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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9137) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 Black with brown head. Smokey aroma containing coffe, milk, and caramel. This stuff is fairly rich, very hopped with a large smoked chocolate character. Harsh on the palate, but nicely balanced with the sweet smokey chocolate and coffee flavor.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (9133) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 8, 2016
On tap at Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours Near black with a thick tan head and a smoky treacle aroma. There is a complex flavor that includes chocolate, dark molasses, coffee and oak. Quite smoky.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (9007) - Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2016
Draft at Dutch’s. Pours dark brown to black in color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, mild smokey character, chocolate, earthy bitterness, hint of berries, this is a solid revisiting of what was a very good beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (8399) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 8, 2016
What a nice return. Bomber. Pours a dark brown color with a large beige head. A big sweet malty chocolate and mint nose. Creamy. The flavor is big bitter roast, chocolate, minerals, cherry. Awesome big beer. This is right down my alley.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Desverger (8293) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2016
Tap@The Bishops Arms Savoy, Malmö, Sweden (13/08/2016 Colin visit Day2) - pours black with a tan head. Roasted and sweet malty aroma and taste, with chocolate, some coffee, caramel, vanilla, roasted finish. Lovely.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (8178) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 9, 2016
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Roasted and moderate smoked malts, some chocolate sweetness, and lingering charred bitterness. Fine.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2016
This cool 22oz encore bomber pours with a deep mahogany colored body that supports a thin tan head of foam. The aroma offers up roasty malts, a bit of burnt malts, some molasses like sweetness and then a faint dark fruity ester sensation. The taste is nice and bold and integrated with roasty malts, burnt malts, chocolate malts, a woody spicy maltiness and then this gets sweetened up some by a malty slightly molasses like sweetness. This has firm malt roastiness and then toward the finish picks up slivers of sweet dark fruity esters to add just that little extra something. A few more sips and it feels like there’s a faint sense of smokiness going on as well. Solid robust porter. So glad it was brewed again.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Bottle thanks to the great people at the Bruery tasting. Pours with a dark brown body with no head. Aroma of dark fruits, tar, figs, caramel, dates, chocolate, oak and nuts. Taste of nuts, yeast, chocolate, and oak. Syrupy mouthfeel and light carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (7675) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - AUG 8, 2016
Tap at Hair of the Dog, Bangkok. Poured a clear dark brown with a frothy off white head. The aroma is light smoke, roasty malt, light caramel. The flavour is moderate liqourice bitter with a big hop bitter, liqourice, light smooth alcohol, light dry coffee, spicy smoke palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Amazing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7579) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2016
Draft at SB. Imperial Porter rating #100 (until they arbitrarily re-classify another one, which is bound to happen...) and it’s hard to imagine a better choice for a milestone rate within the style. Was always a classic. Pours an opaque matte black with a dense and creamy tan head that sticks around pretty much for the duration. Big dark chocolate, campfire, roast, toasty black bread crust, and coffee nose. Pretty much all the goodness you would expect from a rich thick dark beer with a heavy malt base. Creamy thick body with moderate soft carb. Roasty, chocolatey, coffee-ish mid palate with hints of campfire. Beautiful balance of sweet, smoky, dry, roasty, and accenting characteristics. Great stuff.


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