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Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,137 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2,137
Reviews: 510
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 95
Gots: 259 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MiScusi on 08-31-2007

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Photo of DaveAnderson
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of msscott1973
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of csnyder83
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of BlueMoon10
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Bomber poured into a nonic. Cola-like in appearance, dark brown with two frothy milk shake fingers of mocha colored head. Aroma is that of a classic robust porter. Not pungently smoky or reeking of vanilla extract. Rather, a clean crisp coffee and dark baker's chocolate base with a whiff of ash and a developing sweet dulce de leche note, more caramel than vanilla per se. The aroma develops nicely as the beer warms, at which point some hazelnut and ladyfinger notes emerge.

Palate is perhaps less resplendent than the nose but certainly noteworthy in its own right. The smoke is more salient here but still mellow. More bitter, ashy, and earthy flavors ... Cacao power, wood char, burnt almonds. A chocolate-covered raisin sweetness does emerge over time. The vanilla is subtle and adds a floral character. I appreciate the effort to preserve a porter base instead of just wailing away with the bells and whistles. Moderate thick body with carbonation on the low end. Quite smooth and creamy. Finish is dry with some woody ashtray and burnt marshmallow and coconut vapor trails.

Stone's true strength is in their hoppy offerings but this is well worth your time. The aroma is more complex than the taste. I am not a fan of rankly potent vanilla extract in beers and this skillfully avoids that issue, using actual beans to season rather than dominate. The emphasis is firmly on the dark malt flavors.

Photo of Joncasso
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really love stones smoked porter and this is a great addition. Different flavor. I can't really figure out a distinct vanilla flavor, but you can taste a difference between this and the regular and that difference is still very delicious.

Photo of Notacraftdrinker
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of joemochas
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KevChiTown
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not much smoke or vanilla, but it's still very drinkable. It does have a Coke-Cola pour to it, otherwise it's unremarkable. Not bad just boring.

Photo of Shaler_Tate
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of carrwoo
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Goes down smooth. Low bitterness. Sweet hint behind the dark.

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

Photo of stwok21
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kdivers
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of waitwhatamidrinking
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jufu07
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of lushes22
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Almost pitch black but a bit of ruby red. Finger high head which dissipates quickly. Light lacing.
S. Typical porter smell, chocolate, coffee, and some malt with a bit of smoke. Slight vanilla so pretty much how would expect it to smell.
T. Enjoyable as get more of smoke and vanilla is mild. Get more vanilla as it warms.
M. Smooth with light carbonation.
O. Very solid smoked porter and vanilla is nice compliment. Not quite up there with founders and smuttynose though.

Photo of GregStoner
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrBIP
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gr0g
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jvenables31
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mchengcit
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,137 ratings.