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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Reviews by ksimons:
Photo of ksimons
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Color is a very dark brown with about a fingers worth of khaki colored head

S-roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a hoppy bitter finish

T-taste is similar to the smell with a roasted malt backbone, a bit of char, dark chocolate, and a very bitter finish

M-medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall a very bitter dry Baltic Porter, enjoyable but a bit on the bitter side to have more than one

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Photo of Tilley4
3.01/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A rare Miss from Stone Brewing. It looks and smells the part but it sure doesn't deliver the goods. Bitter and ashy, it reminds me of the smell of an old ashtray... I bought a couple of these so I will sell her the other one to see if it gets any better. That being said, as it is, it is not very good I am struggling to finish this. I don't think I've ever said that about a stone beer before

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Photo of justintcoons
2.73/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Near black with some ruby highlights. 1 - 2 fingers of tight tan head.

Prune, raisin, baker's chocolate, charcoal, and cherry Cola.

Burnt charcoal and smoke. Bitter baker's chocolate and earth. A touch of black cherry. Finishes with a crushed Aspirin and onion bitterness.

Medium-plus bodied, oily, sticky, dry, and bitter.

An overly bitter Porter that tastes like charcoal, but Hell, it hides the 8% abv well.

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Photo of kbuzz
3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Hard to call it a miss, I guess, since I suppose it's a rebrew and presumably done on purpose. But simply put: this is not a porter, let alone a smoked porter. It's a black IPA and not even a very good one at that. One of the more confusing beers I've drink in a while. Honestly...logged in here to see if there was any talk of this being mislabeled...that's how not porter like this is.

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

Photo of schoolboy
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Do not open a bottle of this until you read:

It ain't retired no more, but perhaps I should have let it sit until I am retied. I will see if I can get another bottle and let it sit for a year.

Black is beautiful on this baby. Nice lace too. The aroma is strong, smoked to the max, with a strange green malty smell. Very interesting.

The taste is very bitter and smoky and overly so. I love a bold porter but I wish this were more mellow. The mouthfeel and aftertaste follow suit.

Clearly this needs to settle in, so if you have an unopened one of these I would let it sit for at least 6 months.

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Photo of rydev24
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of neenerzig
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 22 oz bomber bottle into one of my many pint glasses, this beer pours a dark brown color with some deep, dark copper/ruby highlights when held to the light. Has a tan, foamy head that's well over an inch thick when first poured, and I did give this one a very rough pour out of the bottle into the glass, that settles to a solid 2/3 to 3/4 of an inch thick and excellent lacing. Has a very roasted caramel malt aroma with hints of chocolate that gives way to smells of an earthy hop presence. The taste is pretty much the same, with very roasted caramel malts with some chocolate and black coffee notes followed by a huge earthy and floral hop bitterness. The hop bitterness notes do tend to dominate a bit here. If I didn't know better, based on the appearance, aroma and flavor profile alone, I'd say I was drinking an American Black Ale/"Black IPA" style beer here. Being that this encore presentation of this beer is the original recipe of this beer as it was initially brewed in 2002, I think Stone may very well have inadvertently actually brewed the first American Black Ale/"Black IPA" style beer back in 2002 and not in 2007 with their Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale. They were real innovators/trail blazers with this beer back in 2002 and didn't even realize it until 5 years later! Has a nice, crisp, yet also smooth, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Stone does it again! Go get this and drink it NOW!!!


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Photo of jaxon53
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased for $6.99. Aroma is alcohol, hops, smoky. Thick with a flavor of hops, alcohol, and smoked porter. This is pretty much as advertised, an amped up version of their smoked porter.

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Photo of prototypic
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DefenCorps
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Whole Foods. What a magnificent beer.

Pouring a very dark brown with a dense, dark brown head with good retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose is rich, deep and layered with cocoa, coffee, smoke, dark fruit, dried berries present, along with a little vanilla to add some lightness. The cocoa character is similar to medium dark chocolate (~60-70%), the coffee character pairs nicely with the berries, the smoke character is delicate but noticeable and pairs nicely with the oak and vanilla. Similarly so on the palate, this beer opens medium-full in body, moderately carbonated. Hops are more noticeable on the palate than on the nose, with a pine-like flavor and bitterness present. Chocolate and dried blackberries are most noticeable up front, followed by coffee, a little bit of sweetness, a moderate roasted grain character and a nice char. Towards the finish, vanilla and oak are more noticeable, well-integrated with the cocoa and berry notes. The finish is long with a moderate hop bitterness that pairs nicely with the cocoa, berry and vanilla. An excellent beer.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip style glass. Very dark brown look, and off white, creamy head on the beer. Smells of roasted malts and chocolate. Subtle notes of coffee, and I enjoyed the lingering bitterness on the end.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Bottle from North End
Pours a clear dark brown with garnet at the edges and a creamy bubbly tan head that persists. Big hoppy nose filled with earth and pine. Light caramel and chocolate maltiness deep underneath, hints of smoke oak tannin and light vanilla round this out nicely.

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Photo of tykechandler
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of obywan59
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with a 1 1/2 finger tan head. Ruby when held up to a bright light.

Smoky with cherry and peaty/oaky/barnyardy aromas.

Barnyard aroma and taste is greatly moderated by the second glass. Smoke, cherry and oak are well balanced here. A bit of caramel, dark chocolate and vanilla in the aftertaste.

Medium full in body. Smooth overall, just a bit of light carbonation. Drying/light syrup. Warming.

Well rounded and balanced in the end. Easy to drink after the first glass

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

Where were you in August 2002? While Stone was releasing a Baltic Porter to celebrate their 6th Anniversary, I was becoming a junior in high school and on the verge of joining the varsity squad. As I was too young to purchase alcohol at that age (and to that point never consumed an alcoholic beverage), I could never get my hands on this beer. Well, Stone is nice enough to play an encore, so here's my chance. From a 22 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

This beer takes on a dark cola color with cherrywood red hues and a soft, creamy head that shows resistance to dropping in size. It smells pleasant; Stone's yeast strain, vague smoke, a kick of hops, toasted marshmallow. Let's keep going.

Modestly smoked with an overall beefy flavor that tickles me the right way. Charred malts gives the beer an astringent flavor that find a way to please in the overall picture. Given that it models itself after a Baltic Porter, I'd say nicely done. There is some bittersweet chocolate, that Stone trademark of an underlying hop presence, and an aftertaste that lingers of smoke, char, and unsweetened chocolate. The alcohol is masterfully hidden, and the mouthfeel is on cue, being medium-heavy and relaxed with the carbonation. The beer leaves my lips with a pleasurable stickiness.

In 2002, I could imagine this beer being a huge hit. Now it seems merely good. For those looking to relive a taste of 2002, get your hands on a Stone 6th Anniversary.

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Photo of enelson
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CPAles
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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