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Stone 6th Anniversary Porter

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RATINGS: 218   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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This special 6th Anniversary release is a "cranked up a notch or three" version of our Stone Smoked Porter. Our Stone Anniversary brews are a chance for our brewers to go a little wild (even more than they do on a daily basis). We added more malt (which brings up the viscosity and raises the abv to 8%), a fatter dose of hops and conditioned on both French and American oak (which contributes a softness to the mouthfeel and a far-off-in-the-distance hint of vanilla).


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2003
pours black with red around the bottom of the glass. aroma is of hops chocolate coffee, and toffee. this really is just a cranked up version of the smoked porter. same flavors just more, and more of an alcohol warming feeling, yet still pretty smooth, and very soft mouthfeel. as in the first i'm really not getting any smoke flavor but oh well I still throughly enjoyed this beer too bad i only have one bottle :(

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2002
Great porter! Classic stone flavor, very complex + More hops than average porters.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAME (160) - California, USA - APR 5, 2007
Bottle shared by LBHH, thanks Glenn. Pours a dark soy sauce with little to no head. Aroma was very hoppy for a porter, but well balanced and driven by smokiness, with hints of dark fruit, cordial cherries, and roasted malts, finished off by a good kick of alcohol. The body is thin, but creamy. Flavor is nice, with lots of smoky malt presence and a port like fruit character.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2004
Big, hearty aroma of roasted dark and chocolate malt, alcohol and hops. Color is very very dark, but not quite opaque. Good carbonation with a tight, tight tan head that almost looks as if it was poured from a nitro tap! Flavor profile is big and malty! Lots of roasted malt bitterness up front, followed by a smooth creaminess that balances it out nicely. A little smoke in the middle, but not huge, but that's ok. Big body and mouthfeel. Coats the mouth. Finish is slightly hoppy and a little warming. Some wood notes in the finish as well which are very nice. This is a well made beer!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
morebier4me (140) - New York, USA - SEP 14, 2002

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - SEP 1, 2002
a beautiful blaqck color small smell of roasted malts, first sip smooth large dose of chocolate,finnish with a nice smokiness hopp are perfectly balnced perfectlyrepresented

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - NOV 28, 2002
Interesting beer. Not exactly what I was expecting from a íporterí, but hell, letís be free thinkers and enjoy (or not) the beer for what it is. Given the good ratings, I was kind of disappointed. Interesting, yes. Subtle, no. The beer is nearly opaque, with a nice nose of tannins, raspberries, hops, smoke/peat, and juniper, among other things. It has a beautiful, persistent, and fluffy head with nice legs. The flavor is overpowering; an intensely bitter, yeasty, smoky melange. More tannins, with the mouthfeel of an imperial stout. Finishes -- you guessed it -- bitter. Interesting beer but a little young and wild for this old man. It might age well.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - SEP 15, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2003 This beer is excellent. It just tastes good all the way around. Looks beautiful in a big tall pint mug, perfect amount of carbonations, and a taste that combines lots of roasted grains, dark malt, and finishes with a generous amount of hops. If I could make a plea to Stone, it would be to make this Arrogant Porter year round. Then I would ask them to fund a charitable organization to further R&D in the area of training "Monkey Butlers." If we all pitch in, this dream could someday become a reality. Now I'll drink(~9 beers) to that!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 3, 2003
Sometimes you want a porter with a slight kick and this one provides. Beautiful dark chocolate coloring. Roasted grains and chocolate on the nose. Hops are noticeable but don't detract from the porter characteristics.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rich42 (128) - USA - OCT 25, 2002
soot black, moderate smoke. little bit of licorice, maybe a touch of black fruit. ample hop bitterness for a porter. some alchohol flavor. revised: upgraded rated a little. came around a bit / flavors seemed more integrated as it warmed up. this beer should be served very close to room temperature - maybe 65F. UPDATE: having a bottle at 68F - seems considerably more balanced / upgraded rating. This beer was clearly engineered for room temperature consumption. Donít even try unless itís 60F or warmer.


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