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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

2,204 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,204
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 96
Gots: 286 | 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:
Beer added by: MiScusi on 08-31-2007

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of EgadBananas
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, near black. Dark tan head.

The aroma is big with vanilla bean, some light smoke, but it's muddles by the vanilla. The vanilla is fantastic though.

The smoke plays a bigger part in the taste, but there's still plenty of vanilla. There's some charred smoky notes and some chocolate and roast.

The feel is a little thin, but not bad.

A nice take on a classic. The base gets lost a bit, but it's still tasty and aromatic enough to excuse that part.

Photo of PhatAtUT
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of 12owls
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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

$3.99 single from Bourbon Street.

Extremely dark brown, topped by three fingers of highly whipped medium tan foam. Lots of drippy lace bits.

Aroma is a mix of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and a hint of smoke.

Taste follows. Plenty of chocolate and coffee. Accents of vanilla and smoke. Good bitter bite. Everything meanders through the afterglow.

Smooth, slick medium-plus mouthfeel.

A nice tasty porter. Could use a little more of the vanilla.

Photo of mbs11
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Chugs13
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of starkmarvelo
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of gtermi
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This beer pours a very dark brown, almost black body with a thin white head that quickly fades to nothing. The beer also leaves a tinny bit of lace on the side of the glass.

S: There is a good amount of vanilla on the nose, some roasted scents, which sort of remind me of Voodoo Maple Bacon. Nothing special to me.

T: The roasted flavors just don't do much for me. It just doesnt blend with the vanilla to me. The vanilla flavors do make this beer taste beer the more it lingers, but I feel it would have worked better without the roasted malt.

M: The beer has a nice crispness on the back of the tongue and throat as it goes down.

O: Just a miss for me.. It does have some nice qualities, but but this just isn't doing it for me. The flavors dont blend well together and its just is an average beer.

Photo of Holland
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: black with brown highlights and a thick tan head that becomes a nice lacing.

S: vanilla and smoke are obvious, but there's some sweetness and roasty notes too.

T: not as impressive as the smell, it still tastes like smoked malt and vanilla and roasty goodness.

M: thinner than I would like but decently carbonated

O: good beer overall, but for $4 per 12 ounce bottle at Binny's was not really worth it. Probably won't buy again, but enjoyed my experience.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking beer, though the head just keeps on growing off the initial pour. Guess I could have done it less aggressively. Regardless. The vanilla is a nice tone on here, but there is so much of it that it gives this very sweet tone to things that seems too pronounced to me. I salute the idea and the execution, but I think it could stand to be a bit more rounded.

Photo of beerhan
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a deep dark brown color that's almost black and completely opaque with faint mahogany edges and a two finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks and chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly smokey, roasted malt aroma with sweet and roasted malt notes countered by silky vanilla sweetness.  Vanilla is prominent but doesn't overpower other notes allowing hints of dark chocolate, caramel, toast and oatmeal to come through.  

Medium bodied with a strong smokey, roasted malt presence up front that lingers over the sweetner notes and vanilla bean into a very dry finish.  Very robust with dark chocolate, oatmeal and burnt toast countered by toffee, lighter chocolate and hazelnut. The sweetness from the vanilla cuts the bitter roasted character with a decent amount of silky sweetness.  Good vailla flavor but is somewhat subtle letting the characteristics of the base beer shine. Was expecting more vailla but it's subtly integrated and shows most toward the finish.  Could use a little more vanilla but is still really good.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A - Pours a dark brown with a one finger tan head. Head retention is decent, and there is a little lacing to be had.

S - Vanilla and roast are prominate with some chocolate in the mix...

T - Vanilla and chocolate up front with roasted malt in the finish. Vanilla is present throughout, but never comes across as cloying...

M - Medium bodied, with a decent amount of carbonation. Pretty middle of the road...

O - An improvement over the original, but still not a great beer. Glad I got a chance to try this one, but probably not something I will be purchasing again...


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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a bold black hue. Minimal to no light penetration. Head is two fingers high and fluffed mocha. Head retains perfectly and leaves plentiful lacing as a dowry.

S-The vanilla bean infusion is a big boost to the nose. It accentuates the chocolate and bitter coffee perfectly. Light smoke matched with vanilla extract. Very aromatic.

T-The vanilla bean and the smoke are perfect complements to one another. It starts off vanilla then the smoke obliterates the vanilla. Then the vanilla sneaks back up stronger than ever. Bitter espresso beans and dutch dark chocolate. I find this to be a noticeable upgrade in flavor than the original.

M-Medium bodied with a bitter finish. Dry and the booze does cut through the body a bit. Mellow bubbles.

O/D-The addition of the vanilla is a godsend here. The original Smoked Porter is still awesome, but this is simply an upgrade. The vanilla is delicious and really puts this one in a different class of complexity and deliciousness.

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3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A decent head of your average stout/porter color - light beige. Body is lighter as you find in a porter. A deep red/amber to it. Strong lacing.

S - Quite sweet and delicious. Tons of vanilla but mixed with some graham cracker. That's really all I'm getting.

T - A lot more bitterness to the flavor, but still those vanilla and graham cracker notes. Maybe a little molasses and cashew flavors.

M - Pretty solid body for a porter which may be the stronger carbonation.

O - It is a good beer, but nothing special. Some interesting flavors and all around well put together.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of amnesia85
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brownish black color with a small white toned head. Mildly carbonated.

S: initial smell of a fresh cracked bottle is similar to a vanilla dutch master… after letting the pour settle molasses; Dark Brown sugar; caramel candyish, toffee sents.

T: initial taste is bringing me back to the vanilla dutch experience again. After a few sips I can begin to separate the tastes. This porter is sweet upfront with the molasses toffee flavors and the vanilla is in the background lingering after you swallow.

M: smoothly dull, barely any carbination here

O: I think that stone did a great job at labeling this beer. Will I drink it again? … I have no choice I because I got two at the store! Definitely not my first choice when it comes to porters, but I cant give it a super bad rating because I don’t feel like it is misleading at all. One thing I would have liked to taste and smell more of is coffee.

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3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light brownish-red that is just a tad murky and rather thin. A somewhat frothy tan head crowns the beer and recedes leaving a ton of heavy lacing. Smells of smoked malts and a ton of vanilla dominate the nose. First sip is pretty much what the aroma indicated. The smoked malts are not overly done and neither is the vanilla. There is a good balance between the two while some dark overly ripe fruits add depth and complexity. Excellent mouthfeel. Very nice indeed.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of rumorsofsurf
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,204 ratings.