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RATINGS: 351   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 3, 2002
Black as night with a frothy mocha head. Intensely full bodied, rich chocolate malt flavor with a hint of a smokey-coffee flavor. A bitter (hop) aftertaste. My favorite porter to date.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2002
Re-Rate:adjusting the numbers after a second bottle.Didn’t know what to expect from this one.Almost black color.Head is frothy and mocha colored.Aroma is dominated by hops but has some roastiness,alcohol,peat,wood,and a hint of smoke.Fresh and clean aroma.Palate is full and silky.Those who think it is watery,your beer is too cold,fool!This beer has a chocolate flavor that tastes like a end piece of chocolate cake.The wood is more noticable in flavor than smoke.Vinous,chocolate are followed by huge bitter,sweet,flavors.Finish is huge hoppiness,and a little alcohol.About 70 degrees right now and is perfect.Alcohol is very warming but not overpowering.A little hoppy for the style(whatever it may be),but I sure liked it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2002
Very good beer, however I think it crosses the border form porter to stout. A little too much roasted barley character and too heavy a mouthfeel to fit the definition of a porter well. Chocolatey, malty aroma with a hint of alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel, roasted bitterness. Not much hop aroma or flavor. If you like beers in the porter/stout category, give this one a try.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - OCT 29, 2002
Attractive color, meaty smokey aroma, with plenty of hops as well. Coming out of the beer fridge (50F) I am met by a powerful meaty smokiness. The fact that this is hoppier and bigger than the regular smoked porter is very evident. Even cellar temp is not warm enough for this beer. As the beer is not warm enough at 50F for the sweet malts to balance the meaty smokiness. As it nears room temperature, it really comes into its own. Bigger than the regular smoked porter, yes, better, yes, but not a lot.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2003
Very dark, roasty flavor, but too much hop bitterness for this style. Smoked flavor nicely subdued, but a porter shouldn't be this bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 7, 2003
Poured a semi-opaque ruby tinged black with a thick tan head. Light smoked malt aroma with some hops in the background. Flavor full of smoke, roasted malt, strong hops with some faint oakiness and vanilla. Moderate acidity and carbonation, moderate/full mouthfeel and a light creaminess. In some bottles, I taste a little more and a little less of the smokiness. Temperature plays a big role in this.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Andrew196 (1438) - Katy, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2003
Very dark. Aroma was very roasty and smokey, subtle hops as well. This beer could be called an imperial smoked porter for the hops and alcohol that came along with the full bodied taste. A very complex beer, to be expected from Stone, definitely in a class of its own. There was a slight twang in the acidic finish of this beer that kept me from rating it higher.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2003
Pours with a dark brown body topped by a thick tan lasting head with good lacing on the glass. Slightly smokey malt aroma with sweet chocolaty notes and a slight bitterness. Smokey malt flavor with bitter sweet notes and a touch of chocolate. the finish is bitter and smokey. Medium to full bodied and relatively smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2003
Black w/ ruby hue. Beige head. Light smoked malt aroma w/ some roastiness & a whack of hops. Full-bodied. Again a lightly smoked, roasty flavour w/ notes of chocolate, licorice, & coffee. Quite a lot of earthy hops (perhaps too much).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Nearly opaque with a cream/tan head. The nose is coffee and chocolate, but has a nice hop presence as well. A nice roasty malt body with coffee and a hop bite on the finish. The alcohol flavor is hidden well. More hopped up than most dark beers I've had, which makes it interesting. Not smokey in my opinion.


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