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style
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

bottled
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available

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RATINGS: 420   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   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 porters distinctive smokiness and amplified its chocolate and roast coffee flavors while also adding subtle notes of toffee, cherries, dried berries and vanilla. Were proud to give those who missed outas well as those who didnta fresh shot at experiencing this smoky, dark-as-night wonder.

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2002
Very good beer, however I think it crosses the border form porter to stout. A little too much roasted barley character and too heavy a mouthfeel to fit the definition of a porter well. Chocolatey, malty aroma with a hint of alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel, roasted bitterness. Not much hop aroma or flavor. If you like beers in the porter/stout category, give this one a try.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - OCT 29, 2002
Attractive color, meaty smokey aroma, with plenty of hops as well. Coming out of the beer fridge (50F) I am met by a powerful meaty smokiness. The fact that this is hoppier and bigger than the regular smoked porter is very evident. Even cellar temp is not warm enough for this beer. As the beer is not warm enough at 50F for the sweet malts to balance the meaty smokiness. As it nears room temperature, it really comes into its own. Bigger than the regular smoked porter, yes, better, yes, but not a lot.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2003
Very dark, roasty flavor, but too much hop bitterness for this style. Smoked flavor nicely subdued, but a porter shouldn't be this bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 7, 2003
Poured a semi-opaque ruby tinged black with a thick tan head. Light smoked malt aroma with some hops in the background. Flavor full of smoke, roasted malt, strong hops with some faint oakiness and vanilla. Moderate acidity and carbonation, moderate/full mouthfeel and a light creaminess. In some bottles, I taste a little more and a little less of the smokiness. Temperature plays a big role in this.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Andrew196 (1625) - Katy, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2003
Very dark. Aroma was very roasty and smokey, subtle hops as well. This beer could be called an imperial smoked porter for the hops and alcohol that came along with the full bodied taste. A very complex beer, to be expected from Stone, definitely in a class of its own. There was a slight twang in the acidic finish of this beer that kept me from rating it higher.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2003
Pours with a dark brown body topped by a thick tan lasting head with good lacing on the glass. Slightly smokey malt aroma with sweet chocolaty notes and a slight bitterness. Smokey malt flavor with bitter sweet notes and a touch of chocolate. the finish is bitter and smokey. Medium to full bodied and relatively smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2003
Black w/ ruby hue. Beige head. Light smoked malt aroma w/ some roastiness & a whack of hops. Full-bodied. Again a lightly smoked, roasty flavour w/ notes of chocolate, licorice, & coffee. Quite a lot of earthy hops (perhaps too much).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Nearly opaque with a cream/tan head. The nose is coffee and chocolate, but has a nice hop presence as well. A nice roasty malt body with coffee and a hop bite on the finish. The alcohol flavor is hidden well. More hopped up than most dark beers I've had, which makes it interesting. Not smokey in my opinion.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 21, 2003
Dark brown/black color with not much head or lacing. Aroma is highly roasted with a touch of coffee and slight hops. Flavor is highly bitter and creamy, hops are present, but the malt makes a nice malty front, surprisingly this balances itself. Also notes of vanilla and smoke seep through the flavor. Slight smoky finish, a very nice porter, I like.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (4034) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Bottle Pours dark brown.black with a frothy tan head. Aroma is terrific nice rich smokey coffee and dark pitted fruit. Very strong smoked flavor with extra hops as Stones description states. The higher ABV is noticeable as well as the coffee flavors and charcoal. Quite bitter actually. Feel is very rich and smooth, thanks to the extra malt. Finish is a bitter charcoal taste that lingers a long time.


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