Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.55/5 rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
I've caught this on-tap a few times before but always passed it up for some reason.
Pours very dark brown, a small beige head retains decently as a cap and ring.
Nice mix of chocolate+vanilla in the scent, good strength. Not much smoke but good enough for the 4.
Same as the smell, big milk chocolate+vanilla bean, good interplay between them. Some roasted malt there but not much smoke, unlike the original. Decent hoppage.
Feels thin, kinda weird feeling carbonation, kinda limp overall.
The chocolate/vanilla combo is nice (reminds me of Aphrodisiaque) but the great smokiness from the regular version is obliterated, this variation is on the sweeter side.
Serving type: on-tap
03-19-2012 13:26:00 | More by Chico1985
3.05/5 rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
On cask for Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.
Pours a clear dark brown with a tan head that settles to an oily film. No lacing on this one. Smell is of smoked malt, nutty aromas, and slight vanilla bean. Taste is of smoked malt and smoked meat with a very subtle vanilla note on the finish. This beer has a low level of carbonation and is somewhat flat. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that I was expecting much more from. The vanilla beans are very hard to locate in both the aroma and flavor of this beer.
Serving type: cask
03-05-2012 22:13:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
4/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - appearance was good. Nice carbonation that lasted with some lacing. Light clear brown.
S - Smoked effect was pronounced.
T - taste was nice. Very balanced between hops and malt Seems this was done to pull out the smoke effects, in this they succeeded.
M - Good mouth feel. Surprised since the beer was a light brown.
O - I'll admit I am not a smoked beer fan. This specialty beer is not for me, but nice for the style.
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2012 21:59:38 | More by beer272
Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
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