Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Philousa:
3.25/5 rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Inky black, but you can see it's not cloudy under the light, where it gives off a reddish brown hue. The head is typical for an American ale yeast, and I recommend a hard pour, as it dissipates to cover the top in patches. There is some thin lacing on the glass. Smokiness is apparent and meat-like. The vanilla is evidently vanilla bean, since it's not too weak or too syrupy. Malt aroma is filled with milk chocolate sweetness with a touch of roast. I even get a little spicy rye in there with a swirl. A drive by sniffing yields a sugary sweet vanilla reminiscent of a candy bar. Flavor starts with chocolate, but not as sweet as the aroma suggests. There is some pungent copper in there as well, pretty typical of a porter or very dark beer. The bitterness is strong for the style. I get a slightly piney and resinous thickness on the tongue. The spiciness is there in the flavor as well with some forcible oxidation (mouth sloshing). It's a biting kind of spice, like something you would put on a meat in the middle east. I assume this is the smoked malt coming out in the flavor. The flavor and feel is mostly smooth and silky despite the characteristics I named. Finish is dry.
This is not as good as what I've had on tap. I've had this particular beer on tap twice, once at the brewery and once in the bay area. Both times they were consistent and had much more vanilla flavor. On tap it resembled a milk stout from the vanilla perspective, but it still had a solid porter flavor profile underneath. This is very similar, but I feel that the vanilla is just not as present, and it takes away from the overall experience. I want more vanilla damnit! Protip: A good sloshing in the mouth really brings out the creaminess and aromatics. Much more pleasurable this way, though the bitterness is still a little too harsh for this sweet-leaning beer. This makes me want to try the chipotle version since this iteration didn't meet my expectations.
Serving type: bottle
09-13-2012 03:39:33 | More by Philousa
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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.
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