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RATINGS: 354   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
heemer77 (5294) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 18, 2016
Bomber. Deep brown with a reddish tint at the edge. A medium khaki head. Nose of cocoa and bits of cola. There is also some wood. Flavors of caramel and coffee are accented with barrel character. There is also some chocolate. Very smooth body with barely noticeable alcohol.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hman43 (1156) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2016
It pours a deep, dark brown with a brown head that is quite full. It has aromas of roast, nuts, plums, raisin, and smoke. The flavors and complex and quite full. There are smokey and nutty flavors with roasted malts. It also has dark fruit flavors of plum and some fruity hops. There are also hints of coffee. It has a full feel that is on the light side that is extremely smooth. Overall it is a very complex blend of malts and fruit flavors with smoke.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (1932) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 17, 2016
Bottle from CostCo of all places. A: Pitch black, cappuccino head, lacing. N: Peppercorn, coffee, earth, baker’s chocolate, vanilla, roast, and burnt biscuit. Noticeable pine, some grapefruit from the hops, and an intense amount of wood. T: Quite bitter, very roasty, decently sweet. M: Medium body, no alcohol, fizzy carbonation. O: Like a ramped up version of Black Butte Porter. Very spicy with an African coffee quality. But the oak detracts because there’s too much of it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mrnoluv (302) - long beach, California, USA - JUN 16, 2016
Light cocoa, coffee, heavy pepper smell, look light is a dark, muddy black, taste is smokey, peppery, charcoal, bitter after the swallow, hint of sweetness. I wish it had a little more sweetness to mellow the strong pepper/bitter coffee notes. Good beer, but could use a little more ABV, would be much better at around 10 ABV.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (3930) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 15, 2016
Bottle from Albertsons. Just about the time I convince myself I’m not that keen on porters, along comes a beauty like this to restore my faith in the style. Milky brown pour with creamy beige head. Aroma leads you into some roast malts, earthy, peaty scents. Taste kicks it up a notch, adding a nice sharp bitterness from the roast grains, with subtle hints of chocolate. Excellent mouthfeel and finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
brokensail (16053) - Dublin, California, USA - JUN 15, 2016
Bottle @ The Greenwald Residence. Thanks, Jake. Cola colored beer with a khaki head. Intense smoke and roasted malts. Kind of meaty, which is off-putting to me. At least some dark fruits like raisin, black cherry, and plum. Certainly some of those typical roasty notes, coffee, and dark chocolate as well. Actually comes off a little bit acidic as well. Just not a fan of this one.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
odinstyr (741) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2016
Pours a medium cola brown with a foamy tan head. Smells of smoke, bread, dark fruit, floral hops. Taste is sweet at moderately bitter - smoky, oaky, cocoa

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zoucrew102 (1376) - - JUN 10, 2016
Bomber. Roasted malt aroma with chocolate, smoke, cherry, coffee and toffee. Pours dark brown with a large light brown head that has excellent retention and good lacing. Starts with roasted malt and chocolate flavors and has a rich body and smooth mouthfeel. Finishes smooth with toffee, coffee, cherry and nice smoke that lingers on the palate after. Nice, rich porter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3837) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2016
Bottle of the re-release picked up at Hop City Birmingham but enjoyed in TN. Dark brown pour with a big, foamy tan head. Dark malt and chocolate in the aroma with a faint whiff of hops. Big porter flavor of dark malt but also aggressively hopped. A fairly "American imperialized" take on a porter. Good and the hops mellow out into some rich milk chocolate as it warms. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OrthoDoc (185) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2016
A smooth, easy drinking porter. Medium to light mouthfeel, no alcohol detected, notes of mainly roasted malts with a little coffee. Didn't get much chocolate. An above average beer but they are better ones out there with more complexity (founders porter comes to mind). ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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