Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.96/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
APPEARANCE: Only a touch of ruby red light passes through this otherwise black beer. The head is eggshell white and retention is strong, as about three quarters of an inch lasts for a good five minutes. The lacing is quite nice.
SMELL: As I pour this beer into two Funkwerks glasses I can already smell the roastiness. A closer inspection brings out a surprisingly big vanilla flavor and a hint of chocolate.
TASTE: Stone Smoked Porter has never been short on coffee-like roastiness, and Vanilla Bean is no exception, the vanilla is nearly as strong as the smoked malt and the two flavors seamlessly meld together. Just as in the nose, a hint of chocolate lingers beneath the smoky vanilla blend.
MOUTHFEEL: This may seem odd, but the blend of flavors in this beer gives it sort of a gritty mouthfeel, and I do not mean that in a bad way at all. The carbonation is on the lighter side, but it does provide a bit of a tickle. Medium to big mouthfeel.
OVERALL: Last year the vanilla seemed to play second string to a super-roasty, maybe overly roasty beer. This year, there is a much better balance. Really solid beer.
Serving type: bottle
12-04-2013 08:24:28 | More by StoneTSR
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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.