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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

2,214 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,214
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 98
Gots: 289 | 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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3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque cola color with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like charred oak and roasted barley, with some dry mocha and earthy vanilla bean.
T: It tasted like earthy mocha and charred oak, with some smoky copper and a little vanilla been. It had a rough smoky aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with lots of carbonation. Kind of fizzy body.
D: This was a decent smoked porter, but I didn't get a lot of vanilla character. The scent and taste were sort of dirty and artificial. The body wasn't great either, and the finish was pretty harsh, so it wasn't really easy to drink. I'm not impressed.

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4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On-tap 1/7/2014 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains smoky roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, coffee and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a strong and sweet vanilla flavor up front followed by a hearty but not too heavy roasted malt character. There’s some smokiness in the background as well as flavors of chocolate and coffee. The hops presence is decent for the style and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice flavorful porter to drink for a long time.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Poured into a tulip glass

A: A tawny dark brown with cherry highlights. A tan one finger head that dissipates down to medium size bubbles. Decent lacing.

S: Smokey, oak-y. Chocolate highlights with a nice patch of vanilla and a coffee backdrop.

T: Sweet and smokey. The charred taste usually associated with the regular Smoked Porter is smoothed out nicely by the addition of the vanilla beans. Light chocolate and coffee blend in with a smooth, vanilla finish. Terrific with pork tenderloin.

M: light to medium with frothy carbonation.

O: The recent addition of vanilla beans to harsher tasting porters and stouts really gives these beers more drinkability. Stone rings the bell with this one. Try it with some sharp cheddar or barbecue.

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4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Stone tulip glass. Purchased in North Providence, RI.

A- The pour exhibits a dark brown but clear stream, opaque and black with cherry highlights once in the glass. Light mocha head which reduces slowly and leaves spotty lacing. Classic appearance of a porter.

S- Light on the nose.. toffee, molasses, light chocolate, vanilla and roasted coffee.

T- First up is a distinct smokey flavor, followed by creamy vanilla, milk chocolate, and a roasty, coffee flavor on the finish. The aftertaste is pretty smokey and toasty. Not sweet or heavy in the least bit.. very dry, reminiscent of an Irish stout.

M- Somewhat watery, but this was expected with the low ABV. Smooth and easy to drink. Low carbonation.

This is a pretty good porter, and a nice change of pace from the high-ABV, rich, thick stouts that are saturating the market. If you want an easy drinker which some nice, subtle flavors, grab a bottle.

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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at The Top in Gainesville. Pours dark brown to black with some ruby showing through the edges and a small light brown/cream colored head. Aroma of sweet malts, smoke, roast, light vanilla. Flavor starts with some light and sweet roast, light smoke that keeps some balanced bitter on hand, and then explodes with huge vanilla on the midpalate. Finally, a chocolate molasses & vanilla sweetness is left on the palate. Medium bodied--seems right on for a porter--with medium carbonation. This drinks very easy and is a huge improvement over the thin and boring base smoked porter. Worth trying for sure.

Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,214 ratings.