Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.64/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
a - poured a one finger thick, billowy, light tan head into a snifter that left good lacing throughout. the body was dark black with brown edges.
s - vanilla and smoke.
t - smoke, roast, a hint of vanilla with a spicy finish.
m - medium and slick.
o - stone's smoked porter is one of my favorites and vanilla works well in dark beers as well but i'm not a huge fan of this blend.
Serving type: bottle
08-23-2013 22:07:19 | More by GPHarris
3.93/5 rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
12 oz. bottle, with enjoy by date 09/20/2012 etched into the side. I'm definitely a bit late to this party; I wish I hadn't slept on grabbing a bottle of this for such a long damn time. Either way, I'm not scared, and I'm still looking forward to it.
Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.
A - Pours a thin cola brown colored body into the glass with about a finger of light mocha colored head. A dark ruby with some mahogany hues when held to the light. Just a little thin, compared to what I was expecting.
S - Aroma has held up nicely: creamy chocolate, some pine hop presence, iced coffee, roasted malts, and smooth creamy natural vanilla beans on the finish. The smoked malt presence is ever so subtle, but is there when I look for it. Smoke / char smells begin to get more pronounced as the beer warms.
T - Taste follows the nose: bittersweet chocolate, iced coffee beans, & creamy vanilla beans. The smoke comes through a bit more on the taste. In my opinion, the smoke presence makes the beer feel more full-bodied and heavy, and not in a good way. Pine hops are still in there and holding up. The vanilla bean is delicious, but I wish there was more!
M - Feel is creamy and smooth, with some coffee bean & hop bitterness / stickiness lingering on the palate. Nice carbonation, but a bit thin and watery.
Overall, a smooth creamy light-bodied porter. Flavors blend very well together, but I think this beer could have done without the smoked part. The authentic vanilla bean is clearly the best thing about this beer, but I wish there was more. Otherwise, I'd say this brew has held up just fine, nearly a year past it's enjoy by date. I will be on the lookout for a fresh bottle when it comes out again.
Stone Smoked Porter w/ Vanilla Bean ---4/5.
Serving type: bottle
08-09-2013 03:31:01 | More by mfnmbvp
Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,805 ratings.