Damico (3140) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours mostly unclear dark amber with a beige head. The aroma brings sweet vanilla beans, very prevalent and enjoyed on my sweet tooth, and some earthy malts and just a tad of smoke. The flavor brings sweet vanilla, light roastiness and smokiness pleasant on the tongue. The vody is definitely lighter but right on for the style.
oRos (1544) - sacramento, California, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Taste is Smokey and vanilla. Has a nice smoke aroma. Color is black with a little bit of head.
AWISLguy (2485) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Antioch Fine Wine and Spirits. Pours a very dark brown with a very fine tannish head. Nice lacing. Aroma has coffee, fudge, sweet vanilla with a malt presence. Taste is of roasted malts, sweet chocolate and vanilla with some smoke. The vanilla comes through stronger further down in the glass, as does the smoke. Finishes sweetly with some roasting and some length. Very tasty. Somewhat dessert-ish, but not overly so.
tkrjukoff (4302) - SWEDEN - SEP 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 33 cl, tnx to rlgk. Pours black with some ruby tones, nice tanned creamy head leavin laces. Aroma is vanilla roasted malts smokey acidy slightly sweet. Flavor is acidy coffee roasted malty bitter dry and astringent. A bit too one dimensional. Finishes bitter bitter roasted dry, a bit of a dissapointment.
rlgk (18115) - Göteborg, 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 (5646) - 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 it’s just completely different then I thought it would be.
OldGrowth (3210) - 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 (886) - 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 can’t deny it. Not sure if the freshness of the vanilla works with the heaviness of the porter , but I still liked this beer.
bytemesis (6609) - 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 (1448) - 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 don’t have any criticism of this beer. Absolutely yummy!!!