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Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,824 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,824
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 56
Gots: 145 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MiScusi on 08-31-2007)
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

09-06-2013 04:32:25 | More by Knapp85
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2012 01:44:17 | More by zeff80
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-21-2012 15:22:22 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark mahogany body with excellent clarity. An inch of off-white head forms.

Smell: As advertised, there's plenty of smoke and vanilla, and they work pretty nicely together. The porter base is dry, roasty, slightly ashy. Vanilla gives an illusion of richness to an otherwise dry beer.

Palate: Lots of natural and tasty vanilla flavor, along with a present but nicely integrated smokiness. Roasted malt, a touch of cigar and coffee. The body is medium verging on light. Carbonation is at a lower-medium level. Vanilla lingers, but the finish dries up nicely without being particularly bitter. This is a really enjoyable take on an already good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 07:48:04 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

11-14-2011 23:24:28 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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nickfl

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of if white foam on an opaque, black body. Ok retention and good lace.

S - Light smoke and some thick toffee. Notes of mocha and molasses with a distinct vanilla character.

T - Brown toffee and caramel up front. Some molasses in the middle with a hint of coffee appearing and vanilla starting to show through. The finish is full of chocolate and coffee with nutty vanilla and lingering smoke.

M - Moderately thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Very nice, the smoke and vanilla combine nicely with the dark, sugary malt. It is a bit too sugary for my taste however and I really can't imagine drinking more than one in a sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2011 21:15:35 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On-tap 1/7/2014 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains smoky roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, coffee and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a strong and sweet vanilla flavor up front followed by a hearty but not too heavy roasted malt character. There’s some smokiness in the background as well as flavors of chocolate and coffee. The hops presence is decent for the style and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice flavorful porter to drink for a long time.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2014 00:52:59 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking beer, though the head just keeps on growing off the initial pour. Guess I could have done it less aggressively. Regardless. The vanilla is a nice tone on here, but there is so much of it that it gives this very sweet tone to things that seems too pronounced to me. I salute the idea and the execution, but I think it could stand to be a bit more rounded.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 07:47:43 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date

LOOK: Dark brown hue, clear, ample tan head

SMELL: Vanilla, cocoa, mild char, dried grass, ghost-like smokiness

TASTE: Burnt grain, very smooth, mild smokiness, coffee grounds, kiss of vanilla, hint of alcohol, nutty, moderate hoppiness, ashy burnt finish

Trying this again after over a year, perhaps my palate changed or the beer was tweaked a bit ... flavors seem to mesh well together. Worth a go.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 02:34:40 | More by Jason
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at Goebel's in Wichita...

Pours an effervescent chestnut/mahogany with 2+ fingers of tan head. Nice head retention & lacing

S: Smokeyness, roastyness, faint vanilla notes

T: Follows the nose, some dryness too along with faint coffee notes up front. Smokey notes mix with mocha as this warms, some vanilla & woody notes as well. Finishes dry, roasty, with mocha notes

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation

I think I prefer the plain Jane Version more, but glad I got to try it. I think vanilla in Porters is something I like in theory more than practice. Drinks alright...

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 04:11:19 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Three smoked porters tasted side by side at Churchkey last night, regular, vanilla and chipotle. Served in a wine glass.

Beer is black / dark brown with a thin broken head of brown tiny bubbles that leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low, they all three looked exactly the same.

VANILLA!!! that's all I can smell, makes the beer smell super sweet like you are smelling vanilla extract.

VANILLA also wins in the palate, the beer is good and medium to light in body, easy to drink to an extent but the vanilla makes the beer VERY vanilla-y and really sweet too. Side by side with the other two, this one loses the threeway. I probably wouldn't drink it again but it was fun to have once.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2010 15:56:45 | More by drabmuh
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark crimson mahogany hue, typically I recall the smoked porter to be a bit darker in color. Huge billowing light tan head fine speckled lacing covers the sides of my glass very pleasant looking brew. Aromatics offer up a nutty/vanilla earthiness combined with dark chocolate/milk chocolate cocoa notes, the nose invites the notion of dessert or something very decadent about to reach the palate. Balanced flavor profile upfront vanilla bean character, with charred roasted malt and a mild smokey character offering up a nice bitterness to dry the palate out. In addition to the dark roasts, smoked malts, and vanilla beans this beer is packing around 50 or so IBUS. I get a nice herbal hop in the backend and it plays to how drinkable and well crafted this special winter release is, medium to light bodied nice textures a bit more residual sugars or caramelization on the palate but still finishes clean and dry ample moderate carbonation carries the flavor profile very well. Overall a go to beer, if your lucky enough to have Stone in your distribution network where you live, give this a try this winter.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 23:02:19 | More by WVbeergeek
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at nerax.

Light bubbly head super dark brown color.

Nose of loaded vanilla light smoke coffee roasted malt oak creamy chocolate.

Taste is semi sweet loaded with vanilla creamy light choc some bitterness lingering sweet and bitter and lots of vanilla.

Mouth is creamy and rich med to heavier body low carb.

Drinkability is good with low abv, no sticky or syrupy flavors, smooth and creamy demeanor.

Serving type: cask

11-13-2010 04:46:03 | More by jlindros
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught. The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tannish head. I get a lot of smoke, chocolate, roasted malt and vanilla in the aroma. I also get a tad bit of oaked notes. The flavor is more of the same. The chocolate and vanilla are the dominant flavors, with the smoke hiding in the background. I also get a little oak and whiskey notes behind the other aspects of the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice, overall.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2011 16:20:46 | More by Mora2000
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

11-20-2012 03:53:20 | More by SocalKicks
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

dont like this as much as the chipotle version, but its still a nice porter. it pours a lazy looking dark brown color without a whole lot of head. it smells very strongly of vanilla beans, sticky and sweet, fresh. the smoke smell and flavor is largely masked by the vanilla, which i think is a major detriment to this beer. the original is great for that robust smoke flavor, and the chipotle version really enhanced that property, but its not as evident with the vanilla, and its missing to me. flavor is good though, desserty, sweet. i wouldnt drink a bunch of these, but one is fine. might also be nice with a creamy dessert like panacotta or something. feel is good, low on carbonation but thats okay here, sturdy body, sugary finish. an excellent porter on its own, but compared to the rerular smoked porter, it seems unnecessary.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 18:35:31 | More by StonedTrippin
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oline73

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a dark brown with some red when the light hits the edges. There is a half finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Tons of vanilla here. Not getting a whole lot of smoke. Mildly sweet roasted malt and vanilla beans.

Taste: I am getting some of the smoke here. The smoke and roast are a bit smoother than the chipotle version. The vanilla beans show up throughout the sip with a slight malt sweetness. There is a mild vanilla roast in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation and a really dry finish.

Overall: I liked this better than the chipotle version. I enjoyed both, but I'm a sucker for vanilla. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 02:20:10 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 10/04/10 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey in DC at the Stone Tap Takeover event. Unfortunately this was the only version of the smoked porter I got to try.

a - Pours a dark black folor with one inch of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of vanilla beans, roasted malts, and chocolate. Vanilla dominates the nose, but I really enjoy it.

t - Tastes of vanilla, roasted malts, and chocolate, with vanilla dominating again. A little bit of smoke, but not too much.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty easy drinking vanilla smoked porter. This was one of the surprises of the night for me. I thought it smelt and tasted great, though I didn't get a whole lot of smoke thanks to the vanilla. Would definitely try again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2010 20:07:30 | More by mdfb79
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Halcyondays

California

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ, in Seal Beach, CA,

A: Pours black, with a thick cap of tan foam, leaving nice lacing in one of Gabe's new wide-mouthed glasses.

S: Lighter than I expected, get vanilla notes, of course, with roasted malt, and a hint of smoke.

T: On first sip, you get a bit of coffee, and then a nice, natural vanilla flavour, that complements the beer well, reminds me a bit of Irish Creme style coffee. Didn't get a huge smoke note like I did with the original and the Chipotle style, the vanilla seemed to balance it out and become the dominant flavour along with the roasted malts.

M: Smooth, creamy, a tad thin, but overall, a nice feel for a porter beer.

D: A good beer overall by Stone, I didn't like it as much as the other 2 variations that I have had, but it's a solid porter beer. Another good beer from Stone.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2007 19:25:38 | More by Halcyondays
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

12-18-2013 20:50:05 | More by mendvicdog
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a short 1/2" head that breaks down quickly. Some spots of lace stick on the sides of the glass.

Smell: roasted malt, vanilla, and a hint of smoke is easily detctable by the nose.

Taste: roasted malt, light smokiness, a muted vanilla tone, milk chocolate, and a moderate bitterness create a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Light crispness throughout. Long lasting aftertaste as the soft vanilla and smokiness linger on the tongue.

Overall: a very drinkable smoked porter that would go great with a dessert.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 19:41:56 | More by Gavage
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kojevergas

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-cask into a 25 cl Leffe goblet at the Daily Pint in Santa Monica. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were above average.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and good retention. Colour is a dark amber-black. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Smoke, dark malts, yeast, cream, and roast. Complex and enjoyable. Smoke is dominant. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Smokey with cream. Some dark malts. Timid. Balanced decently. Built okay for a smoked porter, but I've had better. Vanilla is subtly present and is the best aspect of the flavour. Not bold, unique, or special. I like it but it's not great.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too light and too thin. Not enough cream. Weak. Should be more coarse. Complements the flavour decently.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but it suffers from the cask; it'd be better on-draught. I'd like to try this properly. I've had far better beers in the style.

B-

Serving type: cask

04-20-2012 04:17:37 | More by kojevergas
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GClarkage

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

07-08-2014 04:49:26 | More by GClarkage
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-13-2013 03:24:22 | More by XmnwildX12
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%

10-22-2012 18:07:12 | More by imperialking
Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,824 ratings.