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Stone 6th Anniversary Porter | Stone Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
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.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
110
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
15.12%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
24
For Trade:
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Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 110
Photo of MikeWard
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Knickerbockers in Altoona Pa

Arrives in a pint glass thick black with an oatmeal colored head. Leaves excellent lacing

Surprisingly, there was not much on the nose at all, except faint whiff of malt.

However, the taste was excellent. Solid malt background, alcohol well hidden, and a nice peppery finish.

Mouth was medium-full.

Overall, an extremely tasty take on a Baltic Porter.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taste and nose are nice roasted chocolate malts. Very highly roasted. A by of smokeyness. Finishes with a typical stone herbal bitterness. Great beer. Very easy drinking for the abv. Will be disappointed to see this go.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of ordybill
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 Oz bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a pitch black presentation with a tan colored head. The aroma was chocolate, malt and coffee. The taste was a smooth rendition of the aroma. An outstanding beer.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.13/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of SmangTown
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by brother Murray.

Dark chestnut body with hints of crimson. Sticky tan lacing coats the glass. Aromas of baker's chocolate, earth, pine, resinous hops. Cocoa powder finishing with pine and bitter hops. Tasty.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown with a maroon tint around the edges when held up to light. Has a thin, creamy, tan head with no carbonation.
Smells of chocolate and malt, and a slight spice.
A big spice bite on this porter. The chocolate malt comes up nice, and a slight black licorice as it fades. Very light on the coffee. A good porter that is unique...expect nothing less from Stone.

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Photo of JRed
3.45/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of charlzm
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of davod23
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of vacax
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Floydster
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of Deuane
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of t0rin0
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Didn't expect to enjoy this one as much as I did. Tried this from a couple of different peoples bottles at winter storm on sunday. The beer was black and no light shone through. Not sure if the beer was just hazy or if it was supposed to be that dark, can't tell with aged beers. There was a tiny bit of foam but it was relaitvely uncarbonated. The foam that did appear was tan in color and thin.

The smell was very sweet for a porter. There was some nice dark fruits going on as well as plenty of roasted malts. For once the coffee smell didn't bother me as this one was balanced by the fruitiness as well as the sweetness. The flavor was real nice as well but it was a bit more aged (possibly past its peak) than the aroma. I found this kind of interesting. It was basically a milder version of the aroma. After each tasting the flavor grew on me more.

This is a very drinkable beer but I would recomend doing so over the next year or two as theres no telling what it's going to be like in a couple years.

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Photo of Overlord
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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 can’t 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!!

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Photo of Callenak
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Skyhand for this bottle
Poured dark, depp red and brown with a dull light tan head that leaves some spots of lace on the pint.
Aroma is vinous, smkoy malt, roasted and some alcoholic tannins.
Flavor is strong smoky chocolate malt and some raisins with a resiny and gritty bittering. Excellent representation of style and great transitions of flavors.
Mouthfeel is sweet on the front end with a heavy roasted note and semi-floral and resined bitter note at the finish. Medium-bodied.
Drinkability is very solid. Well-blanced between chocloate and roasted notes with just the right of finish bittering. Stoen continues to amaze with their ability to produce such a broad array of beers that are all great.

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Photo of granger10
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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