Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Kendo:
4.23/5 rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This bottle arrived only recently on the Albany market. I didn't notice the etched "enjoy by" date until I sat down with it tonight - November 12, 2012 - and saw that I was supposed to enjoy this one by September 20, 2012. It sure would be nice if Decrescente (our local distributor) could figure out a way to get Stone beers in a timely fashion. . . . Oh well - let's see how it is nearly 6 weeks after its expy date. . . .
A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is black with an ivory head on top. A little bit of lacing.
S: I definitely smell the vanilla. Also some sweet malt, but that's about it. Nice nose though.
T: Vanilla sweetness over char, roasted coffee beans and even a touch of chocolate malt. Vanilla is the dominant characterisic, but it's not overly sweet or cloying at all. And it's clear that it's the real stuff, not fake vanilla (Magic Hat had a vanilla porter years ago that switched from the real to the fake stuff - you really can tell the difference). Good roasty bitterness seems to offset it, providing a good balance between sweet and bitter.
M: Medium in heft, decent creaminess to the feel.
O: Good stuff. I paid $3.99 for the single bottle, which is a little pricey, but I'm not unhappy with the taste of this beer at all.
Serving type: bottle
11-13-2012 03:00:23 | More by Kendo
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4.18/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - pours a dark brown with a thin ring of light brown head
S - aroma is prominent vanilla initially with coffee and smoke underneath
T - smoke makes its presence known up front, followed by coffee and more subtle vanilla than in the nose
M - very smooth, medium carbonation
O - good smoked beer, I like the vanilla not being overpowering
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2014 02:04:19 | More by ncketchum
Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,687 ratings.