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Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Beans Added.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2012
12oz Bottle. Pours a thin dark brown color with a decent collar of foam. Aromas of smoke, roast and vanilla in the nose followed by a similar taste, but geared more heavily towards the vanilla. More chocolate and roast on the back end. Somewhat fluffy on the palate with a surprising smoothness. Some roasted bitterness balances out the vanilla bean sweetness. Overall a nice take on one of Stone’s originals.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - JUN 29, 2012
On tap at the Livermore Saloon. Aroma is of licorice, vanilla, and smoked, bitter chocolate. Flavor was much of the same and palate was smooth as hell. I really enjoyed this one and got some bottles to boot. Very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnnniee (2394) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 28, 2012
12oz Bottle from Julio’s Pours a solid dark brown with brilliant garnet highlights and a huge fluffy mocha head that persists forever. smells of caramel, chocolate, smoke and vanilla mostly with little to no hop aroma easily sniffed. The taste is a nice mix of chocolate smoke caramel and vanilla. The smoke and vanilla duke it out for top billing and ultimately the vanilla wins. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet creamy almost syrupy mouthfeel. I’m glad I got to try this, but I think the vanilla is a bit over the top and competes with the other flavors rather than enhancing them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (3677) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Tap. Pours mostly clear, cola brown with a trace of fizzy off-white head. Aroma is roasted malt, vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee, figs, and earthy hops. Flavor matches the nose with strong roast malt and vanilla; dry, dark chocolate finish. Medium body, low carbonation, and low warmth. Feel this beer loses a lot of its smoke character with the addition of vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighWine (954) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Tap flight at Max's Taproom in Baltimore. Dark brown pour with a faint off white head. Aroma of coffee roast and mild vanilla. Taste is surprisingly hoppy to me. Hop forward, then charred oak, peat smoke, and a subtle vanilla sweetness. The flavors linger on the palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresyourball (517) - El Cajon, California, USA - JUN 27, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Heavy vanilla smell. Pours black with small to medium head. Dark brown in color. Taste is smoke and vanilla. Decent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChiefBeer12 (81) - Irvine, California, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Bottle. Heavy vanilla - almost all you can smell. Pours black with quick tan head and good lacing. Taste is all vanilla and some porter, then some more vanilla. Finish doesn’t quit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skmikeg (962) - Poway, California, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Pours a dark brownish black with a small foamy tan head . Aroma is kind similar to the original smoked porter with the expect ion of a little faint vanilla that masks some of the other aromas. Taste is roasted malts, vanilla, coffee, bakers coco, some nuttiness, and some hop bitterness. Has a medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and a slick, semi bitter finish. overall, a pretty nice porter that might quite not be as good as the original.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2012
12 oz bottle from Bev4Less. Pours much the same as its chipotle sibling, murky brown-black, BUT the foam is off-white-to-tan and more thick and lasting. Some odors of vanilla cut through the smoke, dark malts and foam on first sniff. A little shake and another sniff doesn’t reveal much of anything new. Taste is initially tame, before a BIG (but not bad) blast of vanilla kicks in, followed by the smoke, followed by a "I’m not sure I like it" marriage of the vanilla and the smoke... this feels like a Vegas wedding to me... ill-advised and not likely to last. The worst part is the medicinal quality that the blend of the vanilla and smoke make... Second sip is somewhat better, but still not all the way gone. Ah well, both beers were not bad, but both have some serious weak point, IMHO...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (2676) - California, USA - JUN 22, 2012
22 June 2012, bottle. Dark ruby. Light vanilla essence and some cracked cocoa beans. Med/thin and faintly fizzy. Nice soft smoked flavor with soft vanilla notes. Surprisingly nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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