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RATINGS: 349   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   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 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

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MattH (780) - California, USA - SEP 24, 2016
Bottle for $4.99 from Bottles N Bins in Monterey, CA. Dark brown pour. Aroma of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, cocoa and coffee. Flavor is the same.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (3530) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2016
Pours cola brown with aroma of roasted malt, smoke, dark fruit and wood. Roasted malt flavor with smoke, cherry, dark chocolate, and wood. Very nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14073) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 22, 2016
Bomber from A.J.’s Food Mart in Soquel. Pours dark brown with a creamy beige head. Aroma of smoke, medium dark fruit, some treacle, and chocolate. Med body or so. Flavor is smoky, chocolate, toffee and fruits.. But smoke is the major flavor contributor. With time berry is noticeable. Smoked berry? Weird, but nice. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (9564) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2016
Bottle from Beer Gonzo webshop. Earlsdon, Coventry on the Stena Hollandica en route to Hoek of Holland, Thursday 22nd September 2016 Dark chestnut in colour but with a ruby hue, a small light beige head sits atop. Quite a hoppy burst but with an underlying softness and smokey edge. Some bitter chocolate and coffee but green hops come through, I have to say I find the bitterness a bit rough and it’s a little unbalanced. Maybe I will like it a bit more as I get through this. A6 A4 T7 P4 OV13 3.4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davros (2773) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 20, 2016
Pours black with a small head. Nose shows roasted malt and cocoa, nutty malt and soft liquorice. Flavours include more roasted malt, soft booze and heavy cocoa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cokemonkey11 (505) - - SEP 19, 2016
Unaged. Big brown American bottle. Pours dark brown with a ruby hue. Thick tan foam, uneven, subsiding slowly. Scent is medium caramel Porter. Little chemical soapy. Taste is medium caramel and a bit early hops. Quite mature combination despite simple hop body. Vanilla. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffLover (121) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2016
Delicious porter with chocolate notes in the taste and aroma. Would definitely seek this out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Headbanger (3847) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2016
22oz bottle 9/15/16 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-42° in shaker-Pours black with a small loose tan head. Aroma of malt, coffee, chocolate, and slight smoke. Taste of the same with more coffee, and smoke on the back end. This medium bodied brew is well balanced and hits the spot on a cool evening.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
M15ter (54) - - SEP 15, 2016
Dark cola colored with thin tan head. Straw, chalk, hay, chocolate, vanilla, and butterscotch aromas. Malty sweetness throughout with slight bitter and sour notes on the finish. Chocolate, coffee, cola, and floral flavors. Very drinkable, fairly high ABV porter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bpreo (2529) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2016
Not bad at all. It’s got a delicious smokiness, a bit toasty on the back of the throat. Great Anniversary beer!!

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