Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean - Stone Brewing Co.
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1.75/5 rDev -55%
Source/Serving: 12oz bottle
S: Smooth, bourbony alcohol-laced vanilla and dark chocolate are prominent. Hints of cola, marshmellow, fireplace ash. A little bit harsh overall, but has some uniqueness to it.
T: Slightly sweet cola upfront with a bitter chocolate note in the background. Vanilla comes through slightly. Almost immediately the smoke hits and its harsh, acrid, and largely unpleasant. Very intense and I like smoke beers, with quite an unpleasant burned/charred character. Rather than balance the sweet vanilla note it overpowers, clashes, and doesn't work at all. This does subside slightly halfway through the sip to reveal some bourbon, coffee and vanilla, whose sweetness is a respite from the harsh, bitter smoke and work nicely together, but this quickly gives way to a harsh, unpleasant ash/charcoal note which dominates the finish and makes the lingering flavor of each sip unpleasant.
Notes: A really harsh, awful brew and I'm a really big fan of this style of beer.
05-24-2013 22:55:29 | More by 4000qtrap
Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,868 ratings.