Stone Smoked Porter W/Vanilla Bean | Stone Brewing

very good
2,359 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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3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours almost dark as night, with just hints of light peaking through providing a nutty brown hue. About a 1 finger head that retains well and laces decently.

S- Scent is dominated by dark roasted malts and sweet vanilla. Hints of the smokiness linger into the picture. Very sweet, and honestly one of the best smelling beers I've had to date.

T- Starts out with the dark roasted malts just like the scent. From there a fairly intense smoky flavor kicks in. Smoke flavor profile dominates the rest of the drink with only hints of vanilla sweetness coming through. Not nearly as sweet as the scent.

M- Thin and highly carbonated. The weight is a little lacking for the heavy smoke flavor. A little thicker and I think she would hold up fine. Easily a sessionable beer if you're a fan of the smoky flavor.

Overall, this is a good beer, but I wished this had more vanilla flavor present. The smoke overrides most everything, including a very solid dark malt bill. Not bad, but could use a little tinkering.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of raynmoon
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks amazing. Nice dark, dark brown. You can only see ruby red when held up to the light. Amazing lacing.

It smells of some light toastiness. Vanilla, Coconut, Lactose. It smells great.

Whoa, tons of vanilla sweetness right away. It goes down smooth. Not very bitter or dry. Kind of missing the dryness. The sweetness is becoming almost too much as the beer goes on. But it stil still nice. Definitely a sipper, not something you'd have multiple of.

Overall, very nice.

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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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%

Photo of Jwale73
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours sightly darker than cola in color and clarity with a loose, half inch, beige-colored head that quickly looses half its volume in a matter of seconds, yielding to ringlets and then finally to a soapy skim that coalesces around the shoulders. Some spots and thin strands of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose asserts a strong vanilla bean presence off the bat, albeit somewhat artificial in character, followed by a roasty/chalky cocoa quality. Taste consistent with nose; however, impressions of smoked meat are also expressed in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light and feels a tad thin with a slightly coarse, almost gassy carbonation level. I really enjoy the standard smoked porter and the vanilla definitely imparts an interesting dimension to this beer; however, it falls a part a little in the mouthfeel for me. Perhaps a little more body and a little less carbonation would improve the overall character.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of NEhophead
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown bottle served in a goblet.

Pure maple in color with a faint hue of burgundy. Thin, off white head head that fades to a broken sheet with a few pools of bubbles after a moment. Faint ringed lacing; definite retention issues.

Clean, natural vanilla over milk chocolate and toffee. A bit of roasted malt aromas, but the 'smoked' character is absent.

Although the vanilla is present up front and throughout, it is remarkably clean and fails to overwhelm the palate. Creamy, milk chocolate with a touch of bitter, dark chocolate. The smokey character is present, but very subtle. A slight musty quality is met by mild floral hops which leads to a dry finish. Notes of milk chocolate and vanilla in the aftertaste.

A light, full bodied. Mostly dry on the palate which matches the flavors rather well.

Well balanced for a beer that highlights the vanilla bean ingredient. Nothing groundbreaking, but very flavorful and drinkable.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear brown colored beer with a small brown colored head.

Smell is sweet vanilla and chocolate with wisp of smoke. The vanilla kind of takes over.

Starts out semi-sweet with lots of vanilla. Vanilla, char and chocolate are the strongest flavors. Smoke is only an accent to this one.

Mouthfeel is full.

Overall this is an OK beer but not a great one. Vanilla is one of those flavors like clove that can easily takeover a beer.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, drank on 8/28, reviewed from notes

A: Dull black with a rush of carbonation. Good cream color head recedes into bubble bath.

N: Coffee, charred smoke, There's ample chocolate and a nice blend of vanilla beans. The smoke is the most prominent feature, however, as one might expect, and it tends towards a tobacco/cigar flavor rather than a cold campfire.

T: Chocolate and dry charred kindling. Tobacco and a minor amount of vanilla. There's a bitter pine suggestion here from the hops. Not nearly as good as the nose.

M: Light and drinkable. Might have too little body, though.

O: An interesting beer that might not be as good out of the bottle as it has been when I've tried it on draft. Not particularly complex, but decently done.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Stone Smoked Porter W/Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing
3.89 out of 5 based on 2,359 ratings.
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