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RATINGS: 744   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Beans Added.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmohno (1102) - Iowa, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Dark,but clear with red. Strong chocolate aroma, maybe milk chocolate with the vanilla. Rich cookie like aroma. Same in taste, not real rich, fairly bittersweet though,with vanilla sweetness and raasty finish. Dryish finish, but pretty chewey body.Strong piney finish.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dinkle50 (999) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Reddish brown pour with a thin head that fades quick. Aroma of light smoke and some vanilla shake. Light mouth with big carbonation. Bitter finish after a full on vanilla milkshake assault. Lots of bitter roast. This is a curious mix of flavors. Dry finish. Some lace present.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Busick (379) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2014
I love the smell of vanilla and this beer gives off a great aroma! The smokiness mixed with the taste of vanilla beans makes this a beautiful beer on the palate and tummy!!! Yummy! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbuskirk (455) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Vanilla porters aren’t exactly a novel idea, but I can’t recall having one that’s been as well executed as Stone’s effort. The addition of Madagascar vanilla beans gives this ale a distinct character of spice and sweetness. You’ll notice it right away. You don’t need to have your nose next to the glass to pick up the aroma of vanilla bean, roasted malt, and smoke. The taste is rich and robust, yet quite balanced. This porter starts off with a flavor of sweet vanilla and gradually gets more bitter. Its middle hints at bittersweet chocolate, and the finish is a balance of coffee and smoke. Yet, there’s just a final touch of vanilla/chocolate sweetness that keeps inviting you back for another sip. As usual, the good folks at Stone prove that they know their craft.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (7746) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Draft. Vanilla, light smoke and chocolate malt aroma. Black with moderate head. Sweet vanilla chocolate malt flavor. Light bitter finish. Delicious.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
koleminer20 (628) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2014
22 oz bottle shared at a tasting on February 17. The pour is a beautiful medium-to-darker brown with a nice off white head that dissipates slowly, leaving a decent lace. The aroma is surprising. There is a good vanilla blast on the front end, which is good as it’s in the main namesake. Then there is a light smokiness that moves through in the middle, and carries through the back end. The flavor is strong on vanilla at first, slowly moving through a coffee character, and finishing a little chocolate-ish. The smoke is present through most of the flavor, growing in strength as you drink. The mouth feel is definitely thin, and the aftertaste, although good, doesn’t linger hardly at all.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SlovakSniper (3230) - Out Of This World, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2014
La couleur est celle d’un porter. La mousse s’évapore rapidement. Le nez fume et est grillé. La vanille s’insère avec facilité. La bouche est sèche. Les grains maltés et fumés y sont pour quelque chose. La vanille vogue sur des notes acides. Au palais, un liquide qui fait le style. Une finale amère de fumée et de vanille grillée ou même rôtie. Pas si facile à boire. Un verre et cela est bien suffisant.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maxwelldeux (3698) - Everett, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours a mostly clear dark brown color with a fairly thick light tan head on it. The vanilla is the most salient element in the nose, though you can get a hint of some smoke underneath, as well as very subtle bits of roasting. Taste has an initial bit of vanilla sweetness, with a mostly coffee-bitter finish to it, and some slight smokiness throughout. Good brew.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puboflyons (2173) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 18, 2014
From the 650 ml. bottle. The pour is dark brown with a modest tan head that dissolves partially and leaves drops of lacing along the way. The vanilla beans are the first sensation on the nose with the dark malts and smoke coming up distantly second and third place. The body is in the medium range with a carbonated bubbly or acidic texture. The flavor is a sweeter version of the nose. It is like drinking a French Vanilla coffee from my local coffee shop.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuedmaster (226) - Vista, California, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Once again a fine offering from Stone, one of our local breweries. Dark reddish brown with a nice beige head. Aroma of roasted grain, chocolate, and vanilla. Balanced flavor, with vanilla, smoked grain, and chocolate notes. Clean palate, a real delight.


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