Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by MattyG85:
4.29/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
01-02-2014 07:54:56 | More by MattyG85
More User Reviews:
3.83/5 rDev -1.5%
Poures a roasted nut brown with a thinner somewhat creamy off white head atop,the color seems to be a bit lighter than an avergae porter.Aromas are smoked and somewhat earthy with the vanilla pretty faint and in the background.The vanilla flavors are more pronounced on the palate intermingling nicely with the dryer,lighter earthy/smoked flavors.A fuller creamy feel is nice but I have to admit I was expecting a little more from this beer,I would have liked more vanilla in the aromas and a little more smoke on the palate.In saying that it's still pretty damn good,Stone is held in real high regard from me.
07-07-2012 20:53:44 | More by oberon
4.16/5 rDev +6.9%
A: A dark brown with good clarity. The head is persistant and made of compact, light-tan bubbles.
S: The moderate aroma of the vanilla about even with the coffee, chocolate and malt sweetness of the porter, the smoked aroma is up there too but it comes in a bit behind the two main aromas. No hops to speak of in the nose.
T: The moderately-strong smoke steps it up in the taste slightly dominate the moderate vanilla and malt flavors of coffee, chocolate and a touch of toffee. There is a moderate hops bitterness with a moderate malt sweetness having a balance that is slightly towards the bitter. The finish is medium and the aftertaste is of smoke, coffee and malt bitterness.
M: A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation and a bit of creaminess.
O: A flavor packed bottle that isn't too rich but would go well with dessert. A decent amount of smoke in the flavor.
02-15-2013 00:31:04 | More by MadScientist
2.23/5 rDev -42.7%
I honestly can say that this beer is on my "avoid" list.I recently tried clown shoes ganghis pecan.With all that roasted and smoked characters it really gave the beers a taste that my pallet just won't forgive.To each their own.But for this guy I have to give it a fail.
01-15-2014 05:51:47 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
3.68/5 rDev -5.4%
A - Pours deep brown with two fingers of creamy looking tan head. Head has good retention and leaves nice lacing.
S - Lots of vanilla in the nose, along with coffee, cocoa and faint smoke.
T - There is more smoke in the taste, but vanilla is still the most prevalent taste, along with coffee. The vanilla flavor is a nice complement for the base beer, but it seems a bit heavy handed here. Not bad, but a bit too much vanilla. The finish turns earthy and smoky with a bit of char.
M - Medium mouthfeel with some lingering earthy bitterness. Carbonation seems about right.
O - Pretty good, but I don't have much desire to have it again. I wish the vanilla were a bit more subtle.
07-18-2012 22:46:41 | More by warnerry
3.2/5 rDev -17.7%
12 oz bottle. Pours brown with a medium rocky light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is some chocolate malts, smoke and perfumey vanilla.
The flavor is sweet vanilla followed by an acidic charry bitter smokiness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, interesting, but the sweet vanilla didn't blend well with the acidic bitter smoke to me.
10-03-2012 03:39:38 | More by Beaver13
4/5 rDev +2.8%
Review from a 12 oz bottle purchased 11/20/12
A --- dark, thick and 1/4 inch head
S --- smoke, vanilla and
T --- lots of vanilla and malts. The smokiness is downplayed which I enjoy in this pairing.
M --- light to medium body and carbonation
O --- very good! I try to match food with smoked porters, but I could drink this one by itself.
11-22-2012 02:25:31 | More by mikechance
3.9/5 rDev +0.3%
12oz brown bottle with no freshness date
LOOK: Dark brown hue, clear, ample tan head
SMELL: Vanilla, cocoa, mild char, dried grass, ghost-like smokiness
TASTE: Burnt grain, very smooth, mild smokiness, coffee grounds, kiss of vanilla, hint of alcohol, nutty, moderate hoppiness, ashy burnt finish
Trying this again after over a year, perhaps my palate changed or the beer was tweaked a bit ... flavors seem to mesh well together. Worth a go.
12-03-2013 02:34:40 | More by Jason
3.95/5 rDev +1.5%
Happy to track down a 12 ounce bottle of this much sought after nectar. No bottling date or other freshness info offer, but the consumer is encourage to "Enjoy Fresh" I do not have to be told twice.
The pour is dark brown, dark tan head, and leaving decent fine lacing.
The nose is of milk chocolate, and of course, vanilla.
Notes of more chocolate, darker, smoky grains and moderate sweetness, provided by the vanilla infusion.
Very smooth, light and creamy in the mouth.
Ehh, not really my favorite. One and done for me.
Best application would be as a dessert beer, for example with a decadent chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream, so sounds pretty damn good actually.
07-11-2012 15:17:36 | More by Billolick
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