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RATINGS: 258   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   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 porterís distinctive smokiness and amplified its chocolate and roast coffee flavors while also adding subtle notes of toffee, cherries, dried berries and vanilla. Weíre proud to give those who missed outóas well as those who didnítóa fresh shot at experiencing this smoky, dark-as-night wonder.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (8698) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 8, 2016
On tap at Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours Near black with a thick tan head and a smoky treacle aroma. There is a complex flavor that includes chocolate, dark molasses, coffee and oak. Quite smoky.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5319) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 7, 2016
Pours black into an English pint. Mocha head with excellent retention recedes leaving sheet lacing. Chocolate and espresso aromas. Dry with sweet milk chocolate upfront turning to pine before the lasting charred pith finish. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (4041) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Draft at Stone Tap House San Diego. Black in color with a nice lasting beige head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, earth, bark, and cherry. The flavor is nice, sweet yet roasty and mildly bitter. Earthy with coffee notes. Medium full bodied, smooth to drink. A good one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
poisoneddwarf (2211) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAY 5, 2016
Bomber from Costco. Aroma is roasty, chocolaty, vanilla, bready, minerals, licorice, light smoke, tobacco/leather. Pours black with a thin beige head that falls after a minute; second pour reveals a nice tan head with excellent retention. Taste is roasty and extremely bitter for style with flavors of licorice, coffee, light smoke; a good belch reveals flavors of green danky hops. Itís good, but it would be better without the aggressive bitterness, but this is Stone after all and to be expected. Edit: the smoke character increases as it warms in the glass.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (9226) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 5, 2016
i tried to hold off beer 9k for the weekend, but the backlog is growing - so I figured a 100th percentile beer from one of my favorite brewers would suffice. Gotta say - donít know what the fuss is about on this one. I figured it would be an oak aged amped up smoked porter, but I like the smoked porter significantly more than this one. Nose is nice - oak, berries, light hops and dark malts. Flavor is overly oaky and finishes very dry. The porter part, and except for a slight aftertaste, the smoke part, are covered up too much. Still a pleasant enough beer, but with faults.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fuzzcro (180) - Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2016
Very impressive porter! Quite flavorful, beautiful appearance...subtle smoke with very clear lively character. I will try to grab another to save for comparison with 7th anniversary... if I can keep from popping it before then.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (3304) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2016
Bottle. Aroma is sweetened coffee with mild chocolate and roast. Tastes like huge charred wood, moderate coffee, light sweetness up front, and a big bitter finish. Mild chocolate and pine too. Thin body but the bigger carb gives it a fuller mouthfeel. Very good porter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2489) - California, USA - MAY 3, 2016
Black pour, tan head, good lace/retention. Aroma is roasted coffee, light chocolate, light hop bitterness. Medium bodied, alcohol hidden well. I donít get any barrel notes here. Good concept and executed well but by todayís standards I donít view this as a 4+/5 porter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
abcfan (883) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2016
Interesting. Pours black with a small tan head. Campfire aroma. Taste is smoke, some cherry and chocolate. Dry, roasted, biting hop finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (5723) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAY 3, 2016
Bottle: Nearly black....with a short tan head. Light chocolate/cocoa powder scent. Taste is bitter.....dark chocolate malt, coffee grounds...a lot of ash......no sweetness..... Strong, dark and bitter elements in this one. Roasty and a little smoky. Dry.....really great.


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