The Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean from Stone Brewing Company in Escondido, California pours out a very dark, ruby brown in color and is topped with a large, cafe au lait colored head that slowly reduces down to a thick film with a nice collar. On the nose, aromas of vanilla infused roast grain with hints of smoke and a little toffee sweetness. In the mouth, flavors of creme brulee, burnt toffee, coffee, chocolate and a wisp of smoke that intensifies as the beer warms. Full side of medium bodied. Low to moderate carbonation. Silky cream to the mouthfeel. Thick sheets of lacing on the glass. The finish is long and packed with flavor until only the smoke is left.
A wonderful smoked porter with an incredible aroma that is only surpassed by its flavor. Lovely, smooth richness envelops the mouth coating and soothing every taste bud. World class. Highly recommended.
12 ounce bottle, 5.9% ABV
Beer 183 of 366 for 2012 (Half way!)