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RATINGS: 333   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2004
Special thanks out to Willblake for this absolute gem. Deep brown, tan head. Nice roasty, slight smoke aroma, but you really have to search for the smoke, especially after Fred. Malty smokey smooth carmel flavor with a hop bitterness finish. Really smooth and complex. Nice!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4612) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Sample at the Philadelphia gathering, July 10. Wow, cool, someone had this, now I don’t have to trade for it...except I really liked it and want more than the tiny dregs of the bottle I got. I don’t know why this isn’t still listed as "smoked", the aroma on this thing is pure barbecue, sausage and Virginia ham and just a bit of spicy coffee, wonderful. In the flavor: vanilla, smoky malts, light finishing bitterness which grows much stronger when warm; sugar strong but subdued under the meat. Awesome.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2004
Bottled August 2002. Small light-brown frothy head. Dark brown body. Pretty complex aroma... sweet whiskey, light smoke at the start, burnt grain, with some sweet fruit (maybe grape0 and brown sugar. Taste has burnt charcoal followed by a fruity (grape) bitterness (grapefruit) and sweet with brown sugar. Some alcohol burn after a while, but it has a nice smooth and almost creamy/sticky feel. Very good beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2005 An essentially black body with a short-lived tan head. Dry charcoal-y aroma with a dark sweet presence right underneath it, smells like blueberry and apricot. Rose petals at the end of the aroma. Big malty flavor and that same dry charcoal wraps up with grapefruit tartness. Dark apricot notes in the malty start. The finish has more charcoal dust combined with porterish tartness. I enjoyed this beer a lot but I found the smoked element to be distracting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Pours dark with a mild carbonation. Aroma is of sweet soy and raisins. Flavor is of sweet soy, raisins, with a bit of chocolate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
obxdude10 (2262) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Black in color, generous tan head, a slight smokiness in the nose, full in the body, toasted notes in the flavors along with chocolate, milk & just a touch of vanilla, a bit of a burnt finish, great porter

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2004
Major thanks to MRomero548 for not sending me this BigBitch of a Porter! –Mark, You Rock when you send beer; but you’ve never done that… so.. uhhh… you still rock!
Rating #535

Poured a deep black body and a highly dense kaki colored head...the lacing is full and drapes the inner glass. The aroma that is radiating from the snifter is heavy with Scotch Whisky, like a 40 year signal barrel aged whisky. It’s filled with robust suggestions of oak and dark fruits.
Holly Bitch-Burger, the flavor here is insane! Damn, even after 2 years this baby is roasty and toasty with the highly kilned chocolate malts, but it’s very polished and refined! There is just this big bitter/sweet mouthful of earthy peat and smoke, then milk chocolate and toffee, finishes with a bitter punch of French pressed coffee… not black though, but with a bold cream and sugar... some ground vanilla-bean as well! The punchy notes of whisky are amazing in this brew.. full of toasty malted grains. With 2 years of age, this porter presents the creamy texture and refined and robust character that defines greatness in this style!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Mysteriously dark brown and wafting with enticing aromas. In-fricken-credible mouthfeel; intensely rich and rewarding, with a chocolaty texture. Big notes of dark chocolate and lesser notes of peat, wood, smoke, coffee cake, milk and brown sugar. The teeter-totter is steady and level, with bitter hops and dark chocolate on one end and a syrupy sweetness on the other. The perfect hint of alcohol and a healthy amount of hops (but definitely not overdone) round it out. Oh, man, great beer! Thanks, Dave!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 11, 2004
Pours dark brown with amber hues and settles to a very dark beer with two fingers of tan head. The aroma is of chocolate, smoke, raisin and is powerful enough to be smelled several feet from the glass. The very first sensation is a strong dark port or fruit taste and then a developing smokeyness fills the mouth and throat. A chalky feeling chocolate taste takes over as the somke begins to dissapate, and it all starts over again with the next sip. This is a very nice beer. Too bad it is retired. Thanks to TannerTavernboys for this one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAY 11, 2004
I picked these up in New Mexico which still has some on the shelves. I was quite surprised when I was told it was available. Even more so when I actually saw it. Pours a very dark brown with a big pillowy tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, nuts and coffee. Light on the hops, or at least light for Stone. This is a very thick porter and puts most stouts I’ve had recently to shame. Thick, rich, delicious. I have a few more thankfully.


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