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Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,981 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,981
Reviews: 478
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 83
Gots: 185 | 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 Dat
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Small-medium, off-white/tan head that disappears quickly. Scent is nice and roasty. Dark malt, dark chocolate...with A LOT of vanilla. Taste is initially vanilla forward. A TON of vanilla. Not nearly as smokey as the original smoke porter. Very faint smoke with a well balanced, sweet, dark chocolate edge. Somewhat bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is a great beer that is very tasty. I prefer the Chipotle version more though.

Photo of shand
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean pours out a deep brown color with a tiny off-white head. The aroma is a little awkward, with the vanilla never quite properly integrating with the smoked malts. The taste is much more balanced than I expected, with an excellent vanilla flavor mingling with the solid smoke and roast flavors of the original. The late aftertaste is where this beer really diverges from the original, with the vanilla lingering on the palate long after the smoke and roast have given up the ghost. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and fairly coating, and the drinkability is exceptional. Overall, the Vanilla Bean treatment on Stone's Smoked Porter is another success. It's not as perfectly complementary as the Chipotle version, but it's still worthy.

Photo of KiMiRaiK
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of djjacobsen
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a novel idea. I enjoy porters and vanilla is a wonderful dessert/gourmet addition but i feel like this beer falls short. The mouthfeel is too smooth and lacks the punch that a good porter has. The smell is the best thing about this beer but is misleading. On paper, its a great idea, but it really fails top deliver. I was glad my serving was 12 oz. I wouldn't revisit it again. Nice try Stone.

Photo of MordorMongo
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of cdayb1
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of cyclonece09
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours black with a nice froffy off white head about 2 fingers. Smells of chocolate, almost of candy bar quality, probably because of the blend of the porter with the vanilla bean. The vanilla taste dominates, although it does have a little bit of a coffee note. Beer is slightly undercarbonated, but it is fine for a porter of light body. Overall, a pretty good beer.

Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of uustal
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of user785335
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +9%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,981 ratings.