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Stone Smoked Porter W/Vanilla Bean | Stone Brewing

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Stone Smoked Porter W/Vanilla BeanStone Smoked Porter W/Vanilla Bean

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
In 2006, almost exactly 10 years after we first released Stone Smoked Porter, Stone Small Batch Brewer Laura Ulrich had a brilliant idea: What if she added whole Madagascar vanilla beans to a small batch of the finished beer? And voilà, Stone Smoked Porter w/Vanilla Bean was born! It was an instant hit, as the resulting flavor combinations—rich vanilla melding with the malty, chocolaty, coffee-like characteristics of the beer—were practically made for each other. Originally available only as an occasional growler fill or on tap all-too-briefly at special events or in our restaurant, this exquisite creation was released in a single bottle run for the first time in 2012, much to the delight of its many fans…who instantly began clamoring for more.

Added by MiScusi on 08-31-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 2,360 |  Reviews: 538
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I popped this open on a cold winter night. The Vanilla taste and aroma is there but it isn't overwhelming, well balanced. Beautiful color in a glass. A very great porter. Next time I'm at my local craft beer stop I'll be picking a bottles of this. Perfect for this time of year. Stone has yet again made another fantastic beer.

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really love stones smoked porter and this is a great addition. Different flavor. I can't really figure out a distinct vanilla flavor, but you can taste a difference between this and the regular and that difference is still very delicious.

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BASED ON NOTES: Tried late last year during SDBW.
A: Nice solid dark beer. Served shamelessly in a chilled pint glass...bastards!

S: Vanilla, vanilla, and a little vanilla. Chocolate, coffee was present.

T: Alwesome beer. The gravity of this beer was mild, and a light/medium body that just went down with ease. Went well with pizza that we ordered it with.

O: Top porters for sure. Great beer for any special occasion.

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4.92/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark chocolate colored with a quarter inch of rocky tan head. Some lacing.

S - Vanilla is the first thing that hits you, but you can still smell the smoke behind it. Smells like a french vanilla iced coffee brewed over a campfire. I could smell this all night.

T - Vanilla first, followed by dark chocolate and coffee with big roasty malt flavors, finishing in just the right amount of smokiness. This is an incredibly balanced beer.

M - Creamy and medium to full-bodied. Just right carbonation.

D - Dangerously drinkable. I wish I could get this regularly.

This may be the best porter I've ever had.

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4.89/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.87/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favs but is hard to find

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4.86/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Love the vanilla on this one

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Beautiful dark, black coffee color. Thin off-white head.

S - Like a vanilla cappuccino. Very subtle and not too overpowering. I also get hints of some light coconut.

T - Smooth, vanilla and mocha taste. Perfect balance of the porter and vanilla flavor.

M - Medium thickness, goes down very well and easy. Nice mild finish.

O - This beer is delicious. I don't drink porters or stouts often, but this one is by far one of the best I've tried. I am really glad Stone came out with this one; they never disappoint.

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4.83/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vanilla bean comes across very strong in the nose. Its right up front backed up by chocolate and very slight coffee notes. Theres a little roastiness but no apparent smokey scents like in the original and the chipotle. There's roasted, smokey flavors right up front along with a strong vanilla bean taste. The smokiness and vanilla sweetness blend together in a really interesting way. The chocolate flavors come up next and it all fades out into a slightly sweet smoked coffee taste. This is an awesome brew. The chipotle was good but this is definitely my favorite of the three (including the original).

EDIT: So, I'm having another one right now and it is much smokier than the last one I had. Still smells very vanilla and the flavor has a lot of vanilla but the original smokey characteristics of the Smoked Porter stick out a LOT more than before. Still delicious and much more unique than just vanilla bean. Thank you AJ's for having some in Tucson.

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Stone Smoked Porter W/Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 2,360 ratings
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