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RATINGS: 286   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 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.


3.8
   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 itís 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! Iím 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 Stoneís brews, High ABV and Loads of Hops/malt so of course this would be a perfect combination I thought. Well - it just didnít 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.

3.7
   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 (3386) - 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 (6174) - 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.


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