robforbes (2083) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours black with a small light tan head, and a little lacing.
smell is of milk chocolate, malt, and vanilla.
taste is smoth, cocoa, a little smoke, vanilla, a touch of coffee, and some malt. ends smooth and chocolaty.
KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - AUG 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. The pour was a thick murky dark brown with a slight reddish hue and a large (2-3 finger) light tan rocky head that dissipated slowly down to a large cap with some good spotty lacing.
The aroma was of roasted chocolate and crystal malts with a bitter leathery yeast and had notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, cask, roasted coffee, and a mild smoky odor.
The taste was quite malty and lightly sweet with hints of chocolate and vanilla throughout with the finish being a tad bitter and having a nice strong note of coffee towards the end. The flavor lasted an long enjoyable time, with a mildly bitter coffee taste left to settle on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was medium in body and nice and creamy in texture with a ever so soft carbonation.
Overall a good creamy robust tasting brew with a nice vanilla sweetness, which just added to this pleasurable drinking experience…
RumRunner101 (862) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep cola brown with a thick tan head. Rich cocoa and roasted malts in the aroma, picking up some sweetness, like maple syrup. Medium bodied, smooth, roasted flavours with cocoa, vanilla. The sweet, chocolate goodness then fades into a lingering bitterness.
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ar: Cocoa, caramel, and vanilla - hints of marshmallow.
Ap: Deep mahogany - clear when held up to the light - small light tan head with moderate retention and a smattering of lacing.
T: Light char up front - rich dark caramel and vanilla dominate the palate - hint of phenols and very faint smoke, peaty, on the finish - medium-low bitterness, with a mossy and herbal accent.
P: Medium body with medium carbonation - finish is dry.
O: Very nice use of vanilla - it goes wonderfully with the dark caramel and slight smoke of the porter - a really good beer.
HeadyDE (552) - Delaware, USA - AUG 12, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown almost black color. Slight head..aroma of chocolate, toffee and very noticeable vanilla. Quite smooth and has a really nice interplay with the smoke mixing with the vanilla. Haven’t had the regular smoked porter in a while so hard to compare. Almost has some profiles of a smooth black vanilla coffee. Enjoyable.
pineypower (2670) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out a darker brown color than the chipotle with a small white head. Aroma is of fresh vanilla beans, lots of it, and some chocolate, light roast and some light smoke. Taste is lots of vanilla, nice smoky notes, light chocolate. This for some reason is better than the chipotle version.
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a clear deep ruby with a half finger tan head. Really good lacing on the sides of the glass.
Aroma is smoke mixed with dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate with maybe the slightest hint of vanilla. The vanilla is pretty subdued which kind of surprised me.
On the taste, the vanilla is much more prominent although it still takes a backseat to the smokiness. Peat smoke and roasted malt mix nicely being propped up by a moderate vanilla flavor. Never does anything become to front and center or overwhelming. Bitterness is fairly light with the mouthfeel being fairly full with a sticky finish.
Overall, a nice take on Stone’s smoked porter. I think it makes for a nice addition to the original and I would like to try the chipotle version sometime.
Headbanger (3491) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle 8/12/12 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-40° in English Pint-Pours a dark brown with ruby tints with a nice tight one finger head. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Taste of vanilla, chocolate, malt, and more vanilla. This is a nice tasting light to medium bodied brew. Vanilla is realy flavorful.
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of vanilla cookies, plaster and bitter fruits. Pours black with a light filmy head. Tastes is vanilla up front with a bitter sour hop afterwards. S’okay
DocLock (8346) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours deep brown with khaki head. Nose is roasty patent malt, vanilla, molasses. Tastes medium in palate heft and complexity; not near as dense as the regular version, with a big vanilla bean hit giving some sweetness throughout, and a roasty malt bill. The smokiness was vastly reduced in this one, as expected, and the vanilla was more intense that I expected. Not a bad beer by any means, and this one would pair well with chocolate or fruity desserts.