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RATINGS: 466   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   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.

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3.6
AirForceHops (7675) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 29, 2017
22 oz bottle (2002 vintage) thanks at ClarkVV for this 15 year old Porter!! I am shocked at how well this held up in the bottle! Aromas are smoked malts, mild chocolate, mild cream. Tastes are of roasted malts, light smoke which is ashy and hints of licorice and some oxidation. Light cardboard.

It shows a medium bodied with light carbonation level. The smoke taste was ashy for me, but also the oxidation is lower for a 15 year old beer.

3.8
mjs (7571) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 18, 2017
(Bottle, 0.65 l - bottled on 04/03/16,  from Systembolaget, 20170818) The beer poured clear and very dark brown. Its head was medium sized and lightly brown. Aroma had burnt malts, creaminess, dark chocolate and mildly coffee. Palate was full bodied and soft with medium carbonation. Flavours were burnt malts, dark chocolate, grass, cocoa and bitterness. Aftertaste was burnt and bitter. A nice soft porter with long lasting taste.

3.8
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Bomber for a little celebration. Poured coppery deeper brown with only a dusting of beige. The aroma was rich with darker chocolate and molasses supporting ashy smoke and darker, earthy spices.. aged oak and alcohol warmth on the back. The flavor opened with lightly sour smoke and oaky notes rolling into well-roasted dark chocolate, molasses, and light soy on the middle.. smoke had a wet ash character around.. bitterness was light and coffee-inspired.. decadent flourless cake-like chocolate and smoke on the finish. Medium-bodied with little carbonation on the palate.. spicy and warm, with ideal influence from the smoke and the oak.. aged very, very gracefully!

3.5
Radek Kliber (7470) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 21, 2003
Already very traditional/characteristically landmark of Stone - hopy spruce -juniper aroma. Honestly this brew was not really to the full extend porter like. Not to thick, high oh hops that worked out nicely. Very specific to the West Coast, interesting, different.

3.2
olsvammel (7274) - Örebro, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2016
Sample at a Systembolaget tasting. Fruity and malty smell with dark malts, chocolate, sugar and syrup. Similar taste with some dried herbs. Sharp and strong bitterness, too strong to be honest.

3.7
Iphonephan (7186) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2016
From a 22 oz. bottle shared at home. Pours a clear deep cola brown with a tan head, Aroma of chocolate and leather. Flavors of tobacco and charred wood. Bitter roast finish.

4.2
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 4, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2004 5/12/2004: Still rich, roasty and sweet with the dark fruit complexity of an imperial stout. Hops have mellowed significantly, as has any hint of smoke. Smooth balanced and enjoyable, this has aged well, and should continue for years to come. 3/4/2003: Rich, deep opaque color with a sandstone head that laces well. Caramel chocolate malt aroma with western hop character. Flavor has good complexity, dark fruit, and a robust, viscous, somewhat silky body. Very drk and bitter for a porter, but this helps to mask the high alcohol. You could've fooled me that this was a smoke beer, because I didn't notice any smokiness whatsoever.

3.8
wlajwl (7003) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 26, 2016
Aroma is malts, smoke/oak, vanilla and a hint of chocolate. The flavor is citrus/fruit, biscuit/dark malts, dark fruit, slight earthiness, smoke/bourbon chocolate and an acidic/tart finish.

3.6
ajnepple (6955) - Denver, 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
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2007
Bottle: Pitch black, tremendous head, heavy beige, foamy, clingy lacing... looks great 4 years later.   Big dry nose of chalky roasted malts and charred wood.   Very rich malt profile, roasty, slight soy, a bit pungent, with noticeable alcohol.   Smokey, but not as much as the Alaskan version.   For being 4 years old, it still has some legs on it!   Moderate to full bodied, mouthfeel is rich yet somewhat moderate.   Lingering smoked malts, stern roastiness, with a little bit of heat.   I think it has settled down a lot, but it still displays a little bite to it.   The Porter aspect was, and still is, overshadowed by the rich smokiness.   Regardless, a very well crafted brew to be able to last four years.   Big thanks to TChrome for this trade!



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