Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.75/5 rDev -3.6%
Appearance: Very dark brown with a fairly generous light beige head.
Smell: The vanilla is the most notable aroma.
Taste: Vanilla, and some roasted malt notes.
The beer finishes fairly dry with some slight smoke and roasted malt notes.
Mouth-feel: Fairly thin bodied with a generous level of carbonation.
Overall: I like this beer well enough but nothing like my favorite Porter with Vanilla beans, Victory at Sea.
06-21-2012 04:45:39 | More by IKR
3.63/5 rDev -6.7%
2012 bottle poured into tulip
S - I'm immediately reminded of a camp fire when I get my first whiff, so the aroma's got a strong smoke presence but since it's expected it's not overwhelming. I do get hints of the vanilla.
T - As I sip, the signature Stone smoked porter dominates. And then it turns into a light-bodied, velvety, creamy milk stout in the 2nd half of the taste.
O - I find that my preference isn't toward porters in general. I believe it's got something to do with that light body (all about the RIS's). I don't prefer smoked beers even more. With that said, Stone got this one right. I can appreciate this one. May even purchase it again sometime to experience the interesting blend of stages of the flavors.
06-20-2012 03:41:06 | More by Rollzroyce21
4.33/5 rDev +11.3%
Excited to find this on cask at Long Bar near Times Square
A-dark dark brown with a nice tan head
S-smells like cocoa powder with a huge amount of vanilla, almost smells like a vanilla cream cupcake. almost too much vanilla here
T-comes in with an awesome mix of bitter cocoa powder and straight vanilla bean. its a well balanced and complex flavor. there's a matching after-taste that doesn't last long. not as much smokiness in this one.
M-smooth and creamy with a creamy finish
O-this is a great porter. i'm lucky to have found this, and on cask to boot. not too many vanilla porters get this much vanilla out of the flavor. a good try for anyone.
05-06-2012 01:36:50 | More by AdamBear
4.6/5 rDev +18.3%
On tap @ Cole's. Served in pint glass.
A - Dark black with one finger of bubbly light brown head with decent retention. Great lacing with big long legs on the walls of the glass.
S - Roasted malts, vanilla, smoke. A good balance of the three aromas.
T - Roasted malts and a big hit of vanilla. Smoke is a secondary flavour but is definitely present. A decent bitterness balances out a sweet malt bill. The vanilla is in percent proportion, not overpowering the other flavours but defintiely from and centre.
M - Medium body, smooth. Light to moderate carbonation.
O - A truly excellent beer. Stone found a way to actually improve my favourite beer of theirs. Well done.
04-29-2012 15:30:04 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
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