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Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

1,886 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,886
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.85%
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

SlightlyGrey, Dec 04, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev +1.8%

APPEARANCE: Only a touch of ruby red light passes through this otherwise black beer. The head is eggshell white and retention is strong, as about three quarters of an inch lasts for a good five minutes. The lacing is quite nice.

SMELL: As I pour this beer into two Funkwerks glasses I can already smell the roastiness. A closer inspection brings out a surprisingly big vanilla flavor and a hint of chocolate.

TASTE: Stone Smoked Porter has never been short on coffee-like roastiness, and Vanilla Bean is no exception, the vanilla is nearly as strong as the smoked malt and the two flavors seamlessly meld together. Just as in the nose, a hint of chocolate lingers beneath the smoky vanilla blend.

MOUTHFEEL: This may seem odd, but the blend of flavors in this beer gives it sort of a gritty mouthfeel, and I do not mean that in a bad way at all. The carbonation is on the lighter side, but it does provide a bit of a tickle. Medium to big mouthfeel.

OVERALL: Last year the vanilla seemed to play second string to a super-roasty, maybe overly roasty beer. This year, there is a much better balance. Really solid beer.

StoneTSR, Dec 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Smarty_Pints, Dec 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

maxcoinage, Dec 03, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date

LOOK: Dark brown hue, clear, ample tan head

SMELL: Vanilla, cocoa, mild char, dried grass, ghost-like smokiness

TASTE: Burnt grain, very smooth, mild smokiness, coffee grounds, kiss of vanilla, hint of alcohol, nutty, moderate hoppiness, ashy burnt finish

Trying this again after over a year, perhaps my palate changed or the beer was tweaked a bit ... flavors seem to mesh well together. Worth a go.

Jason, Dec 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Benesi88, Dec 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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jaydoc, Dec 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

thomseye, Nov 30, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +8%

Enjoy By 03/15/14

A: Pours a dark brown color with a fingers worth of head that slowly fades down to a nice cap that leaves good lacing

S: Roasted malts and vanilla pop right out, with some caramel and light smoke in the back. Quite sweet

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a good bit of roasted malts and sweet vanilla bean. Some smoke, dark chocolate, caramel, and toffee come through to help tone the sweetness down a little. Finishes with a very light bitterness from the dark chocolate

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little bit on the prickly side

O: It could be a little smoother, but aside from that this is a very nice smoked porter with vanilla bean. It doesn't get too out of control with the sweetness, but it can definitely still satisfy a sweet tooth. Extremely easy to drink, I definitely wish this was in a 4-pack. Glad they decided to bring it back to bottles after the successful 2012 run

BEERMILER12, Nov 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,886 ratings.