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Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,933 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,933
Reviews: 474
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 76
Gots: 167 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

CPditka, Aug 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

davewlfpckfan29, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of justinlaz
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

justinlaz, Aug 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

js155306, Aug 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

brotherloco, Aug 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

HopBrain, Aug 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

retreminy, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of ShemRahBoo
4/5  rDev +3.1%

ShemRahBoo, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of yeti123
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

yeti123, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Medium smokiness, roasty, dark cocoa, not much vanilla in the nose. Vanilla arises as it warms.

L: Very dark brown, light tan head, creamy that dissipates.

T: Smoked malt with vanilla undercurrent. Medium low bitterness leading to a medium low smokiness and a touch of roast coffee. Finishes semi-dry with a touch of smoke.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Pretty solid, i really enjoyed the vanilla addition to an already good beer

bum732, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

zeff80, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of ryanpj
4/5  rDev +3.1%

ryanpj, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- The dark black body has a garnet glow at the base with a sticky light tan head that last a good bit and a gentle carbonation.

S- The dark nougat vanilla custard aroma has a hint of smoke to follow and some earthy dark malt notes coming through as it warms a bit.

T- The vanilla bean nougat taste blends with roasted black malt flavors and a meaty smoke note in the clean slightly dry finish. As the beer opens a chocolate malt flavor really grows in the finish. There is an earthy black roasted malt flavor that lingers but no bitterness.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a slightly slippery texture and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The nice mellow smoke compliments the good vanilla flavor but the nougat notes take on a bit of a plastic quality when it opens.

rhoadsrage, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.68/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tumbler pint glass.

A: Pours a moderately dark ruby red color that's almost translucent - it's easy to forget that this is one of the lighter porters on the market. The head is an impressively thick one finger light mocha color with solid retention. Nice webbed rings of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Decently smoky, with a little maltiness (though not necessarily roasted) and fruit. The vanilla almost smells detached from the rest of the beer, almost like it was added seperately. Kind of weird, but not exactly bad.

T: Okay, THERE'S the vanilla. The way it opens the beer, it really just steamrolls over the notes of light smoke, bittersweet chocolate, and darker fruits the base beer provides. There's a strange finishing acridness that's kind of harsh and phenolic at times. In addition, the vanilla is kind of weird and unpleasantly artificial tasting, further hurting its balance. I'm just not feeling this at all, it's really imbalanced in general. On the plus side, it improves somewhat as I continue to finish it (a trend I seem to notice in smoked beers).

M: Nothing too wrong here; it has a light texture and a wet finish, but the hints of plastic on the taste kind of makes the back of the tongue tingle unpleasantly. It's easy enough to drink, I guess. Low carbonation.

O: This beer is just one big "feh" from me. The vanilla isn't too well integrated, and it majorly detracts from an otherwise solidly good porter. The chipotle version seems to be far more up my alley; so I'll have to try that one out. As for this one? Give it a miss.

ThisWangsChung, Jul 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

RussBecker1, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

brentk56, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of nataku00
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark brown, almost black, with a finger of off white/light tan colored soapy head. Head dissipated after a fewminutes leaving a bit of sticky lacing, and a small collar of bubbles.

Big sweet vanilla notes, lightly smoked malts, mildly roasted coffee, milk chocolate. Vanilla sweetness does dominate the nose mostly.

Taking a sip, roasted malt and smoked malts hit the tongue first, wet camp fire, then vanilla sweetness comes through mid tongue as it warms a bit. Lingering coffee and smoked flavors on the finish.

Medium body, a bit heavily carbonated for a porter, with aggressive prickly bubbles. Pretty good beer, one of the smoked porters I've enjoyed.

nataku00, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Pexkool
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours a deep dark brown that lets light pass through from the sides and bottom. About 1 finger of brown head that leaves a faint lace.

S - All I can smell is sweetness and vanilla, and I am okay with that.

T - Toasted malts at first, then vanilla sweetness. Delicious vanilla and then coffee and hops at the end. It tastes like what you would expect after sniffing it, without leaving behind the characteristics of a Porter.

M - Smooth as silk, little carbonation and just the right amount of hops to finish just fine.

Overall, the best of the two brews of Smoked Porter Stone made (IMO). The vanilla beans make an excellent combination and I will definitely have it again. Will definitely look for it the next time I buy beer.

Pexkool, Jul 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

toneigh, Jul 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

bluesplit63, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clearish dark brown color with about a half inch tan head. Head retention is decent, and there's a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, and some light smoke. It tastes like roasted malt, smoke, vanilla, chocolate, and a bit of coconut. I think the vanilla overpowered the smoke in the aroma, but meshed well with the smoky flavor of the beer. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with good carbonation. I think this is a good brew, it's definitely worth trying. I like this version better than the Chipotle one, but I still prefer the original Smoked Porter. $3.99 a bottle.

bluejacket74, Jul 28, 2012
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
Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,933 ratings.