Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by nomomentwasted:
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
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 1,822 ratings.