Baz7778 (58) - SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Not a huge fan, to many artificial vanilla notes which became a little soapy after drinking the full brew
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BillWyce (723) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes: Poured deep red-brown with a 2-finger bone-colored head. Nice head retention. Aroma of sweet roasted malt mixed with smoke. Didn’t really get the vanilla. Body is medium-to-full, with a somewhat dry finish. Roasty malt flavor mixed with smoke. The vanilla appears in the finish and lingers nicely, however I was looking for more of the vanilla in the flavor.
coldbrewky (1423) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle via our little Ceciltucky buddy Sloth. He’s so cute. A shimmeringly slick looking brew with a tight head clinging to the top like a shipwreck victim on some flotsam. Nose of vanilla. Yes, I know. You are saying "Thanks Captain obvious!" but lets walk a bit further down this path just for fun. The visually slick body translates directly without hesitation to mouthfeel. Body is moderate and fast. A brief hint at bing cherries in the center of it all, then gone. Slick and creamy the body seems to get a bit more viscous as the beer goes along. Very droopy lacing. Not too bad, and the Sloth liked it and it wasn’t a IIIPA. Wow.
WallStirctly (57) - - DEC 25, 2012
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Disappointed.after having porter with chipotle peppers was expecting big things from this beer..severe let down.becoming uninspired by porters, need imperial stout to ring my bell.
AndresTM (307) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - DEC 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasted malts, ash, dark chocolate, and occasional bursts of vanilla in the aroma. The taste is roasted malts as well, cereal, some dark chocolate, and vanilla, which I didn’t find to be very well integrated.
radarsock (915) - Vermont, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2012 Ruby-tinted mahogany with which a puffy head sat upon… Smells of toasted malts, toffee, licorice, vanilla extract and bourbon vanilla beans—nice! Has a very smoky taste reminiscent of cigarette ash, smoked malts and tilled earth; has just the tiniest underlying hints of char, vanilla, caramel and fudge. Incredibly tarry in presentation and flavor. Useless to say, not my favorite porter neither from Stone— nor from the style itself; I have been hoping to try this for a while, however. Now I can say that I have.
alobar (2781) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cola brown pour with no head. Aroma of vanilla, smoke,chocolate, and hint of roasted malt. Smoke,vanilla, chocolate flavor with hint of roasted malt. Dry finish. Really nice beer. Needs to warm a bit and aroma and flavor just pop.
baraciisch (1889) - USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown in color with tannish head... Aroma of smoked malts, vanilla... Flavor is smoked malts, nuts, hints of vanilla bean, slightly bitter finish of smoke... Pretty solid
braznadian (59) - Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz poured just below room temperature. Tons of fragrance notes. Butterscotch and chocolate. Roasted notes and overall slightly sweet smell with hint of vanilla. Beautiful to look at. Dark mahogany to almost black in color, with two fingers of frothy tan head that lingers for few minutes. Taste full of dark chocolate with subtle vanilla sweetness. Smoked flavor is subtle as well but I prefer it that way. It compliments the other flavors instead of being all you taste. Medium body with a creamy, slightly oily feel on the palate, with a bitter finish. Overall, the bitterness of the chocolate was just a little too much for this beer. Would be better if the sweetness and bitterness were balanced a bit more. Still quite good. I don’t care for smoked beers but this one has the right idea.
sfontain (807) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, single, poured closer to room temperature than most. Pours a super-dark transparent garnet with a HUGE, rocky yet frothy head; major lacing and the head never stops covering the beer all the way down the glass. Just after opening and pouring, the nose is heavy on coffee, roast, and smoke, but after a while I start to get the majority of the smell from chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. Flavor is less well-defined: dark fruit, some roast and smoke, chocolate, vanilla; strong bitterness in the finish but not overdone. Near the end I’m starting to wonder if this might actually be too much vanilla, and I particularly love vanilla porters and stouts. Medium-thick, frothy mouthfeel; very-but-not-overly sticky on the lips; quite nice. Very different but overall good; I think this would be utterly amazing without the smoke, but, although I can appreciate that this beer is done very well, I just don’t find the combination of the smoke and the vanilla terribly appealing overall.