Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Finally hits NC today.
Pour is close to black, but has some brown hues. Puffy off white head. Much lighter on the smoke than I thought, but I get sweet vanilla. Slight roasted base beer does come through a bit.
The first thing I notice is the bitter roasted malt up front, I like it. A bit thicker than the average porter. Very prickly carbonation makes it feel even more bitter. Next is the smoke. Light and really found late (especially upon exhale through the nose), but you can find a bit in the middle masking alot of the vanilla flavors I want. What vanilla does come through makes a nice addition to complexity. i also get some bitter coffee.
I get the feeling of dry woody smoke, instead of a full bodied porky smell. The vanilla makes an attempt at things, but loses to the dry hickory like coffee flavors.
Lots of roasted barley and bitterness, with some smoke and vanilla. I like it, just wish there was more vanilla to even things out. Still a really good beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-05-2012 19:31:29 | More by VncentLIFE
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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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