Stone Smoked Porter W/Vanilla Bean | Stone Brewing

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Stone Smoked Porter W/Vanilla BeanStone Smoked Porter W/Vanilla Bean
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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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Photo of ChrisKayler
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: An average pour produced a sparse dark cream / tan head.

Smell: Smells initially of vanilla, perhaps slight milk chocolate.

Taste: Taste is predominantly vanilla, with a milk chocolate middle, slight smoke, and then vanilla sweetness lingering in the finish.

Mouthfeel: But thin, smooth, easy drinking.

Overall: A smooth, easy drinking porter that has a substantial vanilla flavor. Mouthfeel could be a bit thicker. Bit one-dimensional.

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 9/25/2012
Glass: Tulip

Pours a 2.5cm head of beige foam, bubbles small to large in size, creating an effect similar to the froth on a malt. Head retention is excellent, lasting over three minutes before it falls to a thick ring around the glass with a light wispy foam atop the body. Lacing is present, somewhat heavy, . The body itself is a dark brown to black in color; light brings out a dark caramel color with its subtle orange, red, and brown hues. Carbonation is sparsely visible through the opaque body, few and sluggish bubbles are found near the brim.

Aroma is strongly of vanilla beans with roasted malt, hints of mild chocolate and rich chocolate syrup, and slight acrid character. Delicious, enticing, dessert-like.

Front of palate finds flavors of vanilla, charred barley, caramel malt. Mid-palate continues with strong vanilla flavors, but increases the richness of the charred barley and adds some dark chocolate flavors to go with it, with the underlying sweetness of heavy caramel malts to support them. Back of palate finds heavily acrid dark chocolate and chocolate syrup, with traces of vanilla and burnt toast. Aftertaste is acrid and bitter, with lingering hints of vanilla, dark chocolate, and roasted malt

Beer is medium bodied, with low to low-medium carbonation. The resulting mouthfeel is smooth, slightly foamy, if not a bit thin. Closes quite dry, as fitting for the roasted flavors and ingredients. There is slight residual stickines across the palate.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of neenerzig
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Stone Smoked Porter is one of my all time favorite beers to begin with, so I knew that I of course had to try this version of it with vanilla beans in it. Poured into my pint glass. This beer pours a clear dark brown color with a nice tan head about 2/3 inch thick when poured. head settles to a decent sized ring lining the inside of the glass with some decent lacing as well. Aromas of roasted chocolate, malt, coffee, and of course vanilla. The taste is the same, a very nice roasted malt and chocolate sweetness upfront that gives way to some nice black coffee bitterness and is rounded out with a a nice vanilla presence. The vanilla really adds a nice dynamic of this beer that is not found in the other versions of this. As with the Chipotle version of this beer, I also find this version of this beer to be lacking in the hop department in terms of the flavor. That's really the only drawback with this beer in terms of the flavors, and it is a pretty small drawback at that. Has a nice crisp,yet creamy, somewhat oily, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. The vanilla really coats the inside of the mouth and lingers for quite awhile. Easy to drink in the way a well crafted beer from Stone should be. I certainly plan to drink this again.


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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of WankelEngine
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a wine glass

A: Pours a very dark, mahogany brown color with a small tan head which forms into larger bubbles before dissipating to a thin, oily cap.

S: A good mix of fudge and vanilla. Some darker, roasted flavors and just a wisp of smoke contrast nicely with the readily apparent vanilla bean sweetness.

T: A bitter, roasted malt is prominent on the attack, with notes of coffee and burnt toast, but it is quickly met by a prominent flavor of vanilla bean which defines the mid-palate. The smoked flavor then takes over and leads to a lingering finish of rich smoke and chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with low but tingly carbonation. Relatively smooth and easy drinking.

O: An interesting porter. The smoke and vanilla flavors actually contrast very nicely. I prefer the Smoked Porter with Chilies, though.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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

12 oz bottle poured into a mug

Appearance - Dark mahogany with khaki head

Smell - vanilla is most prominent, with char and chocolate also present

Taste - vanilla, chocolate, molasses and char

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation sweetness upfront, which is balanced out by bitterness and char

Overall - good porter that I am happy to have tried

Price Point - $3.99/12oz bottle

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Stone Smoked Porter W/Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 2,361 ratings
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