DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours deep brown with khaki head. Nose is roasty patent malt, vanilla, molasses. Tastes medium in palate heft and complexity; not near as dense as the regular version, with a big vanilla bean hit giving some sweetness throughout, and a roasty malt bill. The smokiness was vastly reduced in this one, as expected, and the vanilla was more intense that I expected. Not a bad beer by any means, and this one would pair well with chocolate or fruity desserts.
dmac (4006) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle shared by Dean. Poured a thin to medium bodied dark black body with a foamy light beige head that is a touch on the small side. Aroma of vanilla and chocolate, cupcakes, pudding and toast. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a sweet aftertaste from the vanilla beans. Favors of dark toast, vanilla bean, cake, tootsie roll chocolate. Good stuff.
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: The aroma of this beer is full of vanilla bean with the smoked porter coming through at the end.
Appearance: The appearance of this beer is very similar if not exactly the same as their regular porter.
Taste: I am honestly not a big fan of the way the vanilla flavor came through in this beer. To me it is a bit overpowering and does more to mask than compliment the other components.
Overall: Decent beer, I prefer the standard version
wingnut640 (7) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 9, 2012 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Love how the vanilla comes through the smoke. medium head nice body. I like much better than the standard stone smoked porter
burg326 (3670) - Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle poured a black color with aromas of roast, light coffee, light smoke/ash, some earth and tons of vanilla. Flavors follow the aroma but the vanilla steals the show, balanced, light on the palate, real enjoyable.
douglas88 (6015) - 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 (736) - 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 (9158) - 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 (1407) - 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...