Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Nugganooch:
4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I have had this from tap and growler in years past and have always been a fan.
*For Presentation purposes - 12oz bottle w/ Nonic taster glass
A: Pours a dark chestnut brown with a semi-transparent edge to it. Produces a nice thick oatmeal colored cream cap that retains quite nicely. Eventually collars out leaving etches and dots of cling down the glass.
S: Smells of fresh vanilla bean extract. The vanilla is sweet and expressive. There are some secondary notes of dark roast grains and earthy wood smoke. Really nice how the vanilla comes through big in the aroma.
T: Tastes of pure vanilla bean united with a light smoky char. Dark roast grains give a burnt toast note. Vanilla latte. Earthy dampened wood. There is a light peppery hop bitterness to the beer that cuts through the malt sweetness. Minor alcohol warming sensation. Crazy good vanilla flavor that just really marries well with the smoked grains.
M: Light moderate body with a smooth frothiness throughout. There is a nice carbonation crisp towards the finish and a sleek oily linger on the palate.
D: Bravo to Stone for capturing such a rich and fresh Vanilla flavor in this beer. This a very drinkable every day Porter by style but with some great robust flavors. The vanilla, smoke, and roast really come together to enhance the base beer experience in my opinion.
Serving type: bottle
11-20-2012 17:31:46 | More by Nugganooch
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4/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Presentation: Very attractive looking label in the traditional painted on gargoyle themed Stone fashion. Front label give ABV info and a small description of the beer. Back label gives a great back story on the beer, a great description of the beer, web info, a bit of brewery info, and states “Drink Fresh”. Front neck label states “Stone Limited Release Winter Edition”. Back neck label has Stone gargoyle. Enjoy by 3/15/14 printed on the bottle.
Appearance: A aggressive pour from its 22oz brown bomber into a 16oz English pint led to a 3 finger tanish light brown head of a medium density atop a deep opaque brown beer with amber hues visible when held to the light. Head retention is amazing at 5min 56sec while still retaining a thick coating and ring with a very impressive lacing.
Smell/Aroma: Smell is of a nice dark roasty bready malt and heavy natural vanilla bean. Also has a nice smokiness detectable that is not quite as strong as the regular version of Stone Smoked Porter.
Flavor/Taste: Taste is of smoke and a nice vanilla infused roasted chocolate maltiness on the front end. Smoke and vanilla carry through to the mid point with the vanilla bean flavor becoming more prevalent and the roast becoming deeper and darker blending into the coffee flavors that start to become very prevalent. Back end is dominated by deep roasted dark chocolate and coffee malts with the smoke seeping back into the picture along with a light vanilla bean flavor. Aftertaste is of very deep roasted coffee.
MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the full side of medium bodied with an above average amount of carbonation and a smooth creamy mouthfeel leading to a very drinkable brew.
Overall/Comments: I thought this was an excellent beer that was a great twist on an already classic porter. The vanilla bean blended seamlessly into the existing flavor profile. Try it if you can find it. Consumed 12/28/2013. Classified as an American Porter @ 5.9% ABV.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2014 19:21:45 | More by thegodfather1076
Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,801 ratings.