Anova167 (265) - Manhattan Beach, California, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is very dark brown with a nice thick tan head. Nose is almost all vanilla bean. Flavor is a very smooth blend of chocolate malts, vanilla, and light smokiness. Pretty short finish, but the vanilla sticks around. Tasty.
Peacehammer (588) - California, USA - MAR 7, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at public house. Thick black with a creamy off white head. Vanilla aroma mixed nicely with the regular stone smoked porter aroma. Lots of smokey malt flavors, with a good vanilla undertone that isn’t overwhelming at all but is present. Easily my favorite variation of this beer.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Hay Merchant.
Pours thick and black with a frothy white head. Nose is cigar ash, light chocolate, and subtle vanilla iced cream. Flavor is vanilla chunks in chocolate coffee. Thick like a slightly-warmed milkshake. Tasty brew.
djd07 (2779) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Hay Merchant. Pours a cloudy brown with a small creamy beige head leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is roasted malt and vanilla coffee. Thin mouthfeel with a sweet vanilla and roast. Easy to drink hiding the alcohol well. A very impressive one off Porter from Stone.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes. First reviewed 12/5/52010. Served on tap in a tulip.
Vanilla Bean Smoked Porter comes out nearly black, with a touch of ruby transparency. A nice foamy brown head sticks around and leaves rings of lacing down the glass.
Vanilla is prominent, although it may not be the strongest aroma. Whiffs of smoke, cococa, and coffee are present as well.
Lots of dark chocolate and roasted malt, with some vanilla already coming through at the start. Chocolate and coffee bitterness step in toward the middle. Tons of vanilla and a bit more chocolate complement the smoke rather nicely.
This beer feels a bit heavier than it is. The vanilla always adds a smoothness that I like. Creamy carbonation.
It has been a while since I have had the regular Smoked Porter, so a side-by-side comparison is not really possible. Overall this was nice, although I switched to something else after one glass.
thomas15 (623) - USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
one of my favorite porter renditions, the vanilla is strong enough to compete with the other vibrant flavors, but doesnt over shadow them...
DrSilverworm (4758) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Jackie-Os, $5 a pint. Very dark pretty much opaque red color, thin creamy light tan head. Gooood, sheety lace, evident after the first sip... Becomes splotchy midway through. The vanilla addition to this is perrrfect. Goes great with the dry, coffee / mild-chocolate aroma that still manages to maintain a hint of smokiness. A really complex aroma. Perfect, light crisp carbonation. Mildly dry texture, just the way I like it. Nice, bittersweet taste. Overall, really interesting and delicious.
Dixonian (1549) - Plano, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Goathill Tavern.
Dark brown, near black pour with some tan head. Great vanilla aroma - not at all fake like some other brews. Roasted malt and chocolate in the nose as well. Very little of the smoke I get from the regular version. Smokiness comes through more in the flavor but is dominated by the roasted malt, chocolate, and vanilla. Glad I got the chance to try this.
PorterPounder (5109) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tallahassee, Fl - on cask at Proof. Dark black pour, sticky off-white head, good sticky lacing. Aroma of chocolate chip ice cream. Flavor is on the sweet side with some thin mint girl scout cookie accents, some junior mints, light vanilla accents. No real smoky flavor to this detected. Some brandy-like liqueur notes, and a chocolaty finish. Velvety smooth, thickish mouthfeel. Solid.
drowland (5893) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11/2/11. On cask! Opaque black pour with a nice, thick creamy tan head that sticks forever and laces plenty. Malty aroma with touches of roast, caramel, coffee, and loads of vanilla - no smoke... if it’s there, it’s subtle. Sweet, malty taste with tons of sweet vanilla, a bit of smokey roastiness in there as well. This may be the most enjoyable version of this I’ve had.