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RATINGS: 348   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Very good porter. Pours a deep garnet with a thick tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee, some smoke, hints of nuts. Full-bodied and a smooth, creamy feeling in the mouth. Robust. Flavor is like a hazelnut roast coffee with just a touch of sweetness. Excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2806) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Small light tan head, creamy, good retention and a groovy lace. Almost pitch black in color withsome red around the edges. Chocolatey, faint smokiness and some pineyness in the nose. Full bodied, lightly creamy mouthfeel. Large malt and hops combo. The hops up front, in the middle and in the end work well with the roastiness, chocolate and maybe some patent acidity? Finish is dry, resiny, lingering, with citrusy notes. Very nice! I,m assuming this beer to be two years old? If so, all i can say is WOW! Really held up well. Thank you whaleman!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
The aroma was intense. Huge chocolate hits the nose. Some smoke as well and a little bit of alcohol. Maybe some dark fruits in there as well. Nice... This was one HUGE porter. The hops definately died down from the aging. This was the first tasting but it just seemed like the hops were not well pronounced but well hidden and balanced. Nice. Huge coffee flavor with some suddle chocolate and dark fruits. Alcohol was well hidden but still apparent. Very smooth and drinkable with a fantastic mouthfeel.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (4141) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2004
Very dark, thick beer from the bottle. Creamy tan head that reduced to an oil slick that left nice lace. This is a delicious beer, two years later. Complex nose of burnt brown sugar, ripe plums, figs, molassess and wood. Very smooth, thick mouthfeel. Very subtle smoke, almost like the whisps of a dying fire. Very malty, with dark fruit, dark sugar and oak barrell flavors. Very big interpretation of a porter, and a very nice beer. Thanks to marc for this bottle. Where can I get more?

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
I’d been hoping to hang on to this bottle for a bit, but for some reason, it just felt right to crack this out tonight. Maybe I just needed an extra excuse for happiness... Pours out a deep, dark black, utterly impenetrable, with only the slightest cracks seeping out slight ruby reddishness, with a big, blooming, luscious tan head. Aroma: ah! there’s that smokey factor, big, but not too, with cocoa and mocha character as well, very smooth, never a bit bitter at all. Taste: repeats the aroma, smokey character is there, all the way, as well as porter-y qualities in abundant, but not overwhelming supply. Richly roasted, fully flavored, immense in body, very mellow and groovy, with the smoke sitting relaxedly, yet firmly in charge and on top of the palate. As we continue, it settles back, this smokiness, it hangs on the back porch, still wafting it’s effect, but never harshly. After 16 months since the bottling this must be just the height of perfection. There can’t be a thing wrong with this. Fullness, no harshness, yet with a unique flavor that never sticks you wrongly. Yum. Have I said that yet? Yum, and I’ll say it again, yum-my. I’m just gonna sit back and luxuriate in this one. Oh, nice, nicety, niceness!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 3, 2004
Appearance: Deep brown with red highlights a full light brown rocky head and some residual lacing. Aroma: Hops, malt, roasted grains, coffee and some wood (smoked?) background. Taste: Creamy sweetness with an intense hop finish. Coffee and roasted flavors come forth somewhere in the middle and finish. Mouthfeel: Full bodied, smooth, and oily with a biting finish. Lingering hop bitterness prevails. IMHO: A beer with great qualities, but, alas, another over-hopped American take on a great European style

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (3791) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Bottle Pours dark brown.black with a frothy tan head. Aroma is terrific nice rich smokey coffee and dark pitted fruit. Very strong smoked flavor with extra hops as Stone’s description states. The higher ABV is noticeable as well as the coffee flavors and charcoal. Quite bitter actually. Feel is very rich and smooth, thanks to the extra malt. Finish is a bitter charcoal taste that lingers a long time.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - AUG 29, 2004
8/26/04. On draft at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA 8/26/04. Pours a very dark coffee brown, pretty clear. Head is light, sort of a white sandy tan. Fat, lumpy ashen lacing, fast but sandy and nice. Aroma has some chocolate, bright smoke, sweetness, richly luscious, and a bit of unmalted barley. Big round smokiness and dark brown sugar. A touch of burnt sugar, some sharp hops and a touch of alcohol. Dark malts all over the place. Medium body, silky smooth. Finish is long and mean with a touch of brown sugary stickiness creeping in. Very delicious beer, and I wish they would make this on the regular. Much more malt presence and much more complex than their typical smoked porter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorwart (2533) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2004
Thin, light brown head. Roasty aroma with a bit of coffee, smoke and bittersweet chocolate. Color is a dark brown/black. Rich, complex chocolaty flavor. Full bodied. Finish is slightly dry and slightly bitter. A great porter. Thanks to willblake for this great brew.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 23, 2004
Deep dark brownish black, creamy tan head. Awesome nose of expresso, bittersweet chocolate, bitter citrus, leather and light smoke. The taste is a complex blend of blackened chocolate, earth, smoke, with a good hint of Stone’s citric hops to round it out. Full bodied, soft carbonation, dry bitter hop finish. If only there was more....


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