Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by russwbeck:
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
$4.50 for a 12oz bottle.
A: Black pour with three or four fingers of very light brown head. Billowing almost, the head has large bubbles and could use a little bit better retention, but the lacing is very nice down the side of my Stone IRS glass.
S: Much sweeter aroma than the Smoked Porter (clearly). Big hits of vanilla blend very nicely with the smoked malts and chocolate. It almost smells like ice cream and is extremely inviting.
T: This certainly is an interesting taste, but I can't say it's as balanced as original Smoked Porter because it's too sweet. The sweetness starts right off the bat with vanilla bean assaulting the palate. The smokiness comes second, underscored by malt and chocolate. Coffee seems to linger at the backend. I must say I liked the Smoked Porter more. I like the new take on the beer and it really matches the taste of the Troegs Java Head "Beer Float" I had at Troegs Brewery, but the vanilla hinted towards artificial at points (not that I think it's artificial, I just think it was too much).
MF: The body again is lighter than most porters, but pretty similar to Smoked Porter. Nice and smooth, I'm glad this one was only 12oz and not 22oz because the sweetness got to me after a while.
O: This beer was tasty, and a nice new addition to Stone's line, but the vanilla beans didn't enhance the experience for me. Pick this up if you like vanilla, or really sweet beers!
Serving type: bottle
09-12-2012 00:03:15 | More by russwbeck
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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 1,835 ratings.