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Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,869 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,869
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 62
Gots: 154 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MiScusi on 08-31-2007)
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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SamMartin

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

07-20-2014 08:10:13 | More by SamMartin
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California

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

07-19-2014 22:50:40 | More by BuschLeagueOC
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ChiT0wn1924

Illinois

5/5  rDev +28.5%

07-19-2014 18:48:21 | More by ChiT0wn1924
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-19-2014 05:59:02 | More by zestar
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

A - A standard pour yields just shy of three fingers worth of billowing slightly late to develop rich creamy light khaki colored frothy goodness... Rock star retention... The frothy goodness turns even creamier as it settles a bit, but it never disappears or approaches anything close to lacing... A light to moderate bit of spry carbonation streaks can be seen around the top of the glass... The color is a highly murky slightly brooding medium brown... A good bit of lacing clings to the glass... This is a very nice looking brew...

S - The nose is equal part vanilla bean ice cream and lightly roasted malty goodness... The two aroma ebb and flow and compliment one another very nicely... The next layer reveals hints of sweet milk chocolate and a faint whiff of freshly brewed coffee... Very pleasing...

T - Tastes a lot like I remember the base Stone Smoked Porter tasting... The vanilla bean addition is largely missing in action... This isn't a bad thing as the base beer is one of my favorites, but it's a wee bit disappointing... Roasted malt and light smoke dominate the flavor profile... I would be very curious to do a side by side comparison with the base beer to see how they actually differ...

M - Medium bodied... Lush and creamy to start before turning a bit drier with a chalky finish... Limited carbonation... Fairly smooth... Even and consistent...

D - Another outstanding offering from Stone... The appearance is world class... The aroma is excellent... The taste is outstanding but lacking in terms of the vanilla bean addition... The mouthfeel is slightly above average... An excellent beer, but the absence of vanilla on the palate is a shame... I would drink again and would love to do the side by side tasting with the other Stone Smoked Porter offerings...

07-19-2014 01:43:38 | More by philbe311
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JJStorm

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-17-2014 02:20:28 | More by JJStorm
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Walkerjgt

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Voja

California

3.5/5  rDev -10%

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California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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LukeK

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

07-16-2014 01:03:49 | More by LukeK
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10%

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California

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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bret717

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-14-2014 03:13:09 | More by bret717
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Washington

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

07-13-2014 00:48:36 | More by SJbigtuna
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pat_usher

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

07-12-2014 13:27:04 | More by pat_usher
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MichiganderHB

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10%

07-11-2014 15:21:06 | More by MichiganderHB
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Michigan

3/5  rDev -22.9%

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JohnathanColeman

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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thegodfather1076

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Presentation: Very attractive looking label in the traditional painted on gargoyle themed Stone fashion. Front label give ABV info and a small description of the beer. Back label gives a great back story on the beer, a great description of the beer, web info, a bit of brewery info, and states “Drink Fresh”. Front neck label states “Stone Limited Release Winter Edition”. Back neck label has Stone gargoyle. Enjoy by 3/15/14 printed on the bottle.

Appearance: A aggressive pour from its 22oz brown bomber into a 16oz English pint led to a 3 finger tanish light brown head of a medium density atop a deep opaque brown beer with amber hues visible when held to the light. Head retention is amazing at 5min 56sec while still retaining a thick coating and ring with a very impressive lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is of a nice dark roasty bready malt and heavy natural vanilla bean. Also has a nice smokiness detectable that is not quite as strong as the regular version of Stone Smoked Porter.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is of smoke and a nice vanilla infused roasted chocolate maltiness on the front end. Smoke and vanilla carry through to the mid point with the vanilla bean flavor becoming more prevalent and the roast becoming deeper and darker blending into the coffee flavors that start to become very prevalent. Back end is dominated by deep roasted dark chocolate and coffee malts with the smoke seeping back into the picture along with a light vanilla bean flavor. Aftertaste is of very deep roasted coffee.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the full side of medium bodied with an above average amount of carbonation and a smooth creamy mouthfeel leading to a very drinkable brew.

Overall/Comments: I thought this was an excellent beer that was a great twist on an already classic porter. The vanilla bean blended seamlessly into the existing flavor profile. Try it if you can find it. Consumed 12/28/2013. Classified as an American Porter @ 5.9% ABV.

07-08-2014 19:21:45 | More by thegodfather1076
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California

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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Minnesota

3/5  rDev -22.9%

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Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,869 ratings.