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RATINGS: 312   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tekstr1der (345) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 14, 2016
Smoky for sure, as others have noticed, maybe too so. Pours a majestic black with finger of "looks nitro" head made from the tinniest of bubbles. Aroma is smoke. Expected, but he flavor is just too much of a single thing, some malt there making an appearance, but bitter/sour smokiness dominating. Finish is carried over and rough.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
furthur (849) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - MAY 14, 2016
Bottle, black beer, big cream colored head, amazing lace. Aroma is chocolate, some metal, raisin and fig, dust, and flowers (really, I swear!). Taste is vanilla, coffee, citrus rind, sprucy hops (because this is stone), and bergamot (again?), hint of smoke. Palate is creamy, carbonation almost nitro.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorkenstein (395) - - MAY 13, 2016
Aromas of faintly citric hops and roasted malts. Taste is faint citric hops, charred malts, chocolate, and coffee.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4483) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2016
22 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 4/6/2016. Pours very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky kahki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood smoke, dark bread, toasted oak, nuttiness, caramel, toffee, light char/vanilla, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, raisin, plum, cherry, berry, herbal, floral, and roast/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/smoked malt, citrus/earthy hops, oak, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood smoke, dark bread, toasted oak, nuttiness, caramel, toffee, light char/vanilla, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, raisin, plum, cherry, berry, herbal, floral, and roast/smokey earthiness. Moderate amount of roast/char and pine hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood smoke, dark bread, toasted oak, nuttiness, caramel, toffee, char, orange peel, pine, herbal, and roast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/smoked malt, citrus/earthy hops, oak, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance and zero astringent flavors lingering after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast/hop bitterness, that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy, and moderately sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent smoked Baltic porter style! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/smoked malt, citrus/earthy hops, oak, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. This is definitely hoppy for the style while fresh, but not overdone; and has a lot of great classic Baltic porter complexities. A very enjoyable offering.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (8903) - 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 (5409) - 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 (4106) - 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 (2249) - 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 (9651) - 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 (209) - 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.


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