umich03jm (2552) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a near pitch black color with a perfect 1 cm head that lingers a bit. Lots of webbing on the glass. Aroma is lots of smoke, roasted malt and vanilla. The taste blends the smoke very nicely with the vanilla. Very slight bitterness near the finish. Hops are very subtle. Overall, a very solid porter.
MadRobin (2293) - Silver Spring, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
5 oz. pour from bottle at Encinitas Ale House in Encinitas, CA.
Clear, very dark mahogany with pale tan head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of vanilla, smoke, coffee, cola and more vanilla.
Taste of vanilla, coffee, toffee, chocolate, cola and caramel.
Medium/full body and medium carbonation.
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Ontbeertaster (2348) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, pours a thin black, aroma is a bit smoky and sweet, taste is very vanillia like a nice mouth feel, full bodied and a nice finish, mild on the smoky side, not like the regular smoke porter, overall really solid beer
omhper (20718) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2012
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Transparently black, small head. Aroma of only vanilla. Dryish with slender body and clean mouthfeel. Vanilla overpowers everything else. Some salty resiny bitterness. Why ruin a perfectly good beer like this?
wlajwl (4432) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is earthy and mildly sweet vanilla. The flavor is vanilla, mildly sweet malts and undercurrent/lingering bitter finish.
keanex (1629) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoy by 9/20/2012.
A: Pitch black body through the center with some brown through the edges, a thin but creamy tan head is on top.
S: Vanilla and coffee are the main aromas with a light dark chocolate and smoke in the background. This is very well balanced in the aroma and is only moderately sweet.
T: A light coffee flavor is on the intro that holds through as the main flavor until the end until a strong vanilla flavor hits abruptly with a light dark chocolate and smokey finish giving this beer good depth. For some reason this reminds me a little of a rootbeer float. Despite the strong vanilla presence the sweetness is tamed.
M: Medium bodied with fizzy yet soft carbonation.
O: It’s odd that this is past the enjoy by date when it came to the state not too long ago, I guess the vanilla falls off quickly? This is still a great beer and worth picking up if you’re going to consume it soon. I would love to try a float with this with some vanilla ice cream, it would be wonderful.
patrick767 (3724) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle - Pours dark brown with a small light tan head. The aroma is heavy on the vanilla and has roasted malt. The flavor is roasty and smoky though not extremely so. It’s moderately bitter with notes of dark chocolate and vanilla. This brew is full bodied with a long, bitter, roasted finish. Very good.
egajdzis (5521) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla bean, espresso, and smoked wood. Taste was overly smokey, charred wood, roasted notes, with lighter vanilla bean. Carbonation was a little on the higher side.
Braudog (5975) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 23, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Deep midnight red, nearly opaque. The head is milky and thick. The vanilla beans dominate the aroma, sweet and bakery-like. Similarly, the flavor is almost all vanilla, finishing with a sweet/bitter bite. I don’t sense the smokiness behind it at all; instead this is a full-on sweet porter. Underwhelming IMHO. (#4788, 9/23/2012)
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma- charcoal, soy sauce, vanilla extract, oak
Appearance- murky brown with a wisp of a white head
Taste- smoke, barbecue, sharp vanilla, slight chocolate, roasted notes
Palate- medium-light body, not right for the style
Overall- Strange. Part of me enjoyed it and the other part was confused. There are two distinct parts to this beer. The smoked element and the vanilla element. Instead of mixing them together they somehow made the beer present itself in two acts. Definitely different.