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Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

1,934 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,934
Reviews: 474
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 76
Gots: 167 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MiScusi on 08-31-2007)
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

MAJ85, Dec 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

MSandahl23, Dec 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

alexanf, Dec 07, 2013
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3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle with an Enjoy By date of the Ides of March 2014. Pours a dark brown with some ruby hues and an inch of frothy khaki head. Some lacing. The aroma is smokey and earthy. Vanilla is the most prevalent. The taste is a mix of vanilla, chocolate, coffee and hints of smoke. Reminds me of a cookie. Lots of vanilla and chocolate flavor. Not much of an alcohol presence. Lots of carbonation. Drinkable with the vanilla flavor not being too overpowering. More of the smoke comes out at the finish. I'm a big fan of the normal version but this one is good as well. Overall, worth having again.

PicoPapa, Dec 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

ralphw56, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

Dark brown appearance with a dense, towering, beige head. The aroma brings prominent vanilla, pretty much dominating the scent. The flavor is primarily vanilla. Smoke gets lost a bit here. Pretty sweet throughout. Some bitterness in the finish, even a bit rough on the palate. This was alright.

Huhzubendah, Dec 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Ristaccia, Dec 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

speedvagen, Dec 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Dec 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Crafty99, Dec 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

RyanTheLion13, Dec 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

steevo24, Dec 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

hollywood_15063, Dec 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

MisterFuzz, Dec 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Devman171, Dec 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

sailorastro, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of GJ40
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at B & C Liquors in Smithfield, RI.

A - Mahogany with a fair amount of light coming through and a big beige head. Very inviting.

S - I got more smoked malts than vanilla though at times the vanilla seemed more prominent.

T - Here I got slightly more vanilla than smoked malt though they were always close. The faintest hint of sweetness at times but generally dry.

M - A bit thin but silky with a moderate carbonation.

O - A very enjoyable blend of flavors. Not an every day beer but well worth trying.

GJ40, Dec 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

BigJim5021, Dec 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

FrankK, Dec 05, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

NooseJustice, Dec 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

King_KongDCO93, Dec 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

AnitaBrewski, Dec 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Jas45678, Dec 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

SlightlyGrey, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of StoneTSR
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,934 ratings.