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RATINGS: 312   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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We celebrated our first five years in business by releasing anniversary India pale ales, with each subsequent IPA brewed to be hoppier and more intense than the previous. For our 6th anniversary in 2002, we extended this concept by making an intensified version of Stone Smoked Porter. We cranked up the malts and hops a notch or three and conditioned it on French and American oak, which accentuated our porter’s distinctive smokiness and amplified its chocolate and roast coffee flavors while also adding subtle notes of toffee, cherries, dried berries and vanilla. We’re proud to give those who missed out—as well as those who didn’t—a fresh shot at experiencing this smoky, dark-as-night wonder.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (34022) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2005
[Sampled 2 and 2½ years old] A dark red-brown beer with a huge chocolate-brown head. The aroma is sweet and slightly acidic with notes of chocolate, coffee, malt, and alcohol - nice - but a little too much alcohol for my liking. The flavor is sweet with lots of roated malt combined notes of chocolate, and coffee, as well hints of alcohol - which is more present in the mouthfeel, where it burns the tongue. The end is pretty hoppy which together with the roasted malt and coffee gives it a bitter end, though with the alchol making a clear presence. Surprisingly this is a bit over the top giving it some sour hints - but still a solid brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11309) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2005
Bottled: Very dark brown colour. Sweetness, chocolate, malt and light roast in the aroma. Roast, light hops and some cocoacoffee in the flavour. Dry and dusty in the end. This is a little over the top as well as 5.th. anniversary. This must have been one hell of a porter fresh.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2005
Bottled. Brown coloured. Very hoppy aroma and flavour for a porter. Pleasant notes of pine in the flavour. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 3, 2005
Very strong orange-pine hop nose with noticable roasted malts and doughy sweet malts. Opaque brown with fine-bubbled cover and ring of tan head. Chocolate and roasty malt flavours balance nicely with the assertive hop character. Very dry and well-attenuated medium body with moderate carbonation that tickles the tongue. Bottle enjoyed with Lubiere, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Yowie.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2005
Very dark brown pour. The head is light brown, quite thin. Rather complex nose, very malty that’s for sure yet with a more than healthy does of hops (orange, grapefruit, burnt wood, ashes, weed). This is all fighting side by side with mildly smoky chocolate malt, anise and wood(roots) reminiscent. Very dry palate, stone-like, the smoke hints from the aroma keep on through a harsh roastiness and dried pineapple still powerful hops. Not quite as good as the aroma fom my point of view. Full bodied, airy palate, probably too dry for what I want my porters to be, but they sure managed what they intended.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (11196) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2005
Tasted as part of a vertical including the 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th Anniversary beer (big thanks to egadzis!). Poured a dark black with red tinges at the edges with a smaller tan head. Aromas of smoke, chocolate and roasted malts. Real nice smokey aroma. Tastes of chocolate and roasted malts.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Very much stout like. Big roast and mocha beer with nice smoke and bittersweet cocoa. Viscous and huge mouthfeel. some oak and vanilla notes with burnt raisins and toffee. Good finish nice mild malt bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 7, 2005
22 oz bottle, snifter. Deep roasty chocolate is the first aroma I encounter. Smoke, spicey hops and the protypical porter "tang" come across next. Molasses, caramel, toffee, whisky aromas all play a smaller role. Deep cola black-brown body with hints of ruby is topped by a moderately sized, frothy tan head. Flavor starts moderately sweet with a slight bitterness. The taste experience rounds out with a gianty dry tang, light sweetness, light acidity, and moderate bitterness. Medium-full body, oily texture and slightly below average carbonation. The bottom line is: Flavor doesn’t have the complexity of the aroma, but this is still a solid offering...perhaps more out right drinkability than the regular smoked porter. Thanks Whaleman!!!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Another nice porter...Black appearance with tan head. Flavors mostly of roasted malts and a hint of smoke, with dark fruits detectable as it warmed. Thanks, Springslicker!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3417) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Thanks to MRomero548 for this one. Opaque black pour with a deep tan head. Aroma is sweet malt with some roast and a bit of chocolate. The palate is smooth, delivering a well balanced flavor that has some roasty bitterness, sweet malt and maybe s touch of smoke. This is probably at it’s peak, age wise, but certainly not done yet.


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