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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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2002
Just when I was starting to think that Stone was an overrated brewery... This is some really good stuff, I was expecting it to be one-dimensional like many West Coast brews are (hops, nothing but hops), and the hops are here, but there are a lot of other flavors at play here too. Thanks to herbjones for the brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
baobubba (454) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - OCT 20, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2003 This is one of the best beers I have had in a while. Given a blind tasting of it I would have misteken it for an imoerial stout. This is a big beer especially for a porter. Aroma is of esters, acid (hops?), and roasted malt when cold. As it warms the alcohol and chocolate really start to come out. The flavor starts somewhat sweet with highlights of malt and chocolate and coffee. It finishes bitter which feels like it could be coming from either the hops or the malts - good balance. Another winner by the Stone Brewing dudes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SaveTheAles (5) - San Jose, California, USA - DEC 24, 2002 does not count
A bit too unbalanced for my tastes as it is now, but should get better with aging. Had a cloying sweetness in the nose and finish, with a subtle smoke aroma. Not enough hop aroma and bitterness to counteract the rich, viscous body and sweet, malty flavors. Also had strong alcoholic aroma and flavor, which became more pronounced as it warmed. The alcohol overpowers other elements, namely the roastiness and smokiness. Iíd prefer it much more with less residual sugars (i.e. drier) and with sharper hop bitterness. If youíre gonna boost the malt over-the -top, make sure to boost the hops accordingly! Re-rate 12/23/02: Different bottle from a different batch. This was much more balanced. Smokiness much more apparent, alcohol much more subdued, better attenuated (drier), and more noticeable bitterness. This bottle and others Iíve tried more recently are much more balanced. They taste like theyíve been aged/conditioned longer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 15, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2004 Oh how I wish this was the smoked porter that stone always makes. Pours a deep brown with a small off-white head with aromas of roasted malts, and brown sugar. Flavors are really smokey with loads of chocolate flavors to match. A slight bitterness makes this brew and over all treat..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - NOV 24, 2002
Enticing aroma with roasted malt, wood, leather, chocolate and a lightly floral, almost cologne-like component. Very dark reddish brown, almost black color with an uneven, fine-bubbled head and some delicate lacing. Flavor has some lightly toffeeish, treacly, sweet, roasty, lightly smoked malt mingling with sprucey, piney, floral, lightly citric hops, which become more apparent throughout the finish and aftertaste. Body is fairly thick, with an oily, effervescent palate. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2002
Iím sure glad i made a trade for this stuff the best porter iíve had so far.Nice dark color with a malty aroma and it definately is kickin in the malt flavor with some faint but ever present smokiness that really rounds out this brew and makes it perfect the finish was good with some smokiness again.one phrase sayís it for me and thats "Damn thats good stuff"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (11607) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2003
This was a pleasant surprise on a $28 round-trip cab ride from the Anaheim Mariott to the Hollingshead Deli 4.5 miles away. This is another classic from Stone. Thoroughly black with a nice ruby halo and a medium beige head. Aroma is not as smoky as I remember the Smoked Porter being, it is definitely more subdued. Warm flavor of chocolate, licorice and black cherry. Finish is as smooth a suede. Great stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Racegoer (354) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2003
22 oz Bomber right in to the glass with am impressive lace and an absolute smell of perfection. dark , really dark. Smoky rich and malty are what comes to mind after the first few sips.Thick rich palate perfectley accompanies the malty oak complexity of this Porter.Flavours of hops, homemade bread,German chocolate cake, and triple shot latte,Ends somewhat salty and still a definite top 50 beer.Robust is the signature of this Porter, this beer came straight from Mr.ArrogantBastard, Thanks Greg you have another winner here, Extremely Recommended !

   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!

   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!

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