Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Momar42:
3.73/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
12oz bottle into New Belgium globe
A - fairly deep mahogony brown. moderate head settles into off-white ring with ok lacing.
S - smoke, roasted malts come through strong. vanilla is there along with the associated sweetness but it is second fiddle.
T - tastes opposite of the aroma. vanilla takes the front and middle with the smokiness coming through at the end. As it warms, the flavors balance out. Hard to tell if this is a vanilla porter with smoke or vice versa. Tasty either way.
M - medium. frothy and creamy but finishes cleaner than I would have guessed.
O - I really enjoy their smoked porter, I also really like good vanilla beers. This one is a blending but I feel I should have liked this more. I had it on draft earlier this year and was underwelmed. Sadly, it is only marginally better in the bottle. Worth trying, and enjoyable. Not sure how often I would reach for it given its $5 price tag even if it was available year round.
Serving type: bottle
08-04-2012 02:40:18 | More by Momar42
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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.
87 out of 100 based on 1,833 ratings.