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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

2,245 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,245
Reviews: 539
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 100
Gots: 302 | FT: 15
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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Ratings: 2,245 | Reviews: 539
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear brown colored beer with a small brown colored head.

Smell is sweet vanilla and chocolate with wisp of smoke. The vanilla kind of takes over.

Starts out semi-sweet with lots of vanilla. Vanilla, char and chocolate are the strongest flavors. Smoke is only an accent to this one.

Mouthfeel is full.

Overall this is an OK beer but not a great one. Vanilla is one of those flavors like clove that can easily takeover a beer.

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3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, drank on 8/28, reviewed from notes

A: Dull black with a rush of carbonation. Good cream color head recedes into bubble bath.

N: Coffee, charred smoke, There's ample chocolate and a nice blend of vanilla beans. The smoke is the most prominent feature, however, as one might expect, and it tends towards a tobacco/cigar flavor rather than a cold campfire.

T: Chocolate and dry charred kindling. Tobacco and a minor amount of vanilla. There's a bitter pine suggestion here from the hops. Not nearly as good as the nose.

M: Light and drinkable. Might have too little body, though.

O: An interesting beer that might not be as good out of the bottle as it has been when I've tried it on draft. Not particularly complex, but decently done.

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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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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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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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Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
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