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RATINGS: 283   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2005
Dusty body. No head. Sweet, malty chocolate finish with strong notes of coffee. A very delicious porter with a nice texture and complexity.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2006
sampled at the Dark Lord Release Party. poured a deeo dark black. aroma & flavors of chocolate, coffee, more chocolate and a hint of smoke. delicious porter!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (9526) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Bottle at the “Drink for Charity” event at Rattle & Hum thanks to Mike who brought a vertical from 2nd to 12th. Finally one that wasn’t a dead IPA. The porter held up excellently. Pours a deep black with a thick thin white head. Gorgeous aromas of smoke, leather, tobacco, plum, prunes, chocolate. Medium bodied with dark fruit flavors and a touch of chocolate. Finishes with a touch of smoke and roast. This was great.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (5334) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Sample from bottle at Stone Winter Storm 2011. Dark brown pour, small light tan head. Dark dried fruits, raisin, plum, chocolate, licorice, oxidation, light salty smoky pork. Interesting porter, tasty and still tastes excellent after all these years. Very glad to try it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2002
VERY hoppy. The most hop-infused porter I’ve had. The label, as is the case with most Stone brews, is very indicative to the beer itself: An array of seemingly confusing elements that somehow work out with sheer effective elegance. There is a noticeable malt presence, but the roasted barley I am so partial to in porters seems to a bit obscure. The alchohol is blended nicely, although there is a slight cloying of bitterness that leaves me curious as to what is hiding under that strong flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ARMed (625) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2002
Very powerful porter. Taste like a powerful imperial stout. Extremely black with a high viscosity. A high potency as well. Bitterness abounds! Slightly tangy and tart on your initial taste with loads of hops (a little too much quite honestly).Smoked grapes and mint leaves. A hint of licorice with roasted burnt chocolate hop flavor. Lasts long on the palate. Try with some spicy hot buffalo wings to get a balance.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 19, 2002
Thick, opaque, dark brown beer with a big tan head. Aroma of smoke, malt, and hops. Very smoky flavor with lots of malt, hop flavor, and bitterness. A friend commented "This tastes like it’s dry-hopped with beef jerky!" Thick, creamy, and full-bodied. As is, it tasted young with each flavor component standing a little too much on its own. Give this beer a year in the cellar to round itself out a little and it will be phenomenal.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewmaster (168) - USA - NOV 18, 2002
Feel the burn baby! I’m still not sure about this one. First impression was too much alcohol burn, and way too hopped up for a Smoked Porter. Took me along time to even finish it. I love Stone’s brews, High ABV and Loads of Hops/malt so of course this would be a perfect combination I thought. Well - it just didn’t do it for me. 2nd and 3rd time trying it I enjoyed it a little more, but just not a well balanced, or very enjoyable brew overall as what I had come to expect from Stone. That being said, it is still a great beer that ranks high on my list however and will enjoy quite a few over the next few months, and years when maybe it will mellow abit

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2003
Very very roasty porter with creamy chocolate hints. Along the lines of Fuller's London Porter, but to put it simply, moreso in every regard. However, strengthening beers does not always make them better and I think something is lost occasionally in the translation. This beer was a dark, dark brown with tinges of ruby amber. Small but substantial head. Flavor was primarily chocolate and raisins (raisinettes?) with tinges of smoke here and there.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9019) - 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.


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