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Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,934 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,934
Reviews: 474
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 76
Gots: 168 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MiScusi on 08-31-2007)
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Photo of philbe311
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A standard pour yields just shy of three fingers worth of billowing slightly late to develop rich creamy light khaki colored frothy goodness... Rock star retention... The frothy goodness turns even creamier as it settles a bit, but it never disappears or approaches anything close to lacing... A light to moderate bit of spry carbonation streaks can be seen around the top of the glass... The color is a highly murky slightly brooding medium brown... A good bit of lacing clings to the glass... This is a very nice looking brew...

S - The nose is equal part vanilla bean ice cream and lightly roasted malty goodness... The two aroma ebb and flow and compliment one another very nicely... The next layer reveals hints of sweet milk chocolate and a faint whiff of freshly brewed coffee... Very pleasing...

T - Tastes a lot like I remember the base Stone Smoked Porter tasting... The vanilla bean addition is largely missing in action... This isn't a bad thing as the base beer is one of my favorites, but it's a wee bit disappointing... Roasted malt and light smoke dominate the flavor profile... I would be very curious to do a side by side comparison with the base beer to see how they actually differ...

M - Medium bodied... Lush and creamy to start before turning a bit drier with a chalky finish... Limited carbonation... Fairly smooth... Even and consistent...

D - Another outstanding offering from Stone... The appearance is world class... The aroma is excellent... The taste is outstanding but lacking in terms of the vanilla bean addition... The mouthfeel is slightly above average... An excellent beer, but the absence of vanilla on the palate is a shame... I would drink again and would love to do the side by side tasting with the other Stone Smoked Porter offerings...

philbe311, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stone's usual brash demeanor takes a more delicate stride with the vanilla coat that adorns their ever popular Smoked Porter.

The beer pours like many other porters; with a dark brown color and delicate creme that gives the dark ale a very espresso-like appearance. Capped by the dainty off white foam that's fueled by carbonation, the beer trails with subdued islands of lace.

But a visit to the nose brings something different- the coffee and chocolate notes that are familiar to porters are complemented by the unmistakable and savory veil of vanilla and campfire. Where the mild smoky notes bring about a spice complexity, the vanilla soothes the senses and evokes a calming response to the nose.

The love affair that the smoky coffee flavor and vanilla companionship provide a masculine and feminine taste that plays out on the semisweet malt base of slightly scorched molasses, light taste of malted milk, and bittersweet chocolates. Toast, walnut oils, and coconut play out underneath the firm malt underpinnings and the decoration of smoke and cream.

Mild to texture, somehow the palate expects more fullness, richness, and viscocity. But the low-lying carbonation allows the ale to rest weightedly on the palate for full appreciation of flavor for a semi cask-like effect. A patient transition across the middle palate lands at the finish with a light mouthfeel of silk and mint-like alcohol warmth.

Although the vanilla provides a soothing effect to the otherwise masculine porter, the mouthfeel keeps me yearning for an imperial version of this beer. But its effortless palate and high rate of drinkability more than make up for it.

BEERchitect, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On cask for Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a tan head that settles to an oily film. No lacing on this one. Smell is of smoked malt, nutty aromas, and slight vanilla bean. Taste is of smoked malt and smoked meat with a very subtle vanilla note on the finish. This beer has a low level of carbonation and is somewhat flat. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that I was expecting much more from. The vanilla beans are very hard to locate in both the aroma and flavor of this beer.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

HunterSBeerson, Monday at 10:47 PM
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Wiz99, Friday at 05:59 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

bsling, Nov 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

gregcordle, Nov 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

jmn5082, Nov 17, 2014
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3.91/5  rDev +0.8%

VR86, Nov 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

JMUbrewz, Nov 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

SteveD082791, Nov 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

AleHunter805, Nov 13, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

Nicolette10895, Nov 13, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +13.4%

jmartinger, Nov 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

ROGUE16, Nov 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

jwat, Nov 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

DeadeyeOTDO, Nov 03, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

Ajjonesy11, Nov 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

sheenisgod, Oct 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

McStagger, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of travolta
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Appearance: very minimal head retention, decent lacing. Totally black but a beautiful dark ruby when held to the light.

Nose: beautiful whole vanilla bean, coffee and a bit of chocolate. Very delicate and well balanced. Very nice nose.

Taste: Bitter and chocolate at first, which dries out to a clean finish. Not much vanilla in the taste.

Notes: This is an excellent porter, but I want extremely mouth shattering from my Stone beers. This is a great beer.....but it's not a "Stone"...

travolta, Oct 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

griffey123, Oct 26, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +16.5%

thumperskibum, Oct 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

ShadyRigglesbee, Oct 24, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this bottle with my Brother and Karsten, enjoyed chilled in a stout glass.

The color is dark brown bordering on black with thin beige head good retention with fine bead and lace that sticks. The smell is more vanilla than any beer I have had in recent memory with nice floral sweet and earthy attribute which augments the base very well. The smoothness carries into the taste with nice mild creamy texture which compliments the mild smoke in the malt with moderate carbonation and semi-dry finish..

The flavor is really good with a lot more complexity than most beers of this strength with nice caramel in the malt with mild roasted and slight smoke with the vanilla adding a smooth and almost creamy accent to enhance the sweetness somewhat. I really like the way the vanilla works but I have a feeling the chipotle may be a little more to my taste since the smoke in the pepper could be complimentary to the base. I like the vanilla but it does seem to soften the smoke aspect I enjoy most in the original.

Slatetank, Oct 22, 2014
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Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
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