Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by lordofstarside:
3.98/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Re reviewing this guy fresh. Had a bottle that was a month expired last round, freshie this time. Bomber to a stone specialty ipa glass, enjoy by 3/15/14
Pours black that turns into a dark burgundy red when held up to the sun with fairly good transparency. Two and a half fingers of foam have died down to just one after about 90 seconds, mild carbonation and good lacing. Color is the biggest flaw here, not too big a deal
Smells of roast espresso coffee malts and cocoa nibs, woody smoke, followed by the vanilla, cherries and other dark fruits, and maybe just a hint of alcohol. Aroma is pretty simple, but by no means bad
Taste is with the nose pretty well, upfront smokey coffee, followed by dark chocolate, vanilla, the fruits, and more vanilla on the finish. The addition of the vanilla is definitely present, not too powerful though
Feel is a medium body with a dry, smooth, and creamy finish. Alcohol is concealed almost entirely, very drinkable
Not the beer I would have chosen for Stone to bring back, but a solid vanilla porter. Only $6, definitely picking up a few more. Much better experience this time around
Serving type: bottle
10-14-2012 05:54:19 | More by lordofstarside
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 1,826 ratings.