Stone Smoked Porter W/Vanilla Bean | Stone Brewing

Stone Smoked Porter W/Vanilla BeanStone Smoked Porter W/Vanilla Bean
BA SCORE
74.9%
Liked This Beer
3.88 w/ 2,359 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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
537
Ratings:
2,359
Liked:
1,766
Avg:
3.88/5
pDev:
12.37%
Alströms:
3.92
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
359
Trade:
9
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,359 |  Reviews: 537
Photo of Scott_McCool
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of walkinginplace
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thecalmdrinker
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Pleasure
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The_Woodling
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buschyfor3
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, split with two friends; served in a standard pint glass

A: Tawny chestnut with amber highlights; thin head w/ little retention.

S: Definitely smoky/ashy; light charcoal; some caramel/toffee notes; light roast; yeasty bread; sadly, not picking up any vanilla notes.

T: Scorched toffee sweetness followed up by a thick smoky note; slightly yeasty bready note through the middle; growing nutty flavor on the finish; vanilla seems absent until the end of the bottle - faint creamy sweetness, but not much to be honest.

M: Slightly dry, slightly ashy on the palate.

O: Nice smoky quality from the underlying porter, but the vanilla bean component is very muted, which is disappointing. Simply put, I think there are better vanilla-themed porters/stouts to be had.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmiah22
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice rendition of a smoked porter, as american as it is...
looks like it should, dark, small tan foam ring in a snifter.
smells of smoke and vanilla, naturally.
taste is smoke up front (not too much though), smooth raisin sweetness along with the vanilla.
not allot of hard hitting flavors, but I would expect that.
thin on the mouthfeel, but still give it a medium body.
no reason NOT to get the vanilla bean version over the regular smoked porter, which is OK in it's own right.

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Photo of TripelMark
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of abkaroll
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rw1992
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of joshdaut
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Slongie
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fishyakLA
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice foamy head when poured into a tall Waterford crystal glass. Hint of the vanilla and smoke in the nose. Thinner body than I was expecting but that does not impair its drinkability. No single element overwhelms in this beer. There is a lasting, pleasant aftertaste. I paired this beer with, of all things, grilled boar chops and blood sausage. Heavy fare. That is good food territory for this beer. Elk or venison would pair well. Make some chili and add a bottle to your chili and drink a 2nd bottle. I was not surprised to like this beer because it is a close flavor neighbor to one of my personal favorites, Ballast Point's Victory at Sea. I give BP the win on a comparison (and would love to compare them side by side) but BP does not run away with the race.

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Photo of JArt
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of tfsimpkins
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smoke beers are middle ground for me. I dont care for the taste but i try them regardless.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good porter, but nothing special..... kinda let down

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Photo of HarryPotHead
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jmikepow
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mcdavis_AK
4.87/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favs but is hard to find

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Photo of Cycle69
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkane101
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear light black color porter with a large light brown foamy head. Aroma of light chocolate notes with light smoky note notes with some vanilla undertones are pleasant. Taste is a mix between chocolate malt notes offset by some vanilla with discreet smoky flavors. Body is thinner then I was hoping for with good carbonation. Well brewed and easy to drinking but lacks some depth and body to be truly great.

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Stone Smoked Porter W/Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 74.9% out of 100 with 2,359 ratings
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