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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

2,212 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,212
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 98
Gots: 289 | FT: 14
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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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

This beer was very hard on the wallet since I got it from the house of 1,000 beers for 4 bucks.

A - Damn this has a great level of carbonation getting well over an inch of rocky deep mocha head. The beer itself is pretty black with mild hues of red at the base of the glass.

S - To me it's very mild with soft tones of coffee roasts, milk like sugars and a soft pillow of vanilla bean.

T - I like it in fact it's very balanced. The vanilla beans do seem to hide the smoke a tad but I remember the original beer not having very much smoke to begin with. Roast and chocolate flavors also balanced it drinks almost like a rich coffee drink.

M - Medium bodied and chewy. Very tasty.

Overall no way worth 4 bucks a pop but would be worth 15 bucks a six pack easy. A very light tasty porter with vanilla flavor.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! First thing I notice is lots of vanilla in the scent. I wonder just how much vanilla was used, but I'm a fan. There is a faint roasted sweetness in the background as well. The beer sports the same look as their original smoked porter with a near complete blackout in the glass with a thick mocha head that fades leaving rich web lacing.

The tastes very rich with a robust chocolate malt and vanilla bean mix. Truly dessert in a glass. It's great to see so much flavor without an overwhelming amount of alcohol. Very thick chewy mouthfeel. It is great how Stone kept the beer rich, but refrained from making it cloyingly sweet. I would like to see it regularly available. It would be great to show off to those who don't commonly drink craft beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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

Pours dark brown, like cola. Transparent. Nice creamy, tan head. It's an appealing appearance, but the smoked porter always seem kinda light to me.

The aroma is heavy on the vanilla and very light on the smoke. The normal version is already a little lacking in smokiness for my taste, but the vanilla pretty much hides what was there. That said, it's a rather nice vanilla flavor, so it's hard to complain too much. Caramel is also pretty strong with a chocolate note in the background.

The taste is sweet but not over the top, and there's still a lot of vanilla. There's a hint of smoke in the finish with a bit of hop and roast bitterness. Some coffee flavor gets in the mix, as well.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. It's pretty chewy for 5.9% abv.

Good beer with nice flavors, but they're just not quite in the proportion that I'd prefer. The vanilla is particularly strong, which would be a bigger problem if it wasn't such a nice, natural vanilla flavor.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

cigar city snifter

A: pours a dark brown/black color when held up to the light has some deep ruby streaks. 1 finger khaki. head is less dense than regualr smoked porter

S: big vanilla bean, smoke, chocolate, coffee, earthy, nutty

T: wow, huge vanilla extract smell upfront, then chocolate and earthy/nutty undertones. Big roasty finish, the smoke is kind of lost but you get some on the finish.

M: medium/full bodied, not syrupy but enough sugar to hang around and coat your mouth. finish is sweet and toasty/bitter.

O: I think this was my least favorite, though I love vanilla and I love that they made this variety. I feel like this out of the two is the one that makes you lose more of the base beer behind the added ingredient. Still a tasty beer and worth the 3 bucks.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a dark brown with some red when the light hits the edges. There is a half finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Tons of vanilla here. Not getting a whole lot of smoke. Mildly sweet roasted malt and vanilla beans.

Taste: I am getting some of the smoke here. The smoke and roast are a bit smoother than the chipotle version. The vanilla beans show up throughout the sip with a slight malt sweetness. There is a mild vanilla roast in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation and a really dry finish.

Overall: I liked this better than the chipotle version. I enjoyed both, but I'm a sucker for vanilla. Very nice.

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3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The body pours jet black beneath the frothy tan head which slowly disappears to leave a scattered sticky lacing.

Aromas of smoked and roasted malts float from the glass with earthy hops as well. There is also a touch of oat. Not much vanilla to speak of in the nose.

The flavor consists of smoked malt with a heavy dose of vanilla with more of a muted hop presence until it warms. I think I prefer the more smoked characteristics of the original.

The body is on the thicker side and almost chewy with medium carbonation.

Worth a try for this variation on a stone classic. At times the vanilla overtakes the smoked malt on the palate but tasty just the same.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,212 ratings.