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Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked Porter - Vanilla BeanSmoked Porter - Vanilla Bean

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very good

2,246 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,246
Reviews: 539
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 100
Gots: 302 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: MiScusi on 08-31-2007

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Ratings: 2,246 | Reviews: 539
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of ZBerkeleyan
4.51/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, and it created a nice thick tan head. Lacing stuck to the sides of the glass, and light shone though the brew creating a crimson-brown glow.

The smell was the least impressive aspect, though it definitely improved and got more complex as the beer warmed. The vanilla bean was immediately apparent, while the other flavors were subtler and took time and a warmer temperature to become noticeable. There is also some spice in the nose, and malts.

The taste was just phenomenal. Creamy vanilla combined with a smokey, almost meaty second act. This unusual combination works amazingly well. It keeps the beer interesting til the very end.

The mouthfeel was, like any porter, pretty substantial. However, this one isn't too terribly filling or overwhelming. Still, even when taken in small sips, it has a bold and chewy character. Very satisfying, like a dessert (speaking of which, if you're in the mood for experimentation, pour a little of this over vanilla ice cream. Beer nerd sacrilege? Maybe. But it's a great way to make any old cheap pint of vanilla ice cream into a complex and worthwhile dessert).

Overall, do yourself a favor and try this one. Definitely worthwhile.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid isn't that brown, slightly darker than a cola color. Amber highlights on the edges, not exactly see through because of the color, but looks like some decent clarity. Large thick and white head plenty of lacing.

Smell is really good. Very roasty, lots of dark roasted malts. Probably some pete malts because it's super smokey. Nice balance of vanilla. Similar to vanilla bean ice cream.

The taste is on par with the smell. Still super roasty and very smokey. Some slight chocolate and coffee flavors but there's still a distinct smokey flavor, almost campfire, but sweeter. The vanilla comes in after but it's very well blended.

The mouthfeel is good, the balance is a little off, but I can't imagine this one would be easy. Medium bodied, maybe slightly on it's way to full bodied. A very nice carbonation level and a good balance between bitterness and sweetness. It's much more drinkable than I expected. I've had it a couple times, the first time I had it, it was very fresh. I gotta say, even though it's recommended fresh, it's good to sit on this a couple of months. Initially the flavors don't blend all that well together, now it's much nicer. Before the smoke was a little too aggressive and then followed up by vanilla that was a little too sweet.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of jeonseh
2.7/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a glass

A - Dark brown color with hints of light brown on the bottoms and edges. Has a frothy one finger head that settles down and leaves some nice lacing

S - Smoky cedar, roasted malt, light chocolate and coffee with a slight hint of the vanilla beans. The smoky scent dominates as you don't get as much vanilla as I'd hope for

T - Smoky and roasted malt up front. On the middle, there is a cream soda flavor that is what the vanilla provides here. The finish is more smokiness. The cream soda like flavor is good but doesnt meld well with the rest of the beer. The beer is also too thin for the flavors to stand up.

MF - Really thin and watery. Really wish this had a bit more heft to it as I'd feel it'd add to the flavors.

O - it's okay but really a disappointment from what I was expecting. The vanilla doesn't add much, the flavors are muted, and the body is really thin. Was hoping for more from Stone

Photo of mikechance
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from a 12 oz bottle purchased 11/20/12

A --- dark, thick and 1/4 inch head

S --- smoke, vanilla and

T --- lots of vanilla and malts. The smokiness is downplayed which I enjoy in this pairing.

M --- light to medium body and carbonation

O --- very good! I try to match food with smoked porters, but I could drink this one by itself.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of sneaks2210
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Nugganooch
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this from tap and growler in years past and have always been a fan.
*For Presentation purposes - 12oz bottle w/ Nonic taster glass

A: Pours a dark chestnut brown with a semi-transparent edge to it. Produces a nice thick oatmeal colored cream cap that retains quite nicely. Eventually collars out leaving etches and dots of cling down the glass.

S: Smells of fresh vanilla bean extract. The vanilla is sweet and expressive. There are some secondary notes of dark roast grains and earthy wood smoke. Really nice how the vanilla comes through big in the aroma.

T: Tastes of pure vanilla bean united with a light smoky char. Dark roast grains give a burnt toast note. Vanilla latte. Earthy dampened wood. There is a light peppery hop bitterness to the beer that cuts through the malt sweetness. Minor alcohol warming sensation. Crazy good vanilla flavor that just really marries well with the smoked grains.

M: Light moderate body with a smooth frothiness throughout. There is a nice carbonation crisp towards the finish and a sleek oily linger on the palate.

D: Bravo to Stone for capturing such a rich and fresh Vanilla flavor in this beer. This a very drinkable every day Porter by style but with some great robust flavors. The vanilla, smoke, and roast really come together to enhance the base beer experience in my opinion.

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2/5  rDev -48.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of damndirtyape
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. No date on the bottle.

Appearance: Black but with cola-brown at the edges. Light tan foam ring at the edge, tiny islands of lacing that slowly slid back down and disappeared over time.

Smell: Best to let it warm up or you won't get a lot. Vanilla dominates with a bit of some chocolate notes. With a swirl the smoke comes out from underneath the vanilla, but it's not strong even then.

Taste: Smoky, roasted malt, black coffee, some chocolate, and definitely vanilla like you would get off of ice cream. Bitterness at the end is part smoke, part roasted/burnt malt. Tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, slick and strangely when cold, not a lot of body. As it warms up it gets a bit thicker.

Overall / Drinkability: As per the back of the bottle, I think this beer would be best with dessert. I had it by itself and I wish I had some cookies or cake to go with it. By itself it's just okay. The flavor combo works but it doesn't really pop out or make itself an amazing porter. Its just an okay porter by itself. Smoky, interesting, but one is enough. However....I really think if this was paired with food I might feel very different about this beer. I may have to try it again in the future and see if my hunch is right.

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2/5  rDev -48.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
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