Stoney Creek Vanilla Porter
Stoney Creek Brewing Company

Stoney Creek Vanilla PorterStoney Creek Vanilla Porter
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American Porter
3.72 | pDev: 13.44%
Stoney Creek Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Stoney Creek Vanilla PorterStoney Creek Vanilla Porter
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Reviews: 94 | Ratings: 99
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nearly opaque black with about an inch of creamy dense head. Smells of vanilla, caramel, mocha and malt. Starts off tasting of sweet vanilla and finishes with both coffee and cocoa notes along with some mild bitterness. Feels slightly thin in the mouth but contains a fair amount of carbonation. A nice change up from the ordinary porter. One to try for all fans of the style.

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Photo of Sephiroth
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with average head, no lacing, color is black. If I didn't know better, I would swear there was a vanilla shake in my glass, with a slight bit of chocolate.

Tastes pretty good. Nothing offensive here, although I would prefer more malt to balance the vanilla. No roasted character or bitterness. The mouthfeel seems dull and lifeless. It is somewhat coating, with a long finish. Drinkability is ok.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: very dark and almost black in color, nice tan colored head that stuck around for a bit. Nice lacing and wonderful apperance overall.

Smell: a bit of a earthy smell and strong roasted chocolate malt smell with a touch of caramel.

Taste/Mouthfeel: a interesting smokey flavor is present (unique to say the least) but a sweet chocolate taste and very smooth going down. Very interesting taste overall...earthy, sweet and smokey (a beer?). Nice carbonation and smoothness, very pleasing!

A overall good beer....nice change of pace from other porters. But I don't think I could get hooked on it!

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Photo of karengarys
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This porter pours like you would want. Dark, and a bit of a carmel color head.

This tastes a bit of sour, a bit of malt, a bit of hop. The sour is like grapefruit - very odd. The malt is almost smokey. The hop is dry and clean. It is a strange mix. There is a balance there, a sweetness, but also a strangeness.

Mouthfeel is kind of creamy.

The finish is sour and wet. This is where I'm picking up the grapefruit. The sour, flat finish.

The body is a bit thin. A little light for my tastes, but I guess it is on par for a porter.

I would not avoid this, but I woudn't go out of my way to look for it either. Though I am not disappointed, I am not thrilled either.

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Photo of Crosling
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black. Semi fragrant and attractive aroma highlighting the vanilla beans quite well along with the malt nose, which shows a bit of chocolate and roast. The flavor is a bit sweet with heavy vanilla and the slight hop fragrance in the nose has vanished. The malt backing, which was present in the nose, just does not back up the heavy and sweet vanilla beans. A bit sweet and a bit one dimensional.

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Photo of zjungleist
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown in color with a tan head. Smells was somewhat faint at first but eventaually showed itselt. Mainly smells of chocolate and a bit of fruitiness. The taste is decently complex, starting with a slight hop bite, then warmer and sweeter malt and chocolate flavors, and finally a very slight sourness with the vanilla flavors and a bit of coffee as well. Mouthfeel is a bit dry, but well balanced and great for the style. Overall the beer is complex, but not cloying or too instense in any way.

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Photo of montageman
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from growler into a pint glass.

Nice dark, chocolate brown color with a moderate brown head that disappears quickly leaving no lacing. Vanilla is immediatel evident in the smell - it's almost syrupy, in fact. There's also some hint of caramel and a little chocolate. The vanilla is definitely noticeable in the taste, but it does not overpower. There is some dark chocolate, too, and bitter coffee aftertaste. This would make a very good dessert beer - I actually had a glass on Sunday with a piece of birthday cake.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.
A good, pepper, vanilla, cherry.
Nice deep brown/black color. Head was a light brown, foaming heap of suds..mmm.
Coffee hits first, followed by sugar, pepper, toffee , malt and chocolate..and then the vanilla and hops. A good balance. Very good style. Close to the Breckenridge Vanilla Porter

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Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a mahogany body with a beige head; decent retention but little lacing

Smell: A touch of vanilla over some roasted grainy notes

Taste: Starts out with a roasted character; mid-palate some coffee/tobacco bitterness kicks in and there are some sour notes as well; the vanilla appears at the end along with some sweetness

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied but rather fizzy

Drinkability: OK, but not particularly enticing

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Photo of ithacabaron
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought back from Michigan by my brother-in-law.

Opens with an alarmingly noisy FWOOSH when I pop the cap, but no gushing is forthcoming. Pours a deep dark brown with mahogany highlights. A decent head rises up but fades down to a lacing. Not bad. Would have liked a little more head retention, but eh...

Smell falls off a bit -- very clean, unsweetened baker's chocolate that rises up at the end with a little yeast bite in the nose. Hope that's not a sign for the future.

Taste is very pleasing. Like Boston Beer Works' Vanilla Bean Stout, this is a beer that happens to have vanilla in it, not a vanilla beer. Initial mellow vanilla gives way to a decently deep black patent malt taste. Slightly vinous notes on the side of the tongue warm this up a bit, and keep it from being a one trick pony. Not overly sweet. Like I said above, this is a porter first, a beer with vanilla in it second.

Mouthfeel is a bit aggressive -- would have liked a little less prickle in the tickle, but it's not a deal breaker.

Drinkability isn't bad at all. I could see putting a few of these together for a session, and I don't have a sweet tooth at all.

All in all, a very nice beer, and it perks my interest in this brewery that I've never heard of before now. A refreshing change too, as it seems that every porter I see these days is an Imperial one. This is nice and simple, and I like it. I'll definately keep my eye out for more offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brownish-black color with modest head but very good lacing. Milk-chocolate vies with lightly roasted malt in the nose. First taste is coffee-ish malt, fairly ordinary, but after a couple seconds a huge vanilla flavor roars in. If there's any hops, I can't find them under all the vanilla. Or any other flavors, in fact. Astringent texture with medium carbonation.

If you appreciate vanilla, this is a tasty beer, but it lacks subtlety. I enjoyed the first few quaffs, but it became rather boring half-way through.

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Photo of Jredner
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to say I really like this stuff. Enough that I have driven across town to buy some more than once. Its beauty isn’t in the merits of just one beer, but rather as a session brew that for me is very drinkable over the course of an evening. The vanilla is there, but it fades to the background and you are left tasting a very decent porter.

It’s one of those beers I rate higher as a six-pack experience than as a single serving. It’s just dang drinkable.

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Photo of CultureJamMN
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured pitch black, with a very robust beige head. Head dissipated in to very pleasant lacing over time.

Smell was of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla, which came on late.

Taste was coffee with fruity notes, vanilla was present but understated throughout. Aftertaste was of lingering coffee and vanilla, but with a spicyness.

Mouthfeel was silky and full, just wonderful. This beers best feature by far.

A very drinkable beer, though I can't see drinking more than a few. This beer would be a perfect pairing with a scoop of ice cream, or as a dessert by itself. I expected the vanilla to be overpowering, I was pleasantly surprised by it's understated nature. The vanilla never tries to dominate the porter, just accompany it, and it does so quite well.

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Photo of WesWes
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a stale black malt scent along with some light vanilla notes and a bit of roasted malt aroma. The taste is decent. It has a smooth black and chocolate malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and earthy. It has a vanilla feel, but nothing over the top. I can see why there isn't too many of these around. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full flavored beer with adequate carbonation. This is a neat concept. I like the flavor, but it isn't what I'd imagined it to be. Overall, a pretty good porter.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark mahogany with a beige head.
the smell of chocolate and vanilla with a little fruity yeast.
the flavor is dark and malty with a hint of chocolate and vanilla with a little hop bitterness.
the mouthfeel is a little tingly very fine carbonation. has a fullness from from it semi-sweetness.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.62/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Good dark, dark, dark brown top but practically black thoughout the body of beer. Pours with a 1 finger head.

Smell- Malty, chocolatety, and of course vanilla-ish.

Taste- Greta vanilla sweetness but not so much that you forget you are drinking beer. Almost like chocolate/vanilla malt from Baskin Robbins. With much more malt and a hint of bitters to keep the sweetness beery.

Mouthfeel- medium palate, very smooth but les your palate know there is VANILLA in this porter. Hint of sourness aftertaste on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability- Would have to another and another for desert or two with a creamy, rich cake of some sort.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a black with a small tan head and scattered lacing left behind.
Smell is of vanilla creaminess with a sweet creamy sugar aroma.
Taste is of sweet vanilla and cream with chocolate malt and a hint of anise.
Mouthfeel is smooth, sweet, rich, and full bodied.
Drinkability is nice.

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Photo of maddamish
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours into a nice dark brown. Not so thick that you cannot see thorugh it but it is thick enough. You get a nice creamy head when you pour this beer that settle into a nice lace that sits about an inch thick.

Smell: Slight vanilla smell but nothing too overpowering. Pairs nicely with the coffee smell you get.

Taste:Kind of a rusty taste to it. There is hardly any vanilla in the initial taste but kind of creeps up on you in the aftertaste. I would have liked a bit of a stronger vanilla taste to this as this beer is kind of bland. Kind of disappointing all around.The mouth feel comes as cross as watery and not as creamy as it promised when I poured it.

Notes: Not a bad beer. Just average. I like my porters big and thick and this one just disappoints in that respect.

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Photo of unclederby
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

well, this beer lives up to it's name.

nice, near black appearance. a brown head forms only to dissipate fairly quickly. moderate lacing.
smell's strongly of vanilla bean with light notes of cocoa...
taste pretty much the same as the smell, vanilla and cocoa.
mouthfeel is a little thin but quite pleasant nonetheless with enough viscosity to warrant noting.

i was really pleasantly surprised by this brew and though it wasn't what i'd call outstanding it definitely lives up to it's billing. this is a nice session porter, and i would easily recommend giving it a try.
or let me put it this way: after a night that started with dedolle mad bitch and then arrogant bastard, this brew satisfied just fine as a nightcap.

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Photo of quasimoto
2.63/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured black with a nice light tan head with large bubbles. The aromas kinda hurt me though. They were of vegetables, grapenuts, witha background of malt, smoke, coffee and chocolate. The taste was very much the same as the aroma, with the addition of cheerios to the line up. The mouthfeel was light and creamy with light carbination. Overall drinkability of this beer is ok, if you can get past the vegetable flavors.

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Photo of nouseforotacon
3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is pretty standard for a porter - very dark, more brown than black, with a light brown head. The foam didn't hold very long after I poured it out, and a ring settled around the edge of the inside of the glass.

The aroma is what I enjoyed most about this brew. Very, very pleasant and sweet, reminding me more of dark chocolate. Vanilla bean is very faint and lingers ever-so softly, but chocolate and other toasted aromas are strong and constant.

Unfortunately, the taste falls a bit flat of this porter's smell. Most noticeable is the taste of the alcohol, both in the mouth and down the throat. For a 5.5% ABV, I would imagine that Stoney Creek could've done a better job to mask the content. The vanilla bean that is present in the taste comes off as toasted, or slightly burnt, and isn't very discernable as "vanilla". Dark chocolate still seems to linger through the brew, though not as pleasant to the taste as it is to the smell.

It leaves your mouth and tongue feeling a bit wet, nearly salavating, though I would say that the drinkability is really not that bad. Overall, I wish this brew tasted a whole lot more like it smelled - or, maybe it does, and I just don't enjoy the taste nearly as much. An average beer, though worth a try.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours to an almost completely opaque black color with a nice creamy brown head. Leaves an extremely spotty lacing.

The smell is almost non-existent. I was hoping for a stronger vanilla aroma. There was a little there, but not much.

The flavor had a forefront of vanilla bean, but it didn't mix well with the malt. The coffee hits late in the finish leaving a dry bitterness, but the chocolate malt seems a bit awkwardly displaced by a bit of smokiness. Not nearly as smooth as I was expecting from a vanilla porter.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin and lacked the smooth vanilla creaminess. The vanilla flavor coats the mouth in the late finish, however, making up for any lack of body. I would drink another, but unfortunately this isn't a replacement for the Empyrean Vanilla Porter I brought back from Nebraska.

edit: to my surprise, this beer went AWESOME with some spicy salsa. It really brought out the creamy vanilla flavor.

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Photo of metalitool
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Highly drinkable for how dark it is....I havent had many Porters so I won't say too much as to how good it is. It doesn't hit my mouth, leaving me saying "WOW" but its nice.

The vanilla is a good touch, it smells really good, and the taste is subtle (as it should be). At first taste, what comes to mind is that a Porter is a Stout with 2oz of water...however, I will bow out and say I don't know much about Porters... it is worth trying, how good compared to other Porters I cannot say.

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Photo of jettjon
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Extremely dark with a small, dark, foamy head of various sized bubbles that fades quickly. Sorghum nose as with other Stoney Creek offereings. Initial taste is: vanilla! Quite a pleasant surprise. A hearty charred coffe flavor with a slightly bitter finish. Crisp mouth. Drinkability is good but not excellent. Clearly, an above average beer that I will definitely try again.

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Photo of blackthistle
4.67/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle; no freshness date; $7.99 for 6-pack

Pours a deep, dark brown color with ruby tints around the edges and a creamy looking tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Roasted malts and vanilla aromas are easily noted, with just a hint of fruitiness and hops spiciness. The flavor of this medium-bodied ale begins with a bite from roasted maltiness and then the rich vanilla essence coats your mouth in a creamy sensation that you don't ever want to end. Overall, if you're a fan of vanilla then you will definitely not want to miss this one!

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Stoney Creek Vanilla Porter from Stoney Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 99 ratings