Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BryanCarey:
4.01/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dark brown in color, Stone Smoke Porter with Vanilla Beans serves up an aroma of roasted malt, light vanilla, and light cocoa. The aroma is a little more subdued than I expected, but still nice. The frothy tannish foam remains from beginning to end and leaves good lacing on your glass.
This porter tastes similar to what the aroma leads you to believe, but the taste is more intense. You get flavors of cocoa, light smoke, roasted malt, some molasses, and, of course, vanilla. The vanilla component comes through in the finish and it helps take away some of the bitter edge common to Stone’s original smoked porter.
An interesting porter, I found this beer a very tasty one that seems like a great companion to a chocolate- enhanced dessert. The chocolate aspects are just as noticeable- perhaps more so- than the vanilla, which could be a plus or a minus, depending on one’s expectations. I found the balance very nice and it convinces me to rate this as yet another first- class product from one of California’s best breweries.
Serving type: bottle
02-02-2014 02:01:27 | More by BryanCarey
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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 1,827 ratings.