Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Ljudsignal:
3.99/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
22oz bottle split with my girlfriend.Poured into my Night Shift tulip.
Pours an imposing motor-oil black, with minimal brown and ruby highlights appearing when held up to light. Tan one-finger head recedes fairly quickly, leaving a thin sudsy collar. Minimal spotty lacing.
Aroma is first and foremost of potent vanilla bean, with lesser notes of charred wood and dark chocolate. Smells like late nights toasting marshmallows around the campfire at Cape Cod.
And whaddaya know, tastes like s'mores and campfires too. Big initial hit of vanilla and marshmallow on the front of the palate quickly gives way to a prolonged smokey wood flavor, with some dark and milk chocolate notes appearing mid- and back-palate to balance the campfire aspect. Finishes with a pleasant intermingling of burnt toast, smokey wood, and mild earthy hop bitterness. A resurgence of vanilla bean on the back keeps the other three in check and prevents this beer from finishing too bitter.
Mouthfeel is on the lighter end of medium-bodied, honestly a bit thin. A bit too carbonated as well, perhaps, but mostly quite smooth and drinkable.
On the whole, very nice without quite making the leap into excellence. Definitely a nice winter beer, and I appreciate having a cold-weather option that isn't a 10% stout, but I kept finding myself wishing for just a bit more oomph, especially body-wise. A pleasant drinking experience nevertheless.
Serving type: bottle
12-11-2013 05:30:47 | More by Ljudsignal
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.