oven to 325

  2. Pour beer into a saucepan with fairly high sides, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer until reduced to a 1/4 cup

  3. When beer is reduced, add 2 sticks of butter and cocoa powder to the same pan and cook over low heat until butter is melted while stirring until the mixture is smooth then set aside to cool slightly

  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, flour, and salt

  5. Add eggs to chocolate butter beer mixture, whisking them in one at a time

  6. Stir vanilla into the chocolate mixture

  7. Stir the flour mixture into the chocolate butter beer mixture until just combined

  8. Line a 8 x 8 inch square pan with parchment paper or grease the pan with butter then pour in the brownie batter

  9. Sprinkle the milk chocolate chips on top of the brownie batter

  10. Bake for 35 - 35 minutes, cool completely

  11. While the brownies are baking, make the frosting.  Add remaining one stick of butter and cream cheese to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat until smooth

  12. Add vanilla 

  13. Add confectioners sugar one cup at a time and beat until smooth

  14. Top cooled brownies with cream cheese frosting 

Recipe Notes

  1. Keep an eye on the beer while it's reducing.  It can boil over - this is why you want to use a fairly deep pan.
  2. You want the beer chocolate butter mixture to cool enough so that you don't cook your eggs when you add them
  3. You will want one stick of butter and the cream cheese softened to room temperature to make it easy to beat for the frosting
  4. After frosting the brownies you can pop them in the refrigerator for an hour or so for the frosting to firm up a bit and it will make them easier to cut