Stoney Creek Vanilla Porter | Stoney Creek Brewing Company

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Stoney Creek Vanilla PorterStoney Creek Vanilla Porter
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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

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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
Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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 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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Walnut brown suffused with crimson and topped by a large, toasted tan head of fine-bubbled foam. The head appears to be fairly stubborn, so I'll get back to you on the lacing (very little as it turns out).

Pleasant aroma of powdered cocoa and vanilla. I had feared that the vanilla would be an afterthought, a subtle part of the porter nose, but that isn't the case. Thankfully, the brewers saw fit to add enough vanilla (Madagascar vanilla beans, to be exact) to make it an integral part of the brew.

Atwater Block didn't just 'dry bean' this with vanilla because the flavor matches the nose for vanillaiciousness. Melted milk chocolate isn't overwhelmed by the vanilla, but it's close. This beer is a smashingly good combination of those two flavors where each contributes equally and the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. I'm sure it was a fine line with the vanilla (as in most flavored beer), but it seems to me that they ended up pretty close to perfect.

The malt backbone is big enough and there's a sweetness and a smoothness in the mouth that bears that out. A mildly bitter hop bite on the finish turns a sweet beginning into a bittersweet end. I had hoped for a slightly more full mouthfeel, but the medium one that has been provided is helped by a sedate amount of carbonation.

I enjoy something out of the ordinary once in a while and since this beer combines one of my favorite styles (porter) with one of my favorite flavors (vanilla), I was bound to like it. Given the trickiness of flavor balancing, Atwater Block could still have dropped the ball. To their credit, they didn't. If a vanilla porter sounds like your thing, then I think you gonna like this one.

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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 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 feloniousmonk
2.65/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Big, creamy tan head. Totally black. Intense vanilla nose, with some chocolate, high carbonation. Not sure that I like that, I'm sure I don't. I don't enjoy vanilla enough to have it in a porter, one of my favorite styles. It's not awful, but I just don't see the point. Once the novelty of the vanilla flavor wears off, it's more like a Dr. Pepper than a true blue porter.

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: It poured an almost black color with a medium caramel colored head.

Smell: the aroma was a pleasant level of roasted malt and vanilla.

Taste: the flavor was different and quite interesting. Roasted malt, vanilla, coffee, and hints of chocolate were evident.

Mouthfeel: the malt and coffee flavors lasted long after swallowing, while the vanilla seemed to fade a little quicker. Medium bodied. Slight dry finish.

Drinkability: extemely flavorful, but one of these would be enough in a sitting. Never had a vanilla porter before and this was quite different.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
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 WesWes
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
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 weeare138
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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 scruffwhor
4.62/5  rDev +24.9%
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 Dogbrick
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was expecting an overpowering vanilla aroma/flavor but that was not the case. The coffee flavor was great but it was a little on the carbonated side. Very thin head although it had a nice chocolate color. The downside is I can see this beer not having much longevity. It makes a great dessert beer but I wouldn't want to throw back a 6-pack. All in all, a decent porter that I would definitely get again (just one at a time).

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Photo of tavernjef
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is brown stout like with a bright off- white head that is light. Vanilla is very strong at first smell, I wasn't ready for that, but has good roasty aroma underneath. Taste is very mixed and seemed to change alot from a roasty malt to a vanilla shake. Maybe the vanilla moves around or something, but with some sips it wasn't present, and with others it was almost to much. Overall it was a good experience to try this, but it wasn't quite a porter in my book. It was closer to a milky stout. Somewhere in between those. I'd drink it again if given the opportunity.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of jfcaa193
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

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 szmnnl99
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of alexgash
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, maple-syrup brown body with a small, light-tan head.
Smells of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and sweet vanilla rum. Nice.
Tastes much like it smells. Roasty coffee blends nicely with the chocolate and the vanilla. Vanilla isn’t too strong or sweet (like it could be). Finish is roasty and bitter with lingering vanilla essence. Creamy, full-body feel. Velvety and nice, especially for a beer that could easily be screwed up (vanilla).

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I stumbled across this brew in a grocery store in Gaylord, MI while visiting friends. Vanilla Porter? Sounded too interesting to pass by. After drinking it I had cases brought to FL by friends who were driving down. On to the beer.

A nearly black beer with a dark tan head which doesn't build high and drops to a ring that remains through to the bottom.
Smell is coffee & vanilla, as well as dark chocolate and malt.
Taste is consistent with the smell, fairly complex, chocolate & coffee tastes predominate, vanilla and malt more subdued,a hint of smoke to it as well.
Mouthfeel is fairly creamy & smooth but can drop off to be a little watery at the end. Medium bodied with a slightly dry finish.
Extremely drinkable, I really love this beer for it's complexity and flavor without being sticky or cloying.

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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 allengarvin
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Pegasus
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep brown in color, almost opaque. Very little head when poured, disappears quickly, modest lace. Very strong aroma of vanilla, subtle malts. Flavor is of vanilla, molasses, and bittersweet chocolate, with vanilla and roasted malt finish; overall, the taste is very sweet for a beer. This would be a very nice dessert beer.

Having read the previous reviews, I believe that this sample is fresh and reflects the brewer's intent. Certainly worth a try for a change of pace.

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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 Crosling
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
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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Stoney Creek Vanilla Porter from Stoney Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 99 ratings