Stone Smoked Porter W/Vanilla Bean | Stone Brewing

Stone Smoked Porter W/Vanilla BeanStone Smoked Porter W/Vanilla Bean
2,360 Ratings
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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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown color, dark, dark walnut with fluffy, creamy head. Nice lacing. Looks an awful lot like Self-Righteous. Good looking beer.

S: Lots of vanilla! It smells like dessert. Lots of chocolate, some light smoked aromas. That vanilla really takes over, but it smells amazing!

T: It is unfortunately too unbalanced for me. I could see some people loving it though. Huge vanilla bean. Some chocolate, some light smoked flavors. Some acidity on the finish. This beer is missing balance. More smoked or malt depth is sorely needed. Don't like the finish much either.

M: Too light, needs more mouth feel. Light carbonation and smooth mouthfeel.

O: Love the vanilla bean, but the beer is not balanced. Won't buy again.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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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%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of lordofstarside
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Re reviewing this guy fresh. Had a bottle that was a month expired last round, freshie this time. Bomber to a stone specialty ipa glass, enjoy by 3/15/14

Pours black that turns into a dark burgundy red when held up to the sun with fairly good transparency. Two and a half fingers of foam have died down to just one after about 90 seconds, mild carbonation and good lacing. Color is the biggest flaw here, not too big a deal

Smells of roast espresso coffee malts and cocoa nibs, woody smoke, followed by the vanilla, cherries and other dark fruits, and maybe just a hint of alcohol. Aroma is pretty simple, but by no means bad

Taste is with the nose pretty well, upfront smokey coffee, followed by dark chocolate, vanilla, the fruits, and more vanilla on the finish. The addition of the vanilla is definitely present, not too powerful though

Feel is a medium body with a dry, smooth, and creamy finish. Alcohol is concealed almost entirely, very drinkable

Not the beer I would have chosen for Stone to bring back, but a solid vanilla porter. Only $6, definitely picking up a few more. Much better experience this time around

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Photo of mindlucent2007
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with sudsy and creamy light tan head. Looks like low carbonation with good lacing that is sticking around. The smell is mostly vanilla and chocolate. Coffee and chocolate notes blend together nicely with vanilla being the most dominant. This smokey, earthy porter is balanced out by that burst of vanilla bean. There is a smooth, light, velvety mouthfeel for this brew and it has moderate carbonation. ABV does not draw attention to itself. Overall this was a great smoked porter with a great infusion of flavors.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chocolate brown pour with 1-finger of dark cream head. Head fades quickly. Laces nicely.

Smells like a coke. Nice mix of chocolate malt and vanilla bean. Very sweet.

Vanilla really comes on strong in the flavor. A little too much, contributing to a cloying flavor on the back of the tongue. Smoke starts to come in after a few sips and rescues you from the stronger vanilla flavor. The mix, though, just doesn't work for me.

Feel is a bit thin.

Just average. Vanilla is just too strong in their interpretation.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Pours black with hues of ruby throughout. Clarity is good. Two fingers of creamy beige head settle into just a thin slip rather quickly. Lacing leaves this rings and delicate patches.

S: Cola, light molasses, wet grain, faint chocolate syrup and cocoa powder. Camp fire smoked malt scents are modestly strong on the nose, but not at all overbearing. They fit well. Strong vanilla bean aroma initially sits behind all this, but it comes more to the forefront with each whiff. It eventually starts to dominate the nose as the beer warms.

T: Crusty bread, roasted grain, coffee, cocoa powder, and campfire smoke all register on the palate briefly before being enveloped by a typhoon of vanilla bean. Malt tastes come back toward the mid palate. Touch of cola. Bitter and acidic black coffee. Acrid smoked malt tastes flex some muscle and provide some much needed balance in countering the vanilla sweetness. Drying finish with lingering smoke.

M: Medium bodied. Full in the mouth and very creamy. Low carbonation. Smooth and slightly astringent.

O: A good beer, though perhaps not as focused as it could be. The battle between smoke and vanilla all but drowns out the nuances. It starts to seem one-dimensional and begins to wear on the palate.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fills the glass with a nice pitch black body and a creamy tan head on top. Hard to pick up the dominant aroma at first but the vanilla stands out most once it opens up a bit. Faint hints of smoke but it certainly doesn't hit you like the non-vanilla version does. Faint hint of roasted malt in the background rounds it out.

A lot going on in the first few sips. Vanilla bean flavor makes for a nice dessert beer but I don't think it really enhances the smoked porter that much. The two dominant flavors seem to battle each other a bit too much but the vanilla wins out in the end. The color certainly says porter but the typical roasty-toasty coffee and chocolate flavors certainly play second fiddle to the smoke and vanilla.

Mouthfeel has a nice medium-bodied creamy texture. Overall, I like the beer but I don't love it. I like vanilla porters/stouts and I like Stone Smoked Porter but blending the two may be a bit too much.

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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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