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RATINGS: 227   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (10731) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2005
Tasted as part of a vertical including the 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th Anniversary beer (big thanks to egadzis!). Poured a dark black with red tinges at the edges with a smaller tan head. Aromas of smoke, chocolate and roasted malts. Real nice smokey aroma. Tastes of chocolate and roasted malts.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Very much stout like. Big roast and mocha beer with nice smoke and bittersweet cocoa. Viscous and huge mouthfeel. some oak and vanilla notes with burnt raisins and toffee. Good finish nice mild malt bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 7, 2005
22 oz bottle, snifter. Deep roasty chocolate is the first aroma I encounter. Smoke, spicey hops and the protypical porter "tang" come across next. Molasses, caramel, toffee, whisky aromas all play a smaller role. Deep cola black-brown body with hints of ruby is topped by a moderately sized, frothy tan head. Flavor starts moderately sweet with a slight bitterness. The taste experience rounds out with a gianty dry tang, light sweetness, light acidity, and moderate bitterness. Medium-full body, oily texture and slightly below average carbonation. The bottom line is: Flavor doesnít have the complexity of the aroma, but this is still a solid offering...perhaps more out right drinkability than the regular smoked porter. Thanks Whaleman!!!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Another nice porter...Black appearance with tan head. Flavors mostly of roasted malts and a hint of smoke, with dark fruits detectable as it warmed. Thanks, Springslicker!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3374) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Thanks to MRomero548 for this one. Opaque black pour with a deep tan head. Aroma is sweet malt with some roast and a bit of chocolate. The palate is smooth, delivering a well balanced flavor that has some roasty bitterness, sweet malt and maybe s touch of smoke. This is probably at itís peak, age wise, but certainly not done yet.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2005
GABF 2004, in somebodyís hotel room. After hearing so much praise for this beer (and witnessing the paroxysims of joy when whoever brought it--Chris?--unleashed it), I must conclude that I just donít enjoy smoked beers. This is the best one Iíve ever had, but the overall rating suffers because I donít like the style (mostly affected the smell, but the flavor a little too). Black with some hints of ruby in the less-opaque parts, a lighter head than I would expect. Good level of roast, good level of vanilla sweetness, the smokiness was noticable but thankfully understated, full mouthfeel and creamy, long finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtw (1150) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2005
dark ruby brown, essentially black. very sweet (TONS of malt) and warming aroma, lightly hoppy and yeasty. very neutral flavor, less roasty than most porters, but it feels very smooth and silky. this is an awesome porter, seems softer than most. thanks secret santa!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kevin (2185) - New Mexico, USA - JAN 9, 2005
Pours a creamy black with a light tan head. alcohol and dark fruit and chocolate nose that is a bit musty. taste is a nice chocolate roast with an almost unnoticeable hop level. finish has a touch of metallic but also a nice roasted coffee and vanilla flavor. Thanks for sharing TChrome

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Pour is black with a thin tan head...smell is alcohol, smoke, vanilla, coffee...taste is coffee and alcohol...rich mouthfeel...cocoa came out as it warmed...much tastier than the regular porter...Thanks Tchrome!!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Very good porter. Pours a deep garnet with a thick tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee, some smoke, hints of nuts. Full-bodied and a smooth, creamy feeling in the mouth. Robust. Flavor is like a hazelnut roast coffee with just a touch of sweetness. Excellent.


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