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RATINGS: 331   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 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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Luvystypotables (1612) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2016
Aroma reminiscent of an IPA hoppy with a hint of smoke. Pours a dark black color with a thin head. A taste of smoke and hops with a medium body and a bitter hops finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChainGangGuy (4772) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 4, 2016
22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Bullockís Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia. Bottled on: 04/11/16. Appearance: Slips out a very dark brown body capped with an airy-looking, two inch-high layer of tan-hued foam. Smell: A hoppy vibe of curt citrus and slackened resins atop the subtly smoke of the ashen, blackened malt. Taste: Espresso edged malty roastiness with a light acrid, slightly astringent soot element. Minor dark fruitiness. Itís firmly hoppy, playing up tastes of grapefruit and resins, overshadowing the malts, but, given the seemingly harsh roastiness of it, perhaps thatís just as well. Moderately bitter. Earthy, dry undercurrent of oak wood. Hops remain abundant into the finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. Overall: Wasnít a fan.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsporrer (627) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2016
Pours a dark brown with a huge foamy tan head. Light aroma of roasted malts. Roasted malts flavor and a tad bitter. Flavor isnít as bold as I expected. Also not as rich and creamy as it looks. Still pretty enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12245) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2016
Keg at BD Soho. It pours jet black with a sturdy tan head. The aroma is rich roasted malt, smoke, tobacco, peppery spice, chocolate cake, earth, mocha coffee and a touch of vanilla toffee. The taste is rather bitter upfront, rich roasted malt, charred wood, cacao nibs, resin, coffee grounds, some dull smoke, tobacco, spice and some dark plummy fruit in the background. The finish is dry and bitter and lingers like a bastard. Full body and moderate, foamy carbonation. Perhaps a bit too full-on even, but itís good fun and challenging to drink.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Smithld1 (191) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2016
Half. Brewdog. Licorice, smoke, bitterness. Really good stuff. Doesnít smell too intense but tastes great.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
monk191 (1734) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 30, 2016
A very good beer overall. Pours a beautiful deep ball with a white head. Smells of vanilla, chocolate and mint. Taste is thick and smooth, with vanilla, followed by chocolate and mint, and a hoppy finish. Had on tap at Bailey's Taproom.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (17162) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2016
On tap at BrewDog Shepherds Bush as Stone 6th Anniversary Porter. Black beer lasting tan head. Big dark chocolate aroma. Itís a porter with chocolate then a bit thin as it goes on then a lot of dryness and bitterness. Not sure what to make of it. I like the aroma and mouthfeel amd the poise of the beer but itís weird as well. Oily tarry. Too intense maybe. Too tight. It needs to relax. Finish lacks finesse.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmoreau (3628) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2016
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co. and snifter served showing a black/brown hue with some amber highlighting, a presentable layer of tan head foam, and sheeting, wavy spray to the lacing. The nose was a roasted, mocha blend of coffee & cocoa, some hints of dark fruit, and decent maltiness. Medium bodied, with okay carbonation, the taste added a very pronounced, roasted, peppery, earthy, rind, & char-like bitterness that lingered past the finish. Too much bite, low drinkability, and difficult to finish.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (14059) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2016
On tap at Baileyís, pours a deep dark reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma brings out a lot of tart vinous notes, a little perfume and some peated malt - strange nose. Flavour reveals a ton of peated malt upfront - mixed with the barrels, it gives off a weird perfumey, varnish-like quality which isnít pleasing. Some stale coffee grounds as well. Iím surprised at the high ratings for this; either that, or this keg is off. Not a fan.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (16660) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2016
Keg at BD Sheps Bush, 27/06/16. Light black with a decent beige cap. Nose is roast malt, light spice, discernible hop presence, subtle smoke, charr. Taste comprises light coffee grinds, earthy hop, cocoa powder, very light smoke, dark fruit rinds, toffee, pinch of black pepper. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Decent porter.


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