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RATINGS: 258   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2005
Bottled. Brown coloured. Very hoppy aroma and flavour for a porter. Pleasant notes of pine in the flavour. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (5100) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 15, 2016
22 ounce bottle. Pours almost black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, fruit, and smoke. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, berries, and some smoke. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Bomber from EDA at the RNH Charity event. THis used to be one of the best Porters, and while it still has held up nicely and drinks fine now, it has passed its peak a couple years ago by now. Pours a nice deep dark charcoal brownish black with a medium foamy head- some lace. Aroma is toffee, nutty big dark chocolates, earth some leather staleness creeping in with some chocolate covered cherries as it warms. Flavor is black forrest cake, chocolate, fruity esters, cherries, slight slaty oxidation, with sherry hints, and meaty- hints of roast and smoke, good dry toast in the end and still a smooth finish. Still real nice, but fading.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CapFlu (5074) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2003
(Bottle) Similar to the Smoked Porter but I found more hops in the nose. Little head and near opaque body. Hoppy flavour for a smoked. Good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (4720) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2016
Tap. Black with small head. Roasty dark chocolate, light coffee. A bit of dark fruit. Dry hoppy bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajnepple (4702) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2016
22 oz bottle shared, purchased at Bullfrog Wine & Spirits. Black appearance with lacy dark tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, piney hops, charred oak, light coffee and a hint of smoke. Similar flavor, quite roasty with medium to heavy bitterness. Medium body with a dry feel and a lingering bitter finish. It gets better as it warms, but it’s almost too bitter to enjoy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 3, 2005
Very strong orange-pine hop nose with noticable roasted malts and doughy sweet malts. Opaque brown with fine-bubbled cover and ring of tan head. Chocolate and roasty malt flavours balance nicely with the assertive hop character. Very dry and well-attenuated medium body with moderate carbonation that tickles the tongue. Bottle enjoyed with Lubiere, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Yowie.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Sample at the Philadelphia gathering, July 10. Wow, cool, someone had this, now I don’t have to trade for it...except I really liked it and want more than the tiny dregs of the bottle I got. I don’t know why this isn’t still listed as "smoked", the aroma on this thing is pure barbecue, sausage and Virginia ham and just a bit of spicy coffee, wonderful. In the flavor: vanilla, smoky malts, light finishing bitterness which grows much stronger when warm; sugar strong but subdued under the meat. Awesome.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4309) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2016
22 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 4/6/2016. Pours very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky kahki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood smoke, dark bread, toasted oak, nuttiness, caramel, toffee, light char/vanilla, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, raisin, plum, cherry, berry, herbal, floral, and roast/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/smoked malt, citrus/earthy hops, oak, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood smoke, dark bread, toasted oak, nuttiness, caramel, toffee, light char/vanilla, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, raisin, plum, cherry, berry, herbal, floral, and roast/smokey earthiness. Moderate amount of roast/char and pine hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood smoke, dark bread, toasted oak, nuttiness, caramel, toffee, char, orange peel, pine, herbal, and roast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/smoked malt, citrus/earthy hops, oak, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance and zero astringent flavors lingering after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast/hop bitterness, that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy, and moderately sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent smoked Baltic porter style! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/smoked malt, citrus/earthy hops, oak, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. This is definitely hoppy for the style while fresh, but not overdone; and has a lot of great classic Baltic porter complexities. A very enjoyable offering.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4127) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Sampled Sep 12, 2003
This is a pitch black beer with notes of deep brown. It pours with a dark brown head which is dense, creamy and pretty persistent. The aroma is one of malt, roasted malt with a bit of smoke and perhaps a hint of alcohol in the nose. There is a nice thick mouthfeel to this one, and it gently coats your entire mouth. The finish has a hint of alcohol. There is lots of smoky malt flavor in this beer as well. The roasted notes remind me of coffee. A bit of sweetness becomes evident as it warms up. This beer feels thick, almost oily on my tongue, the smoke only reinforces this perception. This 22 oz bottle is a meal unto itself. Overall a fairly solid beer, I like it.


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