Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Butzen:
3.88/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The vanilla in the vanilla bean version is subtle, but a nice, sweet addition that propels the beer in a totally different direction -- i.e., one that pairs amazingly with Dutch apple pie and whipped cream. (Obviously, vanilla bean ice cream would also have been a nice touch if I'd have had it.) The smoke offers a counterpoint to the sweet and creamy richness of the pie and cream, while the rich malt and vanilla bean flavors offer a dessert-like parallel. The aroma in this version is all vanilla and cocoa and caffe latte, i.e., really nice. The vanilla bean doesn't come out quite as much in the flavor, but luckily Smoked Porter on its own is a pretty good dessert beer.
Read the full review (and comparison with the chipotle pepper version) at http://vittlesandbrews.blogspot.com/2012/09/stone-smoked-porters-w-chipotle-peppers.html
Serving type: bottle
09-07-2012 03:58:44 | More by Butzen
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4.04/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Deep mahogany red body with an exceptionally thick and chunky light tan head. Smells of fire-pit ashes, mocha, and bitter chocolate. Strong vanilla flavors along with cream and coffee; hop bitterness sneaks up through the sugary sweetness at the finish. Medium bodied; semi-sweet finish.
Overall, a fine tasting porter with emphasis on the dark malt grains, chocolate overtones, and a very fine vanilla edge. The mouthfeel is a little weak, somewhat watery, but that is a minor complaint. On the whole, the peaty smokiness, vanilla, and chocolate flavors triumph.
Serving type: bottle
03-11-2014 21:59:41 | More by beergoot
3.46/5 rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Shared pint at the 2014 Most Arrogant Bar Bash (Barleys in Greenvillle, SC).
The aroma indicates that is over-loaded with vanilla, Tasting confirms this impression. The mix of sweet malts and vanilla compound each other, and the ale would be better if one or the other were reduced a bit. So much vanilla I can barely detect the smoked malt.
Feel: smooth with very good, medium-light carbonation.
O: too much vanilla.
Serving type: on-tap
03-07-2014 16:29:57 | More by chinchill
Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
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