Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by adam42381:
4.08/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Enjoy by 9/20/12 etched on label. Thanks to iHeartBeer247 for this one. Drinking it on it's best by date.
Appearance: Pours a dark chestnut brown with a 1 finger light tan head. Nice lacing. Not quite as dark as I'd expect from a porter.
Smell: Sweet vanilla, milk chocolate and smokey malt.
Taste: Milk chocolate and a bit of vanilla bean up front followed by semi-sweet chocolate in the middle before ending with a nice combination of smokey malt and bitter hops at the finish. Aftertaste is dry, fairly bitter and a little smokey with just a hint of vanilla peaking through.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
Drinkability: Very good drinkability. Goes down quite smooth. You could easily drink multiples, especially on a cool evening (which this is not).
Overall: Very good beer overall. I'm very happy that I was able to try this one. The aroma was better than the flavor, but that's not saying the flavor wasn't quite good. I really enjoyed this one and I hope they bring it back (and ship some to this part of Florida). I'd definitely recommend trying this one if you get the chance.
Serving type: bottle
09-20-2012 20:29:59 | More by adam42381
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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 1,822 ratings.