Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.

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Smoked Porter - Vanilla BeanSmoked Porter - Vanilla Bean

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2,297 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,297
Reviews: 553
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 106
Gots: 332 | 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:
Beer added by: MiScusi on 08-31-2007

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Ratings: 2,297 | Reviews: 553
Photo of cubs943
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was okay but I would not get it again.

Photo of otoolman221
2.94/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Little too Smokey for my taste.

Photo of Mikus
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This hits all of the notes that are advertised. Tastes like vanilla-infused smoke. Heavy on the vanilla. Not my favorite combo, I find. That said, it does a great job of providing the said components of the recipe. Make sure that you REALLY like these components (could I suggest a sampler) before diving into the whole snifter or bomber. Love Stone, Smoked Porter was not a big hit for me, and this wasn't either. However, you definitely get what you are asking for with this one. Maybe I am just not a big fan of the 'smoked' aspect. If you are, try this. I, for one, will be trying some of their other brews.

Photo of Chastise
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The vanilla flavor hits a moment after it's in your mouth, and is gone before you swallow. Pleasant and very drinkable, with a slightly-roasted (but not quite coffee-roasted) aftertaste.

Photo of leroybrown10
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber-brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. Thick cream colored head which leaves major lacing as it settles.

Nose starts with the smoke though it isn't overpowering. Some rye notes(though I don't believe rye is used in this brew) to go with mild roasted malt and pepper. I'm not picking up much, if any vanilla.

Mild smoke on the first sip which increases a bit as I hold it in my mouth. Creamy vanilla that was missing from the nose shows up after the smoke. Some earthy, almost peaty hop notes with pepper, caramel, bitter chocolate and very mild roasty malt.

Thin mouth feel that leaves me wanting more. Some creaminess to go with medium carbonation.

Overall, I decent tasting beer that could use a bit more vanilla and roasted malt. It doesn't need they thick mouth feel of an imperial style but a bump up from what it is would be nice.

Photo of InkedinRi
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Good but not one of there best! Glad I was able to try it!

Photo of johndoe5703
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yum fun dum yummy arrrgggh

Photo of charadrius_cerevisiae
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A nice mixture of copper and brown, presenting as semi-tansparent but overly inviting.

S - Appetizing and lightly done smoke hits the nose first and then is followed by a whole bunch of, well, nothing.

T - Smoke leads, though gently done, followed by roasty malt flavors. What comes next, though, is water, and lots of it. There is basically not remanent of the flavor of the beer to be left on the palate. When you find the vanilla notes in the beer, they are fleeting and not very cohesive (sure, each palate will pick them up in varying amounts), and never really add anything to the beer in general.

M - Thin, from beginning to end. I guess I drink a porter to be reminded that there are some lingering unfermentable sugars in that liquor to add to some mouthfeel and warmth to the beer while other people amy just want the flavor and alcohol, but this kind of just become brown water to me.

O - I sure remember when Stone was the thing to have, and sure their IPAs are arguably the best in the world, but I really want beers that I can drink affordable and drink often, and this one does not fit that bill. Asa change to the normal porter lineup, this definitely offers uniqueness, but ask me what porters I am drinking for fun, and this one will not be on the list.

Photo of AlaskanYoung
2/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beer did not taste great

Photo of Trooper92292
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I popped this open on a cold winter night. The Vanilla taste and aroma is there but it isn't overwhelming, well balanced. Beautiful color in a glass. A very great porter. Next time I'm at my local craft beer stop I'll be picking a bottles of this. Perfect for this time of year. Stone has yet again made another fantastic beer.

Photo of hophugger
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep chocolate brown with just a hint of light working its way through. Average head and minimal lacing. Aroma is light, giving me ever so light amount of smoke. Taste is on the light side for a porter IMO, but is good overall. Smokiness is very faint and I feel that this could be elevated a little more to ad some body to this brew. Vanilla hints are nice, just enough, and adds a nice cool smoothness to the beer. Slight watery finish, but overall, a decent porter and another good brew by Stone

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: The darkest brown imaginable -- nearly black, if not held up to a light source. Perfect porter color. Nice cream colored head, good foamy film settlement. Light sheets of lace until it dissipates.

Aroma: Roasted malts, faint chocolate, vanilla.

Taste: Vanilla is perfect in this. Not so much of a smokey element, but all the other traits ring true -- roasted malts, faint chocolate. Slightly watery finish.

Mouthfeel: Slightly watery in that good porter way.

Overall: Totally dig this beer. It gets better every sip, and they have the vanilla spot-on.

Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, a decent New Year's Eve kickoff, if there ever was one.

This beer pours a clear, dark red brick amber colour, with two fingers of weakly puffy, and mostly just bubbly tan head, which leaves some decent, if awkward webbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of roasted, gamey caramel malt, wet dark bread, bittersweet chocolate, burnt cream, an acrid nuttiness, vanilla that I only notice because it's in the freaking name, a bit of earthy yeast, and very tame weedy, leafy hops. The taste is more toasted caramel malt, a rather emergent vanilla bean sweetness, a now more ethereal smoked meatiness, middling cocoa powder, a touch of mid-day cold coffee, and weak leafy, weedy hops.

The bubbles are present, in a genial, mostly supportive frothy measure, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight for the style, and pretty much straight-up smooth, with a cold creaminess waiting in the wings. It finishes on the sweet side, the bready caramel, vanilla, and fading cocoa notes carrying the day.

A pleasant enough re-imagining of the original smoked porter, wherein the vanilla guest star eventually overcomes the inherent smokiness of the base beer. I actually like this one better overall, for the same reasons - less acrid meaty smoke (save that for the summer BBQs on my deck), and more sweet, sweet vanilla - the sort of thing I used to derive from homemade vanilla vodka - yeah.

Photo of 1424IpA
3.37/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

For being "limited" this beer is a disappointment. With that said if it were year around I wouldn't buy it..

Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer but not great. This beer sounded a little better than it tasted. Was hoping for a bit more mouth feel.

Photo of zac16125
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a pint glass
2014 vintage

A: Pours a dark brown with ruby hues when held to light. 3 plus fingers width of light tan head builds and has good retention before dissipating down and leaves lots of lacing. 4

S: Chocolate, coffee, a lactose like cream, subtle char, and lots of nice vanilla. Fairly simple, but hits all the traditional porter notes, then the big vanilla characters adds a pleasant richness. 4.25

T: Roasted malt, light roast coffee, bakers chocolate, cream. The vanilla notes are presents but aren’t as strong as the aroma. Some herbaceous characters as well. 4

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the heavier side, a bit thin, drinkability is good though. 3.5

O: Good beer. Not mind blowing, but solid. Wish the vanilla from the nose was as prevalent in the taste. 4

Photo of JohnPolino
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light bodied, and easy to drink. Faint vanilla taste. Bitter finish. Had high hopes for this one...Not disappointed, but not blown away either.

Photo of EvoRich
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: On the lighter side for a porter. Lights shines through pretty easily. Big fluffy head develops while pouring.

Smell: Roasted malts, nuts and vanilla.

Taste: Very mellow taste overall, with a strong sweet vanilla flavor. There is a flavor of smoked and roasty malts blended nicely with the vanilla

Feel: Creamy, yet medium bodied and easy drinking.

Overall: Very please with this beer! Very sweet and easy drinking. The flavor is mellow, and just a joy to drink!

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler poured at about 50-60 degrees into wide-mouth stout glass.

Fairly short and soapy tan head over a deep brown body (mahogany edges when held to the light). Very good lacing.

Aromas lead with the smoky wood, salty meat, peaty qualities. Some roasted coffee and chocolate in the background.

Very creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Flavors are awesome - nice roasted malt, and a lot more sweetness comes through than in the aromas. Milk chocolate, vanilla beans, and a touch of sweet spice. Not overly smokey - just right.

Tasty, and very easy drinking... glad I picked this one out of the 20+ I had to choose from!

Photo of Budinetz
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter at 55 degrees. 2014 release, purchased about a week ago after it was released. (It does state on the bottle to drink fresh and at 5.9% I am inclined to agree).

Pours a midnight red color with an antique white colored head that dissipates slowly an actually keeps a thin layer on the beer the entire time I drink it. Decent head retention and nice lacing around the glass.

Smells pretty bland actually...very characteristic of a porter, bit with a hint of vanilla and smoked sausage, almost as if my Yankee candle is sitting next to a smoked bologna I'm eating...very interesting.

Tastes of sweet roasted malts, vanilla bean, milk chocolate, Kona coffee, smoked meat, bitter hops, and divine roastiness. This brew begins sweet and ends very bitter. Aweome balance and great flavor all around. Although recommended to drink fresh, I wonder if the bitterness would subside with aging and just be full in sweet.

Mouthfeel is interesting. Due to the high amount of alpha acids from the ops added during the boil, this brew has a seriously bitter finish that is amazingly pleasant. The sweet roasted malt and vanilla notes balance this brew out quite well. It makes your tongue dance!

Overall this beer is very different, however very traditional, all at the same time. The porter style is represented well, but with an interesting twist of flavors. The flavors are taking to each agreement of sweet and bitter. Definitely worth purchasing a bottle or two.


Photo of mschantz
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich dark brown, nearly black with a huge flush head that stands up very well. Rich toasty nose with a hit of BBQ sauce smell. Really didn't pick up vanilla on the nose. Taste is very nice malty, chocolaty, smokey sweetness with a slightly bitter finish. Mouth feel is smooth with the vanilla apparent at the back of the palate.

Photo of Beestin
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks better than it tastes is the reason for the outlier BA App. Don't question me!

Photo of Oldmankeebler
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Too much smoke for me. It lingers to long in the after taste.

Photo of jdshep
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark brown poor with about an inch and a half to two inch frothy head. If you hold it to the light you can see hints of red.

In the intial flavor I get the chocolate with the finish flavor coming in a little bitter and smokey coffee. This was an easy, smooth drink for me, had to consciencely slow down once or twice. This could easily become a strong session beer.

Photo of larryarms847
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, rather thin, and very little foam.

The aroma is just wonderful, coffee, chocolate, and tons of vanilla.

Smoke, woody, vanilla, coffee, and tons of roasted notes.

Light-medium bodied, light carbonation, thin, smoky, bitter, sweet finish.

Overall, not my favorite porter, nor Stone brew, but tasty and worth a shot.

Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,297 ratings.