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RATINGS: 331   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zoucrew102 (1333) - - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2007
From a 22oz Bottle. Rootbeer tinged dark brown pour with a thin layer of bubbly tan head. Sweetish, fruity malt character thats taken on a bit of an oxidized port dimension at this time, which is able to successfully impart pleasant impressions of dried strawberries and prune flesh. Quite light on the roast, and the fruity malt flavors are quite dominant. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel. An interesting dry chocolate fudge starts out on the palate, along with a light vanilla mocha chocolate roast. A nice touch of smoked prune fruitiness accompanies before a bitter hop finale. The amount of hop bitterness left in this is quite remarkable given the age; the hops still have some of the pithy white grapefruit character and alpha acid bitterness left over, and havenít succumbed to the overly stale or vegetal state like several other beers from this generation. Interesting brew overall, especially how the hop character seems to have aged a bit more gracefully than the malt, although the malt flavors are still solid. Fruity, somewhat oxidized bouquet with a relatively healthy chocolate malt flavor and bitter hop finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ordybill (1302) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUL 5, 2016
Poured from a 22 Oz bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a pitch black presentation with a tan colored head. The aroma was chocolate, malt and coffee. The taste was a smooth rendition of the aroma. An outstanding beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - OCT 29, 2002
Attractive color, meaty smokey aroma, with plenty of hops as well. Coming out of the beer fridge (50F) I am met by a powerful meaty smokiness. The fact that this is hoppier and bigger than the regular smoked porter is very evident. Even cellar temp is not warm enough for this beer. As the beer is not warm enough at 50F for the sweet malts to balance the meaty smokiness. As it nears room temperature, it really comes into its own. Bigger than the regular smoked porter, yes, better, yes, but not a lot.

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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jflopsu (1186) - 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.


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