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Vanishing Vanilla Stout - Stone Arch Brew House

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Reviews: 9
Hads: 45
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 34.97%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Stone Arch Brew House visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: cokes on 09-01-2005

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Reviews: 9 | Hads: 45
Photo of Soneast
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Looks like a brown ale, not a stout. Light vanilla and graham cracker maltiness. No roastiness evident. Very thin body, watery really. IMO, this is not a stout. Subpar brown ale with vanilla? Sure.

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Photo of Lesingnon
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, black for all intents and purposes. Approximately two fingers worth of foam for the initial head, dissipating to a thin layer that persisted until the beer was gone. Some lacing.

Smell: Dominated by sweet vanilla, very pleasant.

Taste: The vanilla was subtler here, complementing the more standard stout flavors very well and taking a bit of the edge off of the bitterness. I feel it came together pretty well.

Feel: Very smooth, with light carbonation. It seemed a bit thinner than most stouts, but was very easy to drink all told.

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Photo of vishneda
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one was a bit too over on the cocoa and caramel for my tastes. Overall I felt these flavors dominate the beer too much. It's not a horrible beer, but there is a lot of competition in this space. There is a decent vanilla presence and the beer has good look in the glass, but it was closer to a chocolate vanilla porter than a vanilla stout and the balance just wasn't there for me.

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Photo of LoveThyBier
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This would almost be considered a desert beer. The brewers start with their Stone Cellar Stout ( Oatmeal stout) and add in vanilla beans during the process. The result, and easy drinking stout with a sweetness of fresh vanilla. Almost want to make a float out of it. Bring on the ice cream! It's a refreshing stout, not heavy and overwhelming. Pleasant, and not too complex.

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Photo of ncketchum
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Nate K for dropping off the growler today.

Served in a tulip

A - pours a dark brown, not opaque like some of the motor oil I'm used to drinking lately, no sediment to speak of. Off white head, fades to a thin ring

S - Different vanilla than I'm used to from a barrel aged stout. This is more of a sweet vanilla with chocolate, like vanilla ice cream on top of a fresh brownie

T - Vanilla is more subtle here, but definitely present. Coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Not too sweet.

M - lightly carbonated, smooth

O - I really liked this one. I've had other Stone Arch brews and thought they were OK. This one reminded me of NG's Coffee Stout with a bit of vanilla. Super drinkable for a stout. I would buy this again if I run into it again.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.52/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler split and poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.

A - Clear on the pour but completely black in the pint, a thick tan head rests on top and lowers slowly to a pile with little lace left over.

S - Very nice malted milk and cocoa powder - hot cocoa powder aroma with sweet chocolate. No hops at all. Low roasted malts with a tiny hint of coffee in there too. Vanilla is low but appreciated at that level.

T - Rich malty smooth bittersweet chocolate and cocoa powder with vanilla coming across smooth on the profile. Not overwhelming at all. What a great flavor!

M - Smooth and as soft as velvet with a full body but easy drinkability, I can't even describe how nicely this beer feels going down.

D - Even in mid summer this brew is awesome! It's super smooth, great-tasting, and silky in the mouthfeel! Brilliant beer from Stone Cellar!

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Photo of nsmartell
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. Poured from a growler from the brewery to an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a thin black color with a fluffy mocha-colored head that doesn't last long. Brew looks thin during the pour.

Smell: Vanilla extract dominates with some coffee coming through.

Taste: Just as the smell suggests, the vanilla dominates, but the coffee comes through. Tastes of sweet chocolate as well.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium-bodied and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: A decent sweet stout that may be lacking in the carbonation department because of the growler pour. I received the growler from a neighbor so I'm not sure how it was handled. I am looking forward to drinking the rest of the growler and would drink this brew again at the brewery.

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Photo of Chugmonkey
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had a pint on tap - low carbed equated to no head & lacing. Strong vanilla aroma detected before you even get your nose down near it.

The vanilla overpowers anything else besides the roasted barley and even the RB takes a seat way in the back of the bus.

Quite watery and thin. It slides right down, but you are left with such a strong vanilla punch in the senses that you do not want any more.

You'd have to be a huge fan of this style to have more than one. Or be a vanilla fiend. Might work for a desert beer, but that's about it.

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Photo of cokes
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deepened dark brown, inching towards black with a minor tan foam.
Smellling strongly of mocha java, and vanilla extract.
Taste wise, it is much of the same. Medium roast coffee, traces of fudge, and a bright vanilla essence. Traces of milky sourness dot the latter portions, but this largely holds true to its name.
Meduim bodied and lightly carbonated.
This has some merit as a desert brew, but it flavored loudness prohibits successive pints. Decent as a solo, but binding beyond that.

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Vanishing Vanilla Stout from Stone Arch Brew House
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