biznizness (1121) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ridiculously, incredibly good. Perfect balance, the smoke is subtle, the vanilla is sweet (not too sweet) but the delicious porter still shines through. The best way I could describe it is that it doesn’t seem like anything was "added" to this beer, but that someone is growing some smoked-vanilla-bean-two-row out there, that’s how flawlessly the flavors blended. I could have drank five of these, which says something because this is a very rich beer.
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
clear dark dark brown with a nice white head that leaves decent lacing and has decent retention... lightest of smoky aroma, light chocolate coffee and a fair amount of vanilla aroma... flavor highlights the smoke a bit more, and the vanilla lingers more than the smoke, some choc and roast coffee but subtle and masked... medium body, almost feels a touch thin...
floatingdogs (4) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2012 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Being on the east coast, I feel like I am late to the ball game when it comes to new Stone products. Which also becomes a needle in haystack adventure finding these unique releases. This vanilla bean version of the Smoked Porter was a pleasant find. As standard for Stone brews, definitely a brew you sit back and enjoy at a moderate pace and savor the vanilla bean infused taste. I read that there is a vanilla bean and orange peal version of the Smoked Porter... very intriguing... I have to find this.
STL_Drew (153) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black beer with an inch of head, brownish head, great lacing. Smoked/roasted aroma with traces of hops. Toasted/smoked flavor, hints of vanilla seem to smooth over the smoke, then it follows up with a small bitter from the hops. An enjoyable beer!
musinj6 (446) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark, opaque black with white 2 finger head that lingers leaving heavy lacing. Roasted malt flavor with subtle pine hops and prominent vanilla undertones. Sweet beer throughout, but tempered some by the hoppy finish. Full bodied, moderate, but not overwhelming carbonation. Moderate finish that is mildly sweet and hint of bitter. Fantastically balanced beer. This is so good!
beernovice39 (3223) - Montana, USA - AUG 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a deep clear red when held to the light. Thin tan top. Scent is vanilla, roasted malt and smoke. Taste is roasted grains, coffee and big vanilla.
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - AUG 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A black colored beer, with a beige head. The aroma of a little smoked malts some coffe and vanilla. The taste has notes of smoke, vanilla sweet with bitter coffee and nutes. The aftertaste is sweet with bitter and hints of vanilla.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on draft at Whole Foods Market Short Pump. Pours a very dark brown color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Good
head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, honey, smoke, nutty notes. The taste is roasted malts, vanilla, smoke, chocolate
and bitter hops. Medium bodied. Nice beer.
reggiedunlop (3384) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a huge tan head...great retention and lacing. Aroma has nuttiness and vanilla...very faint smoke. Flavor follows suit...very nutty with subtle vanilla...light smoke creeps in late and reminds me of smoked almonds. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with a roasty/burnt finish that lingers.
ryecatcher (904) - South Side of Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a jet black, tan head with decent retention. Smoky and chocolatey aroma but like just about every ’vanilla’ accented brew I’ve tried, my damaged palate just doesn’t detect the vanilla (I’m positive it’s my tongue and not the beer). A quality porter all the same.