20th Anniversary Encore Series: 6th Anniversary Porter | Stone Brewing

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20th Anniversary Encore Series: 6th Anniversary Porter20th Anniversary Encore Series: 6th Anniversary Porter

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by smithj4 on 04-21-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 234 |  Reviews: 86
Photo of NeoClassicist
3.99/5  rDev +2%
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 +21.7%
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 rorjets
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of YungAnejo
3.44/5  rDev -12%
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 sweemzander
3.24/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jhfinn
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewerburgundy
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +1.3%
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 +8.2%
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 HopBelT
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JuiceMan818
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bogdawg
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tcsox
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of axf4129
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kuges
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lingenbrau
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CycleHops
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shopk
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
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 -27.4%
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 +2.3%
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 RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of doktorhops
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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 +2%
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 Howlader
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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