rlgk (12348) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark amber beer with a brownish head. Vanilla and chocolate aroma, smoked, licorice, tar, figs, plums, tar notes, milky, cocoa powder, raisins, some dusty notes. Vanilla flavor, spicy, chocolate, mint, hay notes, a bit thin bodied, plums, licorice, some roasted notes, a bit astringent.
ben4321 (4444) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Sparrow, 9/14/12
Aroma: The nose is rather sweet, lots of vanilla, chocolate, and some underlying roasted coffee
Appearance: It pours a medium-dark brown color with a beige head and medium-heavy lace
Flavor: The smoke and roast come out more to balance out the sweetness of the vanilla and chocolate
Palate: This one has a rather creamy feel, a light-medium body, and a soft carbonation
This was not what I was expecting at all. A lot of the roast and smoke is gone compared to the other versions, and there is a ton of sweetness from the vanilla. It still works pretty well, but itís just completely different then I thought it would be.
OldGrowth (2848) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, from Triangle Wine. Good aroma, smoke, sweet. big meaty smokey with nice whisps of vanilla, Clean dark orangy brown, good head, that faded to a ring, spotty lace. Sweet flavor. Mediun body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, sweet smokey finish. Pretty good, like the play with smoke and vanilla. flavor warmed up nicely.
omega (778) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Vanilla not so much on the nose, but once you take a sip you canít deny it. Not sure if the freshness of the vanilla works with the heaviness of the porter , but I still liked this beer.
bytemesis (4073) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours clear deep reddish brown with a medium tan head that slowly dissipates with nice lacing. Aroma is vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, toffee and a touch of smoke. Flavor is complex with all of the above thrown into a brew with medium sweetness and light coffee bitterness. Very nice beer, if a little light bodied.
TChrome (1432) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a killer beer. The spiciness of the vanilla and the smoky sweetness of the porter match up basically perfectly. This is one of those rare moments where I really donít have any criticism of this beer. Absolutely yummy!!!
craftbeerdesign (2205) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. pours brown with a small tan head. nice vanilla nose with lingering smoked malts. med body with too much vanilla notes - almost astringent. some lingering smoke, but the vanilla overpowers this one. roast, vanilla, smoke finish.
hopdog (9525) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Poured a black color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of roast, vanilla bean, and some smoke meats. Tastes of vanilla, smoke, roast, chocolate, and some coffee in the finish.
blutt59 (6132) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, black brown color with tan foam, aroma of hoppy roast and vanilla extract, flavor is malty, vanilla bean coffee, roasted vanilla finish
Ibrew2or3 (7312) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It has been a long time since I had a Stone Smoked Porter (that wasnít barrel aged) maybe 6 years. So this will be fun to revisit with these two different treatments. The 12oz bottle pours mahogany with deep ruby red edges and tan head of foam. The light aroma offers up earthy malts, a light amount of roasted malts and a tiny sense of smoke. Overall the taste begins with subtle and subdued notes of dark roasted malts, a thin layer of sweet vanilla and just a dab of smokiness. As this thing progresses toward midway and on to the finish I seems to swing from moderate sweet vanilla to almost firm levels of smoke and then back toward vanilla with a bit of a chocolate sensation. Into the after taste the smooth oak like smokiness lingers. All of these notes are fairly restrained and stay within what I take as the Porter style by not overwhelming with any one ingredient. Nice.