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
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks dark in the glass with a thick khaki head. Putting it to the light reveals lots of ruby tones. Plenty of stick as the head recedes and beer is drunk.

The vanilla beans smell so good in this beer. It battles with the smoke upfront which gives way to chocolate and roast notes. Sweet and smoky and inviting.

Plenty of smoke rolls through sweet vanilla bean following. Some chocolate and roastiness is left to linger with the smoke through the end.

Medium body with slightly crisp carbonation. Doesn't feel big. Easy drinking.

Never had the regular version but it seems like a good porter base. The addition of vanilla beans is just ridiculous. Drink this.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of SerialTicker
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

$7 bomber poured into all that was clean, a shaker pint.

Appearance: Pours about a perfectly clear ruby black sort of color. Really puffy sand colored head that sticks around. Plenty of lacing.

Smell: Vanilla is obviously there. Coffee. A hint of chocolate. A bit of that smoke as well, though it's not as smokey as I thought it might be.

Taste: Mild, yet still packing some awesome flavor. It's about exactly how I picture a porter as opposed to a stout -- a bit lighter on flavor with a less heavy body (this is about medium). Vanilla on the front, smokey roast on the middle, with a bit of a more pronounced coffee finish. Reasonably complex and extremely easy drinking. Smoke sort of flavor lingers afterwards. Slightly bitter aftertaste as a whole. The smoke isn't huge in this porter, but it definitely works very well with that vanilla flavor. Carbonation is slightly prickly, I'd say it's moderately carbonated.

This beer just works for me. It has a nearly ideal look for the style, and the smell and taste, while muted (like I supposed they should be in a porter, in my eyes), is fantastic. The smoke and vanilla work with the roast characteristics in just about perfect harmony. A fabulous beer that I personally believe is getting the shaft with a "mere" 88 rating on this site.

Straight 4.25 rating with a 4.5 overall because it's a fabulous choice when I'm looking for a legitimate PORTER. Not one that's labelled as such and is actually a stout.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of HattedClassic
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a creamy tan head that dissipates very quickly and leaves quite a bit of lacing. The beer itself is a very dark brown that is bordering on black. When held up to the light, the beer is a little bit transparent and can see through it. The beer smell has very strong vanilla notes that overpowers the other notes. Dark chocolate and bits of smoke. The beer taste has a much stronger smokier note than smell but complements the vanilla instead of competing. In essence, the flavor is kinda of liked smoked vanilla beans. The other notes in taste are the same as the smell. Dark chocolate, hints of mocha beans, and a light smoke but with a smokier aftertaste. Also, there are slight hints of caramel. The feel is medium bodied and smooth. This is definitely one of the smoother porters that I've had with very little carbonation. Overall, not a bad porter but the notes are off balance with the vanilla beans taking over.

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Photo of mjmadden
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I first must preference this is my favorite style of beer, so my score might be skewed (as I am sure all scores on this site are in some way, shape, or form).

Poured out of a 22oz. bottles, the beers pours dark brown almost black with hints of brown when held up to light topped with a thin mocha head that quickly dissipated to lace after 60-90 seconds. The aroma is nice with hints of sweet chocolate, dark coffee, toffee, molasses, burnt malt,vanilla, and a nice hint of smoke. The taste is much smoker than the smell (which I pleasantly enjoy) with nice blend of dark and sweet chocolate, espresso, vanilla bean, and toffee finishing with a nice malty backbone mixed with some more smoke. The mouth-feel is med/full bodied with some slight carbonation. Overall I loved this beer, loved the style, the smokiness, and the twist of adding the vanilla bean to an already great beer.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber bottle. I forgot to look at the freshness date, but it was purchased recently from a bottle shop that does go through inventory regularly so I think it was pretty fresh.

A: A dark brownish color with a light brown 2 finger head. Full glass lacing.

S: Loads of roasted smells with some burnt charred wood notes and some sweet tones. I can maybe get some slight vanilla.

T: The dark roasted flavors are up front and heavy. I get a heavy charred wood flavor, but I'm not sure I'd call it smoke flavor. Weird. Roasted malt, wood, coffee, milk chocolate that brings out a sweetness to the beer, a little bit of dark fruit and perhaps the slightest hint of vanilla. Not a real full beer, but it is only 5.9abv.

M: Medium at best, even a bit thin. No alcohol but it is felt in the body of the beer.

O: Decent, but far from spectacular. This is the second time I've bought this beer, the first was a six pack of 12 ounce bottles. Those bottles had way more smoke and vanilla it seems than this one did (if you can trust my taste buds).

Overall this was a "meh" beer by Stone. I was actually a little disappointed in it. This is a take it or leave it beer that I won't go seeking out in the future.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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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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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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