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RATINGS: 469   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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4.3
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - NOV 24, 2002
Enticing aroma with roasted malt, wood, leather, chocolate and a lightly floral, almost cologne-like component. Very dark reddish brown, almost black color with an uneven, fine-bubbled head and some delicate lacing. Flavor has some lightly toffeeish, treacly, sweet, roasty, lightly smoked malt mingling with sprucey, piney, floral, lightly citric hops, which become more apparent throughout the finish and aftertaste. Body is fairly thick, with an oily, effervescent palate. Good stuff.

4.3
Racegoer (355) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2003
22 oz Bomber right in to the glass with am impressive lace and an absolute smell of perfection. dark , really dark. Smoky rich and malty are what comes to mind after the first few sips.Thick rich palate perfectley accompanies the malty oak complexity of this Porter.Flavours of hops, homemade bread,German chocolate cake, and triple shot latte,Ends somewhat salty and still a definite top 50 beer.Robust is the signature of this Porter, this beer came straight from Mr.ArrogantBastard, Thanks Greg you have another winner here, Extremely Recommended !

4.3
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - FEB 22, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2003 Let me see, where do I start? First of all, this thing pours out of the bottle beautifully...dark brown with ruby hints, and a large, thick, creamy tan head. The aroma is huge...bitter hops, smokiness, roasty-toasty. The flavor is twice as big as the aroma...hops galore, alcohol (more so as it warmed), smokiness, and a roasted character. The feel was silky smooth, yet crisp in the finish. This is one of those large beers that I just can't help but love. It is a marvelous creation above and beyond their smoked porter. Beautiful!

4.3
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - APR 29, 2003
wonderful beer, great flavor, very chocolate filled, very thick and rich, very easily drinkable, by no means should be chugged!

4.3
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2003
Smells good, roasted malts, an earthy smell. Motor oil thick and dark but with a red to the dark brown. Big fine bubbled head. Taste’s a little sweet, roasted grain, coffee, molasses, and raisins combined with citrus,flowers and this beer is just a bit sour. This is a thick mouth feeling beer and a great one

4.3
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
A great porter. However, it might have gotten even higher marks from me if I weren't tasting it in 88 degree weather on a blacktop (at the Stone 6th Anniversary Open House). This gem is dark but not quite opaque (the sun shining through it cast a crimson light on the sweaty surface of my forearm). Sweet nose of caramel, malt, and even some red fruit and hops. Rich, chocolate mouth, with butterscotch and coconut notes in the lingering aftertaste. Hops are quite subtle for a Stone Brew.

4.3
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2003
pours black with red around the bottom of the glass. aroma is of hops chocolate coffee, and toffee. this really is just a cranked up version of the smoked porter. same flavors just more, and more of an alcohol warming feeling, yet still pretty smooth, and very soft mouthfeel. as in the first i'm really not getting any smoke flavor but oh well I still throughly enjoyed this beer too bad i only have one bottle :(

4.3
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Very well done. Nice black color with great coffee flavor. The hint of choclate at the end does wonders. A great beer.

4.3
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2004
NICE POUR, a black body with a light brown, soft rolling head. Good dose of alcohol, and a wallop of west coast hops, citrucy with wonderful roastey undertones. Woah, real strong. bitter cocoa, pepper, leathery, smoky notes build and harmonize to a well burnt, dry astringent finish after the full, creamy smooth front. what a transition! What a complex and exciting brew.

4.3
DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 20, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2004 This intense flavor bomb pretty much blows away Stone's excellent Smoked Porter, and in fact could rival most Imperial Stouts on the Flav-O-Meter; The robust and very muscular dark roasted maltiness is accompanied by an equally strong smokiness and hops bitterness, both of which simply kick ass in the finish, which is like licking an ashtray; Nose is more balanced and less sweet than their smoked porter; Dark tan head is slightly darker than their smoked porter, and is similarly constructed, with the creamy topping covering the bubbly head; Very good head retention and lacing; A very impressive effort from the good folks at Stone


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