StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
650 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a medium beige head that has good retention. The aroma features vanilla, burnt toast and toffee. The taste is vanilla bean forward, so much vanilla that its hard to pick out other flavors, but filling in the side and back are bitter walnuts and somewhat acrid burnt toast. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes long dry and somewhat bitter. Overall: This would be better if it was smokey.
gschrade (828) - Collinsville, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this at Global Brew. Pours black with a tan head. Taste smokey, vanilla, roasted malt. I thought this was good. I could drink this again.
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gravit8 (12) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA - DEC 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another great dark beer from Stone. Color and consistency as youíd expect, the solid smoked porter backbone comes in after the clear vanilla nose and persistent presence through to the finish. Very drinkable at 5.9% compared to some others so enjoy liberally!
SpongeRuiner (913) - Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark dark brown with a thick cream colored head. A roasty smokiness taste up front with a hop character in the background. Followed up by a huge taste of vanilla. I like it but I think I would prefer the original.
gkeh (311) - Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is dominated by vanilla. Very nice. Taste is as advertised: smokey with strong vanilla. Nice head and lacing. Good beer.
Kroney (200) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours reddish black with a dense toffee head that leaves erratic lacing.. aroma is mostly cocoa and roasted malt with some coffee and vanilla. Flavor is vanilla, chocolate, coffee, some bitterness. decent carbonation, oily mouthfeel. overall, another good beer by stone.
tectactoe (3118) - Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2013 Bottle: dark mahogany & ruby body with a nice, lasting layer of creamy tan foam that looks like something from a latte; nice lacing. Aroma is dominated by a lovely vanilla bean character, akin to vanilla ice cream, or a vanilla milkshake almost. You can smell the underlying roast, light cocoa chips, & just the faintest hint of smoke, especially in the back-end. Taste is also vanilla bean heavy with a nice creaminess all around. Roasted malts are a bit more noticeable, as is the smoke. Subtle meatiness in the finish as the sweet vanilla fades out. Light dose of leafy hops, too. Very nice beer, although Iím still a fan of the original. I like the vanilla addition very much, I just wish the smoke didnít forfeit quite as much "oomph".
ads135 (3357) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is an exceptional porter. Dark and roasty with a thinner than expected body. More vanilla than smoke, but its still dominated by its chocolate character.
Huhzubendah (2995) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at Churchkey in D.C.
Dark brown appearance with a dense, towering, beige head. The aroma brings prominent vanilla, pretty much dominating the scent. The flavor is primarily vanilla. Smoke gets lost a bit here. Pretty sweet throughout. Some bitterness in the finish, even a bit rough on the palate. This was alright.
GriffDaddy (93) - - DEC 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark pour, light tan head that was full but did not stick around. Malty, sweet, very clear vanilla tone that dominated. I am not a fan of smoked porters for the same smoky reason I donít care for scotch. Here the vanilla/caramel sweetness pushed the bitter all the way to the back where it belongs, the result being a nicely balanced and sweet, slightly smoky beer. Light carbonation faded quickly, had it not there might have been some bite to further balance the sweet. Very good, but this combo made a style I donít like better. Vanilla would be an appealing addition to other beers.
Would I drink again? yes.
Would I order again? maybe.