Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Hopped and Bothered; Stone's Smoked Vanilla Bean Porter

Stone -- Smoked Vanilla Bean Porter
Alcohol Content 5.9%. Instant vanilla aroma, mixed with smoke. Reminds me of a campfire. Dark black color. Almost milky darkness. Roasted malt is overpowering, with strong carbonation. The roast is strong, almost cancelling the vanilla. The finish is thin, creamy and rich. The excessive carbonation is distracting. Pitch perfect finish.

Buy if: you are a fan of Stone, and want a vanilla kick.

Overall: Though the flavoring is rich and creamy, the carbonation is too much and ultimately the finish is far too thin to sustain it.

3 out of 5.

--Nick



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