Stone Smoked Porter W/Vanilla Bean | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
87
very good
2,358 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
Ratings:
2,358
Reviews:
536
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
12.34%
 
 
Wants:
126
Gots:
359
For Trade:
9
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1.84/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Black with a three finger tan head.

S- Roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, smoky.

T- Lot of smoke and char, definitely in the finish, chocolate up front with some vanilla in the middle.

M- Medium body, good carbonation.

O- I was really hoping to for more vanilla and less smoke. I would like to try this fresher to see if it has more vanilla. Happy that I at least got to try it!

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

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4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed on 12/28/13 from a 2013 bottle. Poured into a pint glass
A: Dark brown liquid with reddish highlights. Only a slight head, tan in color. More head please.
S: Slight vanilla is not overwhelming. Some chocolate. Well-balanced and nuanced.
T: Vanilla stronger here than in the smell, but not imbalanced. Dark, maybe black patent, malt. Very dark chocolate.
M: Rich, biter roast, almost chewy. Bitter hops too!
O: Very nice. I'll have to try regular smoked porter again to compare!

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Stone Smoked Porter W/Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing
3.89 out of 5 based on 2,358 ratings.
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