Stone; one of my favorite brewing companies with many great offerings (I'm looking at you Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard!). Tom introduced me to Stone and their delicious beers a long time ago. It's always a treat to try something from them I haven't had before. When I heard they came out with a Vanilla Bean version of their famous Smoked Porter I just had to drink it.
Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean pours with a small amount of head and has an appealing dark brown color to it, almost bordering on black. Right after opening the bottle you are greeted with a delicious vanilla smell. Drinking the beer is even more enjoyable.
There is a vanilla flavor that lasts throughout every sip in addition to the smoky aftertaste you might be accustomed to if you've had the Smoked Porter before. The end result is a finely roasted vanilla flavored beer that is rich in flavor and pleasant to drink from start to end.
Stone takes pride in brewing high quality beers and they even go as far to tell you the story of how Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean came to be right on the back of each bottle. Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean is a limited release so if you can get your hands on one don't hesitate to do so!
Stone Smoke Porter with Vanilla Bean is 5.9% ABV and brewed by Stone Brewing Company located in San Diego, California. Look for my upcoming review of Stone Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers coming soon!