Dismiss Notice

Site Performance Updates: We're aware of the nightly site outage, and working on resolving the issue.

Follow our progress ...

Stone 6th Anniversary Porter | Stone Brewing Co.

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
94
outstanding
57 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
BEER STATS
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
104
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
15.31%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
23
For Trade:
1
Stone 6th Anniversary PorterStone 6th Anniversary Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by hyuga on 09-02-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next → last
Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 104
Photo of Jacobob10
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle dated 4/11/16.

Deep brown color with a gorgeous, thick, creamy tan head. Dark chocolate and roasted malt combine with herbal hops to form a pleasant aroma. Some light oak in the background, not much smoke at all. Good balance with a slight bitter finish. Full bodied with a smooth texture.

A nice Porter that could benefit from more smoke and less hop bitterness. Fun to get to try this re-release of the original beer brewed back in 2002.

 454 characters

Photo of davod23
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid, all the way through. I'm a bit bummed that I didn't get the chance to try this when it was younger though. Poured at Stone Winter Storm 2011.

Appearance is a slightly-turbid brown color, with minimal tan head. Swirling revives the bubbles.

Smell is quite good. It's very, very roasty - the roastiness was crazy. Some smoke, and underlying sweet flavors, perhaps some breadiness.

Taste was good, just like the nose. Strong roasted notes, slight coffee-ish undercurrent, raisins?

Mouthfeel was okay, but a bit too thin. I would have really liked it if this were fuller.

Drinkability was strong. Sometimes roasty beers get tiresome... but I didn't have a problem with this one. Nice beer, probably on it's way downhill at the point though. Drink 'em if you've got 'em.

 777 characters

Photo of jzeilinger
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to SawDog555 for this bottle!

A - Pitch black pour with a massively thick, creamy, sticky, toffee colored lacing.

S - Chocolate mocha.

T - Chocolate all the way through with an extremely bitter pine finish.

M - Nice big medium body with a creamy finish.

O - This beer defies the style. But I'm enjoying it.

 324 characters

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled Sep 12, 2003
This is a pitch black beer with notes of deep brown. It pours with a dark brown head which is dense, creamy and pretty persistent. The aroma is one of malt, roasted malt with a bit of smoke and perhaps a hint of alcohol in the nose. There is a nice thick mouthfeel to this one, and it gently coats your entire mouth. The finish has a hint of alcohol. There is lots of smoky malt flavor in this beer as well. The roasted notes remind me of coffee. A bit of sweetness becomes evident as it warms up. This beer feels thick, almost oily on my tongue, the smoke only reinforces this perception. This 22 oz bottle is a meal unto itself. Overall a fairly solid beer, I like it.

 692 characters

Photo of cjgiant
4.01/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, 2016 re-release:
Beautiful pour that is almost black in the glass, but a nice dark brown coming from the bottle. 2+ fingers of tan head, looking like foamed milk atop a cappuccino. Long lasting and lace producing, the head regenerates easily.

Mainly live fireplace smoke, it takes a minor effort to not a light green pine like hop note. Even more effort brings hints of chocolate.

Taste starts a tad smoke heavy, like the smell. Also in parallel is the detection of the piney hops, which grow stronger in the back and with warmth. Feeling is a bit rough on the tongue with the smoke and typical Stone bitterness levels in back. Warmth smooth the edges of the flavors a bit, but the feel becomes only slightly more creamy without really dulling the bold attack of bitterness on the palate. Bittering char plus a big dose of hops mainly, there is an early chocolate flavor that builds through the pour. This cuts the smoke a tad, but doesn't really dull the bitter flavors.

Enjoyable. Bolder (as designed, I believe) than the regular smoked porter, I'm unsure if it's an improvement, however. Heavy feel seems to lean towards a stout in impression. Not upset I bought another, but that would likely have been it even if it weren't a limited re-release.

 1,271 characters

Photo of mickeymac
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's just a shade off black with a thick tan head. The smell is roasted malt with a hint of chocolate and very noticeable traces of alcohol. The smoke flavor is barely detectable at first but becomes a bit more pronounced as it warms. Unfortunately, the alcohol flavor also becomes more noticeable and overwhelms the more subtle fruity and smoky flavors. 8% abv just seems a bit high for a beer like this. Stone's smoked porter is more balanced and enjoyable.

 459 characters

Photo of BierReise
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours dark black with a thick head and good retention. Aroma is sweet with notes of chocolate and vanilla. Smoke is way in the back. Full bodied and slightly syrupy. More like an Imperial Stout in my opinion. Very smooth and alcohol is well disguised by the roasty sweet malt. This is one heavy Porter bordering on a Stout. Has a slight bitter and dry finish.

 368 characters

Photo of SmangTown
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- medium head & retention as well as a very dark amber color to it. Lacing left behind
S- very roasty smell with maybe a hint of oak to it.
T- Taste like roasted pecans, sweet yet toasty. Leaves a very roasty after note. Strong boozy flavor.
F- real thin and light. Smooth easy to drink.
O- definitely a good porter as far as flavor. Not exactly my thing but was too boozy for my liking. Personally think they overdid it especially since it only stands at 8% ABV. Would definitely try next years anniversary porter if they made it again.

 541 characters

Photo of charlzm
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rating reflects the 2016 re-brew, bottled. Consumed on May 2, 2016, poured into a tulip glass.

All was well and as it should have been save for the taste, which was slightly marred by a metallic, coppery note.

Non-essential.

 227 characters

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with two-finger khaki head that slowly died. Aroma is mostly roasted malts with hints of bitter chocolate and coffee. Heavy bodied, slightly dry, the beer has a roasted malt, almost toasted, and grainy, slightly bitter hop body with bits of coffee, dark fruits, chocolate and vanilla mixed in with a dry finish.

 332 characters

Photo of DerKaiser
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first Stone brew and I'm beginning to see what all the hype is about. This porter is almost jet black with a nice mocha colored head with big bubbles.

The flavor is an overwhelming blend of unsweetened chocolate, lemon rind, burnt caramel, and espresso bean. This beer has a strong, bitter finish that leaves it a bit unbalanced for my taste and detracts somewhat from the drinkability. But it's an excellent interpretation of the style, nonetheless. The 8.01% abv is virtually unnoticable, except in your head and flush cheeks. Just a big, steamroller of a beer, all around. I'm anxious to try the other Stone brews.

 631 characters

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and caramel. Taste is much the same with a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and has held up well for being so old.

 451 characters

Photo of sinistersteve
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mind you, I'm not a porter fan, although, I am a huge Stone fan, so anytime I see the words Stone and Anniversary in the same sentence, I know I'm on to something good. Well, I guess as far as porters good, this is about as good as they get. Deep dark, cola like appearance with a almost chocolaty aroma to it. Hints of coffee in the flavor, but a noticable hop pressence also. Porter fans should probably enjoy this one quite well, but this hophead will stick with something with a lot more bite to it.

 503 characters

Photo of mzwolinski
3.71/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is a beautiful beer. Pours almost black, with just a hint of ruby when backlit. But the head... the head is just perfect. About a finger-thick, light tan creamy head which lasts the whole way down. Really just exactly right.

The aroma is decent, smoky malts with a hint of fruit and a noticeable presence of alcohol. It's a bit over 8.0% ABV, and it shows. Essentially the only flavors that come through for me are a *very* smokey malt flavor, and a strong alcohol flavor. Together, these combine to leave a very heavy feeling in the throat. The two combined are altogether appropriate for the main body of the flavor, but balance could have been added by adding perhaps a bit more hop to the finish, or perhaps bringing out some fruity flavors in the middle. As it stands -- and God I hate to say this given Stone's *exemplary* journies in over-the-topness with its other beers -- this one is just a bit much for me.

Ah yes, the alcohol.

 958 characters

Photo of aracauna
3.64/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black but not opaque. Nice tan head laces nicely. This one isn't as smokey as their smoked porter (a good thing) but it is still noticeably smoky. Dark malts (predominately chocolate) are dominated by the citrus peel hops a bit. Not too overbalanced though.

 257 characters

Photo of JRed
3.45/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not quite black with a reddish tint. Aroma of cocoa, coffee, dirt, some hops. Tastes of coffee, roast, roast, roast, cocoa, dirt, some booze. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Wtf happened? Somebody left the coffee pot on.

 226 characters

Photo of SeanChouffe
3.38/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep brown with red highlights a full light brown rocky head and some residual lacing.
Aroma: Hops, malt, roasted grains, coffee and some wood (smoked?) background. Taste: Creamy sweetness with an intense hop finish. Coffee and roasted flavors come forth somewhere in the middle and finish.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, smooth, and oily with a biting finish. Lingering hop bitterness prevails.
IMHO: A beer with great qualities, but, alas, another over-hopped American take on a great European style

 511 characters

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next → last
Stone 6th Anniversary Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.