Alphadelic (1637) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet and light ice cream aromas and easy roasted flavours. Highly drinkable with a great depth of flavour. Good woodiness and a smooth vanilla hit. Smooth and totally still in the mouth. Very nice, very quaffable.
playitbybeer (118) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black with a white head about half a finger wide. Smells like vanilla and roasted malts. Tastes like vanilla cake batter and frosting...reminds me of something I got from this one guy one time...but thatís a whole other story. The mouth is very light and thin...drinkable, not great but not bad.
fonefan (29425) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask (handpump) @ White Horse on Parsonís Green, 1-3 Parsonís Green, Greater London, England SW6 4UL.
Clear dark black color with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is heavy malty, milk chocolate, cacao, vanilla, moderate alcohol, smoke - wood notes. Flavor is heavy sweet and moderate to light heavy bitter with a long duration, and a smokey notes. Body is medium, texture is creamy, carbonation is soft to flat. 
DubC5000 (302) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Unfortunately, the beer somehow went flat by the time I got around to writing this. Still, vanilla is definitely present on the nose, although toned down a bit due to the lack of bubbles. Flavor is characteristically smoked porter, some vanilla flavor and very sweet, although also distinctly hoppy, with grass dominating over floral, so like Stone. A nice reworking of the original smoked porter.
iowaherkeye (2636) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask @ The Daily Pint. Deep hazy brown with a one-finger light beige head, good retention. Lots of vanilla and milk chocolate up front with some roasted malts and toasted grain. Lots of vanilla in the flavor--almost seems artificial (but still good). with stronger roasted malts. Still some milk chocolate, but failing to pick up on any smoked notes, as with the American oak version. Semi-dry roasty chocolatey finish with bitterness @ a 3. Light carbonation with a medium body.Good beer, but falls more to the dessert beer category, despite the light to moderate sweetness. Gimme some Devilís food cake with this and Iíd be set.
DaSilky1 (2605) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cola colored with just a halo of white suds. Light body full of artificial tasting vanilla cola. I like the normal smoked porter but this is like a bit of a novelty...and the body seems significantly lighter than normal for some reason...maybe like the way diet vanilla coke barely taste like diet at all..that makes no sense. I donít know, the body seems thin and flimsy, the vanilla tastes artificial and Iím not getting any smoke or other roasty or malty characteristics from the malts. Overall, a dissapointment...how does one fuck up a vanilla bean porter?
hapjydeuce (890) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Small Bar in University Heights. Nice little place they opened up there to go along all the other trendy craft ale pubs in the area. This is a nice take / improvement on a beer that I dont fancy all that much. Pitch black color with a dense off-white head. Medium carbonation. Lovely aroma of baked vanilla beans and ice cream, with earthy chocolate tones underneath. Vanilla flavor stands out much less than the aroma, but still delivers a good dose of smoke and chocolates. The bean is most noticeable at the smoke transition on each sip. Overall, the aroma is one of the best in any vanilla beer Iíve had. Flavor fades rather quickly, but a thick palate makes up for it.
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed 8/16/2009 (Draft at Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):
Pours a dark black body, with a small creamy off-white head, diminishing. Smoke on a full whiff. Robust aroma, coffee, and some vanilla and chocolate. Enticing combo of flavors. Chocolate, coffee taste, some smoke aftertaste. Vanilla present too. The vanilla and the smoke are in opposites, doesnít quite work for me.
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Shalloís. Pours pitch black with faint red edge (though itís pretty dark in here) and 2-finger beige cake batter head that just wonít go away. Nose is strong vanilla coffee over sweet roasted malts and sugar cookies. Flavor is bitter dark roasted malt with a smooth balance of roasted coffee beans and creamy vanilla. Still has a rough ísmokedí character, but this is an excellent example of a 1-off. Very dry on the mouth, but very nice.
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Chilled to approx 40 degrees
Thanks to a kickass Cali based trader for this hook-up!
This pours a super dark brown, practically black. Almost a fingers worth of creamy, light brown colored, foam sits on top. Retention is decent. Lacing is almost curtain-like and fairly sticky.
The nose is full of roasted malt notes. Itís not much different than íregularí Stone Smoked Porter, at this point.
As it warms though, the vanilla begins to come out, along with some caramel toffee notes.
The flavor is filled with a big roasted malt presence. Hints of chocolates and dark coffees. Nice, light, presence of smoke. There are good, yet mild, vanilla notes. This really balances this beer out, quite nicely.
Nicely full-bodied with a medium level of carbonation. This gives it a very nice creaminess, which I like. I think it is smoother than the íregularí version.
At just under 6%abv, this is a very drinkable beer. Very tasty and smooth with a great balance.