thornecb (4167) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep mahogany into a Sam glass. Tan conglomerate head with excellent retention recedes and pancakes leaving sheet lacing. Sweet vanilla aromas. Soft with sweet vanilla upfront turning to smoke before the lasting bitter espresso finish.
Darwenus (486) - Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fairly standard looking as porters go; dark coffee brown with a light tan head. The vanilla is right up front in the aroma, and so is the smokey malt. The flavor is a hearty and malty, and the vanilla is a slight presence. Not big and certainly not overwhelming, and that’s good. These beers with ancillary flavors sometimes overdo it. Stone gets it right with this one.
tmoreau (2127) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle poured to a czech-pils glass at Lunar Brewing Co. showing a ruby highlighted brown tone, with a tan, rocky head, and etched, doily-like lacing sprayed on the glass. The aroma was dry roasted, smoky, cocoa, vanilla, but a hint of cardboard on the back end. The flavor offered a more limited amount of vanilla and lingering, earthy hop bitterness. Please tell me that it was tannins, or the hints of some charred cask conditioning, but the resulting combination of dry roast & old/damp corrugated notes that was evident to me was not that favorable imo. Drinkable, but....
BOLTZ7555 (2706) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mahogany pour with a latte head. Aroma was muted and semi sweet. Flavor shows the vanilla but it is muted. Wish this was pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean. Instead, it’s artificial. Bit of smoke and cocoa. Not as chewy as I’d like. Meh.
emacgee (3874) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Carrboro Beverage Co. Pours a dark garnet brown with one finger of tan head. Nose is kind of comical, super vanilla dominant with a light roasty/smoky grain character. Like one and a half dimensions. Flavor is on the verge of astringent vanilla with a light roast and medicinal character. Medium body with a light carbonation and watery feel. Not liking what vanilla does to stuff. ..
FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice, but would improve with a less watery palette and a stronger vanilla flavor.
smith4498 (2910) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark brown color with tan head. Aroma of lightly smoked, roasted malts with vanilla. Sweet vanilla and milk chcolate with roasted malts and a hint of smoke. I don’t think the vanilla and smoke malts are a good combination. Medium body with moderate carbonation. I really enjoyed the regular smoked porter. This one not so much.
TURDFERGUSON (3912) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with crimson hues, light sudsy cream head. Sweet vanilla overwhelms the nose. Flavor is similar, some Cadbury chocolate, more vanilla. Not a big fan.
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b3shine (4433) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz ottle to oversized snifter. Looks good; pitch black with some light tan-colored lacing. Smells pretty good; smokey, roasty, malty, and vanilla. Tastes much like it smells with a nice vanilla flavor in the mix. Not very smokey, but a little intense overall though. Average on the palate. Definitely not session material, but good beer!
TheEpeeist (3177) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Dark brown with tan foam. Nose is vanilla, molasses and light smoke. Medium body with a bold tang and some ash. Taste is vanilla, caramel, smoke and espresso. The vanilla is a beautiful compliment to the base beer adding sweetness, depth and balance.