JPDurden24 (1594) - 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 (188) - 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 theyíre nowhere near as sweet. Not too good, here.
rmussman (1702) - 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 doesnít last
matthewjk (924) - 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 yearsí 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 Samís 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.
dwm1034 (650) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared 12 oz bottle with sherm1016...thanks! Just finished the smoked porter with the chipotle...this one tastes like root beer (sweet / vanilla) compared to that one. The vanilla does offset the smoke and then some....Iíll pick the vanilla over the chipotle but itís close...
sherm1016 (1158) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle purchased at Binnyís Lakeview, split with dwm1034. Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma is vanilla, ashy. Medium on the palate with light carbonation. Flavor is sweet, vanilla, chocolate, a little smokey, root beer(?), with a light smokey finish. The vanilla is pretty dominant in this, with the smoke taking a backseat. I think I like the chipotle better than the vanilla, but itís a pretty close race.
drjay44 (2669) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium, beige, well retained head, with some lacing, over a clear brown (SRM 30) body.....nose is vanilla, smoke, hint of chocolate, caramel/toffee...taste is smoke, light vanilla, cocoa, hints of coffee....mouth feel medium, carbonation adds spritz which leads to a creamy sensation. This is an interesting melange of aromas and flavors. The vanilla is done with a light hand, but is obviously present, and tones down the smoke to a surprising degree. This allows other malt characteristics to come forward. BJCP 7/3/15/4/7
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark with lasting off white head. Aroma is balanced smoke, malt and vanilla. Full flavoured, first you get the malt, then the smoke then the vanilla. Vanilla finish, and Iím sure I tasted some hop in there