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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Ratings: 2,359 |  Reviews: 537
Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brownish copper hue with two finger head and lace patches. A mix of chocolate and roasted/smoked aromas (not that smoked) seem to be all I can smell as the vanilla barely registers/is muted. A pretty good smoked porter with roasted/smoked malts and some dark chocolate mingling around but the vanilla beans add themselves in the taste and as the beer warms it tends to get a more sweet vanilla taste. Basically, this is Stone's regular smoked porter with a touch of vanilla, not a vanilla smoked porter, but still a good addition and a really good beer.

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Photo of kjrod20
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jj139
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a pint glass

A - Pours dark brown/black with a 2 finger beige/cream color head. The head fades quickly but the lacing is very long lasting, streaking down the glass.

S - Plenty of things going on aroma wise. First was a creamy/vanilla with dark chocolate and caramel. This was not overly sweet however as it was nicely balanced with roasted and smokey malt.

T - First off was vanilla and chocolate then the caramel, smoke and malt start to take over. A hint of slightly bitter hops really adds to the flavor as well.

M - Medium carbonation with a full creamy flavor. Big flavors but medium body. The vanilla and smoke are in perfect balance and really compliment each other

O - Very enjoyable - The vanilla is present but is balanced with the smoke and malt. A very well crafted brew. I think I enjoy their regular smoked porter just a touch more than this, but I will purchasing this again soon.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of GrumpyBeer
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good beer but I just didn't get vanilla in the smell or taste. The smoke on this is good, not overpowering, but if there is vanilla it was hidden by the smoke. There was some chocolate and roasted oak on the taste. It pours dark with a nice frothy caramel head. I enjoy stone beers and this was good but just not quite my favorite

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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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%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of KHarz
2.16/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Shared a bottle among four friends using wine glasses. Not well received by anyone in the group. The overwhelming smell of burnt popcorn pervaded the nose. The vanilla was almost non-existent in nose or while tasting. Mouthfeel was almost watery. This beer was not what I expected from Stone. I purchased two bottles, but had to bring the second back and ask for an exchange.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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2/5  rDev -48.6%

Photo of scotorum
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into an English nonick pint.

a; Clear dark ruby with an inch tall tan head which receded to rocky surface foam and patterned lacing.

s; Caramel malt. Later, vanilla.

t; Strong smoke followed by a significant bite. Back of the throat burns a bit. Smoky aftertaste. Curiously, vanilla comes through later and takes over from the smoke in the aftertaste.

m: Medium. Smooth.

o: Initially more than lives up to its title in the smoke department. Porter usually tastes somewhat smoky, but this one plasters your palate with it. Any vanilla seems overwhelmed at first by the dominant smokiness, but later shows up clearly, especially in the aroma and aftertaste. Smooths out to inviting easy drinking once you get past the initial blast of smoke and bitterness. Would probably go well with a cigar. A good buy for $4.50 a bomber.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

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