Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by NEhophead:
3.98/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 fl oz brown bottle served in a goblet.
Pure maple in color with a faint hue of burgundy. Thin, off white head head that fades to a broken sheet with a few pools of bubbles after a moment. Faint ringed lacing; definite retention issues.
Clean, natural vanilla over milk chocolate and toffee. A bit of roasted malt aromas, but the 'smoked' character is absent.
Although the vanilla is present up front and throughout, it is remarkably clean and fails to overwhelm the palate. Creamy, milk chocolate with a touch of bitter, dark chocolate. The smokey character is present, but very subtle. A slight musty quality is met by mild floral hops which leads to a dry finish. Notes of milk chocolate and vanilla in the aftertaste.
A light, full bodied. Mostly dry on the palate which matches the flavors rather well.
Well balanced for a beer that highlights the vanilla bean ingredient. Nothing groundbreaking, but very flavorful and drinkable.
Serving type: bottle
09-03-2012 01:57:04 | More by NEhophead
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 1,827 ratings.