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RATINGS: 278   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   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.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2003
Very dark, roasty flavor, but too much hop bitterness for this style. Smoked flavor nicely subdued, but a porter shouldn't be this bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2003
Black; decent head with good density; mild choclate notes in the nose. Immediate dark coffee hit. Like sucking on some beans. Nice mouthfeel. Alcohol tastes good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (12924) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 24, 2003
Dark brown body with dense mocha head. Big chocolate aroma, hint of smoke. Taste is quite simply chocolate smoke, much smokier than their regular smoked porter. Very full-bodied -- stoutish. Alcohol burn in swallow. This is a very good beer. Nevertheless, maybe this one is too lurpy, perhaps too vulpine, but whatever the exact reason, I enjoy the regular smoked porter considerably more.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - FEB 22, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2003 Let me see, where do I start? First of all, this thing pours out of the bottle beautifully...dark brown with ruby hints, and a large, thick, creamy tan head. The aroma is huge...bitter hops, smokiness, roasty-toasty. The flavor is twice as big as the aroma...hops galore, alcohol (more so as it warmed), smokiness, and a roasted character. The feel was silky smooth, yet crisp in the finish. This is one of those large beers that I just can't help but love. It is a marvelous creation above and beyond their smoked porter. Beautiful!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrDick (354) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 17, 2003
My favorite porter. Dark, roasted chocolate. And hoppy bitterness that's uncommon for a porter. Can taste the smoke rolling off your tongue.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Racegoer (354) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2003
22 oz Bomber right in to the glass with am impressive lace and an absolute smell of perfection. dark , really dark. Smoky rich and malty are what comes to mind after the first few sips.Thick rich palate perfectley accompanies the malty oak complexity of this Porter.Flavours of hops, homemade bread,German chocolate cake, and triple shot latte,Ends somewhat salty and still a definite top 50 beer.Robust is the signature of this Porter, this beer came straight from Mr.ArrogantBastard, Thanks Greg you have another winner here, Extremely Recommended !

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
document (36) - USA - FEB 7, 2003
I like the beer. But I agree, perhaps a bit too hoppy. For perfection, anyway. It's well matched by a huge roasted maltiness, and by the end of the bottle, with the concomittent softening of brain cells, I have very warm feelings for the drink. No grim reaper, but maybe a ride with ET on his bicycle through the fields of hop flowers, before landing in a burnt grain silo. Worth cracking open.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9063) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2003
UPDATED: APR 27, 2005 The Grim Reaper with his problem-solving, grassy hop sickle gradually shears the skin off of your tongue...Almost all you can feel in a few minutes is powdery chalk...The flowers he graciously hands you for grieving (yet with a big, teethless grin) are dry, bitter/sour and bereft of perfumed petals...But to make this experience bearable (he’s a classy dude after all), he covers you in aromatic, sweet chocolates and the GrimMother’s clove-laden molasses...An incredible experience, but not to be lived too often...

A 2 1/2-year-old bottle showed some more balance between the fragrant/bitter hoppiness and the roasted malt/molasses. Not as intense, but as enjoyable, nourishing and well-brewed.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2003 this beer is difficult for me to rate. very attractive - almost black with reddish hints. however it seemed over hopped and a little strong for a porter. don't get me wrong, though, I thought it tasted quite good, just not what I expected

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2003
Very very roasty porter with creamy chocolate hints. Along the lines of Fuller's London Porter, but to put it simply, moreso in every regard. However, strengthening beers does not always make them better and I think something is lost occasionally in the translation. This beer was a dark, dark brown with tinges of ruby amber. Small but substantial head. Flavor was primarily chocolate and raisins (raisinettes?) with tinges of smoke here and there.


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