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RATINGS: 753   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Beans Added.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
high_on_hops (675) - Burlingame, California, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Pours a deep brown with a foamy tan head. It has a strong aroma of vanilla with a bit of smoke and malt. It has a sweet and smokey flavor up front and in the middle, with a semisweet chocolate aftertaste and smooth body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
magsinva (904) - Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Bottle from Bruisin ales - well for $3.50, it’s a solid porter, though a bit over hyped. The vanilla is quite strong on the nose once it warms to cellar temp from fridge temp.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (865) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Cola brown in the deep mahogany near the edges. Fizzy, light brown, light weight head. Fades to a wisp of cirrus effervescence on the top. Aroma is sweet vanilla with a slightly caramelly/woody note underneath. A touch of refreshing grassy-after-rain hops. Body is thin, too thin :( Flavor is also a bit thin, needs to be sweeter (add some oatmeal and caramel malt.) Big vanilla notes (not as huge as an oak-aged beer though.) Smooth, light malt flavor, a little sweetness. A touch of grass and metallic hops. Maybe the water needs changing too... This is an overrated beer; future raters: do not be influenced by its rating...

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 24, 2012
A - Pours a dark brown-black with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, smoke, and vanilla, with a bit of lactose sweetness and some light coffee. T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate malts with vanilla and a bit of smoke. Through the middle, the smoke and vanilla flavors get stronger with a touch of coffee and lactose. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate, vanilla, and smoke. M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a smokey and sweet finish. D - Very drinkable. The vanilla really accentuates the smoke and chocolate flavors nicely. Excellent balance.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AdamJackson (2885) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Acquired this in a trade. Enjoyed at fridge temp in a Hill Farmstead Glass.

A - Dark brown on the pour, small head that fades fast.

S - Slight campfire scent, oakiness and light vanilla scent but hard to pick out. Smoke sort of overpowers everything else.

T - Up front light malts, sort of oaky but not too strong. Very drinkable. Finish is very big vanilla taste. Impressive finish though.

M - 25% carbonation on the mouth swish. Medium body. Sweet dry finish.

O - I like this more than expected. it’s pretty drinkable and the 12 ounce bottle makes getting through it very easy.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4545) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 23, 2012
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darwenus (568) - Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2012
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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tmoreau (2578) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2012
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....

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 21, 2012
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
emacgee (4147) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2012
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. ..


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