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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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2,129 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,129
Reviews: 508
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 94
Gots: 257 | 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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Photo of mdmusch
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown with ruby edges. Very thin off white head.

S - The smell on this one is roasted, dark malts. There is smokiness but its sweet. This smells identical to vanilla or other sweet cigar tobacco. Great smell.

T - This is a great tasting porter. You can definitely taste the vanilla, instantly and throughout. The chocolate and coffee flavors meld perfectly in this drink.

M - The mouth feel is wonderful. A nice creamy texture for a drink that leans more towards the dessert side of beers.

Overall - I would definitely try this again and pick up a sixer if I had the chance. This is how I like my porters to taste.

Grade: B+ (definitely try)

Photo of BigJiMo
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: A shade lighter than completely black. Reflects a dark ruby red color on the stem of the glass. Large puffy white head with considerable lacing.

S: Strong chocolate and vanilla aroma.

T: Smoky vanilla and dark chocolate with a little bit a caramel. Definitely a dessert beer.

M: Medium to low carbonation with a nice lingering smoke and vanilla aftertaste.

O: Call me weird, but I don't really care much for Stone, but this is a solid dessert beer. Definitely worth a shot.

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice dark red brown with a thick tan head.

S: Vanilla comes through with a little bit of roastyness.

T: Light... tastes very watery this one. I've had the regular smoked porter on tap and that was amazing. This is alright at best. Very light in taste. Bitterness hits well but that's about it. I took out some chocolate to try to bring out more of the flavors but it didn't help.

M: Not a lot of flavor comes through but it sits pretty well. A little watery.

Overall really a dissapointment. Tasted very watery. I mean not bad... but really nothing spectacular.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a medium cola brown with a smaller light brown, fine-bubbled head. Decent retention.

S - Most some nice smoke, slight fish.

T - Vanilla hits hard, and I love vanilla. Some smokey-roasty malts as well. Again some fishiness.

D - Decent carbonation and a medium body.

O - Vanilla and very smokey. Almost fished out here?

Photo of brentusaurus
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Stumpy29er
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of hooliganlife
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served in a tulip at 45 degrees.

pour was black, a tad darker than cola. about a 1/2 inch of head.

vanilla was very apparent, over taking the porter itself.

started out a bit thick on the vanilla but as it warmed it became a bit more subtle. hides the smoke, but still sweet and roasted.

moderate carbonation, decent body. some chew but light and easy.

i did not care for this as much as the chipotle, i felt it was a bit rougher around the edges.

4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of tdmccarthy
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of ucsbmullet
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of rhefter
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Danny1217
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a tan head that dissipates slowly, leaving some nice lacing behind. The smell is vanilla up at the front. There is some smoke, wood, and dark chocolate scents, as with the original smoked porter, but the vanilla masks them a bit here. The taste is slightly sweet vanilla up front, shifting to smoke and bitter coffee. The vanilla flavor lingers with a dry and bitter finish. The hop bitterness and vanilla mix in a very interesting way. Very nice. A slightly more than medium body and medium carbonation make this a somewhat smooth journey too.

This was a very nice treat. I might prefer it to regular smoked porter. Then again they're both great, so I can love them both equally, I guess.

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

Appearance: Dark mahogany body with excellent clarity. An inch of off-white head forms.

Smell: As advertised, there's plenty of smoke and vanilla, and they work pretty nicely together. The porter base is dry, roasty, slightly ashy. Vanilla gives an illusion of richness to an otherwise dry beer.

Palate: Lots of natural and tasty vanilla flavor, along with a present but nicely integrated smokiness. Roasted malt, a touch of cigar and coffee. The body is medium verging on light. Carbonation is at a lower-medium level. Vanilla lingers, but the finish dries up nicely without being particularly bitter. This is a really enjoyable take on an already good beer.

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

Let me start by saying i'm a sucker for smoked beers. However, i rarely come across a vanilla bean beer that i think was properly executed.

A- Very dark brown, nearly black body with surprisingly full head of an off-white color. Head lasts about a minute then leaves a thing circle around the edge of the glass. Moderate lacing. Looks very nice.

S- The smell is muted for a smoked beer, let alone one made with vanilla. I am pulling some light applewood like aroma, similar to bacon. Certainly some soft vanilla notes and maybe even a little chocolate. No booze. Pleasant, yet, subtle aroma.

T- Flavor is very nice. Surprisingly soft smoke flavor, they held back which is nice to see. It is certainly there though with a sort of smoked meat (bacon) rather than smoked wood (bonfire) taste. The vanilla jumps in towards the end with a dessert-like essence which is light but nice. Finish is toasted wood and faint, light roasted coffee. No booze. Very drinkable for so much going on.

M- Nice, creamy mouthfeel. Medium to heavy bodied. Low carbonation. Ideal mouthfeel for this style of beer.

O- This is a pleasant smoked beer that would be a good entry brew for someone new to smoke beer. Subtle smoke flavor with notes of vanilla, coffee, and cocao. Enjoy after dinner with creme brule. This makes me want to try the chipotle pepper version...maybe.

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

Very dark chestnut color with a lovely, thick, creamy head that lasts awhile and leaves some drippy lace. Mild smoky dark roast aroma with a dusting of vanilla beaniness that seems to meld well with the other characteristics. A bit more vanilla creaminess upfront in the flavor...dark malt, bitter coffee, a little chocolate. Some sweetness, but quickly overpowered by a roasty bitterness. Pretty smooth, though drying. I like this, but it was more impressive on tap.

Photo of SirDalton
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of parris
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smells of smokey vanilla, as advertised, I'd say the vanilla comes our a bit more than the smoke. No hops, not much malt as the sweet vanilla kind of masks it

Appearance is dark brown, but with high clarity and a very creamy head

It tastes more like beer than the aroma would lead you to believe, it's a spot on porter with vanilla presence.

Creamy mouthfeel, big body

Overall I really like this, I couldn't knock down a case in a night, but I could happily have one every night for 24 days.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. Served chilled and allowed to warm.

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black in color. Pours a really nice, creamy beige head that sticks as a nice lacing.

Aroma: Big vanilla bean aromas upfront. The smoke and char is much more subdued behind the sweetness of the vanilla. Light caramel as well.

Taste: The vanilla is prominent but not as much as the aroma would suggest. Some nice bitter coffee and smoke really balances out the strong vanilla well. A vast improvement over the base beer. The vanilla is strong but integrates well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but with a realy nice creaminess.

Overall, a huge improvement over the base beer in my opinion. The vanilla is definitely strong but provides a nice flavor and tempers the char and smoke of the base beer perfectly. A really enjoyable vanilla porter.

Photo of HarleyCorps
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of AlexChillton
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of harrymel
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Glad I am going to get to try this one, thought I might miss the train on this one.

Pours black with a good solid quilt of tan foam and nice lace resides along the glass. Lots of vanilla up front in the nose, smoke is reserved and plays tertiary fiddle to the beans and malts of chocolate and raw wood. Flavor is initially vanilla, then smoky (overly dry smoky sans flavor) then chocolate and dark portered malts then followed back up with more vanilla - this time with a vengeance. The vanilla is nice. There is a bitterness in the mid point that is not really justified or enjoyable to me - just strait bitterness like aspirin. Medium on heavy for the style with moderate carb and a semi dry finish. Meh, one and done for me.

Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Pellinore1
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
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