Stone 6th Anniversary Porter - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.33/5 rDev -1.1%
Coming up on eight years old, I wasn't expecting this to be drinking so absolutely tastily, but it is, and feel compelled to write a review. Poured brown, dark, semi-translucent with a rich tan head that had a good amount of retention. Aroma is vinous, plum-like, with mild amounts of roast. Tastes of plums, smoke, deliciously roasted coffee, burnt malts, bready and some nice floral and cookie notes. This is tasting great. Body is medium, not as thick as maybe expected, but fits quite well for the fruity and roasty goodness this is. Hard to believe this wasn't bottled in the last year or so, drinking amazing, definitely worth searching out even today.
03-18-2010 21:12:12 | More by vacax
4.35/5 rDev -0.7%
Served in the 22 oz. bomber. The color is dark brown, with a bubbly beige head. The smell is very chocolatey. The taste is a nice chocolate and anise, with a nice bitterness in the aftertaste, and the alcohol isn't noticable. Mouthfeel is nice and thick. Drinkability-wise, could have a few.
Thank you to HiroProtagonist for this trade...I never thought I was going to get my hands on a 6th Anniversary Porter. Fortunately, I was wrong! An enjoyable beer, and hopefully Greg will bring this one out again in the future.
01-18-2004 01:30:29 | More by beergeek279
4.43/5 rDev +1.1%
Five plus years old and still holding strong!
A-Dark brown color with a thick tan head. Reduced nicely into generous lacing.
S-Smokey roasted malt with a nice hop presence.
T-Great smokey malt flavour with a generous hop kick to let you know that this is a Stone product! This is some very tasty stuff.
M-Medium heavy body with an amazing smoothness.
D-I really was impressed with how this beer held up after 5+ years. A great smoked porter that I wish I could get more of!
03-30-2008 07:03:47 | More by Deuane
4.45/5 rDev +1.6%
Opened up a few of my treasures this week: this was high on the list. Gorgeous bottle, though I won't be grading that.
Pours a dark brown, with ruby highlights. Really attractive. The nose is exemplary. Roasted fruits, some coffee and chocolate, and a whiff of malts.
Still a fine tasting brew, it's clear that this may be a bit past its peak (the flavors, while still strong, have gone just a tad flat ... which makes me wonder how amazing this beer must have been a year or two ago). Roasted dark fruits, chocolate, and roasted coffee. One of the stronger flavored, and best tasting, porters I've ever had. Can't think of a better one off the top of my head, actually.
Could, and would, drink this every week. Sadly, it is now but a memory.
12-26-2007 10:15:44 | More by Overlord
4.45/5 rDev +1.6%
In many respects this is the most quintessential porter you could imagine. A veritable archetype for the genre, capable of defining the standard. It is black with a slight suggestion of black cherry color. Has a gentle tan head that lasts and a graceful, relaxed mouthfeel. The fragrance is somewhere between molasses and a good campfire.
The taste itself is so elegant and profound, I'm not going to waste language on it. All the usual adjectives sound cliche here except for the "bread-like" descriptive which applies.
This beer doesn't leap out at you and get in your face. It just sits there and commands an audience. Like a king. My only complaint is that you'll need a time machine to return to 2002 and get some more.
03-08-2004 03:25:03 | More by RedDiamond
4.47/5 rDev +2.1%
Appears a dark brown in the glass with a small tan head that left a couple of rings of lace around the glass. Roasted malts, some smokiness and a bit of chocolate covered dark fruits make up most of the aroma. Some alcohol is noticeable as well. The flavor also has a big roasty/smoky component over a nice dark chocolate. This is quite bitter and the hops are still alive in the flavor. Fruit notes are in the background. Very tasty. Good solid mouthfeel with a creamy fairly thick body. Easy drinking stuff for me as well. I would love to have a few bottles of this too bad I missed getting any when it came out. This held up fantastically over the last few years. Highly recommended. Thanks Ben.
03-23-2005 15:49:06 | More by meathookjones
4.55/5 rDev +3.9%
I was lucky enough to find a bottle of this on ebay.com It was bottled in August of 2002 so it had already aged for a little over a year. This was extreamly tasty! Unfortunately, I made the mistake of having a Double Bastard right before I had this beer so I think my palate was somewhat shocked and numb.
This beer poured pitch black with a nice tan head that melted quickly into the liquid. Some small traces of lacing but a little too slippery....damn.
The aroma was intense. Huge chocolate hits the nose. Some smoke as well and a little bit of alcohol. Maybe some dark fruits in there as well. Nice...
This was one HUGE porter. The hops definately died down from the aging. This was the first tasting but it just seemed like the hops were not well pronounced but well hidden and balanced. Nice. Huge coffee flavor with some suddle chocolate and dark fruits. Alcohol was well hidden but still apparent. Very smooth and drinkable with a fantastic mouthfeel.
Sad that I only had one bottle. This was very very good!
12-14-2003 20:43:05 | More by Crosling
4.58/5 rDev +4.6%
An absolutely superb beer that I was lucky enough to have on tap at the Taphouse in Bellevue. The first thing I noticed was that absolutely inviting appearance of the beer which was jet black with a nice thick dark brown head. Hoppy and roasted smells rose from the glass. Upon the first sip, I knew I was in for a treat. The beer is a very big porter... lots going on here with complexity out the wazzoo. Bitterness is very noticeable but not heavy enough to drown out the malts. Malt flavors range form caramel to chocolate and roasted coffee to a smoky feel. The brew just fill your mouth with flavors and I wanted to keep drinking more to discover all the other hidden flavors. This beer has so much going on it truly is amazing. Cheers out to Stone for another quality brew.
10-28-2002 19:48:54 | More by jreitman
4.58/5 rDev +4.6%
Dark black color, medium off white head. A BIG full-bodied porter, almost chewy. Roasted malts, chocolaty. Big chewy hoppiness. WOW whatta porter. Stone is usually over the top with their beers (this is NOT a bad thing) and this beer is no exception. Big and bold flavor with a very pronounced hop bite, yet it has a very smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. No alcohol bite, despite an 8.1% ABV. Etched beer bottle. Look very classy.
09-25-2003 02:35:17 | More by beerguy101
4.58/5 rDev +4.6%
My introduction to stone(courtesy of fellow BA Hyuga, cheers m8!). Where do I begin? Well let's just say that I have been looking forward to trying Stone brewings products for some time now(pretty much since I joined this site almost 3 months ago:-)and I had very high expectations for this brew, which was my first stone brew. Let's just say I was not dissapointed at all and I look forward to trying EVERY other brew that this brewery makes(that I can get my hands on:-) Anyway, this brew pours a deep, dark, darker than guinness, you are-not-worthy, storm-king like black that I was not expecting in a porter. This smelled wonderfully like dark chocolate malts, bittering hops, smoked and roasted barleys, and many other things. The nose, kind of reminded me of an aged bottle of storm king, or brooklyn black chocolate stout, but it also reminded me of Adam, or Skullsplitter as well, so I was a bit worried. This tasted wonderful! Like a combination platter of all of the above. It had some of those funky adam-like, old ale flavors, but this time around they did not bother me at all. Maybe it is the blending that stone used for this beer, but to me this is an almost perfect offering. This had the notes, profiles, and flavor aspects of an IPA, a Porter, a Stout, and an old world ale. How do they do it! This also had a T.H.I.C.K., smooth and heavy mouthfeel that is perfect for warming you up on a cold winters day! The drinkability factor for this is lowered a little bit because of it's thickness and fullness, but this is a wonderful beer.
BA is a great place to be
01-24-2003 09:37:22 | More by francisweizen
4.63/5 rDev +5.7%
An impressive appearance... the very deep brown - almost black - body shows only a thin edge of clear mahogany at the base, and the creamy tan head holds exceptionally well and leaves solid sheets of lace throughout most of the glass. The nose expresses a distinctly smokey roastiness with a touch of fruitiness, citrusy hops, and a noticeable alcoholic strength. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. The flavor is surprisingly complex with notes of bittersweet chocolate, peat-smoked malt, bold citrus hops (lemon, mild pineapple), caramelized sugars, alcohol, and black coffee. A dense bitterness anchors it and it finishes astonishingly long and quite dry with a deep roastiness, some peat-smoke, mild but bright citrusy fruit, pine, and a touch of soft chocolate. It's quite the massive beer with great strength and impressive complexity. A beer of Promethian proportions! A 'must try' for hop heads, smoked beer, or porter fans!
01-15-2003 20:28:50 | More by NeroFiddled
4.65/5 rDev +6.2%
I found the 6th Anniversary Porter at a small liquor store. Thinking, "Wow, I bet there aren't many of those left around here", I quickly snatched it up. Boy, was that a good idea!
It poured out of the 22oz bomber looking almost jet black except for the ruby-tinged edge that allowed in the faintest amount of light. A small yet persistent mottled tan head perched on top.
The smell was a nose-grabbing blend of strong espresso-like coffee, hints of dark chocolate, plums, prunes and other dark fruits, and a mild hops aroma. Also lurking in the background was a faint sweet alcohol smell.
Taste was magnificant. A huge shot of roasted coffee flavor which reminded me of some of the best coffee I've ever had (a Kenyan/Ethiopian blend), a sweet prunish taste asserted itself next, followed by the suggestion of bakers chocolate bitterness. A soothing warmth issued forth as the alcohol hit home.
Feel was full-bodied, with a velvety smoothness. The smallest sip fills your mouth.
A very satisfying beer. Only the alcohol content slows down the drinkability of this Stone creation. Even then, I just had a tough time pacing myself. A great follow-up to Stone's superb Smoked Porter. Get them if you can find them.
08-24-2003 06:29:36 | More by Boilermaker88
4.68/5 rDev +6.8%
A new review of this beer, exactly one year after my original review. Let's see how it aged. An extremely dark beer, pretty much black, as can be expected from this style. Thick mocha brown head that stays well. An aroma of caramel malt sweetness permeates the air, along with heavy roasted undertones, and a good amount of citrus hoppiness. Hop character has mellowed with the aging. As for the flavors, the hop bitterness isn't nearly as up-front as it was last year, but is more subtle and complex. Most notably, it's leafy. Still a major player. Lots of roasted flavor with caramel sweetness here and there. Chocolate maltiness has a big presence as well. Also detectable is a subtle smoked character, most noticeable with retro-olfaction. Very smooth and creamy, much moreso than last year. A bit of rind-like hop bitterness is left on the tongue in the aftertaste. I must say that a year of aging has done wonders for this beer, and I can only imagine what further cellaring could do. Another magnificent offering from Stone, who never fail to impress.
08-30-2003 05:07:09 | More by hyuga
4.68/5 rDev +6.8%
This bottle was split b/w me, tikigodxxx, trbeer, and crjmellor the morning after the West Mich BA Gathering.
Aged 2 1/2 years. Pours black with purple hues around the sides and crimson on the bottom. My glass was lacking much of a head but some of the other glasses had a medium tan head. What head there was on mine faded quickly and there was no lacing.
I simply could not get enough of this aroma. Very bold, very complex, very,very good! Intense notes of alcohol mix with dark fruits leaving a portlike impression. Roasted coffee is there as well. Creamer, smoke, and maybe even wood.
The flavor almost matched up to the amazing aroma. Once again I'm getting a dark fruit sweetness akin to port or some kind of dessert wine. But the complexity, man oh man, roasted bittersweet chocolate and espresso evolve. Hops are almost non apparent, i think the aging might have something to do with that. Smoked barley seems to be the base of this beer and it really comes out in the finish. Alcohol is prevalent and very nice. Just intensity like I wouldn't believe a 2.5 year old porter could be.
Creamy mouthfeel and the sweetness coats my mouth. Robust as well. Smoke and alcohol kick add complexity. If anything is wrong with this beer though I was hoping for maybe a bit more liveliness in the body.
I tried to drink this slowly, but it was too good! I need more. Much thanks to Craig for providing this great beer.
01-30-2005 20:03:37 | More by granger10
4.68/5 rDev +6.8%
6th Anniversary Porter, Aug. 2002 - Sampled at just over 4 Years Old.
Served up in a 5 year chronological Vertical line-up of the 7th, 8th and 9th past Anniversary Stone brews throughout the next few days, before I sample the latest 10th Anniversary Stone offering.
Appearance: The silvery blue bottle design put me in mind of the Imperial Russian Stout, so what better glass to use than my IRS goblet. Black body on the desk but when held to a powerful desk lamp at night it revealed a rich deep mahogany body with deep chestnut with ruby hues and gemstone clarity. The head rises on the viscous pour. The carbonation is still here, producing a leathered tan head that tends to fade quickly but leaves a broken covering and a bubbled halo. Conditioning is very good and a gentle swirl soon reinstates a decent cap.
Nose: I recall past examples of the 6th always had an excellent nose, but after 4 years it is exemplary. Rich aromas, dark roasted coffee and darker chocolates mix with an aged Sherry and Port like alcoholic whiff that backs the complex nose. Some dark brandy soaked fruits add yet more depth. Crisp, peat laden smoked malts are still here and never seem to fade.
Taste: The bitterness has developed in the 6th, but it seamlessly merges with smoked malts, peat, dark fruits and a dry charcoal finish. Cinders punctuate the dark roasted coffee whilst a satisfying complex smokiness relaxes.
Mouthfeel: Thick feel with a rich consistency. Smooth conditioning. Like a black hole the depth in this is endless.
Drinkability: Effortless. A rich satisfying yet complex brew which is a classic late night sipper. Sadly it has a rather annoying quaffability, I know I should savor this one, but I just cant stop sinking this one.
Overall: Definitely my favorite of the Stone Anniversaries, even considering the much vaunted 5th IPA, sadly that one faded rather too quickly. The 6th Porter was, and still is, the one to beat for my money. And right now, it is still developing nicely though probably close to reaching a peak. Even so, with care, this could easily go another year with little effort I feel. A real Gem!!
08-24-2006 06:40:54 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.72/5 rDev +7.8%
Ah, such sweet pleasure in life to have people so thoughtful as to show up on your doorstep after an extended period away with gifts in hand (of the unsampled, bottled variety)! A visitation of proportions, I tell you. Last year, it was the Stone 5th Ann. IPA (stupendous!!). This time, 6th Ann. Porter. Having forgiven all patience in waiting for a special occasion (oh yeah, I have another bottle yet!), I poured this 18 oz bottle straight away into a huge tankard and let it relax. Gorgeous black tickness with a thinly remaining head. Aroma was huge (fruity-raisin smell, sweet alcohol and peat-smoked nose). To-the-max taste with complexity of all ingredients. Has relations to differing styles, as the hop bittering is significant (and lingering when the beer is allowed to lazy on the tongue...), its roasted malt flavors are bold, and added ceremoniously and unapologetically kick-in-the-ass smoked malts lend intrigue. Mouthfeel is substantial. My summation = Stouts-son-Porter-from-Eidinburgh-intermix-with-Indias-Palest-Aleing-offspring-and-meet-to-trist-with?-some-xpat-fruity-Belgian?? Perhaps...and they all have smoking problems. A very unique beer with no faults to my taste. Immensely impressive. Reminds me of a Dylan song.
02-20-2003 18:56:24 | More by Hobbz
4.72/5 rDev +7.8%
I had this beer on tap at Stone Brewing Days at the Stuffed Sandwich, 8-31-04. The beer is served with a thick and creamy head. It was so thick and creamy that it looked like tan wipping cream on top of the beer. It was beautiful. The beer is a super dark brown. Very little light actually shows through ther beer to distinguish a color. It has a sweet and grape aroma. The flavor is full of caramel, grape, and roasted sugars. It is an excellent porter once aged 2 years.
09-02-2004 14:23:13 | More by BrewMaster
4.75/5 rDev +8.4%
I'd been hoping to hang on to this bottle for a bit, but for some reason, it just felt right to crack this out tonight. Maybe I just needed an extra excuse for happiness...
Pours out a deep, dark black, utterly impenetrable, with only the slightest cracks seeping out slight ruby reddishness, with a big, blooming, luscious tan head.
Aroma: ah! there's that smokey factor, big, but not too, with cocoa and mocha character as well, very smooth, never a bit bitter at all.
Taste: repeats the aroma, smokey character is there, all the way, as well as porter-y qualities in abundant, but not overwhelming supply. Richly roasted, fully flavored, immense in body, very mellow and groovy, with the smoke sitting relaxedly, yet firmly in charge and on top of the palate. As we continue, it settles back, this smokiness, it hangs on the back porch, still wafting it's effect, but never harshly. After 16 months since the bottling this must be just the height of perfection. There can't be a thing wrong with this. Fullness, no harshness, yet with a unique flavor that never sticks you wrongly.
Have I said that yet?
Yum, and I'll say it again, yum-my.
I'm just gonna sit back and luxuriate in this one.
Oh, nice, nicety, niceness!
Large-sized thanks to Mr. LongBeachBum for delivering this magnificent ale into my possession!
12-18-2003 09:36:36 | More by feloniousmonk
4.78/5 rDev +9.1%
I finally found some of this at a local store and I am glad I did, this is quite a beer! It poured a almost black color with a great frothy brown head. The beer smelled of coffee, hops and chocolate. This one is a much bigger beer than their standard Smoked Porter, which I think is a great thing. The taste hits you right away with a great smoky flavor, which gives way to the great ruinous flavor of hops and finishes with a great bitter, chocolate/coffee flavor. Stone never lets me down!
After about two and a half years of aging I decided to pull my last bottle of this great beer out. The flavors had mellowed a but but still had a distinct hop bite in the finnish. I think the smokiness has given way to more dark chocolate flavors and has aged very well. Exceptional beer that I wish I could get more of!
04-11-2003 18:58:20 | More by Dmann
4.78/5 rDev +9.1%
22 ounce bottle courtesy of Bill, thanks for the opportunity my friend, ordered this and Winter Storm a few years ago and was told the guy next to me bought the last one, also sold out at Stuffed Sandwich a while back, glad I get to try this, poured into my Port Brewing nonic, color is nearly black with barely a small amount of red around the edges, one inch tan creamy and foamy head that leaves great lacing, decent retention too, aroma consists of vanilla, milk chocolate, coffee creamer, roasted malts, burned toffee, burnt sugar, anda great oaky scent, starts off with different chocolate and roasted taste, more roasted malts in the middle along with some leather, some vanilla in the finish along with eathiness and some wood, pretty dry and works well with mild sweetness, lots of roasted malts and burned caramel later on, good amount of oak in the finish once it warms, cannot find anything wrong with the taste, drinks very easy and is simply complex, slightly sweet, dry, malty, oaky, and roasted mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, moderate level of carbonation, taste lingers pretty long for the style, drank this whole bottle without hesitation tonight, not even a little heavy on the stomach, only minor flaw is how dry and full of oak it is by the end, but it still goes down well and has great smoothness, my favorite of Stone's anniversary beers hands down, this has aged better than any porter I have ever had, hard to believe this is seven years old, stoked that I have another bottle to cellar for years to come, I hope Stone rebrews this someday as it is great beer, highly recommended
08-19-2009 04:08:22 | More by Floydster
4.78/5 rDev +9.1%
Was very fortunate to try this last weekend at a homebrew party I attended. I've been dying to try it for quite some time but figured it a lost cause.
A: Pours almost jet black. A beautiful, creamy, long lasting head.
S: Big roasted/smoked smells. Charred oak and chocolate over load. Hints of coffee as well.
T: Wow. Possibly the best porter I've ever had, and that is saying a lot. I only wish I had more. Smoke, coffee, chocolate, maybe even roasted barley flavors, even though it doesn't fit the category. I would have killed to try this a couple years ago to see what 4 years of aging has done to it. Can't imagine it being better.
I could see why the Stone boys said this was one of, if not, their favorite beer they have brewed. They should definitely consider re-releasing this one. Much better than their standard smoked porter.
06-19-2006 17:48:43 | More by Callenak
4.78/5 rDev +9.1%
Deep mahagony body pours with a moderate tan head that seems very dense and creamy. The head slowly fades to a more modest layer of foam that leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Sweet and fruity aromas are barely perceptible as the beer sits on the desk in front of me. Close up, a strong dark fruit and chocolate aroma similar to raspberry hot chocolate dominates the nose, but some smoky roasted notes and a bit of hops are present as well. The taste is phenomenal, with sweet malt, strong coffee, roasted malt, burnt marshmallows, and smoldering pine all assaulting my taste buds. Ghostlike alcohol esters hover above the action, filling the rest of my mouth with the prescence. But then the sultry body massages the tongue, and I seem to forget about the brash assault it just recieved. The only memory is a lingering smoked pine taste. Drinkability is very good. This is another masterful brew from Stone. Maybe I should go track down a case of the 7th Anniversary Ale, eh? This is truly a treat.
09-04-2003 05:32:38 | More by aaronh
Stone 6th Anniversary Porter from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.