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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

2,147 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,147
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 95
Gots: 261 | 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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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Pours black with reddish-brown edges and a very dense khaki-colored head that looks like the foam on a cappuccino. Aroma consists of sweet chocolate malt, bitter coffee grounds, a touch of caramel, lightly charred smoke, and sweet vanilla bean. Really liking the interplay between the vanilla and the smoke. Taste is similarly sweet, with lots of vanilla bean, chocolate malt, caramel, and roasted nuts. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and fairly creamy, with a medium-full body and good carbonation. Overall a superb addition to the Stone line-up, but I may have to give the edge to regular Smoked Porter. I'll see how the Chipotle version stacks up.

Photo of brystmar
3.04/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Loved this on draft at DLD, let's see how it fares from the bottle. 12oz'er shared by blatantdream.

Dark brown body spills into my glass as lots of tan head forms on the surface. Aroma immediately shows oxidization and not much more. Fortunately this died down as it warmed, and the vanilla is now at center stage instead of the cardboard-y-ness.

Taste is meh, and the body is massively overcarbonated. Bland, basic malt base is nothing special. Tastes very oxidized, mild smokeyness in the back I think? Bitterness lingers after I swallow, and it feels totally out of place.

This is just not very good, and that's a shame given how great it was on tap. Avoid the bottles.

Photo of BigJK
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brazil nut brown with a thin tan head that fades quickly

S - smoked peat style malts with a subtle vanilla backbone, not to much, like its supposed to be there

T - This porter doesn't alienate its roots to be a gimmicky vanilla bear. The porters smoked chocolatey malts are tasty, and the subtle vanilla inflections just add to its greatness. The vanilla truly seems like part of the beer and not an add on.

M&D - a deep character beer, plenty of style appropriate elements, layered vanilla flavors, smooth and easyto drink. another winner from Stone.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark black with traces of tan, foamy, creamy 2 inch head and lots of lacing.

Smell - Classic stone smoked porter, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, molasses, dark fruits like plum and rasin, and the addition of vanilla.

Taste - The vanilla bean is really present. The smoked, malty, chocolate, coffee kick of the porter mixed with the vanilla gives it a almost, creame soda like flavor. Very smooth, sweet and tasty.

Mouthfeel - Malts coat whole mouth, tounge gets lots of chocolate, coffee and dark fruits with the vanilla. Palate gets more malts and a huge vanilla blast. Finish is nutty, malty and a little bitter.

Overall - Tasty, and enjoyed the vanilla moreso then the pepper version. This is a straight up dessert beer, sweet, creamy and rich. Till orginal smoked porter is the best, but this is #2 for me. Good stuff here.

Photo of beermeister9
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of tobelerone
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown verging on black. Small, quickly settling cream colored head with some slippery lacing. Strong vanilla aroma with some smoky, charred oak and dark malt notes, light caramel and an underlying bitterness.

Flavor also features vanilla prominently; the smoked character of the beer is fairly subdued; dark and bitter roasted malt; low sweetness, some brown sugar perhaps but not much. Again this beer is all about the vanilla; has an extract taste to an extent; aggressive bitterness gives a bit of balance. There’s something of a cream-soda vibe going on underneath everything as well.

Medium body and carbonation; slightly smooth and creamy, but still pretty active mouthfeel. Lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Will appeal to vanilla fans who don't mind a bit of a bitter bite.

Photo of rhino54
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to black in color with an off white head. In the aroma, sweet vanilla, coffee, and even notes of cinnamon. In the taste, sweet vanilla, a coffee roast, and it feels a bit creamy. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry to sweet vanilla and cream like aftertaste. Big vanilla, coffee and cinnamon. Tasty, but I can see this getting to be a bit too sweet at times.

Photo of GTB
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a lighter brown with foamy 2 finger head.

S- smell is light smokiness and not much else. Hints of dark chocolate malt. Not incredibly impressive though.

T- taste is smoky on the beginning and through the whole beer. It finishes with just a touch of vanilla bean, but not much.

M- Its robust but overall pretty smooth.

Overal- I honestly failed to spot the vanilla in this. It was so weak and overpowered with smokyness that it didn't really wasn't even that noticeable.

Photo of scottfrie
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from recent release. Duvel Green tulip.

A: Pours near black with a huge light cream colored head that took forever to slowly collapse into a dense film leaving a complex network of sticky lace down the glass. Great retention.
S: Vanilla bean comes through nicely over notes of marshmallow (vanilla), and roasted malts. Vanilla dominates and reminds me of ice-cream.
T: More of the base porter comes through than it did on the nose. Malt flavors are deep and roasted with hints of caramel and chocolate. Vanilla is more integrated than the overpowering nose but it’s still prominent. Finish is slightly bitter; aftertaste is full of vanilla bean.
M: Medium body, ample but unobtrusive carbonation, and a smooth mouthfeel.
O: Despite everything there is something about this beer that I don’t love. It’s not a bad beverage, and I’d drink it again if it was handed to me, but I think I prefer the original to this one.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Side-by-side with the regular and Chipotle versions.

Same as the regular but with a touch more head retention.

Vanilla beans are actually rather prominent on the nose. Provides some nice sweetness that balances the smoke and roast aromas. Nice.

Opens sweet. Vanilla beans are upfront. Creamy. Roasted malt, smoke, and chocolate in the back. Much sweeter and smoother than the original. I like this.

Just like the regular version. Light bodied with moderate to ample carbonation. Prickly and bubbly in the mouth but rather smooth going down. Mellow finish with a slightly lingering aftertaste.

This one is a bit better than the regular. The vanilla really works to smooth out the rough edges created by the smoke and roast and the feel fits the style a touch better also. The addition definitely worked here.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of matttttYCE
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a nonic pint with a nice 1 1/2 finger head of tan creamy suds. Lace is nice and sticky and the head sticks around for a bit.

The aroma is creamy vanilla bliss and a wonderful toasted coconut side dancing on a solid bed of malty sweetness, light smoke/char, and roastyness, with notes of cocoa powder and coffee coming along for the ride. Smells a bit like creme brulee (both the desert and the Southern Tier beer). Wonderful smell.

The taste follows well with the aroma. Vanilla sweetness, toasted coconut, and smoke/roast qualities dominate but aren't exactly aggressive. All the wonderful qualities of a nice porter - the bitter coffee, the hints of chocolate/cocoa, the smooth roasted malts - mix so wonderfully with the balanced smokiness and the near velvety smooth vanilla and coconut properties. Lovely flavor.

The mouthfeel is just what a porter should be. That is, light, creamy, and smooth, not weighing you down, but with enough substance that you realize you're drinking something deeper than a pale or a pilsner. Carbonation is medium or medium-high, consistency is smooth and silky, body is light-medium, and the finish is lingering wonderfully.

Love regular Stone Smoked Porter, this iteration is fantastic as well. The Chipotle version is very nice and complex but not quite as good as the vanilla is, in my opinion. Upon a second visit (bottle) this beer still impresses me, though not quite as much as the initial bottle I had. Maybe I was a little too excited at the bottling of a beer I'd seeked our for some time. Either way, still a great beer and worth trying if you like porters, smoke, or Stone Smoked Porter.

Photo of ortie
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of iKrystin
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Ohiovania
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice tan head three fingers, but forms rather quickly on the pour and settles quickly also. Body color is a very dark dark walnut brown red hues also. Compared to the Chiptole pretty much identical although this one didn't seem to foam up as big as the other.

Sweet roast malts sensing, but not much vanilla angle. Some faint smoke but not really getting accented. Creamy sense with the vanilla. Smells good, but the chipotle version highlights the malt and roast better.

Vanilla creaminess really jumps to the forefront highlighting a velvety smooth body and texture. Roasty dark malts linger slightly complimenting vanilla tones well. Smokey angle seems a bit lost with the sweetness though.

Overall it's still a very tasty porter, with a great feel more than anything, however I prefer the Chipotle version with its emphasis on bringing out the roast and smoke of the porter considerably more. A decent brew regardless.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
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