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Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Beans Added.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndresTM (306) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - DEC 25, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radarsock (885) - Vermont, USA - DEC 17, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (2738) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
baraciisch (1741) - USA - DEC 13, 2012
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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
braznadian (59) - Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2012
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
sfontain (795) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours brown-black with a light tan head that lasts a long time. Aroma of vanilla, coffee, pumpernickel and earth. Flavor is a similar balance of earthy, roasty flavors and the implied sweetness from the vanilla bean. In the finish, the roasted bitterness takes over but you still get a sense of the vanilla when you breathe. Medium bodied, high-ish carbonation but easy to drink. Good stuff overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boozedude (1677) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - DEC 7, 2012
bottle into pint glass, pours black with HUGE light brown head.. taste and aroma are both strong coffe, and vanilla bean, awesome porter all around

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kerenmk (2199) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 3, 2012
Bottle sample at a tasting at our place. Thanks DSG. Pours brown black with light cream head.Faint somoke, lots of vanilla, coffee and porridge aroma. Tastes like chocolate cake, a little dry. Medium-to-full body, vanilla and sugar finish. Really nice, although a bit too much vanilla for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
degowop (34) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Pours light black with a moderately thin, bone-colored head which disspates rather quickly but does not completely disappear. First aroma is majority vanilla, only some smoke, with hints of cocoa and coffee. First taste is predominantly vanilla with only a hint of smoke. Medium body, lightly coats your mouth. Carbonation is easily refreshed with a swirl of the glass. Becomes a bit more bitter as it warms, but nice vanilla taste throughout without a lot of smoke. Overall, a nice brew to enjoy when its cold out.

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