Stone Smoked Porter W/Vanilla Bean | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
87
very good
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
Ratings:
2,359
Reviews:
536
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
12.34%
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
359
For Trade:
9
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,359 |  Reviews: 536
Photo of MrJuengling
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of South2NW
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of foundersfan1
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ALC82
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamesBondGA
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

dark cherry wood in color. Aroma has some Vanilla notes. But the Vanilla is not overly prevalent when tasting the brew. It's there in the background, but you get more coffee taste.

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Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of awilkie23
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MisterKilderkin
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MetalMatt
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

I'm not a big fan of Stone as a whole, but this is one of the best porters I've had since Sockeye powerhouse porter. It has a sweet toasty vanilla flavor that finishes thick and chewy in a delightful way.

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Photo of Gemini6
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stevoj
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

nitially taken by the way the vanilla rounds the porter bitterness. An all around pleasant drinking experience. Only knock against this is a slightly metallic finish. Pours out a nice dark brown, with a medium airy, frothy beige head. Aroma of vanilla somehow tricks the mind into thinking chocolate. taste has the vanilla rounding out the roast grains, mild sweetness with bitterness lingering in the background. Overall nice presentation.

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Photo of byronic
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of polloenfuego
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dodge408
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of acashk
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rphbrew
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eaglefan344
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LehighAce06
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Trentt2
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An outstanding version of an American porter. The look is incredible and everything complements well. Feel is a touch of a let down but even it's not bad. I'd get it again.

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Photo of Lagerquestrian
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Get_Lowell
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hockeypuck
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beerthulhu
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Fast paced effervesce races up the vessel walls within a black licorice sheen colored body is topped off by a light walnut toned, frumpy foam head. Healthy retention at 1.5 inches is stubborn and lasting leaving heavy patches of foam lace behind for lacing.

S: Decent level of smokiness, smoked cherrywood, with a hint of fresh coffee roast and creamer.

T: Roasty flavor, hearty, oily coffee, freshly grounded, dry vanilla backed by a good level of smokiness. Dry chocolate, black cherries, black tea, that finishes off with a bit of smoky charred woodiness and spent coffee ground bitterness.

M: Oily mouthful medium bodied, smoky, milky depth, with an alkaline like feel.

O: Good flavor, decent level of smokiness and malt depth for 5.9%. Good start of smokiness, but maybe weens off a bit mid-drink, maybe due to getting used to or having the bruery's smoking wood earlier in the week.

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