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RATINGS: 306   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


SaveTheAles' rating

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SaveTheAles (5) - San Jose, California, USA - DEC 24, 2002
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. I’d prefer it much more with less residual sugars (i.e. drier) and with sharper hop bitterness. If you’re 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 I’ve tried more recently are much more balanced. They taste like they’ve been aged/conditioned longer.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (4114) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2016
On tap at the Knick. Roast malted nose, with chocolate, coffee, and some licorice. Mild hop floral notes. Dark brown-black opaque with creamy light tan lacing head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Starts malty and rich but not overly sweet. Roasted toasted malt and grain, coffee and chocolate, mild vanilla and molasses. Big nutty bitter finish and diminishes into a mild roasty bitter after.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kingaugusta (209) - Georgia, USA - JUL 23, 2016
Pours medium brown with a big off white head. Nose is relatively restrained with oddly hoppy character for a porter, along with bits of coffee and oak. Flavor is a solid porter with barrel aging showing strongest on the back. Finish is somewhat sticky and lots of bourbon.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2016
Bomber. Pours a ruby reddish black with a thick, creamy, resilient beige head. Aroma is chocolate, cherry, wood, smoke, vanilla. Flavor is chocolate, toffee, smoke, ash, dark cherry, field berries. Finish is smoke, loads of wood, dark coffee. Lingering wood and smoke. Medium body, velvety and oily mouthfeel, weak to average carbonation. A true masterpiece.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocJitsu (1586) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2016
Pours a dark chestnut brown with a one-finger, rich, khaki colored head. Roasted malt nose. A bit nutty. Rich and bold, particularly for the style. Relatively, quite thick. Sweet up front, but burnt ends savoriness quickly dominates and lingers.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chucklemation (1307) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head. Aroma is bitter, burnt roast and chocolate. Flavor is similar. Has some carbonation, some bitterness, and a smooth body. Good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (8494) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2016
Keg at brewdog Shepherd bush. An opaque black coloured pour with a steadfast creamy mid tan head. Aroma is mild roaat, choc, hints of red berries and some alcohol on the nose. Flavour is composed of bitter dark choc, burnt roast, rubber, vanilla cream. Harsh butter acrid roast in the finish. Palate is medium full bodied, medium sweet, bitter finish. Slightly creamy in the mouth. Nice red berries on the flavour as well. Big lingering bitter roast.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerRenter76 (719) - Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2016
Rich chocolatey aromas, hints of wood, dark fruits and a touch of booze. Mid bodied porter with a initial carbonation bite. Flavor is bitter dark chocolate and coffee, the booze hides the oak and fruit but the hops make an appearence at the end. Overall i like it.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (9521) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2016
On tap at Caliente. Pours a cloudy brown with medium beige head that lasts. The aroma is cocoa and oak. Medium body, bitter roast, oak, dark chocolate, dry finish, good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (1746) - - JUL 12, 2016
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are roasted malts, bitter coffee, and lots of bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rougeau13 (2514) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2016
2500th rating! Woohoo! bottle from Spec’s. Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a beige head. Aroma of cocoa, smoke, ash, vanilla, and faint fruit. Taste is rich and smokey, woody, and quite bitter and ashy. Body full and smooth; finish long and bitter. Very nice.


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