Stoney Creek Vanilla Porter | Stoney Creek Brewing Company

Stoney Creek Vanilla PorterStoney Creek Vanilla Porter
99 Ratings
Stoney Creek Vanilla PorterStoney Creek Vanilla Porter

Brewed by:
Stoney Creek Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-15-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 99 |  Reviews: 94
Reviews by nixhecks:
Photo of nixhecks
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful jet black - very dark for a porter, just the way I like it. Had a decent sized, tan colored head that also had decent retention. The aroma was typical porter smell, burnt cocoa and coffee with a hint of hops, and a tiny bit of vanilla - not as much as I had expected, but good nonetheless. The vanilla really comes through on the taste while managing to stay well-balanced, complimenting and earthy, roasted malt flavor, and finishing with crisp bitterness. Mouthfeel was okay, a little high in carbonation and I would have liked it a little heavier, but not bad at all. I was hoping for something that compared to Magic Hat's Ravelle, and this came close, but still not the same. But since this is a year-round brew, that plus the fact it comes in sixers are two aspects by which it has Ravelle beat.

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Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this awhile back visiting family and friends,pours a deep brown with a light but sticky head,the aroma is slightly sweet and roasted. The flavor is roasted malt and light vanilla not overbearing by any means.A light flavored porter. a little uninspired but not bad.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours from the bottle a dark opaque black with a small khaki head on top which falls to a ring around the glass. Not much light getting through here except for a hint of brown on the edges. Aromas begin with vanilla extract, roasted maltiness, hints of cocoa and some burnt notes. Nice..but the vanilla extract smell is a little overpowering.

First sip brings a roasty vanilla coated maltiness along with a nice somewhat suble burnt taste. The vanilla is fairly smooth and works well, although I'd like to see a little more of normal porter flavors come out. Overall it's a nice variation on the style and is enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is good...but I could use just a bit more body and maybe a bit less carbonation. A nice flavored porter that is definetly worth a try...however I only see myself having this every now and again.

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Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce brown bottle sampled, no freshness dating offered. Pours typical porter, near black, darkest of browns. Minimal tan head, moderate lacing left on the glass. Nose is, you guessed it, vanilla. Initially quite strong and sweet. Notes include, more vanilla, some roasted and sweet malt and perhaps a hint of sweet cola. Fairly soft and smooth mouthfeel, tastwise things clear out quickly and the finish is non descript. Good porter to try on newbies. Lightly hopped, sweet and quite quaffable. Pleasant enuf, sweet porter.

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Photo of ADR
2.76/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep, deep brown. Head is very dark as well but is gone after 30 seconds. Just a trace of malt aromas. Malt flavor warbles in the mouth, a bit of chocolate at the finish along with the vanilla. Hops minimal at most. There's a trace of sourness at first and an off taste at the back of the mouth that is suspiciously similar to rancid vanilla beans. Body is not very impressive, either. I've got to give a thumb's down though the possibility of an old bottle might be the culprit (suggested by Brent in his review). There wasn't any dust on the bottle, though.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark black even when held up to light it barely shows any ruby highlights, big tan head coats to the glass leaves specks sporadically. Aroma: Vanilla beans are evident blended with the dark roasted malts makes a great mix chocolate, coffee, and vanilla seems like something ordered at a Starbucks but the Vanilla really shines through and takes the center stage here. Taste: Dark roasted malts are a bit harsh but the vanilla is soft enough to even out the bitterness from the heavily toasted grains a touch of hops here but no real hop profile to describe in depth, good overall. Mouthfeel: Is medium bodied a bit viscous but not really thick, even carbonation nothing amazing but solid. Drinkability: A nice all around vanilla porter, nothing is overdone and best of all doesn't seem like an extract flavoring there was Vanilla beans added to the boil, good stuff.

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Photo of porterman
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This Brew pours to a nice black color, with reddish brown highlights. Fairly small head, that dissapeared quickly. Not much lacing to speak of.

Smell is not as strong as expected. Vanilla, malt, and chocolate with maybe a little cofee in the back.

Taste was enjoyable very smooth, and tasted very similar to smell. Carbonation was noted, but at the same time seemed a little flat. Very smooth vanilla chocolate aftertaste Not too sweet..

The thin, watery feel of this beer was not to my liking. Combine that with the complete lack of head halfway thru and the flatness, and this is where this beer failed.

I enjoyed the flavor and thats about it, but i would drink it again. a fine dessert beer.

The thin watery consistency of this brew is holding it back. Good looking and tasting but too thin and flat to play with the real Porters.

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Photo of zjungleist
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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 soper2000
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my friend's favorite brews. He always seems to have a sixer of this in his fridge. So I bit the bullet and decided to try it. I'm not disappointed at all with this one. Pours a nice black with a small tan head which didn't last long (note: i have no clue how clean this glass was). The nose has more chocolate notes than vanilla i think, but it has a very decent aroma. Upon first taste you can definetly taste the vanilla with some hints of roasted malts. This is a wonderful desert beer. I wouldn't mind having this has a night cap with some frequency. Just wouldn't want more than 1 in a night.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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 cokes
2.09/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Black bodied with ruby-orange edges. Dark brown head fades out completely after a few moments.
Funky aroma of artificial vanilla (even though it is insisted that it is all natural vanilla flavors), smoke, roastedness, paper. Pretty nasty.
Tastes is big on a very off vanilla flavor. Smoked flavors loom large, though I imagine they shouldn't. Roasted malts and rotting dark fruit.
Med-Thick body becomes cloying with all the strange flavors floating around.
Contemplated dumping this, and probably should have. There is a lingering aftertaste that is nearly nausea-inducing.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A creamy dark-tan head rests lazily atop a dark brown body that displays clear, mahogany highlights when held to the light. The head retention is fair and it slowly drops to a decent, creamy collar and thin surface covering. Unfortunately, it leaves next to no lace about the glass. The nose reveals sweet hints of the promised vanilla atop a slightly roasty chocolate and caramel malt base. The body is medium and it's very nicely creamy in the mouth (which helps to accentuate it's malty sweetness) due to a very fine and moderate carbonation. The flavor delivers a combination of gently acidic dark malt and vanilla flavor up-front; but softens almost immediately into rich, sweet chocolate and caramel. The vanilla becomes much more distinct in the lingering finish that's not bitter but has a touch of acidity that balances. It's actually quite nice (and I was much more impressed with this beer than another vanilla porter that I tasted side-by-side with it). Well-balanced, rich, and interesting with a twist of vanilla that plays a supporting role rather than taking center stage. Surprisingly... probably worth trying!

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Photo of metalitool
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
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 beerluvr
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a khaki colored foamy head, creamy & healthy. Seriously opaque with the slightest of deep ruby around the edges of the glass. The nose is slight coffee with lots of cream soda aromas taking charge. The taste is light bodied, given its appearance in the glass with notes of roasted barley & vanilla being the dominant key here. It finishes roasty and a little dry...a very different take on the Porter style. And it's not as bad as I had anticipated!

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Photo of bditty187
2.94/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown in hue, almost black, there is a tickle of ruby around the edges. The head was beige in color; at the apex the foam was one finger in height but it quickly, and loudly, faded to a thin collar and then to nothing. After a few moments the liquid was naked. Needless to say, head retention was very poor. Oh yeah, there is no subsequent lacing. The appearance is adequate, I suppose. Oh my, the nose is so rich with vanilla, I can’t believe it. The bouquet is a mixture of vanilla liquor drizzled on ice cream (I smell pecans?) and vanilla wafers. There isn’t much development beyond that… if there is some maltiness I can’t detect it because the vanilla is that loud! Wow, the vanilla is strong and this makes the nose a bit sluggish. I wish there was something more to it. Did I say the nose has a lot of vanilla? The palate offers a blast of, come on guess… yep, vanilla. Rich vanilla like good vanilla ice cream, the palate is sluggish like I’ve been drinking a big-ass vanilla shake. Cloying. I like vanilla but not this much. Sweet. Flat. Tiresome. I could really use some more malt to breakup the… god, I don’t even want to type that word again. Yuck. I love vanilla in Porters or Stouts but this is way to heavy-handed. There is something gimmicky about it. Where is anything that says, “Porter” in the smell or taste? It is Alco-pop, cream soda with alcohol. Good with food? Maybe some killer chocolate. The mouthfeel is thick, medium/medium-full in body, the carbonation is very low and this makes this beer unpleasant to drink. What a shame. I needed a little effervescence to help cut the vanilla. Drinkable? No. Is my 12-ounce bottle finishable? No. I’m not digging this simplistic, heavy handed, untalented beer. Blah. I purchased one bottle in Iowa City for $1.60. I will not be purchasing more. Not recommended.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark mahogany with an off-white ring for a head. Dark chocolate is noted up front, rich roasted malts make up the body. Medium bodied. Very impressive, vanilla is noted on the palate throughout, very rich and smokey. Coffee beans and even some hop-like-bitterness are noted. Lip-smacking tasty; a good stab, yet a moody beer, more than 2 would be pushing it.

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Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm..a nice combo...vanilla smoothness along with a nice dryness. Pours almost black with a nice creamy head. Taste is mainly malt and vanilla with a nice smooth quality (a bit like a cream soda). Easy on teh drinkability scale due to a light to medium feel and a beautiful dry finish. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

When this Porter was poured into my glass, it poured with a dark brown head that unfortunately did not last very long. This beer left a decent lacing on the sides of my glass. It had a smooth taste in my opinion for a Porter and a smooth flavor to it as well.

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark, murky brown with a slight head on top. Smell is mainly coffee and roast with a definite vanilla tinge, as expected.

Body is very light, but flavour is much like the nose, some subdued coffee, hints of roast, and vanilla all over the place. Not overly depthy, but doesn't get overly aggressive about the vanilla flavouring either. Definite caramel and chocolate tones as it comes to a conclusion with a soft bitter. I wouldn't call it remarkable, but ok.

Drinkability continues the slightly above average tone, I had no problem with 1, but more than that would probably be too much. Can't complain too much given the price, delivers on its promise of a vanilla beer, though the porter half of the equation is a little too sedate for my palatte.

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Photo of Jredner
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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 SixpointJMH
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a surprisingly enjoyable brew from stoney creek. seeing vanilla porter on the label, i was expecting the worst: a way too sweet, almost candy flavour, but a nice balance was achieved instead. this one poured and looked like a damn coke, it was bubbly as hell. the only thing that would've convinced me otherwise if i hadn't poured it myself was the darker, creamier head than a soda gives off. still, it looked nice and healthy. the smell was fairly nondescript, with vanilla dominating hints of chocolate and coffee. the balance in the taste was just right. it starts with vanilla but doesn't hold onto it for too long (this avoiding the overly sweet flavour i was dreading) and switches at just the right time to a nice smoked coffee/chocolate flavouring that has a pleasant dry finish. this brew is quite smooth and easy to drink. give it a try.

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Photo of flaminghomer
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours black with a dark tan head. the bubbles are so small that they remind me of a head found in beers with a nitro-bottle/can. the head looks creamy and beers tastes it, but just enough.

aromas were mild. slight coffee. roasted malts. call me crazy but i couldn't pick up any vanilla aromas.

i also couldn't pick-up any vanilla flavors. only mild coffee in the aftertaste and the usual others.

i'm very glad this beer didn't have an overwhelming vanilla flavor. flavored beers usually have an artificialy flavored candy taste in my opinion. the label says that it is brewed with vanilla beans, maybe that is why the flavor/aroma is so mild. if that is the case, they get a thumbs up from me. nothing i hate more then trying a flavored beer and the first taste bringing up images in my head of them pouring tons of sugary flavored syrup into the beer just before bottling.

maybe one day my sense of smell and taste will be keen enough to detect vanilla in this beer, but i really don't care.

you are a good beer. i will drink you again.

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Photo of Brent
4.66/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a great change of pace. Body is surprisingly light, with pronounced dark chocolate notes and a delicate vanilla bean finish. Extremely smooth, and mildly hopped. Most of the bittering seems to come from the roasted malt. A good after dinner drink. Be sure to get this fresh, however, as the vanilla seems to develop a burned character when it gets old.

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Photo of trumick
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin head and moderate lacing.

Smell: Scent is of vanilla first and foremost then chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Again, vanilla is very first with sweet dark roast malt and dark chocolate finishes coffee and dry.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a porter I would call it light to medium with a bit too much carbination.

Drinkability is good. Nice beer to enjoy several of around a nice fire at night.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chocolate milk smellin' stuff. Creamy slightly tan head that has good retention. Opeque dark brown look. Sweet coca upfront followed by a a touch of expresso dryness on the tongue. A little too sweet and the vanilla is a big dominant flavor in the finish. A decent end of meal brew but not a sesson brew at all. One or two at a sitting is all I could drink.

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Stoney Creek Vanilla Porter from Stoney Creek Brewing Company
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