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Stone Brewing Co. Releases Stone Smoked Porter w/Vanilla Bean
Stone Smoked Porter
w/Vanilla Bean Developed by Laura Ulrich
things just go together. Kittens and yarn. Snakes and airplanes.
Hipsters and misuse of the word irony. For us, it’s Stone Smoked
Porter with whole Madagascar vanilla beans. Ah yes, the famously
delectable combination by Stone Brewing Co. is making its yearly
appearance as a limited winter edition creatively named Stone Smoked
Porter w/Vanilla Bean. Available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft,
the fan favorite is making its way to bars, restaurants and retail
outlets in all states and territories where Stone beer is sold.
Back in 2006, Stone Small Batch Brewer Laura Ulrich became inspired
to develop a beer that tasted similar to Stone Smoked Porter poured
over a scoop of high-quality vanilla bean ice cream. As an
experiment, Ulrich filled a cask with the classic year-round beer
and added freshly split Madagascar vanilla beans. Because Ulrich’s
creation gained instant popularity among Stone fans, the beloved
concoction continued to make all-too-brief appearances in casks and
kegs until 2012, when it was finally packaged and released
nationally for the first time.
“To this day, the Brewer’s Cask program at Stone serves as a
creative outlet for trying out new, unconventional brewing
ingredients and developing recipes,” explains Stone Brewmaster Mitch
Steele. “With rich chocolate and coffee flavors and a subtle
smokiness, Stone Smoked Porter has been a great beer for blending
and enhancing with a wide range of flavors from spicy to sweet.”
Following Ulrich’s tasty innovation, the special release has (not
surprisingly) become a cult favorite among fans. The natural flavor
of the vanilla beans marries seamlessly with the malt-driven
chocolate- and coffee-like nuances of the beer. The result is
something that, even with its hints of savory peatiness and smoke,
comes across as a semisweet liquid dessert.
To maximize enjoyment of Stone Smoked Porter w/Vanilla Bean, fans
should enjoy the beer within 120 days of the “bottled on” date
stamped on the bottle neck. And it might not be a bad idea to pour
it over a scoop of organic vanilla bean ice cream. Just sayin’.
Stone Smoked Porter w/Vanilla Bean Quick Facts
Name: Stone Smoked Porter w/Vanilla Bean
Stats: 5.9% ABV, 53 IBUs