RoyalFlushing (322) - Mamaroneck, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle poured an espresso dark brown with a huge long lasting tan head and intense lacing. Aroma is all vanilla bean and caramel, which reminds me of a cream soda, and is followed by a hint of smoke and roasted malt. Taste is a wonderful blend of vanilla, smoke, oak, and hint of espresso. Huge creamy mouthfeel with a velvety finish that leaves slight bitterness and smoke lingering. Liked the original smoked porter, but love this one.
MadDogMD (213) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Amazing nose of vanilla, coffee, chocolate & dark toffee. Someone else noted Milk Duds- spot on! I get lots of vanilla & creamy milk chocolate w/ some coffee & smoke flavors up front. Followed closely by a bit of hop bitterness. Getting just a hint of dark cherries & figs in there, too. More creaminess, smokiness & balanced bitterness towards the end. For a second, I thought it finished pretty clean. But a second after that, I get vanilla & bitter chocolate lingering on my palette. Thin, smooth mouthfeel, as a porter should be. A great beer- glad I snagged a bottle! Perfect for this rainy Saturday afternoon!
MattH (608) - California, USA - JUL 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Like the bottle says, this beer is a dessert. I enjoyed the quality vanilla flavor and the nice but not overbearing flavor of the roasted malts. I feel that the vanilla in this version covers up some of the the smoked aspect that is present in the original Stone Smoked Porter. Wish I had bought more than one bottle.
mwbrady12 (469) - Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUL 13, 2012
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Peppery aroma and dark brown pour lead to a surprisingly balanced taste with strong vanilla tones and a mild warming mouthfeel.
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JPDurden24 (1491) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Dark brown pour with a small off white head. Lots of vanilla in the nose..taste has a lot of smoke with some vanilla and syrup notes. Good, but thinking the Chipolte version is better.
tool2scream (187) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Meh. Boring, thin, too sweet.... yet one more vanilla stout/porter which leaves too much sugar behind which should have been converted into more alcohol. Beers like this succeed at 10%, because they’re nowhere near as sweet. Not too good, here.
rmussman (1688) - California, USA - JUL 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled in a 12 oz bottle. Much more of a porter than the chipotle. The vanilla flavor is pronounced but doesn’t last
matthewjk (857) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2013 Compilation of two years’ ratings. I initially liked this a lot, but the 2013 ed. did not make so favorable impression. As is, it is a nice porter with a bitter, vanilla flavor.
toczik (37) - Hollywood, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wow. Talking about flavors. Just tried the Vanilla. As I read in one of the comment the vanilla does compete with the smoke flavor a little bit, yet you can definite distinct each one. The aroma throws u off a little so the breath taken should be short and quickly followed by the drink. Definitely a repeat offense with this one will occur. Cheers!
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Sam’s in Durham. Props for the small bottle and cheap price point. That said, this beer is just okay. Pours dark brown with thin but creamy tan head. Nose is lightly smoky and malty at first, with the vanilla coming out more and more as I drink it. Same goes for the taste. For the first few sips, it just seemed like a mellower version of the Smoked Porter, but then the vanilla sweetness really started to assert itself.