Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by MattSweatshirt:
4.08/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Looks dark in the glass with a thick khaki head. Putting it to the light reveals lots of ruby tones. Plenty of stick as the head recedes and beer is drunk.
The vanilla beans smell so good in this beer. It battles with the smoke upfront which gives way to chocolate and roast notes. Sweet and smoky and inviting.
Plenty of smoke rolls through sweet vanilla bean following. Some chocolate and roastiness is left to linger with the smoke through the end.
Medium body with slightly crisp carbonation. Doesn't feel big. Easy drinking.
Never had the regular version but it seems like a good porter base. The addition of vanilla beans is just ridiculous. Drink this.
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2014 16:45:51 | More by MattSweatshirt
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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.
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