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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).


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Mysteriously dark brown and wafting with enticing aromas. In-fricken-credible mouthfeel; intensely rich and rewarding, with a chocolaty texture. Big notes of dark chocolate and lesser notes of peat, wood, smoke, coffee cake, milk and brown sugar. The teeter-totter is steady and level, with bitter hops and dark chocolate on one end and a syrupy sweetness on the other. The perfect hint of alcohol and a healthy amount of hops (but definitely not overdone) round it out. Oh, man, great beer! Thanks, Dave!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3387) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2004
Very dark, thick beer from the bottle. Creamy tan head that reduced to an oil slick that left nice lace. This is a delicious beer, two years later. Complex nose of burnt brown sugar, ripe plums, figs, molassess and wood. Very smooth, thick mouthfeel. Very subtle smoke, almost like the whisps of a dying fire. Very malty, with dark fruit, dark sugar and oak barrell flavors. Very big interpretation of a porter, and a very nice beer. Thanks to marc for this bottle. Where can I get more?

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Finally got to try this. Sean contributed this to his own tasting and hot damn I was psyched to try it. Pours black with a tan ring. Nose is smokey malty with a tiny bit of band aid. Taste is quite smoky with chocolate and malty characteristics. Very very nice, quite good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3333) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Sampled from a bomber. Pours to an excellently lacing ultra dark red body with a thin beige head. The aroma is roasted chocolate malts and smoke and spruce. The flavor is roasted, smokey, chocolate, grassy hops. The palate was nice and smooth. This one aged nicely.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2009
Bottle shared by EDA as part of a complete vertical. Nice complex porter, but the body has thinned significantly over the years, and I can’t imagine this is even close to its prime anymore. Tobacco and chocolate aroma, mint, vanilla ice cream, with nice complexity. Bittersweet, deep brown flavor, covered by some wet dog and other oxidized notes.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3220) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - OCT 15, 2003
22oz bomber-Well, i finally decided to crack this puppy open the other night. I cracked it open and the aroma was huge-i could smell it 5 feet away! it poured with a light beige head with large bubbles in the head-dissapeared fast-Very dark for a porter. Robust palate full of chocolate, coffee, roasted notes, vanilla, molassis, and a hint of smoke(very little)-think and rich. alcohol was detected, especially when the brew was colder, but it did not diminish the palate of the brew. hops are subtle, maybe due to the year old bottle. awesome finish-long lasting! Can we say Imperial porter? This is the best porter i have had to date! (while drinking this brew, i was watching VH1 classic and they played 2 classic Genesis videos-"Thats all" and "Mama"-so bad ass!!!)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2004 #300, I saved for something good and local. (Thanks Whaleman). Black pour with minimal head. All roasted malt, coffee and bitter hops taste. A very good Anniversary beer. Excited about #8.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 1, 2007
22oz bottle, generously shared by wetherel at the pre-BA Alesmith Release Wait and Taste. Thanks, John! Pours a dark, cola brown color; light tan head with patchy lacing. Dense, nougat and caramel in the aroma; milk chocolate and only mild oxidation; very well stored. Very dense, chewy mouthfeel: smoky / roasted malts and chocolate upfront; soft at first, before the smoke and roasted malts hit, with chewy dark chocolate and an intense chewiness and density; excellent, smoke-infused porter, without too much smoke or too little; lengthy, roasted malts and smoke and dry chocolate finish. Excellent.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (3159) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Pour is a very dark black with a small tan head. Aroma is woody, smoky and a stong dose of alcohol. Flavor has lots going for it. Lots of caramal and chocolate malts with some toffee and a nice strong amount of hops. Very tasty and warming. Thanks Beerdrenched!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3116) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Thanks to MRomero548 for this one. Opaque black pour with a deep tan head. Aroma is sweet malt with some roast and a bit of chocolate. The palate is smooth, delivering a well balanced flavor that has some roasty bitterness, sweet malt and maybe s touch of smoke. This is probably at it’s peak, age wise, but certainly not done yet.


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