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RATINGS: 254   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   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 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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dalekliz (907) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Sampled at Sean and Ryan’s tasting party. Poured a deep dark reddish-brown. Huge aroma of malt and oak, and a bit of smoke. Taste starts sweet and then shifts into a big smokiness, with a bit of an alcohol bite. Lingering smokiness. Very tasty porter.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3365) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Finally got to try this. Sean contributed this to his own tasting and hot damn I was psyched to try it. Pours black with a tan ring. Nose is smokey malty with a tiny bit of band aid. Taste is quite smoky with chocolate and malty characteristics. Very very nice, quite good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2008
I was cleaning out the cellar and ran across this gem,it was dark and thick with a nice chocolate and coffee flavor with some lingering smoke flavor,ABV is well hidden and flavor is smooth as silk.CHEERS!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JAN 28, 2008
Bottle at Stone Winter Storm. Super dark brown, almost black color. Very little carbonation. Thick, rich, creamy beer. Flavor is strong on the coffee and chocolate. Very good. Stone should really consider bringing this back.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Bottle at Stone Winter Storm. Dark brown with no head. Strong chocolate and roasty aroma. Wonderful chocolate and drip coffee taste wit a smooth roasty finish

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2007
Pours a hazy brown color with a small brown head. Aroma is smoky, woody, and vanilla. Flavor is woody, vanilla, smoky, and a light bitter finish.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 16, 2007
Pours dark brown with some sparse tan to light brown bubbles. Smells of chocolate, molasses, some underlying smoky hints, a nice balance of bitterness and some dark fruit. Tastes of nuts, dark chocolate, touches of coffee, some nice fruity elements and a nice balance of roastiness with hints of smoke. One of the best porters I have had. I wish this was a regular release or that I at least had another bottle of it!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2007
22 oz. bottle shared by wetherel at the BA Alesmith release. Thanks man! Poured a dark brown color with a thin light tan head. Thin lacing. Aroma was roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor had was much of the same with some faint vanilla hidden in there. Very smooth mouthfeel. Medium body. Still a very good beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 1, 2007
22oz bottle, generously shared by wetherel at the pre-BA Alesmith Release Wait and Taste. Thanks, John! Pours a dark, cola brown color; light tan head with patchy lacing. Dense, nougat and caramel in the aroma; milk chocolate and only mild oxidation; very well stored. Very dense, chewy mouthfeel: smoky / roasted malts and chocolate upfront; soft at first, before the smoke and roasted malts hit, with chewy dark chocolate and an intense chewiness and density; excellent, smoke-infused porter, without too much smoke or too little; lengthy, roasted malts and smoke and dry chocolate finish. Excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1860) - Cupertino, California, USA - SEP 29, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2007 Bottle bought at Stone’s secret release at Pizza Port bottle shop a few weeks ago, and shared with RB+ gang at Alesmith release. Pretty good for a 5yr old beer. Roasted grains have nicely mellowed. Small bubble carbonation. Black color. Some caramelized malt. Very little oxidation. Nice level of smokiness, not overpowering, but not too mild either.


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