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Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

1,912 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,912
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 68
Gots: 160 | 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 lern
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

lern, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of zaphodchak
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown tinged with read, clearish. Some thinnish offwhite head.

Smells rich, some vanilla (if a bit oily) and rich, woody backbone.

Ends up tasting like a strong, slightly smoky Vanilla Coke, for better or worse.

Smooth but with a high degree of artificial-seeming carbonation.

Neat on kind of a novelty level. Don't know whether I'd want a whole bottle normally.

zaphodchak, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of brureview
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap in Providence. Not bad, but I was very disappointed given the Stone reputation.

The color was a good dark coffee brown, and there was a little head.

The vanilla smell was not strong- I expected more.

Mouth feel was okay- moderately carbonated.

The taste was average, a bit of vanilla, with a standard porter finish. Nothing to write home about.

As the beer warmed up, I was waiting for more- it didn't happen.

I have tried many porters, and this is average. There could be improvements: the vanilla could enhance the finish and smell, but it doesn't work out with this beer.

brureview, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of BeerNW
4/5  rDev +3.1%

BeerNW, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of JohnnyMc
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have always enjoyed the original Smoked Porter so I wanted to try this.

Pours out a nice deep black with a mocha brown head.

The aroma has a lot of smoke along with vanilla and hints of chocolate and roasted malts.

The taste is very similar. There is a decent amount of vanilla, but the smoke seems to be a bit milder than in the original Smoked Porter. There is a nice balance of the semi-bitter and sweet chocolate notes and the roasted malts.

Overall, this is an enjoyable beer, but I still enjoy the Smoked Porter more.

JohnnyMc, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of grittybrews
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark brown with a finger of light khaki head. Aroma dominated by smoke, cocoa, and a hint of coffee (not much vanilla).

Moderate carbonation and a fairly light mouthfeel. Smoke and cocoa up front followed by vanilla and a wave of astringent coffee.

I was hoping the vanilla would be subtle and balanced but it seems almost too weak here. The smoke and roastiness definitely dominate. Nice enough, but I was expecting to like this one much more than I did.

EDIT: After trying this side-by-side with the chipotle smoked porter (which I preferred), the vanilla was a bit more evident.

grittybrews, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of Troville1990
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Troville1990, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of khall
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

khall, Jul 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Zaphog, Jul 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

wceaton, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown-black with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, smoke, and vanilla, with a bit of lactose sweetness and some light coffee.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate malts with vanilla and a bit of smoke. Through the middle, the smoke and vanilla flavors get stronger with a touch of coffee and lactose. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate, vanilla, and smoke.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a smokey and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. The vanilla really accentuates the smoke and chocolate flavors nicely. Excellent balance.

ngeunit1, Jul 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

MarkyMOD, Jul 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

jrohrbacher, Jul 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

revo, Jul 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Jaldama, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of DonDirkA
4.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vanilla bean comes across very strong in the nose. Its right up front backed up by chocolate and very slight coffee notes. Theres a little roastiness but no apparent smokey scents like in the original and the chipotle. There's roasted, smokey flavors right up front along with a strong vanilla bean taste. The smokiness and vanilla sweetness blend together in a really interesting way. The chocolate flavors come up next and it all fades out into a slightly sweet smoked coffee taste. This is an awesome brew. The chipotle was good but this is definitely my favorite of the three (including the original).

EDIT: So, I'm having another one right now and it is much smokier than the last one I had. Still smells very vanilla and the flavor has a lot of vanilla but the original smokey characteristics of the Smoked Porter stick out a LOT more than before. Still delicious and much more unique than just vanilla bean. Thank you AJ's for having some in Tucson.

DonDirkA, Jul 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

twelveinches, Jul 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Japple, Jul 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Hanzo, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of jsanford
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with reddish-brown edges and a very dense khaki-colored head that looks like the foam on a cappuccino. Aroma consists of sweet chocolate malt, bitter coffee grounds, a touch of caramel, lightly charred smoke, and sweet vanilla bean. Really liking the interplay between the vanilla and the smoke. Taste is similarly sweet, with lots of vanilla bean, chocolate malt, caramel, and roasted nuts. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and fairly creamy, with a medium-full body and good carbonation. Overall a superb addition to the Stone line-up, but I may have to give the edge to regular Smoked Porter. I'll see how the Chipotle version stacks up.

jsanford, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of brystmar
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Loved this on draft at DLD, let's see how it fares from the bottle. 12oz'er shared by blatantdream.

Dark brown body spills into my glass as lots of tan head forms on the surface. Aroma immediately shows oxidization and not much more. Fortunately this died down as it warmed, and the vanilla is now at center stage instead of the cardboard-y-ness.

Taste is meh, and the body is massively overcarbonated. Bland, basic malt base is nothing special. Tastes very oxidized, mild smokeyness in the back I think? Bitterness lingers after I swallow, and it feels totally out of place.

This is just not very good, and that's a shame given how great it was on tap. Avoid the bottles.

brystmar, Jul 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

BigJK, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brazil nut brown with a thin tan head that fades quickly

S - smoked peat style malts with a subtle vanilla backbone, not to much, like its supposed to be there

T - This porter doesn't alienate its roots to be a gimmicky vanilla bear. The porters smoked chocolatey malts are tasty, and the subtle vanilla inflections just add to its greatness. The vanilla truly seems like part of the beer and not an add on.

M&D - a deep character beer, plenty of style appropriate elements, layered vanilla flavors, smooth and easyto drink. another winner from Stone.

sinstaineddemon, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of wvsabbath
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark black with traces of tan, foamy, creamy 2 inch head and lots of lacing.

Smell - Classic stone smoked porter, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, molasses, dark fruits like plum and rasin, and the addition of vanilla.

Taste - The vanilla bean is really present. The smoked, malty, chocolate, coffee kick of the porter mixed with the vanilla gives it a almost, creame soda like flavor. Very smooth, sweet and tasty.

Mouthfeel - Malts coat whole mouth, tounge gets lots of chocolate, coffee and dark fruits with the vanilla. Palate gets more malts and a huge vanilla blast. Finish is nutty, malty and a little bitter.

Overall - Tasty, and enjoyed the vanilla moreso then the pepper version. This is a straight up dessert beer, sweet, creamy and rich. Till orginal smoked porter is the best, but this is #2 for me. Good stuff here.

wvsabbath, Jul 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

beermeister9, Jul 22, 2012
Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,912 ratings.