20th Anniversary Encore Series: 6th Anniversary Porter
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Baltic Porter
3.93 | pDev: 9.16%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
20th Anniversary Encore Series: 6th Anniversary Porter20th Anniversary Encore Series: 6th Anniversary Porter
Notes: 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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Photo of macrosmatic
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass. The bottle was purchased at a local bottle shop on 4/18/16, and consumed four weeks later.

A: Very dark brown, opaque with a fairly low amount of visible carbonation. Forms a dense, one-finger tan head with insane retention. This is a very pretty beer.

S: Not a huge nose here. Some roasted malts, a mild chocolate, and light smoke...but quite subdued.

T: Roasted malts and chocolate, roast bitterness and charred smokiness. Mild coffee and tobacco notes, with some hop bitterness as well (though I'm not getting much in the way of hop flavors). Smoke and hop bitterness in the hang.

M: A full body for a porter - not quite as much as HF Everett maybe (the standard bearer for porter mouthfeel to me), but hefty. The alcohol is well-integrated. Low carbonation sensation and a silky smooth mouthfeel.

O: Good, but I'm not happy with the smoke. There's no mention of smoke on the front of the bottle at all. It probably mentions it on the back of the bottle, but there's so much puffery and bullsh*t on the back label I just couldn't finish Greg's nonsense. The smoke is not so dominant I won't drink it, nor does it come across as overly "Band-Aid". I rather liked their smoked vanilla porter, but here there's no vanilla or other flavor to counterbalance the smoke. So...good, not great. Scores given I think are fair to style. My personal preference would be significantly less.

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Photo of NeoClassicist
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Walked into the local grocery and lo and behold, a 2016 bottle here in 2018. I was just going to buy Sapporo....

Anyway. Looks very good, good head, foams up nice, even on the second pour after an hour sitting in the fridge with no cork.

Smells pretty good, smokey, not harsh, the faintest of faint aromas of hops.

Tastes - different. Maybe its the two years bouncing around the supply chain, maybe its in the brewing. I wouldn't say typical Baltic Porter, more like a halfway between a nitro stout and export stout that lived next to a rauchbier for a few weeks.

Goes down smooth, texture is grade A.

Intriguing and anomalous.

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Photo of monkist
4.76/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Smoked bacon??? Does it really smell and taste like smoked bacon? I thought when drinking this. It does have some serious shitness going on, so I had better check the notes, just to find out, in a nutshell that this is a "goosed up a notch or three" version of Stone Smoked Porter. But then I get it I think. Burnt rubber, charcoal, smoke and tar - this is a true match to the gargoyle, Stone trademark. And bitter. Raw and bitter as f**k. It is the most bitter porter that I've ever had, and if it wasn't for those malty overnotes I would start summoning the Bastard...
Because Stone knows how to create legends, because whatever they create is unforgettable.
I'm biwing down again, for I never thought a porter could be this good!
"An ode to density, viscosity and the unbearable opaqueness of being..."

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Photo of YungAnejo
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottled on 4/12/16 poured into a snifter

Khaki head with a black body, minimal lacing

Aroma is heavily roasted malts

Taste is slightly Smokey but mostly ashy, very bitter with a slight hop character

Feel is slightly thicker like a stout, low carbonation

Overall nothing to remember, picked up since I’ve never had a Baltic Porter but if this represents the style accurately the y’all can keep them..

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Photo of brewerburgundy
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, small plastic hotel cup, bottled 4/12/16.

Very brown beer, like coffee, no red highlights. The head is a creamy cappuccino color and consistency that leaves a nice lace.

Faint aromatic wood smoke, coffee crystals, dried cherries, cedar, Stone house yeast.

Next level porter! Sweet, smokey, and tangy are all combined into a complex whole. I get specific flavors of campfire, vanilla, pour over dark roast coffee, cocoa powder, and dried cherry or currant. It's sweet and smokey up front, and then transitions to tangy smoke and astringent bitterness. The finish is sharp with some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel on the soft side. The beer is medium bodied and the carbonation is soft but stands up to all the flavor.

This is an enhanced version of the year round Smoked Porter. I've really enjoyed it and am glad they made it again so I could get some.

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Photo of stephens101
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown throughout with a tan froth that disintegrates slowly and leaves a thick lacing. Smells of dark chocolate and burnt wood. Notes of caramel, faint vanilla and burnt sugar are countered by tannin, burnt wood and faint pine, which making for a very well-balanced brew. Medium in body with a subtle but lingering heat. Can find nothing wrong with this classic.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a clear deep brown color porter with a nice light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with light caramel notes is quite enticing. Taste is a good mix of roasted malt with some caramel notes with a light dry finish. Body is about average with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Easy drinking porter with just the right amount of complexities.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: Bold hoppy bites mixes with dark malts with berries, chocolate, toffee, oak, smokey notes.
Same with the nose. Dark brown, semi opaque, tan foamy head. Full body. Smokey massive somewhat smooth porter, still hop presence.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.84/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Traditional optics. Aroma has a little smoked oak & a lot of stale hop cone. I was actually surprised by how much hop there was in this beer, though I suppose that is Stone's gimmick to a degree. Tongue is pretty harsh, lots of hop bitterness mixed with oak chips / burnt wood. If you dig deep there is some dark fruit notes floating around but they are pretty much pummeled by the more dominant flavors. A miss.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a nonic pint to a black beer with some ruby highlights around the edges. The beer is topped by a dense and rocky two finger light tan head that slowly fades and leaves excellent lacing.
S: Smells of roasty malts and some bitter hops with a little bit of oak. There's also a little chocolate
T: Taste is roasted malts and earthy hops along with some pleasant oakiness and spice. Slight baking chocolate as well. Swallow is more earthy hops and oakiness with some lingering roasted malt bitterness and chocolate.
M: This beer has a medium mouthfeel with soft carbonation that is adequate for the style and a dry finish.
O: Overall this is pretty solid. It has good flavors and some nice complexity and the wood adds some nice dimensions as well. Worth a try if you're into the style.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This rerelease is based on a beer based on an anniversary for Stone, it’s a veritable Inception of beers - like a beer within a beer within a beer… it’s BEERCEPTION! Anyhow I really quite enjoyed Stone’s actual 20th Anniversary beer: Citracado, so I figured this rerelease of their 6th Anniversary Porter would go down a treat, plus in 2002 (the year the original was released) I was drinking mostly Guinness and there was no way in hell a craft beer from the states would even have gotten to Australia, so I guess my only chance to try 6th Anniversary Porter is right now in 2017, yay the future!

Poured from a 650ml “bomber” bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Deep chocolate brown almost jet black body with a nice thin tan head that quickly fades to leave a thin lace ring and bubbles on top. At 8% ABV seeing a head disappear like this is not uncommon, and I do like the look of a dark beer… so: 8/10.

S: Beechwood upfront provides a nice bacon(y) foil to the dark chocolate/coffee grinds aroma of this Porter. Can’t really go past that Beechwood smoke though - it’s reminiscent of the best (Schlenkerla comes to mind), hint of nuttiness in there as well. This aroma has plenty of character, as Stone are known to provide in most of their brews. Really looking forward to the next bit. 8/10.

T: F**ken tasty this! Bold dark chocolate/coffee front palate, mid hits with bacon and Beechwood smoke, vanilla sweetness enters (and quickly departs) as this delightful brew finishes with what I would call an overly assertive astringent bitterness in the finish. That bitterness wrecks the palate a little bit and holds it back from being a truly great brew, but the journey is still good. Aftertaste lingers with some sharp bitterness. Did I mention woody? Yes, woody too. 8/10.

M: Mid to heavy bodied with a dense/creamy carbonation, great stuff! 8/10.

D: Apart from that sharp lingering bitterness in the finish and aftertaste this is one decent Porter from those fine chaps (and chapettes) at Stone. The simple fact is: This is a real assertively bitter American Porter. If you’re a Russian Imperial Stout drinker… or nearly any Stout drinker, chances are this will be too OTT bitter. However if your favourite beer tipple begins with ‘I’ and ends ‘A’ you’ll probably get right into this. Me, I feel I straddle both worlds - I love a Stout and an IPA, and this Stone was edging a little too much for me with bitterness. 7/10.

Food match: The smokinest Cuban cigar you can conjure up for less than $50.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

$ 9.71 (Including tax)/bomber ($ 0.441/oz) at Oppermann’s, Saginaw, MI
Bottled 4/3/16 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma – bitter chocolate and slightly burnt coffee
Head – huge (Maximum 7.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, rapidly diminishing to an irregular one to two cm lacey ring with stalagmites and centimeter thick island of dense foam
Lacing – excellent. A continuous drapery of tiny to medium bubbles
Body – dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – starts slightly sweet becoming slightly bitter almost immediately. Bitter chocolate predominates with some fruity highlights, as in dark chocolate-covered blueberries. I'm not really picking up any oakiness. No distinct hop flavor. No alcohol and no diacetyl.
Palate – thin, watery, soft carbonation

A very decent porter. It seems a bit thin but that may be due to my propensity for stouts. Overall, on I would buy again.

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 3.75, Overall 4

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Photo of m_hall
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the 20th Anniversary 20 oz bomber into a nonic pint. Pours a very very deep root-beer brown, just barely translucent when held to a light. Topped by a dense three-fingers tall khaki head, even with a fairly gentle pour. Retention and lacing are both excellent.

Aroma has notes of sweet roasted malt, dark chocolate, accompanied by a tangy smokiness. Light vanilla scents brighten things up a touch, along with just a trace of herbal hops.

Flavors start out with dark bittersweet cocoa, with just a touch of molasses. Smoke-y, wood-y tones follow (oak) along with a few cherry and dark berry touches. The finish comes in strong after, quite bitter and astringent with piney hops and woodiness that lingers long on the palate.

Mouth-feel is medium bodied, smooth, sort of in-between what I would expect for a porter and a stout. Alcohol at 8% ABV is present but not overbearing, just subtly warming.

This is a good porter, perhaps even a very good one, that I think just barely misses the mark of greatness due to a finish that somewhat overwhelms the rest of the flavor profile with its bitterness. On another style of beer, this would work fine, but it feels vaguely out of place on a Baltic Porter- more like something you'd see on a big Imperial Stout, perhaps- maybe someone should have asked Stone to lighten up on the hops a bit (though with those guys, that might have been an exercise in futility.) Having said all that, I would certainly drink this again, as it's quite good, just perhaps not as good as it could have been, IMHO.

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Photo of epyon396
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep mahogany/black color. Fluffy light khaki head on the outer rim. Gorgeous uniform lacing.

Chocolate malts on the nose. Smokey and lightly roasty. Somewhat bitter nose and not terribly alluring.

Loads of bitter baker's chocolate. Roasty and smokey, but far from overpowering. Oak and vanilla are present. Overly bitter finish that a fellow reviewer summed up perfectly when he mentioned aspirin. It's medicinal and strange.

Medium body. Medium carbonation. Dry finish.

A solid "meh" porter. Not a bad beer by any means, and I'd drink it again, but not even remotely what I'm looking for from the style. Too much smoke and bitterness.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz. bottled on 04/06/16

Pours dark maroon black with a dense creamy khaki colored foam head. Smells like toasted bready caramel malts, dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, molasses, charred brown sugar, dark cherry, dried berries, toffee, vanilla, oak, mild smoke, with herbal earthy grassy pine. Tastes like roasted malts, baker's chocolate, dark roast coffee, dark toasted bready caramel malts, dark cherry, dried berries, dark molasses, charred brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, oak, smoke, with bitter herbal earthy grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, soft and creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice porter.

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Photo of FFreak
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A decent porter. Dark brown/black with just a bit of translucence when held up to the light. One finger tan head. Aromas of vanilla and toffee. Taste is somewhat flat and muted, but good...easy drinking...somewhat bitter finish. Mouth is very nice. Overall, a solid porter.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Roast House Pub. Found this beer to beer quite bitter in an aspirin like way. No chocolate or vanilla or nothing sweet here. Just smoke and bittering hops. Not one of Stone's better stouts/porters. Pass on this one.

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Photo of beergoot
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle info: BOTTLED ON 04/12/16

Dark yet clear brown body topped with a rich, creamy, light tan head. Faint, roasted malt smell; trace amounts of vanilla and mocha. Deep roasted and charred malt sweetness with a strong overlapping bitterness; tannic. Heavy body; smooth and velvety; chewy.

This is a fine porter overall yet spotty in areas. There was little distinctive aroma and, if this is supposed to have a smoked malt component, well, it's pretty much MIA. There's just the barest hint of smokiness in the taste. Perhaps the relative age obliterated this aspect of the beer. On the other hand, it delivers a deep, rich roasted and charred grain flavor with just enough chocolatey sweetness to balance things out. Well worth checking out just for the general porter flavor and rich, smooth and luscious mouthfeel.

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Photo of bwood06
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My father-in-law has been in town recently working on our house and he is a big fan of porters, as am I. This beer looked interesting while I was at the liquor store and I thought that this would be a good one to split with him.

This porter pours a very dark brownish black color with roughly 70% opacity and a deep red tint where it is clear enough to see through. There is light carbonation visible around the edges and the head of light tan and frothy. The head dissipates very slowly to an isolated rocky froth. 4/5 The aroma features dark roasted malts with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, wheat bread, and toffee. There is also a noticeable dark fruitiness that comes through, although not of dates and raisins which are typical of the dark beers, but of dark cherries this time. A bit of char and tobacco come out as undertones along with a slight booziness. 4/5 As with the aroma, dark roasted malts are the centerpiece here. The dark cherry note comes through much more so than in the aroma, while the char and tobacco notes are very much magnified in comparison to the aroma. There is a significant espresso bitterness and booziness that come through on the back end and finish out the flavor profile. 3.5/5 This is a full bodied beer that starts out lightly carbonated with a light tickle and finishes moderately dry with a lingering dryness. It does not dry out your tongue like many porters and dry stouts do, but the dryness is noticeable. 3.75/5 This porter is quite interesting in that it is quite a bit more fruity than most porters and the char/tobacco notes are much more significant than in most porters. The flavor profile comes across more as a stout than a porter. Not sure I would get this one again, but it was definitely worth a try. 3.75/5

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Photo of Guppy314
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a growler filled at Foggy Bottom WholeFoods. (Just FYI, this Whole Foods is NOT setup to properly fill growlers. They can NOT first evacuate the growler with nitrogen. They do NOT have "long spouts" to lay the beer into the growler's bottom.) Pours almost an opaque Black with a beige head. Aroma of roasted nuts, burnt oak, and toffee. Tastes of bitter hops, roasted malts, chocolate, and caramel. Surprisingly, just OK mouth feel; a little watery.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear, brown beer with a huge, four finger high, beige head that leaves a lot of lacing on the Spigelau Stout glass.

Nose: Caramel malt, fudge, cookie dough, vanilla, brown sugar, whipped cream, oak, charcuterie and smoke.
Taste: Soft taste of caramel, dried fruit, grapefruit, brown sugar, roasted malt, oak, ash, smoke and fudge.
Mouth: Full body. Light carbonation. Smooth texture. Bitter and dry ending. The bitterness grows back on my tongue long after the beer has gone down my throat.

Of course Stone has done it again! A solid, great beer with a beautiful soul.

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Photo of Mdog
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, good head.

Smell: Molasses, roasty.

Taste: Mild sweetness then roasty, a fall-leaves-burning smokiness, with a semi-bitter finish. After the initial sweetness, turns pretty dry.

Overall: Finally grabbed the other anniversary beer re-brew from Stone. Supposedly an amped-up Stone smoked porter, I'd agree with that. The smoke does come through more to the palate, but is a little drier than I like in my smoke beers. Still quite good, a side-by-side with Alaskan smoked porter or some Hammerheart would be fun.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a solid beer. Great look; nice roasted, chocolaty flavor with vanilla notes and with noticeable bitterness on the finish. What impressed me most is the aroma when it warmed to room temperature: I can't place it, but whatever it is is really good..

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Photo of CTHomer
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: opaque; dark brown with ruby highlights at the edges; 1+ finger light brown head that receded to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: piney hops and subtle smoke;

T: smoke very noticeable from start to finish, but is not overwhelming (no ash tray effect); piney hops in the background throughout; mild to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: the smoke is well done;

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark, opaque brown-black body with red highlights, persistent light tan head, moderate lacing.

S - Pine and resin hop notes are supreme. Some hints of creamy malt.

T - Follows the nose, with pine and mild roasted malt. The smokiness is here, but is really quite mild. The close is mostly dark chocolate and cocoa bitterness, with a lingering mild hop note.

M - Mild carbonation, creamy porter body, and a mild drying in the close. It might be 8%, but there is no real sign of it.

O - I expected a porter, and I got what drank more as an Black IPA. Nothing wrong with that - the beer is delicious.

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20th Anniversary Encore Series: 6th Anniversary Porter from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 237 ratings