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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

2,246 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,246
Reviews: 539
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 101
Gots: 302 | FT: 15
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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Ratings: 2,246 | Reviews: 539
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Photo of ChadQuest
2.33/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Color is a dark cola color with a sudsy white lace.
The aroma smells like a dry vanilla coke. The vanilla is very dominant.
The smoked malt flavors come out some more here in taste, the vanilla is still very strong and playing lead role. Cola flavors, i really can't get past thinking of cola here.
The mouthfeel is semi sticky, low to moderate carbonation, medium body.

Not really digging this. I don't think the smoked malt base is ideal for the vanilla addition, maybe if there was more chocolate malts and this had a bigger body that could be great, but as it is now the vanilla is too much.


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

12 oz bottle served cold into a goblet.

Stone smoke porter is made all the more balanced and tasty with the addition with vanilla bean. It has the toasty porter base with roasted malt, dark chocolate, and smoked barley. The vanilla adds a welcome creamy sweet flavor that brings it all together.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall a very well done modification to an already excellent beer.

Photo of rangerred
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear deep ruby with a half finger tan head. Really good lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is smoke mixed with dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate with maybe the slightest hint of vanilla. The vanilla is pretty subdued which kind of surprised me.

On the taste, the vanilla is much more prominent although it still takes a backseat to the smokiness. Peat smoke and roasted malt mix nicely being propped up by a moderate vanilla flavor. Never does anything become to front and center or overwhelming. Bitterness is fairly light with the mouthfeel being fairly full with a sticky finish.

Overall, a nice take on Stone's smoked porter. I think it makes for a nice addition to the original and I would like to try the chipotle version sometime.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of tlazaroff
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Right off the nose I get the smoke. I have never had the regular Smoked Porter, but if this is an indication, I bet I'd like it. It smells like smoked cherrywood, I don't know if thats what they use or not, but damn. There is a nice vanilla (as expected) note to this as well in a kind of pastry type sense. I'd say that this is what I would expect a smoked vanilla puff pastry to smell like.

Really deep dark brown in color with a tan head on the lighter side of the color spectrum. Lacing is nice, as it dominates the glass.

Again on the palate the smoke takes dominance as the vanilla bean enhances the natural porter flavors such as that roasted coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate taste. Excellent flavor combination, but I wish the vanilla was more dominant than the smoke.

Medium body and carbonation with a smooth sensation as it goes down. Really nice overall and almost sessionable.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Trenton Road Take-out on a recent trip back home...

A: Pours a deep brown, almost black, with about two full fingers of mocha colored head. The foam settles fairly quickly, and I get minimal lacing as it drinks. I also notice that the beer seems a bit thin and transparent around the edges.

S: The nose is really nice. Solid smoke, a little burnt toast, a little chocolate, and some definite vanilla.

T: This beer starts out sweet with a solid malt backbone. It moves on with a quick hit of smoke and a little bit of chocolate. In the middle I get a good helping of sweet malt mixed with a solid amount of vanilla. The sweetness is really pleasant. The finish is more vanilla and sweet.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet, a little smokey, and a little bitter. The beer is actually a bit thinner than I remember it being. Easily drinkable, smooth as it goes down.

O: This is a good beer, but it's a touch too thin for my liking. I think the addition of the vanilla beans takes away some of the smokiness of the base beer as well. Overall, I think the name of the beer is more appealing than the actual taste of the beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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

APPEARANCE: Pours dark brown in color with ruby-red highlights when held up to the light. There’s a good finger of beige colored head after a medium pour. Pretty good head retention following each sip, resulting in some pretty good lacing too.

AROMA: Smoked Malts, Vanilla Extract, Charred Wood, Dark Chocolate, & Coffee.

TASTE: There’s a nice chocolate flavor up front, but the smoked malts aren’t far behind. The vanilla starts to come through pretty quick as well, providing an interesting shift in flavor. As the vanilla starts to fade, I’m getting the chocolate flavor again towards the back-end. The finish is relatively smooth with some lingering roasted flavor, as well as some subtle smokiness.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied with an almost powder-like texture on the palate. The carbonation is on the low side.

MOREY’S BOTTOM LINE: The vanilla beans are a nice addition to an already flavorful beer. I’m not a huge fan of smoked porters (though I do enjoy them) and in my opinion, this rendition is an improvement upon the base beer. I haven’t had the chipotle version yet, but if it’s as good as this one, I’m looking forward to it! Cheers.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of nrs207
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with some hints of dark red. Not much of a head. The head was an off white, and quickly dissipated.

S - A little bit of smoke and a lot more sweetness than the standard version from the vanilla. I personally enjoy it, because I think the sweetness balances the smoke.

T - A nice bit of vanilla sweetness to balance the normal smoke. I could see where people might think the flavors clash, but I really don't find that to be the case. I really like the balance. I find that you get an initial rush of vanilla sweetness, then the smoke helps clear the palate and prevent the vanilla from lingering too long.

M - Medium bodied, average carbonation. No alcohol to speak of. Slightly above average mouthfeel overall.

O - Really good beer by Stone. For a standard smoked porter, it packs a good amount of flavor in a drinkable package. I like the vanilla and how it balances the smoked flavors. In the normal Stone Smoked Porter, the smoke seems a bit one note. Not the case in this. Good stuff.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of bennetj17
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark coffee-brown color. Has a glowing brick red hue in the light, and you barely see all the way through it. Tan foam reaches only one finger with decent retention. The aroma has a strong vanilla accent with touches of roast. Sweet smelling but not overly so. I think it smells good.

The vanilla is a bit dominant in the taste, it's not bad but seems to clash with the roasted bitterness, especially toward the finish. It would be nice if the beer was a bit heavier to balance, but this is kind of thin porter, not very robust. The mouthfeel is again a bit lighter than I would prefer, but the carbonation is decent.

Overall a good idea but not a great result. The vanilla character was too much in the end, and it tastes sort of artificial when it's not blended subtly in there. Worth a try but not much else at over $3 for a 12 ounce bottle.

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

A: Pours an opaque very dark brown in color with hints of dark amber when held up to the light and some light amounts of visible carbonation near the edges of the glass. The beer has a finger tall dense dark tan head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of large thick patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of vanilla bean and smoke.

T: The flavor of this beer starts out with some dark roasted malts with notes of smoke and iodine. After that, the vanilla bean sweetness comes through and there is very light notes of bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin but very smooth.

O: This beer is very enjoyable with the sweetness of the vanilla combining nicely with the smokey and roasted malt flavors. Easy to drink but more of a sipping beer than a session beer.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz, Best by? (think it was late May '12)
Unmarked tulip

A: Pours out a deep reddish brown color. Some chestnut hues. Fairly clear. About two and half fingers of light tan rocky head. Sticking around a while and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Pulling some soft vanilla bean right away. Underneath that you get subtle smoke. Not overpowering. Some nice roast notes.

T: On the tip of the tongue, I got some chocolate bitterness. Then the roast comes into play. It's not overly aggressive by any means. I don't get tons of smoke here for some reason. Right here you get some of that nice smooth vanilla. The roast helps to make it not too sweet an addition. The finish is nice and dry. Hints of bitter chocolate and the vanilla linger for a moment. No alcohol burn at all.

M: It's a medium bodies beer. It's fairly thin for the smoked porter category.

O: B+

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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