Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by NEhophead:
3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
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:
4.04/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Deep mahogany red body with an exceptionally thick and chunky light tan head. Smells of fire-pit ashes, mocha, and bitter chocolate. Strong vanilla flavors along with cream and coffee; hop bitterness sneaks up through the sugary sweetness at the finish. Medium bodied; semi-sweet finish.
Overall, a fine tasting porter with emphasis on the dark malt grains, chocolate overtones, and a very fine vanilla edge. The mouthfeel is a little weak, somewhat watery, but that is a minor complaint. On the whole, the peaty smokiness, vanilla, and chocolate flavors triumph.
Serving type: bottle
03-11-2014 21:59:41 | More by beergoot
3.46/5 rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Shared pint at the 2014 Most Arrogant Bar Bash (Barleys in Greenvillle, SC).
The aroma indicates that is over-loaded with vanilla, Tasting confirms this impression. The mix of sweet malts and vanilla compound each other, and the ale would be better if one or the other were reduced a bit. So much vanilla I can barely detect the smoked malt.
Feel: smooth with very good, medium-light carbonation.
O: too much vanilla.
Serving type: on-tap
03-07-2014 16:29:57 | More by chinchill
Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
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