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:
537
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
12.34%
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
359
For Trade:
9
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz brown bomber with traditional Smoked porter blue and white label only this offering has the with VANILLA BEAN phrase branded toward the bottom of the label. Stone's bottlings and screen printed artwork are of the highest quality! I love their style, their artwork and their bottlings as well as their beer! Poured into a 20 oz nonic pint glass.

A - black until held to the light when its ruby brown body really shows its true colors. Beautiful. Off-white head pours very well and sits even better with a creamy looking texture that eventually deploys a solid ring of lace leaving exceptional stick for its style.

S - woodsy notes of softest of peat and smoke. Vanilla bean comes up, and out of the glass punching at the original smoked porter. Chocolate whiffs do well balancing the overall aroma and the coffee is just a background note. This thing smells brilliant! Exactly what it says.. Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean.

T - big vanilla bean up front followed closely by a small hint of backdrop of rich chocolate. Smokey toward the middle remind you of what the base of this porter really is. Peat inspired smoke. Malt is dead on with more vanilla bean paired with soft bittersweet chocolate in the finish.

M - medium bodied and much the same style thickness as its brother porter. Stone's texture is always world class and this is no different. Just perfect and extremely well balanced. Highly enjoyable and very smooth.

O - I must say I am a big fan of Stone Smoked Porter, but this is new brilliance from stone, and honestly, I prefer this to the regular offering. This is just what that porter was meant to be. I sure hope this is a mainstay in the Stone seasonal lineup. It's that good.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown, clear, chestnut highlights. Medium yellow-brown cap, good head retention with lots of sticky, clumpy lace. Chocolate aroma, mild smoke that was more prominent right after the pour, malty, vanilla, caramel. Solid bitterness, malty and chocolate flavours, hint of smoke, nicely balanced vanilla, light burnt character. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, a bit creamy, nice texture. Quite enjoyable. The vanilla melded very well with the smoked porter, nicely balanced.

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

A - Very dark brown, almost black. Thin tan head.

S - vanilla, rich chocolate, roasted malts, with a hint of caramel and coffee

T - strong vanilla and coffee flavor upfront, with a malty chocolate finish

M - medium body

O - great beer. very well balanced

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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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