Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,996 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,996
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 84
Gots: 200 | 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:
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(Beer added by: MiScusi on 08-31-2007)
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Photo of hooliganlife
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served in a tulip at 45 degrees.

pour was black, a tad darker than cola. about a 1/2 inch of head.

vanilla was very apparent, over taking the porter itself.

started out a bit thick on the vanilla but as it warmed it became a bit more subtle. hides the smoke, but still sweet and roasted.

moderate carbonation, decent body. some chew but light and easy.

i did not care for this as much as the chipotle, i felt it was a bit rougher around the edges.

4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of tdmccarthy
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of ucsbmullet
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of rhefter
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Danny1217
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a tan head that dissipates slowly, leaving some nice lacing behind. The smell is vanilla up at the front. There is some smoke, wood, and dark chocolate scents, as with the original smoked porter, but the vanilla masks them a bit here. The taste is slightly sweet vanilla up front, shifting to smoke and bitter coffee. The vanilla flavor lingers with a dry and bitter finish. The hop bitterness and vanilla mix in a very interesting way. Very nice. A slightly more than medium body and medium carbonation make this a somewhat smooth journey too.

This was a very nice treat. I might prefer it to regular smoked porter. Then again they're both great, so I can love them both equally, I guess.

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

Appearance: Dark mahogany body with excellent clarity. An inch of off-white head forms.

Smell: As advertised, there's plenty of smoke and vanilla, and they work pretty nicely together. The porter base is dry, roasty, slightly ashy. Vanilla gives an illusion of richness to an otherwise dry beer.

Palate: Lots of natural and tasty vanilla flavor, along with a present but nicely integrated smokiness. Roasted malt, a touch of cigar and coffee. The body is medium verging on light. Carbonation is at a lower-medium level. Vanilla lingers, but the finish dries up nicely without being particularly bitter. This is a really enjoyable take on an already good beer.

Photo of znichols
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start by saying i'm a sucker for smoked beers. However, i rarely come across a vanilla bean beer that i think was properly executed.

A- Very dark brown, nearly black body with surprisingly full head of an off-white color. Head lasts about a minute then leaves a thing circle around the edge of the glass. Moderate lacing. Looks very nice.

S- The smell is muted for a smoked beer, let alone one made with vanilla. I am pulling some light applewood like aroma, similar to bacon. Certainly some soft vanilla notes and maybe even a little chocolate. No booze. Pleasant, yet, subtle aroma.

T- Flavor is very nice. Surprisingly soft smoke flavor, they held back which is nice to see. It is certainly there though with a sort of smoked meat (bacon) rather than smoked wood (bonfire) taste. The vanilla jumps in towards the end with a dessert-like essence which is light but nice. Finish is toasted wood and faint, light roasted coffee. No booze. Very drinkable for so much going on.

M- Nice, creamy mouthfeel. Medium to heavy bodied. Low carbonation. Ideal mouthfeel for this style of beer.

O- This is a pleasant smoked beer that would be a good entry brew for someone new to smoke beer. Subtle smoke flavor with notes of vanilla, coffee, and cocao. Enjoy after dinner with creme brule. This makes me want to try the chipotle pepper version...maybe.

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

Very dark chestnut color with a lovely, thick, creamy head that lasts awhile and leaves some drippy lace. Mild smoky dark roast aroma with a dusting of vanilla beaniness that seems to meld well with the other characteristics. A bit more vanilla creaminess upfront in the flavor...dark malt, bitter coffee, a little chocolate. Some sweetness, but quickly overpowered by a roasty bitterness. Pretty smooth, though drying. I like this, but it was more impressive on tap.

Photo of SirDalton
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of parris
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smells of smokey vanilla, as advertised, I'd say the vanilla comes our a bit more than the smoke. No hops, not much malt as the sweet vanilla kind of masks it

Appearance is dark brown, but with high clarity and a very creamy head

It tastes more like beer than the aroma would lead you to believe, it's a spot on porter with vanilla presence.

Creamy mouthfeel, big body

Overall I really like this, I couldn't knock down a case in a night, but I could happily have one every night for 24 days.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. Served chilled and allowed to warm.

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black in color. Pours a really nice, creamy beige head that sticks as a nice lacing.

Aroma: Big vanilla bean aromas upfront. The smoke and char is much more subdued behind the sweetness of the vanilla. Light caramel as well.

Taste: The vanilla is prominent but not as much as the aroma would suggest. Some nice bitter coffee and smoke really balances out the strong vanilla well. A vast improvement over the base beer. The vanilla is strong but integrates well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but with a realy nice creaminess.

Overall, a huge improvement over the base beer in my opinion. The vanilla is definitely strong but provides a nice flavor and tempers the char and smoke of the base beer perfectly. A really enjoyable vanilla porter.

Photo of HarleyCorps
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of AlexChillton
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Pellinore1
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Massbmx
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Photo of dominic4beer
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of StubFaceJoe
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
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