douglas88 (5827) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle thanks to Dallas. Pours a deep mahogany color with a medium grey head. The aroma is almost totally vanilla beans with some roast. The flavor is sweet light smoke, dry malts, roast, caramel, big vanilla. Quite easygoing and nice.
Rando7 (729) - Iowa, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours dark brown with bubbly light brown persistent head. Aroma vanilla, malts, touch of smoke. Taste malts with vanilla, roast and smoke, slightly woody taste. Finish char followed by slight smoke. Palate a little thin. Alcohol not apparent.
I don’t care much for smoky beers but the malts and vanilla balanced this very well. There is a lot of flavor going on in this beer. Nice job, Stone.
hopscotch (8850) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Pours black with a small, fizzy, off-white head. Decent retention. The nose furnishes lots of char, light smoke and a nice nuance of vanilla. Light to medium-bodied with tingly carbonation. The flavor is bittersweet and burnt with a hint of vanilla. Lengthy, singed, lightly bitter finish. Bottle courtesy of richiesd!
biznizness (1071) - Mooresville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ridiculously, incredibly good. Perfect balance, the smoke is subtle, the vanilla is sweet (not too sweet) but the delicious porter still shines through. The best way I could describe it is that it doesn’t seem like anything was "added" to this beer, but that someone is growing some smoked-vanilla-bean-two-row out there, that’s how flawlessly the flavors blended. I could have drank five of these, which says something because this is a very rich beer.
jeff789 (1406) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
clear dark dark brown with a nice white head that leaves decent lacing and has decent retention... lightest of smoky aroma, light chocolate coffee and a fair amount of vanilla aroma... flavor highlights the smoke a bit more, and the vanilla lingers more than the smoke, some choc and roast coffee but subtle and masked... medium body, almost feels a touch thin...
floatingdogs (4) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2012 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Being on the east coast, I feel like I am late to the ball game when it comes to new Stone products. Which also becomes a needle in haystack adventure finding these unique releases. This vanilla bean version of the Smoked Porter was a pleasant find. As standard for Stone brews, definitely a brew you sit back and enjoy at a moderate pace and savor the vanilla bean infused taste. I read that there is a vanilla bean and orange peal version of the Smoked Porter... very intriguing... I have to find this.
STL_Drew (153) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black beer with an inch of head, brownish head, great lacing. Smoked/roasted aroma with traces of hops. Toasted/smoked flavor, hints of vanilla seem to smooth over the smoke, then it follows up with a small bitter from the hops. An enjoyable beer!
musinj6 (385) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark, opaque black with white 2 finger head that lingers leaving heavy lacing. Roasted malt flavor with subtle pine hops and prominent vanilla undertones. Sweet beer throughout, but tempered some by the hoppy finish. Full bodied, moderate, but not overwhelming carbonation. Moderate finish that is mildly sweet and hint of bitter. Fantastically balanced beer. This is so good!
beernovice39 (3106) - Montana, USA - AUG 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a deep clear red when held to the light. Thin tan top. Scent is vanilla, roasted malt and smoke. Taste is roasted grains, coffee and big vanilla.
Ober (2807) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - AUG 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A black colored beer, with a beige head. The aroma of a little smoked malts some coffe and vanilla. The taste has notes of smoke, vanilla sweet with bitter coffee and nutes. The aftertaste is sweet with bitter and hints of vanilla.