Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by MattyG85:
4.29/5 rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Bottle says enjoy by 03/15/14.
Appearance: Pours a deep dark brownish black with a slight hint of ruby. Moderate amount of bubbles and about one finger of light tan head that slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a moderate amount of lacing around the glass.
Smell: A sweet, creamy, and roasty aroma with good hints of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and smoke. Dark roasted barley malts with hints of dark chocolate, coffee roast, toast, burnt caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, smoke, and nuts. Huge scent of creamy vanilla sweetness. Some brown sugar sweetness as well. Subtle hints of earthy hops in the background. A really nice sweet roasty aroma.
Taste: Like the smell, a sweet, roasty, and creamy porter taste with big notes of sweet chocolate, vanilla, and some smoke. Upfront dark roasted barley malts with big notes of sweet cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, grains, nuts, biscuit, smoke, and nuts. Big sweet taste of vanilla beans and cream. Some brown sugar as well. Very light presence of earthy hops towards the finish. A very good taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy, silky, and fairly sweet. Finishes somewhat dry.
Overall: A very good twist on the original Smoked Porter. The big vanilla presence adds a nice twist.
Serving type: bottle
01-02-2014 07:54:56 | More by MattyG85
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.