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RATINGS: 355   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2010
Stone Brewing Company--Stone 6th Anniversary Porter--2002 Release--22 oz. Bottle-8.01% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Porter--Imperial--Rich tight lacy espresso head. Dark opaque black color. Very roasted tangy earthy rich hop front. Rich burnt smoky earthy grainy hot sweet espresso body. Amped Smoked Porter. Mild sediment. Rich hot hop end. Sampled 9/6/2003.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
The aroma was intense. Huge chocolate hits the nose. Some smoke as well and a little bit of alcohol. Maybe some dark fruits in there as well. Nice... This was one HUGE porter. The hops definately died down from the aging. This was the first tasting but it just seemed like the hops were not well pronounced but well hidden and balanced. Nice. Huge coffee flavor with some suddle chocolate and dark fruits. Alcohol was well hidden but still apparent. Very smooth and drinkable with a fantastic mouthfeel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1863) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zymurgeist2 (1853) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUN 4, 2016
Bomber to tulip. Smoky malt with slight mint backing. A little peatty. Deep brownish red with light brown head that retains well. Taste is chocolate and moderate high smoke. Rich, well rounded mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2003
#400! Pours a very dark brown with nice ruby edges no head really or lace. Coffee and chocolate are dominating the nose here. Some alcohol lingers under that as well. Some fruit as well. Mmm, smokey. Again with the chocolate and roast malts underneath the smoke. Very smooth palate and medium bodied. This is a damn fine beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jaymobrown (1840) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2003
Dark, chocolate, smoked nose with a chocolate colored head. Roasted dark malt and chocolate flavors at first and then amazingly turns into a nice smoke flavor. Slight bitterness. Really long finish that sticks to the mouth. Vanilla sweetness in the nose. Excellently crafted.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (1836) - California, USA - APR 27, 2016
22oz bottle pours a black color with white head. Smooth smokey maltiness. Lots of hops that bland in nicely.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 23, 2015
2003 Bottle: Enjoyed in 2015, this baby has held up well. Aroma of malts, tanginess. Flavors of mellow chocolate, smoke, and some bitter fruit. Sweet and smoky aftertaste. Thanks Indiana_Red for pulling this out of the cellar.

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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 29, 2007
(sample tasted in line @ the ba alesmith release)dark brown with a light brown head.wonderful aroma of brown sugar,molasses,oak,and chocolate.the flavor blends up the aroma with some heavy smoke and some vanilla.i like it but i think the smoke overpowered it a bit.


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