Smoked Porter - Vanilla Bean | Stone Brewing

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Smoked Porter - Vanilla BeanSmoked Porter - 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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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz poured just below room temperature. Tons of fragrance notes. Butterscotch and chocolate. Roasted notes and overall slightly sweet smell with hint of vanilla.
Beautiful to look at. Dark mahogany to almost black in color, with two fingers of frothy tan head that lingers for few minutes.
Taste full of dark chocolate with subtle vanilla sweetness. Smoked flavor is subtle as well but I prefer it that way. It compliments the other flavors instead of being all you taste.
Medium body with a creamy, slightly oily feel on the palate, with a bitter finish. Overall, the bitterness of the chocolate was just a little too much for this beer. Would be better if the sweetness and bitterness were balanced a bit more. Still quite good. I don’t care for smoked beers but this one has the right idea.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured in a glass snifter, it has a deep, rich mahogany color with a finger of head, dissipating rather quickly.

S: The aroma gives off hints of milk chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, and lovely candied malt.

T: Smooth as butter, it has a lovely roast flavor. There are also hints of caramel and toffee.

M: Slightly thick with a slight carbonation on the tongue, it has some good character. I prefer the chipotle pepper version, but this is still quite nice.

O: It's got some good character, but it needs just a little something more.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, and it created a nice thick tan head. Lacing stuck to the sides of the glass, and light shone though the brew creating a crimson-brown glow.

The smell was the least impressive aspect, though it definitely improved and got more complex as the beer warmed. The vanilla bean was immediately apparent, while the other flavors were subtler and took time and a warmer temperature to become noticeable. There is also some spice in the nose, and malts.

The taste was just phenomenal. Creamy vanilla combined with a smokey, almost meaty second act. This unusual combination works amazingly well. It keeps the beer interesting til the very end.

The mouthfeel was, like any porter, pretty substantial. However, this one isn't too terribly filling or overwhelming. Still, even when taken in small sips, it has a bold and chewy character. Very satisfying, like a dessert (speaking of which, if you're in the mood for experimentation, pour a little of this over vanilla ice cream. Beer nerd sacrilege? Maybe. But it's a great way to make any old cheap pint of vanilla ice cream into a complex and worthwhile dessert).

Overall, do yourself a favor and try this one. Definitely worthwhile.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid isn't that brown, slightly darker than a cola color. Amber highlights on the edges, not exactly see through because of the color, but looks like some decent clarity. Large thick and white head plenty of lacing.

Smell is really good. Very roasty, lots of dark roasted malts. Probably some pete malts because it's super smokey. Nice balance of vanilla. Similar to vanilla bean ice cream.

The taste is on par with the smell. Still super roasty and very smokey. Some slight chocolate and coffee flavors but there's still a distinct smokey flavor, almost campfire, but sweeter. The vanilla comes in after but it's very well blended.

The mouthfeel is good, the balance is a little off, but I can't imagine this one would be easy. Medium bodied, maybe slightly on it's way to full bodied. A very nice carbonation level and a good balance between bitterness and sweetness. It's much more drinkable than I expected. I've had it a couple times, the first time I had it, it was very fresh. I gotta say, even though it's recommended fresh, it's good to sit on this a couple of months. Initially the flavors don't blend all that well together, now it's much nicer. Before the smoke was a little too aggressive and then followed up by vanilla that was a little too sweet.

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