Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Phelps:
3.18/5 rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
This was the second beer released by stone, on December 96. The chipotle variation was born ten years later, and was the first stone beer to get modified.
Poured into my Bell's tulip.
A chocolate brown liquid that melds into inky dark brown in the glass. The head, creamy, gets to about an inch thick and does its best the stay in place, leaving thick, pocked webbing.
Smoky, but gently so. A little campfire smoke, a noticeable scoop of chipotle. A touch of chocolate. Smells like a Mexican chocolate with peppers.
I've never been a huge fan of stone's smoked porter. It's a bit too subtle for me. Same deal here. The peppers are nicely integrated, and the heat on the tongue, just a suggestion of it, is perfect. but there's just not enough here to back it up. A smidge of dark chocolate, some piny hops, a rather dry finish. Just thin.
Like I said, thin. Light and a little fluffy in body. Moderate massaging carbonation, no hint of alcohol, the soft glow of pepper fire.
Eh. It's nowhere near as good as the vanilla porter, which could also be better. The chipotle integration is masterful, but the base beer leaves something to be desired.
Serving type: bottle
11-05-2012 18:54:07 | More by Phelps
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4.18/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - pours a dark brown with a thin ring of light brown head
S - aroma is prominent vanilla initially with coffee and smoke underneath
T - smoke makes its presence known up front, followed by coffee and more subtle vanilla than in the nose
M - very smooth, medium carbonation
O - good smoked beer, I like the vanilla not being overpowering
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2014 02:04:19 | More by ncketchum
Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
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