Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jaasen64:
4/5 rDev +2.8%
Was lucky enough to review this on-tap at a local bar about a month ago before they released it in the bottles. Since I enjoyed it the first time, figured I'd try it again from the bottle. Single 12oz bottle, one of the first ones purchased earlier today- says "Drink Fresh". Poured into CCB snifter.
A- Pours a slightly translucent very dark almost black brown with a about a quarter finger of creamy white head (almost vanilla bean in color) that dissipates fairly fast and only leaves a slight head around the edges, about average carbonation.
S- Sweet vanilla beans, a little bit of espresso, some smokiness but fairly light, roasted malts. About average to slightly above average aroma strength.
T- Nice sweet vanilla bean taste followed by a light smokiness slightly nutty and a tiny bit of roasted malts, finishes with a little bit of a sweet vanilla taste.
M- Medium bodied, average carbonation, smooth, abv well hidden, a tiny bit creamy.
O- For a smoked porter this beer was very good. Probably the best smoked porter I've ever had. I definitely enjoyed the on-draft version a lot more (I thought it was better in pretty much every category), but I'm definitely glad they started bottling this. Props again to Stone for making very good beers they can mass produce- not an easy thing to do. For $3.99/bottle I definitely recommend picking a few up.
07-03-2012 01:26:32 | More by jaasen64
More User Reviews:
3.83/5 rDev -1.5%
Poures a roasted nut brown with a thinner somewhat creamy off white head atop,the color seems to be a bit lighter than an avergae porter.Aromas are smoked and somewhat earthy with the vanilla pretty faint and in the background.The vanilla flavors are more pronounced on the palate intermingling nicely with the dryer,lighter earthy/smoked flavors.A fuller creamy feel is nice but I have to admit I was expecting a little more from this beer,I would have liked more vanilla in the aromas and a little more smoke on the palate.In saying that it's still pretty damn good,Stone is held in real high regard from me.
07-07-2012 20:53:44 | More by oberon
4.16/5 rDev +6.9%
A: A dark brown with good clarity. The head is persistant and made of compact, light-tan bubbles.
S: The moderate aroma of the vanilla about even with the coffee, chocolate and malt sweetness of the porter, the smoked aroma is up there too but it comes in a bit behind the two main aromas. No hops to speak of in the nose.
T: The moderately-strong smoke steps it up in the taste slightly dominate the moderate vanilla and malt flavors of coffee, chocolate and a touch of toffee. There is a moderate hops bitterness with a moderate malt sweetness having a balance that is slightly towards the bitter. The finish is medium and the aftertaste is of smoke, coffee and malt bitterness.
M: A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation and a bit of creaminess.
O: A flavor packed bottle that isn't too rich but would go well with dessert. A decent amount of smoke in the flavor.
02-15-2013 00:31:04 | More by MadScientist
2.23/5 rDev -42.7%
I honestly can say that this beer is on my "avoid" list.I recently tried clown shoes ganghis pecan.With all that roasted and smoked characters it really gave the beers a taste that my pallet just won't forgive.To each their own.But for this guy I have to give it a fail.
01-15-2014 05:51:47 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
3.68/5 rDev -5.4%
A - Pours deep brown with two fingers of creamy looking tan head. Head has good retention and leaves nice lacing.
S - Lots of vanilla in the nose, along with coffee, cocoa and faint smoke.
T - There is more smoke in the taste, but vanilla is still the most prevalent taste, along with coffee. The vanilla flavor is a nice complement for the base beer, but it seems a bit heavy handed here. Not bad, but a bit too much vanilla. The finish turns earthy and smoky with a bit of char.
M - Medium mouthfeel with some lingering earthy bitterness. Carbonation seems about right.
O - Pretty good, but I don't have much desire to have it again. I wish the vanilla were a bit more subtle.
07-18-2012 22:46:41 | More by warnerry
3.2/5 rDev -17.7%
12 oz bottle. Pours brown with a medium rocky light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is some chocolate malts, smoke and perfumey vanilla.
The flavor is sweet vanilla followed by an acidic charry bitter smokiness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, interesting, but the sweet vanilla didn't blend well with the acidic bitter smoke to me.
10-03-2012 03:39:38 | More by Beaver13
4/5 rDev +2.8%
Review from a 12 oz bottle purchased 11/20/12
A --- dark, thick and 1/4 inch head
S --- smoke, vanilla and
T --- lots of vanilla and malts. The smokiness is downplayed which I enjoy in this pairing.
M --- light to medium body and carbonation
O --- very good! I try to match food with smoked porters, but I could drink this one by itself.
11-22-2012 02:25:31 | More by mikechance
3.9/5 rDev +0.3%
12oz brown bottle with no freshness date
LOOK: Dark brown hue, clear, ample tan head
SMELL: Vanilla, cocoa, mild char, dried grass, ghost-like smokiness
TASTE: Burnt grain, very smooth, mild smokiness, coffee grounds, kiss of vanilla, hint of alcohol, nutty, moderate hoppiness, ashy burnt finish
Trying this again after over a year, perhaps my palate changed or the beer was tweaked a bit ... flavors seem to mesh well together. Worth a go.
12-03-2013 02:34:40 | More by Jason
3.95/5 rDev +1.5%
Happy to track down a 12 ounce bottle of this much sought after nectar. No bottling date or other freshness info offer, but the consumer is encourage to "Enjoy Fresh" I do not have to be told twice.
The pour is dark brown, dark tan head, and leaving decent fine lacing.
The nose is of milk chocolate, and of course, vanilla.
Notes of more chocolate, darker, smoky grains and moderate sweetness, provided by the vanilla infusion.
Very smooth, light and creamy in the mouth.
Ehh, not really my favorite. One and done for me.
Best application would be as a dessert beer, for example with a decadent chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream, so sounds pretty damn good actually.
07-11-2012 15:17:36 | More by Billolick
Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
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