Butters (3966) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled side by side with the chipotle pepper version. Exact same clear dark chestnut pour with tan head but the retention on this one was the better of the two. Solid lightly smokey and roasty nose and smoother than itís counterpart. Flavor is like the base beer but sweeter and with hints of vanilla and anise. Creamier on the palate. I preferred this one.
dnstone (2365) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Choclate-brown on the top and a copper-amber color at the bottom with thick off-white head. A light vanilla-chocolate aroma. The flavor is a cocoa-powder chocolatey with vanilla at the end and tinges of smoke.
_angst_ (3638) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355 ml bottle @ OT. Pours dark reddish brown with a small beige head that doesnít leave much trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is sweet with sweet dark bread, sugary vanilla, powdered sugar, charred wood, vanilla custard, sweetened dark roast coffee, smoke and brown sugar. Taste is sweet, bitter and malty with dark bread, vanilla fudge, smoke, roasted malts, charred wood, dark roast coffee and hints of smoked meat. Mouthfeel is round, tiny watery and medium bodied. Finish is bitter and slightly dry with roasted malts, smoke, wood and vanilla essence. Rather unpleasant intense vanilla that isnít supported by the rest of the beer.
thetmaxx (810) - West Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 8, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I knew they were wanting to know which was better, vanilla or chipotle. Finally found the beer at Davis Beer SHope. aroma is of vanilla and smoke. flavour is similar, really smokey, which i love in the origional, the vanilla comes through as well. this is really balanced. the porter part is kindda buiried in back. nice head and lacing. mild carbonation. palate is medium full body. great brew!!!
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - RBAG, from my RBAG Commemorative Glass. Pours clear black, with a thin tan head, and spotty lacing. Nose is light soapy roast, light vanilla, marshmallow, and petroleum jelly. Flavours of vaseline (ugh...), BIG vanilla, light smoke, loads of soap here. I think Iíll stick to the regular Stone Smoked Porter...
pete4999 (1254) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, as pictured. Pours a dark brown/black standard look. Has a bit of smoke in the smell, but effectively none in the taste. Basically tastes like a ton of vanilla beans. Good, but kinda unbalanced, all vanilla sweetness.
Kimbo419 (19) - - OCT 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share (gracias Crispy!) Fairly strong vanilla/caramel-y aroma. Deep brown color, good clarity, small amount of tan head. Very minimal hop presence, but it works well for this beer. Iím not usually a fan of smokey beers, but the smokey taste is balanced nicely with the vanilla beans. Dry and slightly bitter in the finish with a hint of vanilla in the aftertaste. Overall an enjoyable beer.
Crispy34 (473) - Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Out-o-da 12oz bottle. The aroma has a lot of vanilla in it with some smokiness. The appearance is dark brown with a lasting tan head. The taste is pretty complex. It starts off dry with vanilla and turns almost skunky with dark malt before finishing sweet and a dry ,roasty flavor. The palate is dry and sweet. Overall, I find this a good take on a good beer and would try it again, but not for $5 a 12oz bottle.
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - OCT 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
enjoyed side by side with the pepper version. Aroma is vanilla candy, like the vanilla tootsie rolls. Little bit of the burnt roasted malt behind that. Tastes goes from smokey to vanilla to raostiness and back to a vanilla finish. Impressed with how this is not really sweet but very vanilla filled. Well doen beer.
Beaver (1469) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours brown with a medium rocky light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is some chocolate malts, smoke and perfumey vanilla.
The flavor is sweet vanilla followed by an acidic charry bitter smokiness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, interesting, but the sweet vanilla didnít blend well with the acidic bitter smoke to me.