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Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,822 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,822
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 56
Gots: 145 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MiScusi on 08-31-2007)
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nomomentwasted

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Stone today after I got off work. Poured into a tall glass from the tap. Glad I finally got to try this!

Appearance: Black-brown with a nice white head and decent lacing, but mainly about the color and big, fluffy white, 2-inch head from the pour. Looks delicious!

Smell: Vanilla notes of almost a french type, no extract going on here. Malts and smoked flavor are much more mild in the smell than in the originall smoked porter, and pretty much everything is relatively mild, save for the vanilla.

Taste: Whoa, huge hit of french vanilla on the forefront that hits like a root beer float with smoked porter (which is delicious in its own right). Really, really solid notes of vanilla that I've never had in any other beer containing vanilla. Most of the time it's advertised and it doesn't really deliver. This does. The finishing tastes are much more porter-like, but the smoked element is much less than in the original, and probably because most of the body is taken up by the creamy vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Disappointed with that front slightly. A little over-carbonated on the taste left a bubbly feeling that doesn't really accompany any porter all that well. Left it feeling almost fizzy, which wasn't awesome, but the smoothness of the vanilla was enough to keep it from going off the railes.

Drinkability: I personally love vanilla and therefore loved the taste of this beer. If you do as well, then you'd probably really enjoy it as well. I wish I could have this more frequently / growler fill it, since while the rating won't look amazing as a composite, I'd love to have a few friends try it as well. Definitely worth the shot.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2009 01:48:25 | More by nomomentwasted
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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...

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Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,822 ratings.