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 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 TheDM
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured an opaque black colored body with a dark brown head that was mostly lasting. It had a mild malty aroma with good lacing and a very smooth palate. I had no comments/notes on the flavor or any other aspects of this beer, but from the numbers it was very good.

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Photo of fattychubs
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown with medium brown fluffy head. Aroma is artificially sweet with vanilla, most of the vanilla is in the nose, not as much in the taste. The taste starts with mild roasted malt and coffee tons, sweet, with a mildly smooth finish. Medium body, medium high carbonation.

Not bad, but seemed a bit off and sweet. Better appearance and aroma then taste. Even as a dessert beer there is better choices I think.

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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 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 Ahhdball
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured slow, looked great for the first couple of minutes then it's head died to nothing. Left no lace the further I drank to the bottom.
Smelled rich with coffee and chocolate but no vanilla not too bad but not impressed either.
Tasted the coffee and chocolate, the vanilla came in but slow and I had to remind myself it was there.
For a porter the mouthfeel was rather drab. I like porters to be a little heavier with more a chewiness.
I may drink this again but I doubt it. I know I won't spend money on it, not when I can get an Edmund Fitzgerald.

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Photo of Brian700
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought this was an attractive beer. Dark in color, It forms a nice cocoa colored head that'll catch your eye but don't doesn't last very long. There isn't very much lacing going on while drinkin this one. It has a nice chocolately-Vanilla aroma to it. Its really nice. It tastes more chocolatey at first, then you can really pick up on the vanilla aftertaste. It also has a mild roastiness as well as hints of coffee. Good on the pallette. The beer starts to pick up a more chocolatey rich flavor as you drink it because of the warming factor...not unpleasant though. It reminded me of going to parades as a child and eating a stomach full of tootsie rolls. I wouldn't recommend it for nights of excess because it is pretty rich

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, this is very interesting. Pours a very dark brown/black that is basically opaque. The pour creates a very dark tan/light brown head of about 1/2 inch. The head sits there for a few seconds like it's settling in and then, Presto!, it is gone. No lace whatsover, but, oh my, what an inky brew. I would characterize the flavor as very mild with a bit of a strong vanilla aftertaste in the back. The nose is exceedingly light and gives off little real character. The taste has a changing character as the glass empties. As the brew warms it takes on a musky character. Some roast sense, a bit of dark chocolate and mild coffee, but basically quite mild.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a deep dark chocolatey brown with nice big head of tan foam that hangs out for a little while and then suddenly disappears leaving no lace on the glass at all. A nice aroma of chocolate and roasted malts greets you and is blended with a nice smooth vanilla smell.

As this brew hits your tongue, you get a large splash of vanilla. Carbonation is fairly light, and the mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Chocolate and roastiness come in next with a touch of coffee. Aftertaste carries on the roasted malts with a cappuccino flavor. Unfortunately, this only holds true for about half of a glass. Then, you are left with a bubbly vanilla soda that is not bad, but it was much better accompanied with the coffee and chocolate. It is a very interesting brew. Nothing to die for, but certainly something to try.

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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 Sixpack595
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My old lady wanted to try this when I dragged her to the beer store with me. I don't like vanilla, or flavored beers but this wasn't bad. The only time the vanilla showed up was in the aftertaste, and it was subtle. Typical porter, rather easy drinking. Good gateway beer for non BAs who like vanilla, or usually dislike dark beers.

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

Acquired via trade. This brew pours black, yet just shy of opaque with a tan head that disappears quickly. Vanilla, milk chocolate, and black malt all come through in the aroma. The vanilla smell doesn't knock you down, but it's noticeable. The taste is a combination of vanilla, chocolate malt, coffee and a touch of roasted barley. It's good, but I felt that the flavors were competing with each other rather than being well integrated. Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side. It seems like an after-dinner brew, and I expect those to be more dextrinous. Even so, I'd drink more of this if I could find it locally.

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Photo of budgood1
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this is an odd beer, and i wavered back and forth whether i liked it or not.....that being said....

this porter poured out black with ruby tinged edges. colored head faded after a minute. toll house cookie dough aroma of vanilla, hot cocoa, and fireplaces. smokiness is quite prevalent. roasted malts and dark fruit too. tastes like chocolate covered cherries. strong vanilla flavors mixes into the strangely effervescent does become a bit cloying at times with all the battling flavors floating around and demanding attention.

while the flavor profile is really nice, the flavors seemed forced and not "natural", too "loud" if you will. this beer could be served up for the upcoming valentine's day, because it tastes like one of the nuget and cream filled chocolate covered cherries. one or two taste good, then you get a stomach ache.

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Photo of maxpower
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a strange beer, dark brown almost black in color, small light brown head, pleasant coffee chocolate aroma, sweet candy-like vanilla flavors, light body yet has a creamy mouthfeel, not what I expected, one is good but I wouldn't want more than one per sitting.

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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 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 beernut7
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The brewer said he used both beans and extract to give this porter it vanilla character. The aroma a first is just roasty with a hint of sweetness. The rich vanilla flavor really sets this porter apart. The heavy body makes for a wonderfully rich creamy offering decorated by a creamy lacy tan head.

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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 chilidog
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I agree, great dessert beer.Its smooth & rolls down nice with little aftertaiste.The vanilla is not overpowering as the large lettered label might emply.Its almost creamy.Very dark,light has no chance in this glass.A dark tan head & lace ( thin ) last to the bottom of the glass.I liked the brew & will definitely keep some stock for once in a while.

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Photo of Wildman
2.8/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I agree with the assessments that the beer might have been sitting on the shelf too long. The one I had appreared to be that way, so this review may change in the future. The color was a medium amber with a small white head. The aroma was of malt, hops and vanilla. The flavor was of malt and vanilla. The body was fairly light for trying to include vanilla in it.

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Photo of proc
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a pleasant surprise. I picked up an extremely fresh bottling of this. Pours out to a dark brown with a caramel colored head. Taste is that of coffee and light chocolate. The vanilla is blended in nicely. It is in no way overdone, but rather as a light compliment. This was brewed in Detroit at the old Atwater Block Brewery now owned by Stoney Creek. Nice beer.

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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 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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Stoney Creek Vanilla Porter from Stoney Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 99 ratings
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