Stone Smoked Porter W/Vanilla Bean | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
87
very good
2,358 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
Ratings:
2,358
Reviews:
536
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
12.34%
 
 
Wants:
126
Gots:
359
For Trade:
9
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Ratings: 2,358 |  Reviews: 536
Photo of iRun2Beer
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmiah22
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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 +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of abkaroll
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rw1992
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of joshdaut
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Slongie
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fishyakLA
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
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 -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JustinSparks
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tfsimpkins
3/5  rDev -22.9%
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 +1.5%
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 +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of mcdavis_AK
4.87/5  rDev +25.2%
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 +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkane101
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Photo of johnyb
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drunkenmess
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Love vanilla porters. Loved their smoked porter. Decided to try this. Pours dark dark amber with a dark crimson glow. Ultimate khaki head. Lacing is tremendous thru out. The head diminishes later but still lingers around. Smells of sugar sweetness. Taste is surprisingly light bodied. Full of flavor tho. Upfront blast of all around vanilla with after tastes of smokiness and light burntness. Also hints of cocoa as well. Veeery niiice

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Photo of CBodamer
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dmgeng
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My buddy really wanted to try it and we split it.

A - Nice dark brown, black color with a light brown head and light lacing.

S - Soft but rich aroma with the vanilla really coming upfront and then the smooth smoked malt, light roast, dark chocolate and sweet coffee tones. The smoked character is there but it seems to be behind the real vanilla bean character.

T - The sweet malt and french vanilla are first to the tongue. The middle opens up into more of the depth that is Stone's smoked porter with caramel, light roasted coffee, chocolate, and the perfect amount of smoked character to add depth. The finish is where the roasted character really takes shape allowing some contrast to the sweet porter base. Very smooth and much richer than I would have anticipate at less than 6% ABV!

M - Moderate to high mouth-feel. low to moderate carbonation. I was surprised at the significant amount of mouth-feel that you could get from this beer. Enough to coat the palate on the sip and accentuate the flavors but still light enough not to linger.

Overall, this is a very delicious version of the smoked porter. It really blends the base beer with the vanilla very well and has a much more natural place than some of the vanilla beers I've had. The same goes for the amount of smoke with just enough to compliment but not be predominant. I really liked this beer and if you like porters I would strongly recommend this one since it is flavorful and easy to drink.

Glass- Snifter

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Photo of reaganrvltn
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JDizzle
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Stone Smoked Porter W/Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing
3.89 out of 5 based on 2,358 ratings.
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