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RATINGS: 372   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Andrew196 (1471) - 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.

   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.

   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).

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (3845) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Bottle Pours dark brown.black with a frothy tan head. Aroma is terrific nice rich smokey coffee and dark pitted fruit. Very strong smoked flavor with extra hops as Stone’s description states. The higher ABV is noticeable as well as the coffee flavors and charcoal. Quite bitter actually. Feel is very rich and smooth, thanks to the extra malt. Finish is a bitter charcoal taste that lingers a long time.

   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.

   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2007
Bottle: Pitch black, tremendous head, heavy beige, foamy, clingy lacing... looks great 4 years later.   Big dry nose of chalky roasted malts and charred wood.   Very rich malt profile, roasty, slight soy, a bit pungent, with noticeable alcohol.   Smokey, but not as much as the Alaskan version.   For being 4 years old, it still has some legs on it!   Moderate to full bodied, mouthfeel is rich yet somewhat moderate.   Lingering smoked malts, stern roastiness, with a little bit of heat.   I think it has settled down a lot, but it still displays a little bite to it.   The Porter aspect was, and still is, overshadowed by the rich smokiness.   Regardless, a very well crafted brew to be able to last four years.   Big thanks to TChrome for this trade!

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