Vanishing Vanilla Stout | Stone Arch Brew House

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Vanishing Vanilla StoutVanishing Vanilla Stout

Brewed by:
Stone Arch Brew House
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Summer

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Added by cokes on 09-01-2005

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 53
Photo of mooseisloose
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoying the Packer game at 1919 kitchen & Tap at Lambeau, let's give a pint of this a whirl. Arrived in a 1919 pint glass opaque black with a tan head. Smells of vanilla. On the taste this brew is very much vanilla and roasted malt up front transitioning to a sweet malty middle then finishing tart and dry. A tasty roasted brew.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

always weird to read "with artificial flavor and color" on a beer label. why does it have to be artificial. maybe something to do with packaging law in wisconsin or something, but its unflattering, and lowers expectations immediately. you cant get the color you want with the grains in the mash? seems pretty basic to me, but whatever, this beer isnt bad at all. its reddish brown in color, a little light for a stout, especially in the right light, its more mahogany than anything else. there is a thin airy bubbly head head, tan in color, fading quickly. smells like a whole ton of vanilla, maybe an extract of some kind and maybe a little overdosed. its super intense on the flavor, which wouldnt bother me, but its also incredibly sweet, sugary, brown sugar, syrup, its way over the top, and the coffee notes and the roast in here are not robust enough to balance it out at all, so it ends up stuck to my teeth and tongue and really limiting how much of it i want to drink. they should calm that aspect down a little bit. it has awesome carbonation though, crazy for a stout, effervescent and intense, but it doesnt help to dry this out any, and as much as i like the bubbles, the mouthfeel is still odd because of all the residual sugar. this should be a little better than it is overall, but its not bad. the first beer i have had from these guys, not all the way inspiring.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The body is a little thin on this beer but that is my only knock on it. The aroma is a nice mix of malt, chocolate and vanilla and the taste is a light roast with a nice hit of vanilla. Carbonation could be a touch more but that's more personal taste than a knock on the beer.

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Photo of Soneast
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Looks like a brown ale, not a stout. Light vanilla and graham cracker maltiness. No roastiness evident. Very thin body, watery really. IMO, this is not a stout. Subpar brown ale with vanilla? Sure.

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Photo of Lesingnon
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, black for all intents and purposes. Approximately two fingers worth of foam for the initial head, dissipating to a thin layer that persisted until the beer was gone. Some lacing.

Smell: Dominated by sweet vanilla, very pleasant.

Taste: The vanilla was subtler here, complementing the more standard stout flavors very well and taking a bit of the edge off of the bitterness. I feel it came together pretty well.

Feel: Very smooth, with light carbonation. It seemed a bit thinner than most stouts, but was very easy to drink all told.

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Photo of vishneda
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one was a bit too over on the cocoa and caramel for my tastes. Overall I felt these flavors dominate the beer too much. It's not a horrible beer, but there is a lot of competition in this space. There is a decent vanilla presence and the beer has good look in the glass, but it was closer to a chocolate vanilla porter than a vanilla stout and the balance just wasn't there for me.

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Photo of LoveThyBier
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This would almost be considered a desert beer. The brewers start with their Stone Cellar Stout ( Oatmeal stout) and add in vanilla beans during the process. The result, and easy drinking stout with a sweetness of fresh vanilla. Almost want to make a float out of it. Bring on the ice cream! It's a refreshing stout, not heavy and overwhelming. Pleasant, and not too complex.

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Photo of ncketchum
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Nate K for dropping off the growler today.

Served in a tulip

A - pours a dark brown, not opaque like some of the motor oil I'm used to drinking lately, no sediment to speak of. Off white head, fades to a thin ring

S - Different vanilla than I'm used to from a barrel aged stout. This is more of a sweet vanilla with chocolate, like vanilla ice cream on top of a fresh brownie

T - Vanilla is more subtle here, but definitely present. Coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Not too sweet.

M - lightly carbonated, smooth

O - I really liked this one. I've had other Stone Arch brews and thought they were OK. This one reminded me of NG's Coffee Stout with a bit of vanilla. Super drinkable for a stout. I would buy this again if I run into it again.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.52/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler split and poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.

A - Clear on the pour but completely black in the pint, a thick tan head rests on top and lowers slowly to a pile with little lace left over.

S - Very nice malted milk and cocoa powder - hot cocoa powder aroma with sweet chocolate. No hops at all. Low roasted malts with a tiny hint of coffee in there too. Vanilla is low but appreciated at that level.

T - Rich malty smooth bittersweet chocolate and cocoa powder with vanilla coming across smooth on the profile. Not overwhelming at all. What a great flavor!

M - Smooth and as soft as velvet with a full body but easy drinkability, I can't even describe how nicely this beer feels going down.

D - Even in mid summer this brew is awesome! It's super smooth, great-tasting, and silky in the mouthfeel! Brilliant beer from Stone Cellar!

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Photo of nsmartell
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. Poured from a growler from the brewery to an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a thin black color with a fluffy mocha-colored head that doesn't last long. Brew looks thin during the pour.

Smell: Vanilla extract dominates with some coffee coming through.

Taste: Just as the smell suggests, the vanilla dominates, but the coffee comes through. Tastes of sweet chocolate as well.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium-bodied and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: A decent sweet stout that may be lacking in the carbonation department because of the growler pour. I received the growler from a neighbor so I'm not sure how it was handled. I am looking forward to drinking the rest of the growler and would drink this brew again at the brewery.

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Photo of Chugmonkey
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had a pint on tap - low carbed equated to no head & lacing. Strong vanilla aroma detected before you even get your nose down near it.

The vanilla overpowers anything else besides the roasted barley and even the RB takes a seat way in the back of the bus.

Quite watery and thin. It slides right down, but you are left with such a strong vanilla punch in the senses that you do not want any more.

You'd have to be a huge fan of this style to have more than one. Or be a vanilla fiend. Might work for a desert beer, but that's about it.

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Photo of cokes
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deepened dark brown, inching towards black with a minor tan foam.
Smellling strongly of mocha java, and vanilla extract.
Taste wise, it is much of the same. Medium roast coffee, traces of fudge, and a bright vanilla essence. Traces of milky sourness dot the latter portions, but this largely holds true to its name.
Meduim bodied and lightly carbonated.
This has some merit as a desert brew, but it flavored loudness prohibits successive pints. Decent as a solo, but binding beyond that.

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Vanishing Vanilla Stout from Stone Arch Brew House
3.66 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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