Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by beesy:
3.83/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle poured into a Founders snifter.
A - pours a medium to medium dark brown that is somewhat clear. A finger and a quarter of medium khaki colored head appears from the depths. A fair amount of lacing as the drink progresses.
S - sweet vanilla paired with an earthy, smokey profile of chocolate and roast malts.
T - slightly a acrid with coffee and dark bakers chocolate the melds into a slight sweetness with the vanilla showing up mid palate and lasting throughout. A noticeable bitterness on the late palate, some attributed to the dark malts no doubt. The vanilla almost tastes artificial but I'm leaning towards not. I make a mean ass creme brûlée with real vanilla beans and I'm always shocked at how artifical they taste without some sugar to lend some sweetness. As it warms, the acrid smokiness becomes more apparent, making it less enjoyable.
M - slightly thin for the style, but just a tad so. Firmly carbed as its easy to build a Head back up from a couple swirls of the glass. Maybe leading to a touch of carbonic bite that doesn't play we'll with the smoke.
D - medium. The smokey and sweetnes of the vanilla keep it from being enjoyed too quickly.
Overall, a pretty solid beer. I can't say I enjoy it more than the non-flavored smoked porter Stone puts out, but its an interesting change. For some reason the smoke seems more acrid than in the "traditional" version. A touch less acrid smoke and maybe a touch of sweetness would help balance the vanilla making it more enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
09-29-2012 02:50:39 | More by beesy
More User Reviews:
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 1,830 ratings.