Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BeerFMAndy:
3.49/5 rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25
22 oz bottle poured into a Stone snifter.
5.9% ABV, Enjoy by 03/25/14
A - Dark brown, this smoked porter looks nearly black in it's bulbous glass, crowned by an ivory pile of tight foam that loosely dots the glass with lace.
S - Wafts of fresh vanilla beans are interwoven with bittersweet chocolate-draped raisin nuances and a faint trail of smoke for an exciting and unique nose.
T - Tepid vanilla remnants maintain their natural, not artificial flavor but have since faded towards the background of this delicately smoked porter as baker's chocolate and burnt toast rise to the surface.
M - Medium-light bodied but very smooth, this porter is dry with a roasted profile that finishes slightly bitter with a touch of smokiness lingering on the palate.
O - Unfortunately Stone's Smoked Porter with Vanilla Beans, a brew I've much been looking forward to, has succumb to the overwhelming variety of my beer fridge and wasn't drank soon enough. Having not experienced this before, I can't speak on the changes it's undergone, a month and a half past their "enjoy by" date, but what I can tell from drinking this bottle is that I'll be keeping my eyes out for it when it's released again because the natural Madagascar vanilla bean additions are a wonderful compliment to the beer. I'm sure they're only much better fresh.
Serving type: bottle
05-19-2014 23:54:23 | More by BeerFMAndy
More User Reviews:
3.95/5 rDev +1.5%
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...
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2014 01:43:38 | More by philbe311
Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,826 ratings.