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RATINGS: 255   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   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.


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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
keanex (1704) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2016
Appearance: Deep chestnut body, like Coke, somewhat opaque, but light gets through the edges. Tall foamy tan head.
Aroma: Mild aroma of dark chocolate and char, light hops showing through, smells light pine. Very mild aroma.
Taste: Some smoke and char, light chocolate, hints of sweetness, finish is dry and of espresso beans.
Palate: Medium bodied, creamy foamy carb.
Overall: Just okay, I dunno, doesn’t do much for me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomTron (451) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2016
Pours a coffee black with a nice beige head. Smoke and roasted malts in the nose. Flavor is much of the same with a fair amount of smokiness coming through with a definite dark chocolate kick. It likes to stay on the tongue long after its down, but it’s nothing offensive. Exemplary offering from the Stoned ones.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonshawn (980) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2016
Tap at j Ryans in Syracuse with commonmac and rosskyle and samadouche. Black with medium off white head and excellent lacing. Roasty chocolate nose. Roasted malty taste, heavy booze, drying bite. Medium body, full flavor. Alcohol is dominant.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emeister84 (1942) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2016
Aromas are very earthy, like tree bark. Black with a fairly lasting off-white head. Dry, earthy, bitterness is almost tannic feeling. Full bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jflopsu (1044) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2016
Pours a dark black with light brown. A smoky aroma, grain, and chocolate aroma. A strong smoky taste with chocolate and roasted malts. A lingering smoky aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (3411) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - MAY 21, 2016
On tap at McGillicuddy’s, Williston, VT. This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a slim off white to tan foamy head that quickly dissipated. Light lacing. The smell started off with some sweet meaty smokiness. Light roast. Edged with some sweet milk chocolate and some dark chocolate as well. The taste was moderately sweet adding in a light dry woodiness, subtle vanilla, and roasted coffee beans. Semi-sweet to roasty aftertaste - nice. Moderately sweet and roasty finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation feels good for what it is - somewhat low which is good because the bitterness hits my tongue just as I had hoped it would. Overall, fantastic Imperial Porter hitting all of the right spots. Would love to have again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (8244) - Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2016
Draft at Dutch’s. Pours dark brown to black in color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, mild smokey character, chocolate, earthy bitterness, hint of berries, this is a solid revisiting of what was a very good beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
puboflyons (2906) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 19, 2016
From the 650 ml. bottle. The pour is mostly dark brown with ruby red hues and a lovely, soft tan head. That’s 5 out of 5. The aroma has a nice dark roasted malt and chocolate character but there is something a little odd - like buttered corn. That was a slight letdown considering this gets a 100 on RB. The body is smooth and better than medium. The taste has a fascinating dark roasted malt note with a mild top moderate bitterness to finish. I did not get to try it when it first came out and it makes sense that they would bring it back. Too bad the aroma seemed off to me or I would have rated it even higher.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajnepple (4702) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2016
22 oz bottle shared, purchased at Bullfrog Wine & Spirits. Black appearance with lacy dark tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, piney hops, charred oak, light coffee and a hint of smoke. Similar flavor, quite roasty with medium to heavy bitterness. Medium body with a dry feel and a lingering bitter finish. It gets better as it warms, but it’s almost too bitter to enjoy.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (1569) - California, USA - MAY 16, 2016
Pours a near black with a khaki head. Chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, caramel, smoke, dark fruit and oak aroma. Dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, roasted malt, toffee, oak, dark fruit, resinous hop, licorice and smoke flavors. Medium full body with moderate carbonation. Chocolate, smoke and roasted malt finish.


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