Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev +2.8%
Had this on tap the other day at winter storm. I'm not the biggest fan of porters but this one was pretty interesting as it was loaded with vanilla flavor and smell.
The beer poured a black color that produced a nice fluffy tan head. It faded after a minute and left behind some lace. The smell was half of coffee/dark malts and half of vanilla. I couldn't detect the smoke flavor in the aroma like I could with the regular bottled version. The flavor was heavy on the vanilla flavor and I could taste the smoke flavor a little. There was plenty of roasted malt/coffee flavor there but everything was smoothed over by the vanilla.
Overall, I think that its an alright porter but the vanilla really gave it something nice. I guess that should tell you something: that someone who doesn't drink a lot of porters enjoys this beer. I guess that either makes it a really good beer or a watered down version that everyone can enjoy. Judge for yourself.
01-29-2008 21:15:50 | More by t0rin0
3.05/5 rDev -21.6%
On cask for Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.
Pours a clear dark brown with a tan head that settles to an oily film. No lacing on this one. Smell is of smoked malt, nutty aromas, and slight vanilla bean. Taste is of smoked malt and smoked meat with a very subtle vanilla note on the finish. This beer has a low level of carbonation and is somewhat flat. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that I was expecting much more from. The vanilla beans are very hard to locate in both the aroma and flavor of this beer.
03-05-2012 22:13:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.73/5 rDev -4.1%
On tap at Churchkey.
Pours near black and has very little head or lacing. Perhaps a bit more in that department than the chipotle version. Nose is strong, strong vanilla. That's about is as nearly all the smoke and roast are overwhelmed. Taste is similarly unbalanced, although I won't complain, as it is quite a nice flavor. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Drinks fairly well. Nice and refreshing....would be a great dessert beer.
10-05-2010 23:03:40 | More by Thorpe429
4.08/5 rDev +4.9%
On-tap at Blind Tiger Ale House, New York, NY
A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color and poured with a half finger high beige head that died down and left some lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of vanilla bean in the nose.
T: The initial taste has notes of smoke, but this quickly transitions to lots of flavors of vanilla, which persist through the finish, which also has a hint of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is rather easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden and the sweetness and vanilla flavors are balanced enough from being overpowering.
09-18-2011 00:52:13 | More by metter98
3.7/5 rDev -4.9%
Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with an impressive head that leaves quite a few shards behind
Smell: Loads of vanilla in the aroma; black bread underneath; hard to detect the smoke
Taste: Black bread, up front, with the vanilla developing and overwhelming the middle; after the swallow, the charcoal flavors dominate, leaving a bitter coffee character in the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Overall: The flavors in this beer to not meld together - they compete with one another with the vanilla up front and the char (rather than smoke) in the back; would be a very nice vanilla porter if the smoke was excluded but as a smoked porter, the original is much better
07-29-2012 21:25:17 | More by brentk56
3.95/5 rDev +1.5%
Stone's usual brash demeanor takes a more delicate stride with the vanilla coat that adorns their ever popular Smoked Porter.
The beer pours like many other porters; with a dark brown color and delicate creme that gives the dark ale a very espresso-like appearance. Capped by the dainty off white foam that's fueled by carbonation, the beer trails with subdued islands of lace.
But a visit to the nose brings something different- the coffee and chocolate notes that are familiar to porters are complemented by the unmistakable and savory veil of vanilla and campfire. Where the mild smoky notes bring about a spice complexity, the vanilla soothes the senses and evokes a calming response to the nose.
The love affair that the smoky coffee flavor and vanilla companionship provide a masculine and feminine taste that plays out on the semisweet malt base of slightly scorched molasses, light taste of malted milk, and bittersweet chocolates. Toast, walnut oils, and coconut play out underneath the firm malt underpinnings and the decoration of smoke and cream.
Mild to texture, somehow the palate expects more fullness, richness, and viscocity. But the low-lying carbonation allows the ale to rest weightedly on the palate for full appreciation of flavor for a semi cask-like effect. A patient transition across the middle palate lands at the finish with a light mouthfeel of silk and mint-like alcohol warmth.
Although the vanilla provides a soothing effect to the otherwise masculine porter, the mouthfeel keeps me yearning for an imperial version of this beer. But its effortless palate and high rate of drinkability more than make up for it.
07-18-2012 17:02:52 | More by BEERchitect
4.63/5 rDev +19%
Had this on cask in the Bistro.
A: Very dark, pretty much black with a tan head.
S: Smell is like vanilla ice cream to me. But it still retained some of the smokiness.
T: Initially it tasted like a great vanilla float, to be honest. Very wide range of flavors though. The smoked flavor isn't as noticeable, it becomes more roasted/nutty.
M: Very smooth, seemed to coat the mouth a bit. Very pleasant.
D: I could drink this all day.
06-22-2009 21:58:05 | More by womencantsail
4.2/5 rDev +8%
Appearance: Displays a reasonably clear, dark brown body capped by a modest bone white head.
Smell: Nicely fragrant vanilla top note atop scents of light cocoa powder, mild roast coffee, and smokey peat.
Taste: Dark maltiness with taste of dark whole meal bread and hints of cocoa and coffee. Moderate sweetness. Vanilla coming through as a generous splash of A&W Cream Soda. A bit more coffee peeking through. Very subtle earthy bitterness tucked away in the back. Dries out for the most part, leaving you with a taste of lightly roasted, toasted vanilla bean pods.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.
Drinkability: Smooth, pleasant, and without any hard edges. Just as the standard iteration gives you just enough smoke character, so, too, does this give you just enough vanilla.
10-12-2010 13:38:58 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.83/5 rDev -1.5%
Poures a roasted nut brown with a thinner somewhat creamy off white head atop,the color seems to be a bit lighter than an avergae porter.Aromas are smoked and somewhat earthy with the vanilla pretty faint and in the background.The vanilla flavors are more pronounced on the palate intermingling nicely with the dryer,lighter earthy/smoked flavors.A fuller creamy feel is nice but I have to admit I was expecting a little more from this beer,I would have liked more vanilla in the aromas and a little more smoke on the palate.In saying that it's still pretty damn good,Stone is held in real high regard from me.
07-07-2012 20:53:44 | More by oberon
3.98/5 rDev +2.3%
On tap at 44 Stone, Columbia, MO on 7/26/12
A - Poured an opaque, jet black color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled of vanilla with some mild smoky notes.
T - It tasted smoky with a nice vanilla touch to mellow the smoke. Nice roasted malt flavor.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.
O - This is really tasty. I think I like this better than the original version.
07-31-2012 01:44:17 | More by zeff80
Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
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