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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2003
Dark brown, tan head. Nose is roast, roast and a little more roast. Expectedly the body is very roasty with licorice conotations. Alcohol is prevalent and finishes with a subtle hoppiness that is barely discernible over the bitter roastiness. The roastiness comes with a touch of mint that is quite welcome. Although I doubt this is very much a porter, I did love the roastiness, I could feel it in my mouth for the next few beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2003
Nice black pour with a dark tan head. Lovely warm chocolate and coffee nose and tones. Really really great. Definitely the best beer we had while on our trip to California.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6937) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 21, 2003
Already very traditional/characteristically landmark of Stone - hopy spruce -juniper aroma. Honestly this brew was not really to the full extend porter like. Not to thick, high oh hops that worked out nicely. Very specific to the West Coast, interesting, different.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pivo (2651) - GERMANY - JAN 21, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2003 Great interpretation of a porter! Strong sweet complex nose dominated by roasted malt, with hints of raisins and even coffee. Jet black color and a foamy tan head with lace. Huge chocolately taste with an espresso finish. Hop character is very present and makes for a long finish. Heavy body, though thinner than I expected. There is a little alcohol in the swallow that washes all the wonderful tastes down. This is like a piece of chocolate cake and a espresso rolled into a beer. Great with (or for?) dessert. Thank you SOOooo much, jcalabre!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
YogiBeera (2558) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2003
Love it, love it love, love it. Yummie mocca, caramel and chocolate (like Choco Nibbs from Scharfenberger) nose. Also alcohol. Nice ozzy black color with a big hazelnutbrown frothy long lasting head. After a while nice brussels laces on the glass - here San Marco laces :-) First you get a chocolate mocca mixture taste, that pricks your tongue, rolls back and explodes with a hopp flower right in you whole mouth. Bang! Tanks so much jcalabre for this brew! It was also quite cool to imagine Larry brewing this stuff - thanks Larry - it was like your spirits are with us while we drunk this beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2003
This was my last taste at alcfron’s and I can hardly read my notes. Creamy chocolate feel with hops present right from the first sniff. What a hoppy porter!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2003
Amazing porter with a big hop kick. Pours black with a 2 inch brown head. Thick roasted coffee and chocolate on the sides of the tongue and a hot stripe of hops right down the middle. The palate seemed extremely creamy - that was unexpected and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (10889) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2003
This was a pleasant surprise on a $28 round-trip cab ride from the Anaheim Mariott to the Hollingshead Deli 4.5 miles away. This is another classic from Stone. Thoroughly black with a nice ruby halo and a medium beige head. Aroma is not as smoky as I remember the Smoked Porter being, it is definitely more subdued. Warm flavor of chocolate, licorice and black cherry. Finish is as smooth a suede. Great stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2002
Great porter! Classic stone flavor, very complex + More hops than average porters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - DEC 26, 2002
9/14/02Pouring thick and nearly black with a decent sized biege head, this porter is big. Promises of bakers chocolate, coffee and pine in the nose, first sip give you all that and more. The stong alcohol powers the flavors of roasted malt, espresso, and hops to all sides of the mouth and expreses a little orange rind and cassis in the finish 12/26/02 Alcohol is fadeing to a dull roar warming the nose while smokeyness has started to come though along with some oak, vannila, and a wonderful grainieness.

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