Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by tyanow:
4.43/5 rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is a sweeter and decidedly more delicate version of the normal smoked porter from Stone.
The vanilla is present throughout the drinking experience. I could smell it as he pushed the glass across the bar. The smokey goodness of grains and bitter chocolate were tempered by the sweet vanilla aroma.
The taste is much of the same. This is a full body porter that is way to sweet and complex to session but a very nice treat.
Not sure if they still make this. The owner of Blue Palms said he had it aging for a couple of years.
Serving type: cask
07-23-2009 00:37:35 | More by tyanow
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.