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Stoney Creek Vanilla Porter - Stoney Creek Brewing Company

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Stoney Creek Vanilla PorterStoney Creek Vanilla Porter

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BA SCORE
84
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99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stoney Creek Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-15-2001)
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Brent

Kentucky

4.7/5  rDev +27%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a great change of pace. Body is surprisingly light, with pronounced dark chocolate notes and a delicate vanilla bean finish. Extremely smooth, and mildly hopped. Most of the bittering seems to come from the roasted malt. A good after dinner drink. Be sure to get this fresh, however, as the vanilla seems to develop a burned character when it gets old.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2001 18:26:57 | More by Brent
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blackthistle

Michigan

4.7/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle; no freshness date; $7.99 for 6-pack

Pours a deep, dark brown color with ruby tints around the edges and a creamy looking tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Roasted malts and vanilla aromas are easily noted, with just a hint of fruitiness and hops spiciness. The flavor of this medium-bodied ale begins with a bite from roasted maltiness and then the rich vanilla essence coats your mouth in a creamy sensation that you don't ever want to end. Overall, if you're a fan of vanilla then you will definitely not want to miss this one!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2005 22:02:43 | More by blackthistle
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Direwolf

California

4.65/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found the aroma accentuated this brew very nicely. It had a strong vanilla aroma that lingered for a long time after the pour. The carbonation was almost non-existent and it had a bit a flat texture. The vanilla really dominated the other flavors and it was well balanced with the alcohol. The bitterness was masked by the vanilla so that makes it easy to get carried away drinking this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2005 17:06:00 | More by Direwolf
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Good dark, dark, dark brown top but practically black thoughout the body of beer. Pours with a 1 finger head.

Smell- Malty, chocolatety, and of course vanilla-ish.

Taste- Greta vanilla sweetness but not so much that you forget you are drinking beer. Almost like chocolate/vanilla malt from Baskin Robbins. With much more malt and a hint of bitters to keep the sweetness beery.

Mouthfeel- medium palate, very smooth but les your palate know there is VANILLA in this porter. Hint of sourness aftertaste on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability- Would have to another and another for desert or two with a creamy, rich cake of some sort.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2005 02:17:33 | More by scruffwhor
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beernut7

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The brewer said he used both beans and extract to give this porter it vanilla character. The aroma a first is just roasty with a hint of sweetness. The rich vanilla flavor really sets this porter apart. The heavy body makes for a wonderfully rich creamy offering decorated by a creamy lacy tan head.

Serving type: cask

08-07-2002 09:46:07 | More by beernut7
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Lynn

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

02-25-2012 23:36:45 | More by Lynn
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metalitool

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Highly drinkable for how dark it is....I havent had many Porters so I won't say too much as to how good it is. It doesn't hit my mouth, leaving me saying "WOW" but its nice.

The vanilla is a good touch, it smells really good, and the taste is subtle (as it should be). At first taste, what comes to mind is that a Porter is a Stout with 2oz of water...however, I will bow out and say I don't know much about Porters... it is worth trying, how good compared to other Porters I cannot say.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2005 02:08:27 | More by metalitool
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Lupe

New York

4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark brown to black, no light comes through. Nice dark tan head the disappeared rather quickly and left weak lacing. Very good aroma, big coffee scent with hints of chocolate and vanilla. Starts out with a nice coffee-like roasted flavor that makes way for some mild sweetness. Hints of chocolate and vanilla dance on the tounge. Finishes a bit dry. Mouthfeel is a little too thin but smooth and silky. Easy to drink and would make a great match with dessert.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2003 04:20:26 | More by Lupe
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Gaisgeil

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was quite a nice surprise in a night of drinking a while back I didn't really expect much from this one quite honestly as I haven't had much luck with this particular brewery. I have a few of these on hand at all times now though.

Poured a deep dark black with a light tan head, nearly looks like a Guinness, no light penetration at all. Nose was simply gorgeous, vanilla bean, chocolate, malty to be sure. Taste followed suit, very stout-like I would say, but with the mouthfeel of a porter. A deep vanilla flavor evened out by a nice bitterness that balanced out the brew nicely. This is definatly a sessionable one.

Slàinte!

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2005 03:24:35 | More by Gaisgeil
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.
A good aroma...coffee, pepper, vanilla, cherry.
Nice deep brown/black color. Head was a light brown, foaming heap of suds..mmm.
Coffee hits first, followed by sugar, pepper, toffee , malt and chocolate..and then the vanilla and hops. A good balance. Very good style. Close to the Breckenridge Vanilla Porter

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 21:26:46 | More by Mebuzzard
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UnionMade

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a deep transparent black, shining burgundy through light, with a thick, lasting khaki head. Great head retention, with some lacing on the glass.
Aroma is malty and rich, with a solid helping of chocolate malt. Hops are very mild and understated, in the british style. Not as robust as most american porters. Well placed, subtle vanilla and chocolate notes, with a bit of a phenolic estery paint thinner feel, more and more pronounced as it warms, particularly since i was drinking it unrefrigerated.
Flavor is incredibly smooth and soft. The beer initially hits you with a bittersweet roasty maltiness, with the barest hint of chocolate, esters come out in the middle, with hints of cherry, fig, and banana, fading into a very mildly hopped dry finish. The vanilla is nonpresent up until the finish, where it completes the sip with a silky sweetness, complimenting the dry hoppiness perfectly. Excellent. I didn't know what to expect, but this is a stunningly wel done flavored porter. Incredibly silky and mild, with an elegant understatedness to the flavors. An excellent choice for a dessert beer, particularly following a rich meal.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2003 19:08:13 | More by UnionMade
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budsboy

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The soft beige-colored label made my wife think it was a soft drink -- and convinced her to take a sip.

Poured a deep brown with thin (1/4 inch) tan, foamy head.

Expected more vanilla scent, found only slight hint.

Sweetness less than expected (good) and smooth feel as expected (also good). Hint of vanilla at finish, very faint, pleasant. Being a Porter/Stout fan, I think this beer touches the outer circle of what a Porter is.

$7/6 pack, I'll buy again.

BTW, my first review ... I'm nervous.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2003 15:38:36 | More by budsboy
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This a beautiful very dark porter. I was expecting the vanilla aroma and taste to overpower the actual beer taste, but the small hints just enhance the overall. This would be a great beer to introduce new porter/stout drinkers. The darkness may shy away some people, but it really is a very impressive beer. I would definately try some more from Stoney Creek

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2003 00:06:53 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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szmnnl99

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

04-24-2012 22:36:32 | More by szmnnl99
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marburg

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, in my review of the bottled version, I believe I said I never noticed a difference between the tap and the bottle.

I'm a big fucking liar.

Deep, lacquered, mahogany wood color with mild carbonation and a small head. The vanilla in the bottled version is good -- very good -- but this is simply sublime. The integration of the flavors here is superb. Semisweet baker's chocolate collides with this pure, unadulterated vanilla bean to create this truly unique, potent, and delicious porter. Much fuller and creamier here in its "real" form, at the source. Just enough roasted bitterness to wipe clean the palate and leave you impressed.

This was amazing. So, so good.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2003 18:05:37 | More by marburg
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chilidog

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I agree, great dessert beer.Its smooth & rolls down nice with little aftertaiste.The vanilla is not overpowering as the large lettered label might emply.Its almost creamy.Very dark,light has no chance in this glass.A dark tan head & lace ( thin ) last to the bottom of the glass.I liked the brew & will definitely keep some stock for once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2002 14:43:32 | More by chilidog
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meathookjones

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This appeared an almost opaque black with a few inches of tan foam sitting a top. The head quickly dispersed down to a top covering of bubbling leaving sparse lacing around the glass. Scent was dominated be vanilla and roasted coffee. The taste was of a chocolate and coffee with a backing of vanilla and slight roasted malt. The finish was dry and had a pleasant bitter coffee flavor that lingered about for a while. Medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture. Very drinkable as the flavor never really gets old too bad I only had one of these. Good stuff is you can get it I definitely recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2004 20:36:57 | More by meathookjones
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep black color with one finger of medium tan head that dies away quickly. There is a little lacing left on the glass. The smell is full of burnt malt, toffee, and just a hint of vanilla. The taste is also full of roasted malt, and the vanilla comes out more in the taste. There is also a bit of coffee and caramel in there. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and smooth. The drinkability is fantastic, and I could really drink this all night.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2004 23:56:50 | More by SheepNutz
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guinness33

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a surprisingly enjoyable brew from stoney creek. seeing vanilla porter on the label, i was expecting the worst: a way too sweet, almost candy flavour, but a nice balance was achieved instead. this one poured and looked like a damn coke, it was bubbly as hell. the only thing that would've convinced me otherwise if i hadn't poured it myself was the darker, creamier head than a soda gives off. still, it looked nice and healthy. the smell was fairly nondescript, with vanilla dominating hints of chocolate and coffee. the balance in the taste was just right. it starts with vanilla but doesn't hold onto it for too long (this avoiding the overly sweet flavour i was dreading) and switches at just the right time to a nice smoked coffee/chocolate flavouring that has a pleasant dry finish. this brew is quite smooth and easy to drink. give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2003 22:44:21 | More by guinness33
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Sixpack595

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My old lady wanted to try this when I dragged her to the beer store with me. I don't like vanilla, or flavored beers but this wasn't bad. The only time the vanilla showed up was in the aftertaste, and it was subtle. Typical porter, rather easy drinking. Good gateway beer for non BAs who like vanilla, or usually dislike dark beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2003 00:59:42 | More by Sixpack595
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lampkins

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my opinion this is one of the best (if not the best) porters that I have tasted. The beer pours impressively with a silky smooth foam head. The vanilla aroma hits you like a box of nails and provides a welcome preview to the taste. Ahhh it really does take like vanilla. I think the vanilla is a great completement to the smokey porter taste of this brew. I can only imagine how it would taste if it were a nitro tap rather than CO2.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2004 22:45:18 | More by lampkins
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jettjon

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Extremely dark with a small, dark, foamy head of various sized bubbles that fades quickly. Sorghum nose as with other Stoney Creek offereings. Initial taste is: vanilla! Quite a pleasant surprise. A hearty charred coffe flavor with a slightly bitter finish. Crisp mouth. Drinkability is good but not excellent. Clearly, an above average beer that I will definitely try again.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2005 04:15:58 | More by jettjon
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: It poured an almost black color with a medium caramel colored head.

Smell: the aroma was a pleasant level of roasted malt and vanilla.

Taste: the flavor was different and quite interesting. Roasted malt, vanilla, coffee, and hints of chocolate were evident.

Mouthfeel: the malt and coffee flavors lasted long after swallowing, while the vanilla seemed to fade a little quicker. Medium bodied. Slight dry finish.

Drinkability: extemely flavorful, but one of these would be enough in a sitting. Never had a vanilla porter before and this was quite different.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2003 04:06:31 | More by Gavage
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PorterLambic

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I stumbled across this brew in a grocery store in Gaylord, MI while visiting friends. Vanilla Porter? Sounded too interesting to pass by. After drinking it I had cases brought to FL by friends who were driving down. On to the beer.

A nearly black beer with a dark tan head which doesn't build high and drops to a ring that remains through to the bottom.
Smell is coffee & vanilla, as well as dark chocolate and malt.
Taste is consistent with the smell, fairly complex, chocolate & coffee tastes predominate, vanilla and malt more subdued,a hint of smoke to it as well.
Mouthfeel is fairly creamy & smooth but can drop off to be a little watery at the end. Medium bodied with a slightly dry finish.
Extremely drinkable, I really love this beer for it's complexity and flavor without being sticky or cloying.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2004 17:37:40 | More by PorterLambic
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edchicma

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm..a nice combo...vanilla smoothness along with a nice dryness. Pours almost black with a nice creamy head. Taste is mainly malt and vanilla with a nice smooth quality (a bit like a cream soda). Easy on teh drinkability scale due to a light to medium feel and a beautiful dry finish. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2005 01:20:14 | More by edchicma
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Stoney Creek Vanilla Porter from Stoney Creek Brewing Company
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