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RATINGS: 257   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 24, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2003 A very nice tasting porter. The aroma is strong and hits you before you can even taste the greatness. I'm not the hugest fan of porters, but this one is great - the initial taste of chocolate tempts the palate before delivering a perfect balance of hops along with a smokey-coffee flavor. The porter is very dark black, almost opaque with a thick, dark head. The flavors are plentiful and the porter stays with you for hours after drinking. A must try beer - this porter has it all.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 20, 2002
Bitter hop aroma.Strong Northwest hop flavor then dark roasted coffee sets in.Faint taste of smoke.Mellows out as it warms up.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2003
Black; decent head with good density; mild choclate notes in the nose. Immediate dark coffee hit. Like sucking on some beans. Nice mouthfeel. Alcohol tastes good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3382) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Thanks to MRomero548 for this one. Opaque black pour with a deep tan head. Aroma is sweet malt with some roast and a bit of chocolate. The palate is smooth, delivering a well balanced flavor that has some roasty bitterness, sweet malt and maybe s touch of smoke. This is probably at itís peak, age wise, but certainly not done yet.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Very much stout like. Big roast and mocha beer with nice smoke and bittersweet cocoa. Viscous and huge mouthfeel. some oak and vanilla notes with burnt raisins and toffee. Good finish nice mild malt bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2005
Very dark brown pour. The head is light brown, quite thin. Rather complex nose, very malty thatís for sure yet with a more than healthy does of hops (orange, grapefruit, burnt wood, ashes, weed). This is all fighting side by side with mildly smoky chocolate malt, anise and wood(roots) reminiscent. Very dry palate, stone-like, the smoke hints from the aroma keep on through a harsh roastiness and dried pineapple still powerful hops. Not quite as good as the aroma fom my point of view. Full bodied, airy palate, probably too dry for what I want my porters to be, but they sure managed what they intended.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2005
pours a really deep dark red w/ a nice tan very well laced head. Smells of a smoky roasty burnt malt and bitter chocolate. Big creamy palate well coating. Flavor is pretty mild for a smoked beer but still maintains the burnt malt characteristic w/ a tiny touch of oaky weak vanilla a bit dry hints of coffee. A well done beer but not a style I like all that much. Poured from an 03 thanks to Blake for sharing.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAME (160) - California, USA - APR 5, 2007
Bottle shared by LBHH, thanks Glenn. Pours a dark soy sauce with little to no head. Aroma was very hoppy for a porter, but well balanced and driven by smokiness, with hints of dark fruit, cordial cherries, and roasted malts, finished off by a good kick of alcohol. The body is thin, but creamy. Flavor is nice, with lots of smoky malt presence and a port like fruit character.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2008
I was cleaning out the cellar and ran across this gem,it was dark and thick with a nice chocolate and coffee flavor with some lingering smoke flavor,ABV is well hidden and flavor is smooth as silk.CHEERS!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hapjydeuce (996) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Sampled at Sean and Ryanís tasting in May; thanks Sean for throwing this rarity in! Black color with lighter edges, still some carbonation present and a hint of beige lacing. Aroma is mostly chocolate malt, smoke and some ashy plastic. The flavor is quite smooth, with more chocolate, burnt wood and some coffee grounds. Finishes with a light tang and lasting bitterness. It might be a bit past itís prime, but a real treat to try.


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