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
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4.04/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Deep mahogany red body with an exceptionally thick and chunky light tan head. Smells of fire-pit ashes, mocha, and bitter chocolate. Strong vanilla flavors along with cream and coffee; hop bitterness sneaks up through the sugary sweetness at the finish. Medium bodied; semi-sweet finish.
Overall, a fine tasting porter with emphasis on the dark malt grains, chocolate overtones, and a very fine vanilla edge. The mouthfeel is a little weak, somewhat watery, but that is a minor complaint. On the whole, the peaty smokiness, vanilla, and chocolate flavors triumph.
Serving type: bottle
03-11-2014 21:59:41 | More by beergoot
3.46/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
87 out of 100 based on 1,602 ratings.