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Stone Smoked Porter W/Vanilla Bean | Stone Brewing

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BA SCORE
3.88/5
Very Good
2,360 Ratings
Stone Smoked Porter W/Vanilla BeanStone Smoked Porter W/Vanilla Bean
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
538
Ratings:
2,360
pDev:
12.37%
Bros Score:
3.92
 
 
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Photo of Jmoor
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I like porters espressos vanilla aroma beans like coffee milk stout stone but better by far pop pour enjoy

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Photo of Griggsy
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aratcliffe
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cleve1212
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ucmike11
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerbom
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zylod
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Risenhower
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PierceTheElder
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrborchert74
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bwood06
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass

A - Beer pours pitch black in color with minuscule hints of red around the edges of the glass. No carbonation is visible clinging to the edges of the glass and due to the hue of the beer no carbonation is visible in the liquid. Head is 1 finger in height and a light tan color. The head is well retained and dissipates to a thin lacing by the end. 4.25/5

S - Vanilla bean, cocoa powder, espresso, and a light smokiness make up the initial part of the tasting. This transitions to a brown sugar and caramel sweetness that complements, without overpowering, the vanilla bean. Not as smoky as expected based on this being a smoked porter. 3.75/5

T - Dark chocolatey sweetness that runs parallel to a very light smokiness makes up the front of the beer. Earthy, espresso bitterness comes in fairly quickly alongside the vanilla bean with this transitioning to an earthy hoppiness by the end. A bit woody and oakey throughout the profile as well. 4/5

M - Medium heavy body with a slight carbonation tickle. Not overly heavy and has a lingering creaminess to the back of the palate upon swallowing. Somewhat drying at times but mainly creamy. 4.25/5

O - For this being a smoked porter it is not overly smoky. Rather than smoke, the main focus is on vanilla bean and it's accompanying/balancing sweetness that keeps the bitterness in check. Very nice combination of flavors and aromas makes for a complex profile and enjoyable tasting experience. 4/5

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Photo of tmryan21
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Honeybourne
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cichowski
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Autumnotter
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma of this is great!

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Photo of Betolito
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Berto66
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paresis
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chris_Huston
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smoke is at a perfect level both on the nose and in the taste. Didn't get any vanilla from it, but so much better than the regular Smoked Porter I had (which tasted and smelt like burnt manure -- just a bad bottle, I'm guessing). I guess it's technically a failure as the vanilla version, but certainly a success as a straight smoked porter.

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Photo of Nurt20
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of josequervo13
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ledouge
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LucilleToo
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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