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Stone 6th Anniversary Porter

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RATINGS: 219   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
This special 6th Anniversary release is a "cranked up a notch or three" version of our Stone Smoked Porter. Our Stone Anniversary brews are a chance for our brewers to go a little wild (even more than they do on a daily basis). We added more malt (which brings up the viscosity and raises the abv to 8%), a fatter dose of hops and conditioned on both French and American oak (which contributes a softness to the mouthfeel and a far-off-in-the-distance hint of vanilla).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rich42 (128) - USA - OCT 25, 2002
soot black, moderate smoke. little bit of licorice, maybe a touch of black fruit. ample hop bitterness for a porter. some alchohol flavor. revised: upgraded rated a little. came around a bit / flavors seemed more integrated as it warmed up. this beer should be served very close to room temperature - maybe 65F. UPDATE: having a bottle at 68F - seems considerably more balanced / upgraded rating. This beer was clearly engineered for room temperature consumption. Donít even try unless itís 60F or warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 24, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2003 A very nice tasting porter. The aroma is strong and hits you before you can even taste the greatness. I'm not the hugest fan of porters, but this one is great - the initial taste of chocolate tempts the palate before delivering a perfect balance of hops along with a smokey-coffee flavor. The porter is very dark black, almost opaque with a thick, dark head. The flavors are plentiful and the porter stays with you for hours after drinking. A must try beer - this porter has it all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2005 ....And then Stone made a Porter to rival manís existence!!! The aroma is astoundingly strong, and the taste is brimming with coffee flavors. The aftertaste is one of the best i can think of off the top of my head. The color is very dark brown, blackish colour that almost cries "drink me, drink me". Definitely worth 4$ out of your pocket, a beautiful porter. Re-rate 7/6/05..... Man I am seriously going to miss this beer as this was my last bottle... fairly pitch black, thick, viscous orange/tan head. Aroma is chocolate, bourbon, whiskey, and smoke. Flavors are full bodied, thick, roasty, smokey, alcohol and chocolate. Mild carbonation, heavy hop bitterness distinguishing this from ANY other Porter... this is the best Porter in existence in my opinion...and im sad to see it go!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - OCT 20, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2003 This is one of the best beers I have had in a while. Given a blind tasting of it I would have misteken it for an imoerial stout. This is a big beer especially for a porter. Aroma is of esters, acid (hops?), and roasted malt when cold. As it warms the alcohol and chocolate really start to come out. The flavor starts somewhat sweet with highlights of malt and chocolate and coffee. It finishes bitter which feels like it could be coming from either the hops or the malts - good balance. Another winner by the Stone Brewing dudes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 20, 2002
Bitter hop aroma.Strong Northwest hop flavor then dark roasted coffee sets in.Faint taste of smoke.Mellows out as it warms up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 19, 2002
Thick, opaque, dark brown beer with a big tan head. Aroma of smoke, malt, and hops. Very smoky flavor with lots of malt, hop flavor, and bitterness. A friend commented "This tastes like itís dry-hopped with beef jerky!" Thick, creamy, and full-bodied. As is, it tasted young with each flavor component standing a little too much on its own. Give this beer a year in the cellar to round itself out a little and it will be phenomenal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ARMed (625) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2002
Very powerful porter. Taste like a powerful imperial stout. Extremely black with a high viscosity. A high potency as well. Bitterness abounds! Slightly tangy and tart on your initial taste with loads of hops (a little too much quite honestly).Smoked grapes and mint leaves. A hint of licorice with roasted burnt chocolate hop flavor. Lasts long on the palate. Try with some spicy hot buffalo wings to get a balance.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2002
A five star for number 500. As hard as it is to believe that I have finally enjoyed my 500th different type of beer, it is harder for me to believe just how damn good this beer was. Stone does it like no other. I am a big fan of the porter style. Powerful, dark, malty,, I absolutely love it. And then they go and hop it up. A great beer for a great occasion. I also enjoyed the informative, inspirational and slightly amusing story on the back of the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2002
Dark, dark, dark. Rostiness and smoke really come through in the aroma. Nice roasted flavor in the body which finishes with a touch of smoke. Finishes dry... As far from a traditional porter as you can get. I LIKE IT!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2526) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2003 Pours with unimpressive foam retention atop a deep ruby color. It is insanely difficult getting past this massively hopped aroma. Cola, round hops that boast raspberry, soft breadiness, slightly phenolic, yeast, tangerine dipped chocolate, maple, wet socks, chock full of pineapple, and only an underlying hint of espresso. Notably complex flavors of orange rind, medicine, tar, chocolate truffle, and a whisper of mocha. Finishes extremely saltly bitter and slightly chalky with lingering tangerine and grapefruit. Medium body with a quality velvety feel. Afternotes of almonds, hint of peated malt, assorted tropical fruit, and charcoal. Aged in oak? Not long enough. What in the world do I rate this? An IPA/Imperial Porter hybrid? It is over the top and tastes good; that is all that matters, right?

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