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RATINGS: 479   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
document (36) - USA - FEB 7, 2003
I like the beer. But I agree, perhaps a bit too hoppy. For perfection, anyway. It's well matched by a huge roasted maltiness, and by the end of the bottle, with the concomittent softening of brain cells, I have very warm feelings for the drink. No grim reaper, but maybe a ride with ET on his bicycle through the fields of hop flowers, before landing in a burnt grain silo. Worth cracking open.


3.9
DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2018
5/24/2016 -- from notes: Pint on tap at Dutch's. Clear dark brown color. Thin off-white head head, leaving great frothy lace. Small bit of earthy hop, nice roastiness, mild to moderate smoke, some dark chocolate. Moderate to bigger bitter taste, moderate sweet, good dryness. Medium to bigger body, good chewiness. Kind of crisp carbonation. Pretty great. Awesome with my reuben.

3.7
TEJA (3348) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2017
Bottle from Systembolaget, Sweden. Big and lasting brown fluffy head. Very dark red brown color. Huge dark roasted malt aroma. Equally big dark roasted malty taste with a firm bitterness and small sweetness with a big body. Good for a New Years warmer.

3.7
ibrubeer (426) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 24, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2017 Bomber. Very nice aroma, roasty, a little smoky, sweet. Dark brown color with really nice ruby highlights, beige head that thins but lingers. Little lacing. Not a fan of smoke beers, & this is about as much as I like. Not bad though. Med to full bodied. Smooth. Not my favorite Porter, but not bad!

3.8
minihame2 (790) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2017
Oily black body, some tan lacing. Aroma is smoky and malty, some brown sugar. Taste has light bitterness, roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Very nice.

4.2
17wojownik (633) - Krakow, POLAND - NOV 29, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2017 Butelka 650 ml. Mroczny, inny niż polskie portery bałtyckie. Ciemny, dość oleisty, przepiękna piana. Jest zdecydowanie łagodniejszy w odbiorze, ale także mocny. W smaku czekolada, paloność, karmel, ale też goryczka całkiem spora. Niskie wysycenie, pełna faktura, naprawdę dobrze ułożone. Wędzonki raczej nie odnotowałem. Godne.

3.7
buki (548) - Otwock, POLAND - NOV 20, 2017
Pite u Marcina D w HQ
Smaczne, czekoladowo - deserowe. Kawa gdzieś w tle. Alkohol ukryty. Smak głęboki i dojmujący. Goryczka bardzo wysoka, zalegająca, niestety. Całość potwornie wytrawna. Chyba najbardziej wytrawny z porterów jaki piłem do tej pory. Goryczka niestety w połowie butelki zaczyna przeszkadzać i męczyć. Piwo solidne tylko mogłoby być sprzedawane w butelkach 0,33

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tom10101 (6297) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2017
An unbalanced, not so complex but not easy drinking at all either Imperial Porter that doesn't belong - at least not this version - in the top-50 of it's category. Flavors of ashes, smoke, licorice and bitter chocolate mostly with some fruity and vanilla notes.

Bouteille (22 oz) à la maison. Couleur foncée qui s'approche du noir avec des reflets rougeâtres ainsi qu'un col beige crémeux et assez imposant qui laisse de la dentelle en quantité. Au nez, il y a l'agréable côté fumé de l'excellent "Smoked Porter" de Stone, mais il y a également de fortes notes de cendres, du chocolat amer et de l'anis. À cela, s'ajoute des notes fruitées et vanillées qui sont toutefois assez loin en arrière-plan. Au goût, ce n'est pas trop sucré et c'est bien ainsi, mais l'aspect fumée se rapproche beaucoup trop de la cendre et l'amertume du chocolat ainsi que l'anis rendent le tout un peu lourd. Corps moyen. Carbonatation moyenne à élevée. Finale cendre avec du chocolat amer qui persiste. Je n'ai aucune d'idée de comment cette bière faire partie du top-50 de sa catégorie sur Ratebeer. C'est déséquilibré et ce n'est ni complexe ni buvable.

4.4
ClarkVV (6962) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2017
2002 original bomber shared on 7/29/17.
Still shows carbonation and even a thin, dark brown head (low retention at this point, of course). Dark ebony body of high clarity, leaving the sediment behind.
Inevitable oxidation, of course, but still a clear, clean, enjoyable smoke presence with coffee-like roast and still a healthy caramel malt backing. As it warms and breathes, the oxidation never dominates but yet allows more vanilla, almost peat-like smoke and gentle roast to really shine. No alcohol or flaw.
Soft, well-attenuated, but not terribly thinned-out body, still drinks just fine. Carbonation is of course low, but not loose or watery. Smoke is dynamite and has bits of peat-like medicinals. Caramel and vanilla add just a pinch of sweetness, even now, and the oxidation doesn't ruin the beer or dominate. Still has a fresh "house" character of mineral and fruit and the roasted acidity has helped preserve this. Obviously a bit of nostalgia creeping in to my rating here, I won't deny. And while it's obviously far past its prime, I really don't think I'm exaggerating when I say this beer was still drinkable and enjoyable. Obviously you have to extrapolate a little past the oxidation, but there's zero doubt in my mind that this was one of the best beers ever brewed for its time. Ah, the good days of Stone....

3.3
daje (4548) - NORWAY - NOV 12, 2017
On tap at Cafe Sara, december 9th 2016. Very dark brown body with a big offwhite head. Aroma Is roasty with light smoke hints, dark fruit and ash tray. Taste is bitter and dry, heavy roast, light peated, faint chocolate notes. Grassy and dry bitter finish

3.8
Franckg (1918) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 26, 2017
Bouteille datée du 12/04/5816, bue après plus de 18 mois. Robe noire à minces reflets rubis et surmontée d'un mince col de mousse blanchâtre. Arômes de malt caramélisé légèrement grillé, touche d'agrumes vifs, quelques petits fruits foncés et séchés, cafe au lait d'amande, un peu de chocolat noir. En bouche, fort goût de malt grillé et de zestes d'agrumes, café en poudre, petite rondeur de chocolat noir et de mûres. Transition vers des saveurs plus amères, presque boisées, de malt grillé et cacao en poudre, houblons francs qui tendent vers les agrumes et qui nous suivent longtemps tout en restant agréables au palais. Texture sèche et huileuse, corps moyen.


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