Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by portia99:
4.15/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
On tap at the Armsby Abbey. Served in a snifter.
A - Dark, opaque brown - almost black. About a 1 finger dark brown/cappucino head. Head recedes after about a minute leaving a thin layer of bubbles.
S - Dark roasted malts, a hint of smokiness, and a nice thick layer of sweet, creamy vanilla that sits on top of this. This is a great smelling beer. Vanilla lovers (like myself) won't be able to get enough of this.
T - Dark and roasty malt. I would tend to describe this more as burnt more than smoky. Burnt and rich coffee flavors...sorta like biting into an espresso bean. Vanilla is strong in the flavor as well. Really smooths things out - almost like cream in coffee. Seems to strip away any harshness that the smoke contributes. This is a very smooth beer.
M - Mouthfeel is very nice. Smooth and creamy. Carbonation is very fine and on the lower side to create the smooth body. The vanilla adds more smoothness/creaminess and makes this beer feel slightly oily. Alcohol is undetectable here.
D - Quite drinkable. Alcohol is on the low side, making this somewhat sessionable. Mouthfeel and flavors are smooth. I would describe this as a nice, relaxing beer. Just want to sit back in a comfortable chair and enjoy several of these.
Serving type: on-tap
08-13-2009 17:21:02 | More by portia99
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 1,830 ratings.