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Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,869 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,869
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 62
Gots: 154 | 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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Photo of Dope


3.7/5  rDev -4.9%

A: Pours dark brown with a huge effervescent light brown head. Fades slowly with loads of lacing all over the glass.

S: Pretty much all smoke and vanilla bean. Like smelling vanilla ice cream that someone melted with a torch. Almost like creme brulee actually.

T: Smoke at first and then a nice vanilla bean flavor. Becomes sweet momentarily from the vanilla and then goes back to smoke and char in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, a bit drying.

O: Not a bad brew, but the smoke far dominates everything in the beer. The vanilla is nice and sweet and tries to balance but in the end it's all char and smoke. The chipotle version I had the other day wasn't quite as smokey and was much better balanced and tasty.

07-19-2012 03:31:29 | More by Dope
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -22.1%

A: Pours a very dark brown with a finger of tan head that recedes into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Sweet vanilla dominates the nose with the smoke and roasted malt notes relatively subtle.

T: Roasted malts are a bit more present here before a strong vanilla flavor hits. The finish is bitter and charred, clashing with the sweet vanilla in a not-very-pleasant way.

M: Medium body and carbonation, I'd prefer if it were creamier.

O: An alright beer, overall. Not undrinkable, but the vanilla is too strong and artificial tasting, and it clashes with the roasted malt characters.

07-19-2012 01:57:30 | More by n2185
Photo of warnerry


3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

A - Pours deep brown with two fingers of creamy looking tan head. Head has good retention and leaves nice lacing.

S - Lots of vanilla in the nose, along with coffee, cocoa and faint smoke.

T - There is more smoke in the taste, but vanilla is still the most prevalent taste, along with coffee. The vanilla flavor is a nice complement for the base beer, but it seems a bit heavy handed here. Not bad, but a bit too much vanilla. The finish turns earthy and smoky with a bit of char.

M - Medium mouthfeel with some lingering earthy bitterness. Carbonation seems about right.

O - Pretty good, but I don't have much desire to have it again. I wish the vanilla were a bit more subtle.

07-18-2012 22:46:41 | More by warnerry
Photo of jethrodium


2.43/5  rDev -37.5%

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark cola brown with a small tan that has head decent retention and leaves lots of small spots of lacing on the glass. The aroma is vanilla. Lots of sweet vanilla and a bit of coffee and cocoa. The initial taste is sweet with a lot of vanilla, a bit of coffee, a little bit of chocolate, and more vanilla. Finish has lingering vanilla. Medium body. Low carbonation. Vanilla just overpowers everything here and comes off as way too sweet. Disappointing.

07-18-2012 20:00:42 | More by jethrodium
Photo of BEERchitect


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
Photo of danp14


3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-18-2012 15:34:54 | More by danp14
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a somewhat clear consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: The vanilla beans dominated the aroma, along with chocolate and malt.

T: Like the smell, the taste was all about the vanilla beans (not a bad thing). Also had traces of chocolate, coffee, malt, and mild hops. The smokiness wasn't as pronounced as I thought it would be. A very enjoyable flavor.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An oddly likeable, easy to drink porter.

07-18-2012 12:05:30 | More by avalon07
Photo of strongaf


4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

07-18-2012 06:54:48 | More by strongaf
Photo of rudzud


4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's, poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice rich oily black with a good two finger mocha head that fades to leave nice side lacing and good creamy blanket.

S - Excellent smokey porter notes, smoked malts and sweet roast. Very strong vanilla presence here. Incredibly strong, much stronger than when I had it on draft last year.

T - Ohhh yah. Nice rich, roasty malts and some light smoke. The heavy hand in this is the vanilla bean, which while some may say "oh, too much" I say it is just perfect. Love how up front the vanilla is. Just decadent.

M - Mouthfeel is good and creamy, very nice for a porter.

O - Overall I really liked this beer. Like it a bit more than the draft version, which I think suffered in the nose factor. Lovers of vanilla should seek this one out.

07-18-2012 04:47:08 | More by rudzud
Photo of Quik4life3


5/5  rDev +28.5%

07-18-2012 00:32:06 | More by Quik4life3
Photo of barczar


3.85/5  rDev -1%

Pours an opaque dark brown, almost black, with a solid half inch creamy, dense tan head that lingers.

Coffee grounds, roast, smoked malt, cocoa, a bit of nuttiness and a hint of vanilla comprise the aroma.

Vanilla is far more prevalent in the flavor, dominating throughout the profile, while heavy roast malt, cocoa, and slightly acrid, tangy coffee taste form the backbone. Bitter hop flavor rounds out the finish. I didn't get much smoke flavor until the aftertaste, when it became a little plasticy. Malted milk balls surface as it warms.

Body is moderate, with more carbonation than anticipated. There's a bit of biting astringency and alcohol warmth.
It's strangely light on the tongue.

Overall, flavor of the vanilla is much more dominant than the smoke character. Good base porter, but I would've liked more balance in the smoke and vanilla characters.

07-17-2012 21:33:47 | More by barczar
Photo of nlmartin


4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

This beer was served chilled in a shaker pint.

A- The body of the beer is the color of coca cola. Nice thick light tan colored head with major retention. Whisp of lacing mark this beers passage from my glass.

S- Nice roasted and toasted malt ride into a gentle smokeyness. The vanilla peaks its head out and says hello to my nose. The vanilla doesnt smell chemical.

T- The beer is very smokey nice roasted notes combine with a hint of vanilla. The vanilla is nicely restrained and combined into this beers over all taste.

M- This beer is light bodied moderately carbonated. Seems to be coating my palate in smoke and vanilla. Very well played!

O- I had to hustle around town to get a few bottles and then hit the mother load at a local shop. My time was well spent in looking for these bottles. The vanilla is well incorporated into a classic smoked beer. Nice job Stones.

07-17-2012 13:33:41 | More by nlmartin
Photo of eawolff99


4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-17-2012 05:16:46 | More by eawolff99
Photo of mdaschaf


3.78/5  rDev -2.8%

A: Pours black with a small off-white head on top, not much retention all and no lacing either.

S: Some roasted malt, chocolate, cream, and some vanilla. Not as vanilla/sweet as I was hoping. There is also a slight candied grape aroma at the end almost.

T: Rather cream flavored with some chocolate, there is a bit of roasted malt and certainly a bit of vanilla.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Rather smooth and creamy.

O: Was looking forward to this one, and it was just ok.

07-17-2012 04:57:20 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of ocelot2500


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours a deep brown with a thick, off-white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of big vanilla notes with a little underlying smoke.

Tastes of the smoke upfront followed by minor hop notes. Smoke leads off with some roasted malt backing. Notes of coffee and chocolate come through and blend well with the smoke. Toasted bread also comes through with a bit of molasses. Vanilla sneaks in and gives a bit of cream soda like note. Ends with an earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I find this quite good, but you should expect a good bit of vanilla.

07-17-2012 02:24:43 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of mdmusch


4.3/5  rDev +10.5%

A - Very dark brown with ruby edges. Very thin off white head.

S - The smell on this one is roasted, dark malts. There is smokiness but its sweet. This smells identical to vanilla or other sweet cigar tobacco. Great smell.

T - This is a great tasting porter. You can definitely taste the vanilla, instantly and throughout. The chocolate and coffee flavors meld perfectly in this drink.

M - The mouth feel is wonderful. A nice creamy texture for a drink that leans more towards the dessert side of beers.

Overall - I would definitely try this again and pick up a sixer if I had the chance. This is how I like my porters to taste.

Grade: B+ (definitely try)

07-17-2012 00:41:18 | More by mdmusch
Photo of BigJiMo

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-17-2012 00:38:28 | More by BigJiMo
Photo of Lordquackingstic

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: A shade lighter than completely black. Reflects a dark ruby red color on the stem of the glass. Large puffy white head with considerable lacing.

S: Strong chocolate and vanilla aroma.

T: Smoky vanilla and dark chocolate with a little bit a caramel. Definitely a dessert beer.

M: Medium to low carbonation with a nice lingering smoke and vanilla aftertaste.

O: Call me weird, but I don't really care much for Stone, but this is a solid dessert beer. Definitely worth a shot.

07-17-2012 00:07:23 | More by Lordquackingstic
Photo of drewone


3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-17-2012 00:01:36 | More by drewone
Photo of Jamesthebrit


3.65/5  rDev -6.2%

A: Nice dark red brown with a thick tan head.

S: Vanilla comes through with a little bit of roastyness.

T: Light... tastes very watery this one. I've had the regular smoked porter on tap and that was amazing. This is alright at best. Very light in taste. Bitterness hits well but that's about it. I took out some chocolate to try to bring out more of the flavors but it didn't help.

M: Not a lot of flavor comes through but it sits pretty well. A little watery.

Overall really a dissapointment. Tasted very watery. I mean not bad... but really nothing spectacular.

07-16-2012 22:26:28 | More by Jamesthebrit
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.38/5  rDev -13.1%

A - Pours a medium cola brown with a smaller light brown, fine-bubbled head. Decent retention.

S - Most some nice smoke, slight fish.

T - Vanilla hits hard, and I love vanilla. Some smokey-roasty malts as well. Again some fishiness.

D - Decent carbonation and a medium body.

O - Vanilla and very smokey. Almost fished out here?

07-16-2012 04:31:36 | More by HuskyinPDX
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

07-16-2012 02:14:07 | More by brentusaurus
Photo of Stumpy29er

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-16-2012 01:02:08 | More by Stumpy29er
Photo of hooliganlife


3.58/5  rDev -8%

served in a tulip at 45 degrees.

pour was black, a tad darker than cola. about a 1/2 inch of head.

vanilla was very apparent, over taking the porter itself.

started out a bit thick on the vanilla but as it warmed it became a bit more subtle. hides the smoke, but still sweet and roasted.

moderate carbonation, decent body. some chew but light and easy.

i did not care for this as much as the chipotle, i felt it was a bit rougher around the edges.

07-16-2012 00:05:02 | More by hooliganlife


4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-15-2012 20:45:54 | More by IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
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