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RATINGS: 255   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 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3360) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (3298) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2016
Bottle. Aroma is sweetened coffee with mild chocolate and roast. Tastes like huge charred wood, moderate coffee, light sweetness up front, and a big bitter finish. Mild chocolate and pine too. Thin body but the bigger carb gives it a fuller mouthfeel. Very good porter.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3257) - 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 canít 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (3244) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Bottle: The finale at the back room tasting hosted at TFD Boise - Thanks Ken! Dark brown, near black pour with a small tan head. Aroma is roasty, dark fruit, and a little faded hops. A touch of graham crackers and sweetness. Tastes of coffee, bittersweet cocoa, and roasty. Nice creamy mouthful. Still maintains some light hoppiness. Props to Stone, this aged like a champ.

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 (3207) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 20, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2004 This intense flavor bomb pretty much blows away Stone's excellent Smoked Porter, and in fact could rival most Imperial Stouts on the Flav-O-Meter; The robust and very muscular dark roasted maltiness is accompanied by an equally strong smokiness and hops bitterness, both of which simply kick ass in the finish, which is like licking an ashtray; Nose is more balanced and less sweet than their smoked porter; Dark tan head is slightly darker than their smoked porter, and is similarly constructed, with the creamy topping covering the bubbly head; Very good head retention and lacing; A very impressive effort from the good folks at Stone

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 31, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2004 1 Aug 2004 Two years later, it's still great. Smokey, chocolatey, and some bitterness. Beautifully complex Original rating. Simply Beautiful. Explosions of coffee, chocolate & malt flavor. Smooth on the tongue, w/ a nice balance of malt & hops.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
puboflyons (2905) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 19, 2016
From the 650 ml. bottle. The pour is mostly dark brown with ruby red hues and a lovely, soft tan head. Thatís 5 out of 5. The aroma has a nice dark roasted malt and chocolate character but there is something a little odd - like buttered corn. That was a slight letdown considering this gets a 100 on RB. The body is smooth and better than medium. The taste has a fascinating dark roasted malt note with a mild top moderate bitterness to finish. I did not get to try it when it first came out and it makes sense that they would bring it back. Too bad the aroma seemed off to me or I would have rated it even higher.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2007
22 oz. bottle shared by wetherel at the BA Alesmith release. Thanks man! Poured a dark brown color with a thin light tan head. Thin lacing. Aroma was roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor had was much of the same with some faint vanilla hidden in there. Very smooth mouthfeel. Medium body. Still a very good beer.


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