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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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2002
I like this one alot. Dark brown in color, the aroma had both a strong smell of malt and hops. The taste is similiar to the aroma, well balanced between the sweetness of the malt and the bitterness of the hops. Itís an excellent beer folks.

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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 3, 2002
Black as night with a frothy mocha head. Intensely full bodied, rich chocolate malt flavor with a hint of a smokey-coffee flavor. A bitter (hop) aftertaste. My favorite porter to date.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2003
Tan head, almost black color. Foamy head. Malty aroma, alcohol detected, sweet and strong smell. Flavor is slightly smokey, with strong, malty flavor. Strong alcohol aftertaste. Not for the weak. Very excellent.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2007
C-bus7. Light malt and oxidation in the aroma. Dark brown body with a medium palate. Light chocolate and tons of oxidation on this one. It is definitely past its prime.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 6, 2003
Pours real dark colour. Big light creamy tan head. Fruity roasted nose. Creamy texture, subtle smoke, caramel, roasted coffee, dark chocolate. Medium to full bodied brew. Hops are overpowering but mesh well with the lingering smokiness all the way through. Light vanilla like they say. Im impressed. Very drinkable, lots of texture and flavor. A very nice brew, I wish I had some more!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - APR 30, 2006
Thanks to goldtwins for sending this one my way. Shared at the Pre-Tap gathering. Poured jet black with a small off-white head. Aroma is roasty coffee, chocolate, and some butteriness. Flavor is quite smoky with strong notes of coffee and chocolate. Good deep flavor and the smokiness works with it nicely. Though Iím not a huge porter fan, I enjoyed it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jflopsu (1163) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2016
Pours a dark black with light brown. A smoky aroma, grain, and chocolate aroma. A strong smoky taste with chocolate and roasted malts. A lingering smoky aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtw (1153) - 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!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2006
sampled at the Dark Lord Release Party. poured a deeo dark black. aroma & flavors of chocolate, coffee, more chocolate and a hint of smoke. delicious porter!


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