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Stone 6th Anniversary Porter

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RATINGS: 218   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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This special 6th Anniversary release is a "cranked up a notch or three" version of our Stone Smoked Porter. Our Stone Anniversary brews are a chance for our brewers to go a little wild (even more than they do on a daily basis). We added more malt (which brings up the viscosity and raises the abv to 8%), a fatter dose of hops and conditioned on both French and American oak (which contributes a softness to the mouthfeel and a far-off-in-the-distance hint of vanilla).


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 3, 2004
Appearance: Deep brown with red highlights a full light brown rocky head and some residual lacing. Aroma: Hops, malt, roasted grains, coffee and some wood (smoked?) background. Taste: Creamy sweetness with an intense hop finish. Coffee and roasted flavors come forth somewhere in the middle and finish. Mouthfeel: Full bodied, smooth, and oily with a biting finish. Lingering hop bitterness prevails. IMHO: A beer with great qualities, but, alas, another over-hopped American take on a great European style

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - NOV 28, 2002
Interesting beer. Not exactly what I was expecting from a ’porter’, but hell, let’s be free thinkers and enjoy (or not) the beer for what it is. Given the good ratings, I was kind of disappointed. Interesting, yes. Subtle, no. The beer is nearly opaque, with a nice nose of tannins, raspberries, hops, smoke/peat, and juniper, among other things. It has a beautiful, persistent, and fluffy head with nice legs. The flavor is overpowering; an intensely bitter, yeasty, smoky melange. More tannins, with the mouthfeel of an imperial stout. Finishes -- you guessed it -- bitter. Interesting beer but a little young and wild for this old man. It might age well.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2005
Bottled. Brown coloured. Very hoppy aroma and flavour for a porter. Pleasant notes of pine in the flavour. Nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2005
Dark brown colored with a red gleam, foamy light brown head. Chocolaty and creamy aroma, mostly sweet but mellow from the age. Roasted flavor, notes of malt and chocolate and some coffee. Somewhat dusty and dry, probably because it’s a bit over the top. Still drinkable, I bet it would have been awesome fresh!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6187) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2002
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is black (but not opaque). Aroma is moderately hoppy (grapefruit), moderately malty (dark chocolate, toasted dark bread, roasted grain), with a note of cask wood and smoke. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is heavily bitter, lightly sweet, moderately acidic. Medium to full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately astringent, lightly alcoholic. Also known as Stone Grapefruit Porter. The oak smell is readily apparent, but the smoke is about as timid as the regular Stone porter. Ultimately, it’s the overhopped quality that kills this one for me, as I prefer hops to take a [distant] back seat in porters and stouts. Quite sour.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CapFlu (4493) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2003
(Bottle) Similar to the Smoked Porter but I found more hops in the nose. Little head and near opaque body. Hoppy flavour for a smoked. Good.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2004
<small>Reviewed 3/2004</small>
Aroma: smells a bit fishy and of cholorine (chemical smells), bit of smokey aroma, chocolate and coffee, wood. Slight scents of smoked cheddar or smoked salmon.
Appearance: very dark, light tan head.
Flavor: Sweet bitterness with dry hopped bite. Flavors of cream, sweet chocolate, dark coffee, smoke. Consistency of chocolate syrup (thick and sweet).
Palate: Dry, hoppy bite with a hopped aftertaste.
Overall: Too hoppy for a porter, I like them a bit smoother.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2007
C-bus7. Light malt and oxidation in the aroma. Dark brown body with a medium palate. Light chocolate and tons of oxidation on this one. It is definitely past its prime.


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