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Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Beans Added.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hamilton23 (612) - Alpine, California, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a fair amount of creamy beige head. Aroma is vanilla and burnt wood. Taste is off, there is too much bitterness in the front end which overpowers the vanilla. I had high hopes, but this is not very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2012
12 oz. bottle poured into a Stone Brewing Co. pint glass. Pours a dark brown with a one and a half finger off-white head. Not surprisingly roasted smoky malt and vanilla on the nose. The vanilla hits my tongue almost immediately and then is joined by a hint of dark espresso and roasted malt, all swirl together for a balanced finish that has just a bit of bitterness with the vanilla lingering immediately however the smoke outlasts the vanilla. Pleasantly medium-bodied, perfect level of carbonation, slick with a creamy edge. A nice variation of an excellent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
wchesser (1241) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2012
Vanilla is definitely present on the nose especially as it warms, but expected more on the flavor. Smoke, and especially the hops, blow out the vanilla, so it becomes a very subtle earthy nuance and not even particularly vanilla like. Okay, decent with a chocolate berry shortbread tart, but underwhelming.

   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 (2446) - 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 (3745) - 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.

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