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Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,013 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2,013
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 84
Gots: 206 | FT: 14
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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Photo of sjmad23
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevotex
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JohnPolino
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light bodied, and easy to drink. Faint vanilla taste. Bitter finish. Had high hopes for this one...Not disappointed, but not blown away either.

Photo of Roberto11232
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EvoRich
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: On the lighter side for a porter. Lights shines through pretty easily. Big fluffy head develops while pouring.

Smell: Roasted malts, nuts and vanilla.

Taste: Very mellow taste overall, with a strong sweet vanilla flavor. There is a flavor of smoked and roasty malts blended nicely with the vanilla

Feel: Creamy, yet medium bodied and easy drinking.

Overall: Very please with this beer! Very sweet and easy drinking. The flavor is mellow, and just a joy to drink!

Photo of brians52
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler poured at about 50-60 degrees into wide-mouth stout glass.

Fairly short and soapy tan head over a deep brown body (mahogany edges when held to the light). Very good lacing.

Aromas lead with the smoky wood, salty meat, peaty qualities. Some roasted coffee and chocolate in the background.

Very creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Flavors are awesome - nice roasted malt, and a lot more sweetness comes through than in the aromas. Milk chocolate, vanilla beans, and a touch of sweet spice. Not overly smokey - just right.

Tasty, and very easy drinking... glad I picked this one out of the 20+ I had to choose from!

Photo of jaswilson2
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Budinetz
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter at 55 degrees. 2014 release, purchased about a week ago after it was released. (It does state on the bottle to drink fresh and at 5.9% I am inclined to agree).

Pours a midnight red color with an antique white colored head that dissipates slowly an actually keeps a thin layer on the beer the entire time I drink it. Decent head retention and nice lacing around the glass.

Smells pretty bland actually...very characteristic of a porter, bit with a hint of vanilla and smoked sausage, almost as if my Yankee candle is sitting next to a smoked bologna I'm eating...very interesting.

Tastes of sweet roasted malts, vanilla bean, milk chocolate, Kona coffee, smoked meat, bitter hops, and divine roastiness. This brew begins sweet and ends very bitter. Aweome balance and great flavor all around. Although recommended to drink fresh, I wonder if the bitterness would subside with aging and just be full in sweet.

Mouthfeel is interesting. Due to the high amount of alpha acids from the ops added during the boil, this brew has a seriously bitter finish that is amazingly pleasant. The sweet roasted malt and vanilla notes balance this brew out quite well. It makes your tongue dance!

Overall this beer is very different, however very traditional, all at the same time. The porter style is represented well, but with an interesting twist of flavors. The flavors are taking to each agreement of sweet and bitter. Definitely worth purchasing a bottle or two.


Cheers!

Photo of Mordinoj87
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of mschantz
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich dark brown, nearly black with a huge flush head that stands up very well. Rich toasty nose with a hit of BBQ sauce smell. Really didn't pick up vanilla on the nose. Taste is very nice malty, chocolaty, smokey sweetness with a slightly bitter finish. Mouth feel is smooth with the vanilla apparent at the back of the palate.

Photo of mcloud2
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zak333
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of KZane
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ChrisinRI
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beestin
3.04/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks better than it tastes is the reason for the outlier BA App. Don't question me!

Photo of Oldmankeebler
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Too much smoke for me. It lingers to long in the after taste.

Photo of Evango
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AAG
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of briandaube
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HopHead_
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jdshep
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark brown poor with about an inch and a half to two inch frothy head. If you hold it to the light you can see hints of red.

In the intial flavor I get the chocolate with the finish flavor coming in a little bitter and smokey coffee. This was an easy, smooth drink for me, had to consciencely slow down once or twice. This could easily become a strong session beer.

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Photo of Westmi
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of S2kookies
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,013 ratings.