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Stone 6th Anniversary Porter

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RATINGS: 218   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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This special 6th Anniversary release is a "cranked up a notch or three" version of our Stone Smoked Porter. Our Stone Anniversary brews are a chance for our brewers to go a little wild (even more than they do on a daily basis). We added more malt (which brings up the viscosity and raises the abv to 8%), a fatter dose of hops and conditioned on both French and American oak (which contributes a softness to the mouthfeel and a far-off-in-the-distance hint of vanilla).


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6023) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2007
Bottle: Pitch black, tremendous head, heavy beige, foamy, clingy lacing... looks great 4 years later.   Big dry nose of chalky roasted malts and charred wood.   Very rich malt profile, roasty, slight soy, a bit pungent, with noticeable alcohol.   Smokey, but not as much as the Alaskan version.   For being 4 years old, it still has some legs on it!   Moderate to full bodied, mouthfeel is rich yet somewhat moderate.   Lingering smoked malts, stern roastiness, with a little bit of heat.   I think it has settled down a lot, but it still displays a little bite to it.   The Porter aspect was, and still is, overshadowed by the rich smokiness.   Regardless, a very well crafted brew to be able to last four years.   Big thanks to TChrome for this trade!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2007
From a 22oz Bottle. Rootbeer tinged dark brown pour with a thin layer of bubbly tan head. Sweetish, fruity malt character thats taken on a bit of an oxidized port dimension at this time, which is able to successfully impart pleasant impressions of dried strawberries and prune flesh. Quite light on the roast, and the fruity malt flavors are quite dominant. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel. An interesting dry chocolate fudge starts out on the palate, along with a light vanilla mocha chocolate roast. A nice touch of smoked prune fruitiness accompanies before a bitter hop finale. The amount of hop bitterness left in this is quite remarkable given the age; the hops still have some of the pithy white grapefruit character and alpha acid bitterness left over, and havenít succumbed to the overly stale or vegetal state like several other beers from this generation. Interesting brew overall, especially how the hop character seems to have aged a bit more gracefully than the malt, although the malt flavors are still solid. Fruity, somewhat oxidized bouquet with a relatively healthy chocolate malt flavor and bitter hop finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Tim. Thanks! It was in my pre RB days when I last enjoyed this one, and it was a pleasure to return to it again. It has evolved nicely into a smoked old ale, with the chocolate and coffee notes that I recall from a few years ago more muted, and the caramel and toffee flavors more pronounced. Thereís a healthy amount of vanilla and toast to this, with notes of bacon fat on the nose and palate. Its well done, and probably will continue to age gracefully.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kramer (4681) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2006
My 100th Porter rate, thought Iíd make it a special one.
22 oz bottle, via beerguy101. Pours an opaque very dark brown, almost black, under a foamy one finger light brown head. Very good retention and lots of heavy lacing. Aroma is hugely chocolaty with a lighter roast component. Lots of coffee, some licorice, light alcohol, light vanilla, chalk, and some cocoa powder. I didnít get any oak at all, and only found out about it after reading the commercial description. Flavor is a conglometation of roast, burnt malt, alcohol, and very light oxidation. Finishes very dry with alot of chalkiness and some alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a slightly oily texture and moderate soft fizzy carbonation. The mouthcoating finish really lingers on forever. This beer has really hed up wonderfully for being 4 years old. Well worth trying to seek this holy grail out, it didnít disappoint.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Thanks to beerdrenched for supplying this tasty treat, and to vyvvy and thegreenrooster for a great RB tasting. 22oz bottle. Thick and dark brown with mild reddish highlights. Spotty tan head. Plummy, pruny alcohol nose. Cinnamon, anise, cocoa, smokey and musty. Full and slick. Finish is smooth with a mild smokey note. Bitter with a nice burn. Nice retention, but it has apparently mellowed. Still very nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (3081) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Pour is a very dark black with a small tan head. Aroma is woody, smoky and a stong dose of alcohol. Flavor has lots going for it. Lots of caramal and chocolate malts with some toffee and a nice strong amount of hops. Very tasty and warming. Thanks Beerdrenched!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (3603) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Partaken with sneagrams3, thegreenrooster & Beerdrenched - big thanks to Beerdrenched for supplying this rarity. Pours close to black with a good sized rocky dark tan head - quite impressive head for having four years of age on it. The aroma has lots of dark chocolate, cream, rich caramel and some alcohol warmth. Medium body that is somewhat slick with very little carbonation. Taste starts with chocolate malt and a ton of charred roasted malts. The finish has a trace of smoke and a further heaping of dark char that is quite bitter. Excellent brew Iím glad I had the opportunity to experience.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - JUN 13, 2006
22oz bottle shared at Svenís homebrew party, thanks Steven! This poured a deep black with a nice tan head. Magnificent aroma, notes of smoke, dried fruit, and chocolate. I sniffed on this dark beauty for a while anticipating the flavor and it did not disappoint. The smokey notes were present in the flavor as well, more chocolate as well. Roasted malt chewyness to this one. Great full-bodied flavor, wish I had my own bottle to cellar!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrick767 (3394) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2006
bottle from the table at DL day - Thanks to whoever brought this now hard to find beer. The aroma was of strong roasted malt with a touch of smoke. The flavor was of heavy roasted malts with an intense hops balance. The finish was dry and in my opinion a bit off. Unfortunately I think this one is past its prime. Itís good, but I bet a year or two ago it was great.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2006
bottle, at Dickinsonbeerís Pre-TAP gathering, thanks to IMtheOptimator! been wanting to try this for a while now, glad Andrew shared this. dark brown color, gold at edges. dark tan head. smoky malt aroma, dry and smoky flavor. dry malt backbone. my palate was shot after a few barley wines, so I missed out on the more subtle chocolate flavors. ugh, this is a great beer!!


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