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: Itís 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 youíre going to consume it soon. I would love to try a float with this with some vanilla ice cream, it would be wonderful.
patrick767 (3727) - 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. Itís moderately bitter with notes of dark chocolate and vanilla. This brew is full bodied with a long, bitter, roasted finish. Very good.
egajdzis (5576) - 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 (6014) - 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 donít 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.
JStax (3776) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a refrigerated bottle into a brandy snifter. Pours a darker brown with a whitish colored head of foam. The head on the vanilla bean variant is much lighter in color than that of the chipotle pepper variant. The aroma is very sweet and overloaded with vanilla beans. If your not a vanilla person, you really will not like this beer. Taste is almost all vanilla bean with just a presence of porter. The smoky notes donít really come through in this one like they do the original or the chipotle pepper variant.
Johnsense (997) - - SEP 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, 2 fingers of slightly offwhite head. Smoke in the aroma, slight vanilla, a bit woody, bitter chocolate. Taste of Vanilla bean, wood, dark cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, slightly thin, but still fairly good.
GODiSSOUTHERN (389) - Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours medium dark brown. Aroma is like sticking your nose in a jar of vanilla beans. Taste follows with equally strong vanilla, really capturing its essence. The smoke which usually overrides other flavors plays a nice backing role in this one. Nice harmonious flavors.
davey101 (746) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Trying side by side against the Chipotle. 2012, 12 oz bottle into a snifter glass.
A - Very dark brown body that lets just the slightest bit of light through to reveal a red tinge. Thin light tan head with some edging and a splotchy cap. Decent lacing and retention.
S - Smokey and sweet. Certainly roasted and smoked malts, a bit of milk chocolate and coffee beans, and a pleasant vanilla warmth. Has a very candy like aroma. Milk Duds maybe?
T - Smoked malts, milk chocolate, lingering but faint vanilla sweetness. Pleasant but simple. Mouth feel is on the thin side.
O - Not a bad beer. The vanilla is certainly present, but in an almost candy like fashion. I do prefer the excitement that the chipotle version brings though.
bigtennb (2) - Alabama, USA - SEP 20, 2012 does not count
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pervasive vanilla in all aspects, slight smoke cleans up the slight sweetness, great vanilla nose with lightly sweet dark fruits, poor head retention, but mmmmmm vanilla