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Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

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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Photo of HarleyCorps
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

HarleyCorps, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of AlexChillton
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

AlexChillton, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of harrymel
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Glad I am going to get to try this one, thought I might miss the train on this one.

Pours black with a good solid quilt of tan foam and nice lace resides along the glass. Lots of vanilla up front in the nose, smoke is reserved and plays tertiary fiddle to the beans and malts of chocolate and raw wood. Flavor is initially vanilla, then smoky (overly dry smoky sans flavor) then chocolate and dark portered malts then followed back up with more vanilla - this time with a vengeance. The vanilla is nice. There is a bitterness in the mid point that is not really justified or enjoyable to me - just strait bitterness like aspirin. Medium on heavy for the style with moderate carb and a semi dry finish. Meh, one and done for me.

harrymel, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Birdlegs, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of Pellinore1
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Pellinore1, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of Massbmx
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Massbmx, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of Vierenner
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've been on a quest to find beer with vanilla tones so was excited to find this on the shelf. However, there was a bit of reluctance as I'm not big on smoked beers ... certainly willing to try though! The vanilla taste is beautiful ... not too strong but certainly there. Nice sweetness overall. A good beer. However, the roasted, smokey flavor detracts from the experience, and it seems to be somewhat watery ... like it needs a bit more malt to enrich the flavor and give it depth.

Vierenner, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Happy to track down a 12 ounce bottle of this much sought after nectar. No bottling date or other freshness info offer, but the consumer is encourage to "Enjoy Fresh" I do not have to be told twice.

The pour is dark brown, dark tan head, and leaving decent fine lacing.

The nose is of milk chocolate, and of course, vanilla.

Notes of more chocolate, darker, smoky grains and moderate sweetness, provided by the vanilla infusion.

Very smooth, light and creamy in the mouth.

Ehh, not really my favorite. One and done for me.

Best application would be as a dessert beer, for example with a decadent chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream, so sounds pretty damn good actually.

Billolick, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (thank you, Stone, for this format) poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Dark brown with a tinge of red, small khaki head with some decent lacing.

S: Vanilla and smoked malt, sweet and authentic vanilla, dessert, milk chocolate, faint charred wood.

T: Vanilla is prominent, smoke is underneath that with an added layer of complexity but it stays in the back. Faint roast, sweet bitterness on the finish.

MF: Smooth, creamy, medium mouthfeel, good carbonation. Dry finish.

O: Pretty good, one dimensional but nice, and a welcome combination of smoke & vanilla.

Scotchboy, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of kemoarps
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany with a creamy khaki head that dissipates leaving light lacing.

The nose has some rubbery vanilla bean, some smoke.

Taste is somewhat smokey with certain vanilla bean and a little roasty malt. Minimal bitterness.

Very smoothe a good blend of smokey and sweet. Stone strikes again

kemoarps, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of Greywulfken
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: another great-looking beer: black in the glass, ivory head with lacing

S: smoke, vanilla, roasted malt, espresso

T: as advertised: vanilla and smoke - real cool; nice roasty, toasty malt, bitter espresso; great balance between the dry and sweet flavors

M: smooth, mellow, smokey; nice bittering aftertaste; very drinkable

O: so glad to see this in a bottle - Stone has produced a really nice, quality beer

Greywulfken, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of dominic4beer
4/5  rDev +3.1%

dominic4beer, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of StubFaceJoe
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

StubFaceJoe, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of JayAre46
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At hay merchant in houston on cask served in a tulip. One finger of creamy light khaki head sits on the rootbeer colored brew. Sheets of lace all the way down the glass as expected with a thin ring on top. The nose is very smoky, earthy tones with a little vanilla presence not strong in the nose. The taste is again a strong smoke, a little black pepper, chocolate malt much more vanilla slightly dry and bitter finish with light hops. No alcohol is present and this beer is very creamy and full bodied while being extremely easy to drink. Overall I would have preferred it not be on cask but beggers can't be choosers. Solid craftsman ship from stone, I like the vanilla and smokey balance with a little chocolate malt compliment to set it off. The gargoyle please once again, drink it.

JayAre46, Jul 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

JRod1969, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of stonermouse
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard beer mug.

Pours cola-colored with an off-white, fluffy head.

Smokey/sweet aroma, as expected. Although, I find myself wishing it was one or the other, because it's hard to find any depth or complexity in the smokiness with the vanilla intruding.

I expected much, but this brew was slightly disappointing. It's truly a two-trick pony. The smokiness is mild and nondescript, and the vanilla is slightly sweet and pleasant. Together, they are interesting, nothing more. I would've appreciated more booze, actually, which may have given these flavors a bit more edge. The vanilla flavoring reminded me quite a bit of the AB winter's bourbon cask ale- extracty with a touch of artificial sweetener. None of this brew was offensive, just OK and unusual.

Mouthfeel was sticky with more artificial sweetener. Not all that pleasant.

Overall, this was OK and I'm glad I tried it, but it fell short of expectations.

stonermouse, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of therope
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

therope, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of fehrminator
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

fehrminator, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of ControlledBurn
4/5  rDev +3.1%

ControlledBurn, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of Nightrain87
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Nightrain87, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into bells tulip glass.

Thanks for picking this beer up for me kawilliams81.

Appearance: light black bodied beer with a big 2 fingers of creamy tan colored head.

Smell: This smells wonderful. Gourmet vanilla bean ice cream and light smoke. Little bit of of roasty malt and hint of chocolate. This beer smells really sweet like dessert.

Taste: Woooh. This beer has a taste that is completely inverted from what it smells like. Starts of with a mild to moderate smoke and roasty malts profile. The smoke builds the bitterness of the roast malts; the smoke profile is earthy like peat moss and wood. It also has that liquid smoke taste to it. A semisweet finish of vanilla beans and gourmet dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: On the low end of medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Its a bit thin, but is very drinkable.

Overall: Its a good vanilla beer and a good smoke beer, but nothing over the top. I was wanting this beer to have a bigger body that was a bit chewier with a stronger vanilla presence. I still enjoyed the beer and would drink it again, but I was a bit dissapointed after being really blown away by Stone Russian Imperial Stout.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of riored4v
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice dark chocolate color, slightly transparent. 1/2 finger, tan head. Mild lacing.

Aroma predominately chocolate and vanilla. Some subtle roastiness and a bit of a smokey aroma.

Flavor was fantastic. Lots of chocolate flavor upfront with a vanilla flavors that follows. Very mild levels of smokeyness, but its there in the undertones. Slightly bitter finish. Mellow roast flavors as well, which might be the bitterness in the finish. As it warms, the smokey flavor comes out a bit more.

Medium body with a medium high carb. Crisp finish that leaves you wanting more.

Overall this was really good. Enjoyable levels of smoke but the vanilla really pops and blends it all together perfectly. Very enjoyable.

riored4v, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of BeerOps
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

BeerOps, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poures a roasted nut brown with a thinner somewhat creamy off white head atop,the color seems to be a bit lighter than an avergae porter.Aromas are smoked and somewhat earthy with the vanilla pretty faint and in the background.The vanilla flavors are more pronounced on the palate intermingling nicely with the dryer,lighter earthy/smoked flavors.A fuller creamy feel is nice but I have to admit I was expecting a little more from this beer,I would have liked more vanilla in the aromas and a little more smoke on the palate.In saying that it's still pretty damn good,Stone is held in real high regard from me.

oberon, Jul 07, 2012
Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,933 ratings.