Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
3.73/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. No date on the bottle.
Appearance: Black but with cola-brown at the edges. Light tan foam ring at the edge, tiny islands of lacing that slowly slid back down and disappeared over time.
Smell: Best to let it warm up or you won't get a lot. Vanilla dominates with a bit of some chocolate notes. With a swirl the smoke comes out from underneath the vanilla, but it's not strong even then.
Taste: Smoky, roasted malt, black coffee, some chocolate, and definitely vanilla like you would get off of ice cream. Bitterness at the end is part smoke, part roasted/burnt malt. Tasty brew.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, slick and strangely when cold, not a lot of body. As it warms up it gets a bit thicker.
Overall / Drinkability: As per the back of the bottle, I think this beer would be best with dessert. I had it by itself and I wish I had some cookies or cake to go with it. By itself it's just okay. The flavor combo works but it doesn't really pop out or make itself an amazing porter. Its just an okay porter by itself. Smoky, interesting, but one is enough. However....I really think if this was paired with food I might feel very different about this beer. I may have to try it again in the future and see if my hunch is right.
Serving type: bottle
11-18-2012 23:59:30 | More by damndirtyape
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.
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