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Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,966 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,966
Reviews: 475
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 83
Gots: 181 | 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 jaasen64
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was lucky enough to review this on-tap at a local bar about a month ago before they released it in the bottles. Since I enjoyed it the first time, figured I'd try it again from the bottle. Single 12oz bottle, one of the first ones purchased earlier today- says "Drink Fresh". Poured into CCB snifter.

A- Pours a slightly translucent very dark almost black brown with a about a quarter finger of creamy white head (almost vanilla bean in color) that dissipates fairly fast and only leaves a slight head around the edges, about average carbonation.

S- Sweet vanilla beans, a little bit of espresso, some smokiness but fairly light, roasted malts. About average to slightly above average aroma strength.

T- Nice sweet vanilla bean taste followed by a light smokiness slightly nutty and a tiny bit of roasted malts, finishes with a little bit of a sweet vanilla taste.

M- Medium bodied, average carbonation, smooth, abv well hidden, a tiny bit creamy.

O- For a smoked porter this beer was very good. Probably the best smoked porter I've ever had. I definitely enjoyed the on-draft version a lot more (I thought it was better in pretty much every category), but I'm definitely glad they started bottling this. Props again to Stone for making very good beers they can mass produce- not an easy thing to do. For $3.99/bottle I definitely recommend picking a few up.

Photo of Devi0us
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of vbiliyar
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ArrogantB
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle $3.99. Picked up the chipotle so I figured I might as well get the vanilla for comparison. This is truly a vanilla beer. It doesn't really taste sweet but the vanilla flavor almost completely overpowers the porter. The aroma was straight vanilla beans. The flavor was so much vanilla I thought I was drinking a cola. Not bad but not something I would ever purchase again.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a Stone Brewing Co. pint glass

Pours a dark brown with a one and a half finger off-white head. Not surprisingly roasted smoky malt and vanilla on the nose. The vanilla hits my tongue almost immediately and then is joined by a hint of dark espresso and roasted malt, all swirl together for a balanced finish that has just a bit of bitterness with the vanilla lingering immediately however the smoke outlasts the vanilla. Pleasantly medium-bodied, perfect level of carbonation, slick with a creamy edge. A nice variation of an excellent brew.

Photo of kevgod
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have not seen this beer since it was on tap at American Flatbread when Stone first came to Vermont several years ago.

Pours a brownish-black color with a brown head into my glass. Accurate for the style.

Mild coffee with a good touch of vanilla bean in the nose. Chewy. Smoky.

Flavor is spot-on as I remember. My friend, who was still new to beer when he tried this, likened it to cocoa puffs. Me? I liken it more to french vanilla with a good chunk of cocoa.

Smoky, sweet and chock full of vanilla. The mouthfeel solidifies this ale.

I wanted to emulate this at one point. A cousin of mine actually tried with a standard porter and vanilla bean. Still, nothing can touch Stone.

Photo of pkalix
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Hellyeahimdrinking
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of mfavoino
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass on 6/29/12.

Appearance: Super dark brown that looks black until it has some light behind it. Two fingers of off white head dissipate quickly. Chunky lacing.

Smell: Lots of dark roasted malts. Coffee is present, as well as a tad bit of smoke and vanilla.

Taste: Initial dark roasted malts and some vanilla sweetness, then the palate is taken over by smoke and wood. Finishes with a touch of hops and leaves a lingering combination of smoke and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and slick with a medium body. Pretty low carbonation.

Overall: Lots going on in this porter. If you like smokey flavors, vanilla, or both, give this a try.

Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Awesome to see the Smoked Porter variations make it to bottles.

A- Dark body poured into a pint glass but not quite pitch black. Big light tan head forms with a foamy texture and about three fingers in size. A few pretty thick lace patches here and there.

S- Vanilla up front with some dark roast malts that also lend nutty hints. Not much smoke or cocoa here that I remember in the base beer. Kind of like a Creme Brulee here.

T- Vanilla bean bomb, reminds me of a few beers I had up in Montreal. Vanilla leads the way and is backed by roast malts, nutty hints, slight dark fruit and caramel. Smoked malts sneak in after a few sips adding nice complexity.

MF- Silky but fairly light bodied, which can be fine for a porter. Slight bitterness finishes it off.

Vanilla bomb with some nice smoked and roast malts hanging around. Almost reminds of some funky Creme Brulee.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a troegs pt glass.

A: body is black with a touch of dark brown translucence around the edges when held to the light, much like the body of the chipotle version except i get a fat finger if head here that dissapates nicley and leans a nice bit of lacing, seems like the head here has a bit more retention and lacing then the chipotle did.

A: rich creamy vanilla, reminds me of cream soda, there is a bit of underlying smoke as well, infind the aroma very pleasing
On this one, smells yummy. Notes of caramel and hints of chocolate start to waft through the vanilla as this beer warms.

T: much like the nose, the taste reminds me of cream soda, or vanilla rootbeer, the smoke and vanilla work amazingly well with one another here, with notes of caramel and a touch of chocolate, there is a touch of vanilla sweetness here, but in no way overly sweet. Very well balanced, and deliciously enjoyable. The smoke seems to become more pronounced as this beer warms.

M: this brew, has a light medium body with medium carbonation, and a nice creamy mouthfeel, very drinkable, nice slightly dry finish.

O: an awesome, drinkable, desert beer, I could see making a beer float with this and vanilla ice cream being awesome. Between this or the chipotle, I would deffinatly take this one. I just love the way the smoke and vanilla work together here.

Photo of videofrog
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of PintOHops
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Nonic

A - A little more clarity than other Smoked Porter's from Stone. A dark mahogany with a 2-finger head that looks pretty creamy. Tinges of ruby red can be seen. I didn't get any lacing on my glass.

S - Smokey, woody, charcoal, leather is all there just like in other versions. Subtle vanilla and a bit more pronounced brown sugar characteristic. Wonderfully fresh and inviting aroma. More vanilla comes through as it warms.

T - I definitely notice the vanilla right off the bat. Smokey and woody upfront with a soft but rich flavor of vanilla peeking in and out of the taste. I also pick up a bit of charcoal, and brown sugar. It's a mildly sweet brew that finishes with more bitterness than other versions, dryness, and more vanilla. A bit of leafy hop flavors as well.

M - Moderate-high crispness with a medium body.

O - Just an outstanding Porter here. I love the other versions that I'v tried from Stone, and this one is no exception. Wonderfully smokey throughout, with rich vanilla that isn't overpowering or off putting. The appearance and the smell are inviting, and the feel isn't too carbonated.

Very, very good brew. Definitely give it a try if you can. Cheers!

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

glass: nonic

Nearly black appearance, some red makes it way in. 2-3 finger tan head. Frothy lacing. Vanilla on the nose, immediately followed by a deep roasted, woody, almost leather-like aroma. Slight hints of herbal hops but not much.

Vanilla straight away on the taste. As with the aroma, it falls quickly into a deep roasted quality but all the while, a milky vanilla flavor stays throughout. Bitterness comes towards the finish, a combination of nearly burnt malts and herbaceous hops. Mouthfeel is medium-full with medium carbonation.

Nicely done. A porter that has a touch of interest and at the very least makes itself stand out from the mundane and regular offerings in it's style.

Photo of EzraAtom
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from Julio's
Pours a solid dark brown with brilliant garnet highlights and a huge fluffy mocha head that persists forever. smells of caramel, chocolate, smoke and vanilla mostly with little to no hop aroma easily sniffed. The taste is a nice mix of chocolate smoke caramel and vanilla. The smoke and vanilla duke it out for top billing and ultimately the vanilla wins. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet creamy almost syrupy mouthfeel. I'm glad I got to try this, but I think the vanilla is a bit over the top and competes with the other flavors rather than enhancing them.

Photo of Sam516
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of edwardprung
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of 77bronco
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Rudy
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of C2H5
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of vic21234
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Limited Edition bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle says enjoy by 09/20/12.

A- Pours very cola-like. Medium to dark brown with some light going coming through it. About a finger and a half worth of head fades to about a half finger that sticks around. It appears rather thin.

S- Smells like a vanilla campfire. Smokey notes dominate the aroma, but give way to some faint vanilla notes as well.

T- Tastes much like the smell. Starts off very smokey and malty. The backend of the taste opens up the vanilla notes. I think the vanilla is a little too overpowering at the end of the sip.

M- Light to medium bodied, easy drinker, but too much vanilla as stated above.

I have now had the pleasure to have both vanilla bean and chipotle pepper smoked porter (Had the chipotle at a Stone brunch with Koch.) While not a huge fan of porters this is a pretty good beer. Nothing I would buy again but worth a try.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Max's, pours a nice cloudy brown color. Smell is of faint vanilla, tannish head to it. Great creamy mouthfeel, well balanced with tons of roasted maltiness and a present, but subtle vanilla undertone. Finishes clean and smooth. Very flavorful porter, Stone shines through once again, one of the best beers I had at the bar all night.

Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,966 ratings.