JBPortland (1490) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle shared thanks to Lukaduke! Pours brown-black with small head., Nose is big vanilla, some dark chocolate. Taste is white chocolate, vanilla, creamy coffee. Finish is big vanilla and cream. Not bad but one-dimensional.
Lukaduke (3039) - Gray, Maine, USA - DEC 15, 2013
2.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours a nice burnt umber with a finger or so of eggshell foam. The nose is really nice, lots of campfire smoked marshmallow, chocolate roast and some sweet vanilla bean. The palate however doesn’t meld like the nose... the roasty smoked malts ride one side and the overly aggressive vanilla bean presence takes the front. No subtleties or balance on this one. Flavor is a huge vanilla bomb which reads almost artificial because of the abundance. Lingering sweet vanilla extract. Meh.
bubblehouse (1365) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 14, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really good. Not normally a fan of smoked beers but this one isn’t to strong and the vanilla really comes through nicely.
mrhopsbeertalk (298) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2015 The pronounced toffee and vanilla aromas leads nicely into a moderately sweet vanilla flavor that balances nicely against the dark smoky malts. Med to full bodied with a slightly bitter very clean finish. Visually looks more like soda than beer...
DrewFace (967) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big vanilla aroma with a light smokey character. Flavor is more big vanilla,somkey, toasty, some toasty, bready nnote
Homer321 (4327) - Melboring, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Vanilla and chocolate initially on the nose with hints of smoke. Taste is similar but introduces a slight tartness. Overall very creamy. A bit if alcohol warming I the finish.
tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pour is dark brown/black with garnet hues in the light. Beige head that fades quickly. Sweet vanilla coffee aroma. Good beer. I still maintain that stone smoked porter doesn’t have enough smoke. The vanilla adds another layer of flavor. Vanilla beers have a tendency to be cloying, but there is a nice balance and a bitter coffee finish.
jkwood04 (5296) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours black with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of smoked and roasted malts, vanilla, some light dough, and a little bitterness. Flavor the same. Avwrage texture. A pretty good beer.
BigBeer45 (1436) - Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
this porter had a dark brown pour, when the glass was placed against a light, this beer was a clear dark red, the pour gave an off-white one finger head that lowered to a thinner cover and ring, the cover was lasting,
there were nice spots, fingers and small sheets of lacing on the glass,
the aromas were roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, some chocolate and brown sugar, the nose had a good amount of sweetness from the vanilla and malt,
it had flavors of roasted malt with some chocolate, coffee and caramel, there was a little vanilla in the background,
the finish had a bit of bitterness with some malt flavor trailing,
the mouth feel was on the lighter side of medium, it was creamy and had average carbonation,
this porter was sweeter on the nose than on the mouth, a nice drink.
Art (3154) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear dark dark brown with an off-white head. Aromas of vanilla and smoked malts. Both aromas are fairly balanced. Much more enjoyable than the standard. The taste is quite dry. Medium to light body and medium carb. No bomb gusher like others have experienced.