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RATINGS: 281   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - FEB 22, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2003 Let me see, where do I start? First of all, this thing pours out of the bottle beautifully...dark brown with ruby hints, and a large, thick, creamy tan head. The aroma is huge...bitter hops, smokiness, roasty-toasty. The flavor is twice as big as the aroma...hops galore, alcohol (more so as it warmed), smokiness, and a roasted character. The feel was silky smooth, yet crisp in the finish. This is one of those large beers that I just can't help but love. It is a marvelous creation above and beyond their smoked porter. Beautiful!

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - APR 29, 2003
wonderful beer, great flavor, very chocolate filled, very thick and rich, very easily drinkable, by no means should be chugged!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2003
Smells good, roasted malts, an earthy smell. Motor oil thick and dark but with a red to the dark brown. Big fine bubbled head. Taste’s a little sweet, roasted grain, coffee, molasses, and raisins combined with citrus,flowers and this beer is just a bit sour. This is a thick mouth feeling beer and a great one

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
A great porter. However, it might have gotten even higher marks from me if I weren't tasting it in 88 degree weather on a blacktop (at the Stone 6th Anniversary Open House). This gem is dark but not quite opaque (the sun shining through it cast a crimson light on the sweaty surface of my forearm). Sweet nose of caramel, malt, and even some red fruit and hops. Rich, chocolate mouth, with butterscotch and coconut notes in the lingering aftertaste. Hops are quite subtle for a Stone Brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2003
pours black with red around the bottom of the glass. aroma is of hops chocolate coffee, and toffee. this really is just a cranked up version of the smoked porter. same flavors just more, and more of an alcohol warming feeling, yet still pretty smooth, and very soft mouthfeel. as in the first i'm really not getting any smoke flavor but oh well I still throughly enjoyed this beer too bad i only have one bottle :(

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Very well done. Nice black color with great coffee flavor. The hint of choclate at the end does wonders. A great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2004
NICE POUR, a black body with a light brown, soft rolling head. Good dose of alcohol, and a wallop of west coast hops, citrucy with wonderful roastey undertones. Woah, real strong. bitter cocoa, pepper, leathery, smoky notes build and harmonize to a well burnt, dry astringent finish after the full, creamy smooth front. what a transition! What a complex and exciting brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 20, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2004 This intense flavor bomb pretty much blows away Stone's excellent Smoked Porter, and in fact could rival most Imperial Stouts on the Flav-O-Meter; The robust and very muscular dark roasted maltiness is accompanied by an equally strong smokiness and hops bitterness, both of which simply kick ass in the finish, which is like licking an ashtray; Nose is more balanced and less sweet than their smoked porter; Dark tan head is slightly darker than their smoked porter, and is similarly constructed, with the creamy topping covering the bubbly head; Very good head retention and lacing; A very impressive effort from the good folks at Stone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2004
This was a really great porter. The pour was jet black with a thin tan head. The flavors were well balanced between roastiness and smokiness, with hints of coffee and chocolate. This beers is really worth trying if you can still find it.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2004
Major thanks to MRomero548 for not sending me this BigBitch of a Porter! –Mark, You Rock when you send beer; but you’ve never done that… so.. uhhh… you still rock!
Rating #535

Poured a deep black body and a highly dense kaki colored head...the lacing is full and drapes the inner glass. The aroma that is radiating from the snifter is heavy with Scotch Whisky, like a 40 year signal barrel aged whisky. It’s filled with robust suggestions of oak and dark fruits.
Holly Bitch-Burger, the flavor here is insane! Damn, even after 2 years this baby is roasty and toasty with the highly kilned chocolate malts, but it’s very polished and refined! There is just this big bitter/sweet mouthful of earthy peat and smoke, then milk chocolate and toffee, finishes with a bitter punch of French pressed coffee… not black though, but with a bold cream and sugar... some ground vanilla-bean as well! The punchy notes of whisky are amazing in this brew.. full of toasty malted grains. With 2 years of age, this porter presents the creamy texture and refined and robust character that defines greatness in this style!


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