Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BradtheGreat7:
4.25/5 rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
22 oz brown bomber with traditional Smoked porter blue and white label only this offering has the with VANILLA BEAN phrase branded toward the bottom of the label. Stone's bottlings and screen printed artwork are of the highest quality! I love their style, their artwork and their bottlings as well as their beer! Poured into a 20 oz nonic pint glass.
A - black until held to the light when its ruby brown body really shows its true colors. Beautiful. Off-white head pours very well and sits even better with a creamy looking texture that eventually deploys a solid ring of lace leaving exceptional stick for its style.
S - woodsy notes of softest of peat and smoke. Vanilla bean comes up, and out of the glass punching at the original smoked porter. Chocolate whiffs do well balancing the overall aroma and the coffee is just a background note. This thing smells brilliant! Exactly what it says.. Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean.
T - big vanilla bean up front followed closely by a small hint of backdrop of rich chocolate. Smokey toward the middle remind you of what the base of this porter really is. Peat inspired smoke. Malt is dead on with more vanilla bean paired with soft bittersweet chocolate in the finish.
M - medium bodied and much the same style thickness as its brother porter. Stone's texture is always world class and this is no different. Just perfect and extremely well balanced. Highly enjoyable and very smooth.
O - I must say I am a big fan of Stone Smoked Porter, but this is new brilliance from stone, and honestly, I prefer this to the regular offering. This is just what that porter was meant to be. I sure hope this is a mainstay in the Stone seasonal lineup. It's that good.
Serving type: bottle
02-09-2014 16:05:47 | More by BradtheGreat7
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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 1,830 ratings.