Chad9976 (1081) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
When a well respected brewery makes a beer whose name alone sound delicious you tend to get your hopes up. Thatís how I felt going into Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean. While not a bad beer at all I would still describe it as not being anything particularly unique or impressive. Mostly itís just another solid American porter with subtle vanilla and smoke flavors.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Opaque black body with no visible carbonation. Forms a large, tan, frothy head which retains and laces quite well.
Smell: Not quite as potent as Iíd expect considering the brewery and the style. Mostly a mild porter aroma with subtle milk chocolate overtones.
Taste: This is one of those beers where the first swig is pretty impressive, but then it becomes a little mundane afterwards. Iíve never been a huge fan of smoked porters because oftentimes the smokiness distracts from the genuine palate, but thatís definitely not the case with Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean. The smoke character is subtle and more noticeable in the aftertaste rather than the swig itself.
Mild bitterness up front with a strong sensation of malty sweetness through the middle. A strong chocolate candy bar taste as it finishes with a subtle hop bite. The peat smoked malt is discernible in the aftertaste. A slight astringent, almost sour characteristic, but easily tolerable. If youíre expecting an epic level of vanilla and smoke youíll be a bit disappointed as Stone seems to be going for something a bit more low-key with this brew (oddly enough). Regardless, itís satisfying and flavorful enough and worth trying.
Drinkability: At only 5.9% ABV, Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean is one of the breweryís lighter offerings. Itís not a sticky and syrupy, but has the weight and mouthfeel of a traditional porter. Silky smooth texture with the right amount of carbonation thatís easy to slurp down. The smoky, dry aftertaste is noticeable, but tolerable. A beer thatís probably better with a meal than as dessert.
DSG (5022) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at kerenmkís place. Clear dark brown with a beige head. Great aroma with lots of chocolate and vanilla. Sweetish flavor with chocolate, coffee notes, a bit of vanilla and a dry finish with a bit of bitterness. Medium-bodied. Nice.
SudsMcDuff (5658) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crates, right b4 leaving for dinner ..decent, but no smoke, medium roast, and a lame sweetness- .. . basically tastes the regular smoked porter but cut with water and splenda .. . oh well, the chipolte version is ten times better .. . . open frame in the tenth!!
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle $3.99. Picked up the chipotle so I figured I might as well get the vanilla for comparison. This is truly a vanilla beer. It doesnít really taste sweet but the vanilla flavor almost completely overpowers the porter. The aroma was straight vanilla beans. The flavor was so much vanilla I thought I was drinking a cola. Not bad but not something I would ever purchase again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-01-2012 21:46:04
deekyn (1037) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A - pours dark reddish cola with almost no tight bubbled off white head. Some lacing. S - nice chalky chocolate, earthy, vanilla. Notes of smoke, oak, root beer? M - very light airy body. Watery, lingering smoked malt ending. Bitter and lightly dry. T - rooty, earthy smoke up front. Watery chalky malty, vanilla on the very weak palate. Lingering malty smoke and oak. O - very water light palate. Slightly sweet vanilla. 6-
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matthewgerke (67) - - NOV 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured deep back with a small, caramel-colored head with good lacing. Great aroma with vanilla up first and then some smoke and malt. Great job balancing the vanilla up front followed by some smoke and coffee notes and then finishing with the malts. Great take on a porter.
Pastor (790) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is one of those beers I wish stone would not over hop but its Stone so you get what you know youíll get ..Hops and plenty of them. I really wanted more vanilla on this one
WRobarge (4) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer pours nice and black. Let it sit for a few minutes until the chill is out. Subtle sweetness and vanilla with a little bitterness at the end.
kevinator (713) - The Colony, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This version works but is a shadow of the original and the one with chipotle. Nice roasted aroma with a tinge of vanilla. The dark chocolate color with foamy head is nice. The flavor was good but I had conflicting experiences. Iím not sure the smokiness works with the vanilla. It has a disguised sweetness that I would associate with a stout. Roasted malts did not stand out as well. Good, just not great.
Narnad (1416) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a deep black color with a tall, creamy head which leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma has a strong vanilla note to it with a much more subdued peat smoke and toasted malt note to follow. Flavor has a very strong vanilla kick which overpowers the smokiness of the brew. I think the smoke really helps to keep this beer balanced as vanilla tends to really muddle up a brew if done too strong. Light toasted and roasted malt notes come in late in the tasting following the tapering off of the vanilla. Body is perfect with just the right amount of body to hold the flavor and enough carbonation to keep it lively. For a vanilla flavored porter/stout, the vanilla tends to overpower everything and make it not drinkable but this brew make it good. One of the first vanilla flavored brews I have enjoyed as the vanilla has a cream ale-esk flavor level.