onedawger (60) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. The pour was a thick murky dark brown with a slight reddish hue and a large (2-3 finger) light tan rocky head that dissipated slowly down to a large cap with some good spotty lacing. The aroma was of roasted chocolate and crystal malts with a bitter leathery yeast and had notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, cask, roasted coffee, and a mild smoky odor. The taste was quite malty and lightly sweet with hints of chocolate and vanilla throughout with the finish being a tad bitter and having a nice strong note of coffee towards the end. The flavor lasted an long enjoyable time, with a mildly bitter coffee taste left to settle on the taste buds. Mouthfeel was medium in body and nice and creamy in texture with a ever so soft carbonation. Overall a good creamy robust tasting brew with a nice vanilla sweetness, which just added to this pleasurable drinking experience…
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.
Pours a deep dark brown color that’s almost black and completely opaque with faint mahogany edges and a two finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks and chunks of soapy lacing left behind.
Slightly smokey, roasted malt aroma with sweet and roasted malt notes countered by silky vanilla sweetness. Vanilla is prominent but doesn’t overpower other notes allowing hints of dark chocolate, caramel, toast and oatmeal to come through.
Medium bodied with a strong smokey, roasted malt presence up front that lingers over the sweetner notes and vanilla bean into a very dry finish. Very robust with dark chocolate, oatmeal and burnt toast countered by toffee, lighter chocolate and hazelnut. The sweetness from the vanilla cuts the bitter roasted character with a decent amount of silky sweetness. Good vailla flavor but is somewhat subtle letting the characteristics of the base beer shine. Was expecting more vailla but it’s subtly integrated and shows most toward the finish. Could use a little more vanilla but is still really good.
jhamp9 (1050) - Corinth, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark pour with a nice khaki head. Strong roasted aroma with hints of chocolate and smoke. Taste is dark chocolate, smoke, and subtle vanilla. Very good.
jstraw (1922) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2012
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Black with good, foamy, tan head / Sweet, almost cloying nose of vanilla, coffee, and dark fruit / Medium body, inky and cloyingly sweet, malty with only modest hopping, and sweet but bitter finish / Flavors of stale dark roast coffee and sweet vanilla, with notes of smoke and dark fruit / I am fan a Stone, but this is dreadful. Even without the vanilla, this would be a mediocre porter at best.
knewell (73) - Alabama, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a dark color and leaves a nice tan head. Has a nice aroma with a hint if vanilla. Taste notes of coffee, chocolate and vanilla that is smooth on your palate. Overall, a nice refreshing beer.
SPDickerman (955) - Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark ruby mahogany with three fingers of light brown head. Smells of smoke, chocolate, and vanilla. Taste is smoke with subtle hints of vanilla and chocolate. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Beans finishes a little smoky.
mcberko (6516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle, pours a very dark brown / black with a reddish tinge and a small beige head. Aroma of vanilla beans upfront, dominating the nose - nothing much else is detectable. Flavour of vanilla beans, coca cola, and some slight cocoa powder buried further underneath. Relatively high carbonation for the style, making it less smooth than optimally desirable. The vanilla beans are a very nice addition to the standard base beer. Solid stuff.
LilBeerDoctor (3472) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt. Lots of chocolate. Flavor is also packed with chocolate (milk chocolate in particular, but some dark chocolate notes too) and roasted/light charred malt notes. Smooth palate. This is super tasty and I love the chocolate notes! Reminds me somewhat of Dieu de Ciel Aphrodite (similar chocolate notes that is but less creamier). Great beer!
abcfan (721) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good brew. Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma is full of smoke and vanilla. Taste is light smoke, medium bodied, and finishes dry with notes of vanilla.
bozizle (12) - USA - AUG 16, 2012
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I don’t understand how so many people rated this so high. The porter base of the beer is not very good and does not marry with the vanilla all that well. I have to say this is the most disapointing Stone beer I have had to date.