Stone Smoked Porter (Vanilla Beans)

Stone Smoked Porter (Vanilla Beans)

Rated 3.864 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Stone Brewing Company

Escondido, CA, United States

Style:  Porter

5.9% Alcohol by Volume

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ID: 34410 Last updated 14 years ago Added to database 14 years ago

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Overall Rank360
Overall Percentile99.3
Style Rank8 of 1442
Style Percentile99.4
Lowest Score3.4
Highest Score4.6
Average Score4.100
Weighted Score3.864
Standard Deviation0.431

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  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 4.5 8 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Growler. Pours a dark, somewhat transparent sienna with a thick, fluffy, and very persistent light tan head. Smoked malt aroma has a strong aroma of slightly sweet vanilla and hints of licorice and coffee. Flavor has a strong and somewhat sweet, but not cloying, vanilla overtone; smoky malt, licorice and roast coffee notes round out the lip-smacking taste. Smooth, firm texture has darned good fizz. I’m not a big fan of vanilla - but in a good Porter it is da bomb!

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 4.0 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    A black colored beer with a big frothy textured, beige head rising above. There's excellent hang time on the head. A thick ringlet and light cap are left. Both in the nose and on the tongue the general profile is smokiness, bitter roastiness and lots of vanilla. All in a light-medium bodied ale.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 4.0 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    I originally saw this for about $7.99, which was a little too high for me. Then saw it for about the same price as the regular smoked porter, just under $6, so figured I'd should try it now. Vanilla adds some sweetness to it, perhaps a tad too sweet. Takes away some of the smokiness. Might add some to the aroma though. Getting some toasted and roasted malt flavors as well. Still great beer and worth the try, just not sure this it needed the variations.

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 4.5 9 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    This beer is a WINNER! I had this on draft at the Wasena Tap House in Roanoke, VA. This beer is a big flavorful stout with coffee and vanilla tones. Smoke is present but hardly dominant - an addition, not a focus. The color was dark as pitch. Noticable heat, but appropriate. FANTASTIC BEER.

  • AIRFORCE1 681 reviews
    rated 3.5 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Enjoy by: 3/15/14. Pours a clear very dark amber/brown with a one finger off white head that take a bit to go down. A little bit of carbonation in the glass. Aroma is very roasted with hints of smoke and vanilla. Taste is somewhat watered down. Slightly metallic at first but goes away fairly quick. Vanilla is present but doesn't add to the brews taste that much. Very drinkable but the taste could have been better.

  • VIPINVELP 2001 reviews
    rated 3.6 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Black with decent light brown head, lacing to glass. Aroma is burned malt with vanilla :). Taste is smooth slightly bitter vanilla. Aftertaste is turning more bitter over time, long present. (Houston 201301)

  • BEAV 1788 reviews
    rated 3.4 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    12 oz bottle. Pours brown with a medium rocky light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

    The aroma is some chocolate malts, smoke and perfumey vanilla.

    The flavor is sweet vanilla followed by an acidic charry bitter smokiness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

    Overall, interesting, but the sweet vanilla didn't blend well with the acidic bitter smoke to me.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.3 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    One hell of a mouthfull, in name and taste. Probably the equal to the awesome vnailla bean smoked porter. Off the charts in complexity, as you can taste the subtleties of each individual ingredient. Rich, smooth, and delicious.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 4.3 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Very nice Stone, good work indeed. Big fan of the Smoked Porter, but the vanilla bean takes it to a whole 'nother level. Creamy and roasted goodness with a hearty dose of sweet mellow vanilla. Exceptional.

  • FLASHPRO 1175 reviews
    rated 4.6 12 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    I liked the regular smoked porter, but this one is even better. The sweet vanilla aroma is incredible. Thick tan head and dark brown beer. Smoke comes into the flavor with cocoa and vanilla. Not really that smoky, but it's great with the vanilla. Medium body. Finishes with some hop bitterness. Excellent beer.

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