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Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Beans Added.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerluva (17) - Monroe, Connecticut, USA - FEB 16, 2014
pours reddish brown with a thick frothy head. aromas of vanilla and smoke very malty. initially sweet on the tongue followed by a medium bitterness which lasts for a bit on the palate. full-bodied and thick.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
chucklemation (563) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Pours a beautiful dark mahogany with a very healthy off-white head. Unfortunately the rest of the beer just doesn’t do it for me, which is so disappointing because I love Stone’s original Smoked Porter. The vanilla just does not blend well with the malts in terms of aroma and flavor. The addition of vanilla is more harsh than smooth and sweet, and just plain tastes bad. Perhaps it will be worth a revisit one day, as I can’t quite figure out what happened with what sounds like such a promising (and highly rated) beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcclainc50 (204) - New York, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle, pours a very dark black brown with a tab head leaving moderate lacing. String notes of vanilla, chocolate, malt and the smokiness. Absolutely delicious, great porter light mouthfeel and easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tompete (217) - Tillsonburg, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2014
Pours a deep reddish brown with a thick smooth beige head. Aroma if vanilla and grains. Flavour is dark malts and a tiny hint if smoke. Body is just barely medium. Finish is slightly bitter and very malty and sticky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (7947) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Draft. Vanilla, light smoke and chocolate malt aroma. Black with moderate head. Sweet vanilla chocolate malt flavor. Light bitter finish. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SlovakSniper (3360) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2014
La couleur est celle d’un porter. La mousse s’évapore rapidement. Le nez fume et est grillé. La vanille s’insère avec facilité. La bouche est sèche. Les grains maltés et fumés y sont pour quelque chose. La vanille vogue sur des notes acides. Au palais, un liquide qui fait le style. Une finale amère de fumée et de vanille grillée ou même rôtie. Pas si facile à boire. Un verre et cela est bien suffisant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maxwelldeux (3794) - Everett, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours a mostly clear dark brown color with a fairly thick light tan head on it. The vanilla is the most salient element in the nose, though you can get a hint of some smoke underneath, as well as very subtle bits of roasting. Taste has an initial bit of vanilla sweetness, with a mostly coffee-bitter finish to it, and some slight smokiness throughout. Good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puboflyons (2223) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 18, 2014
From the 650 ml. bottle. The pour is dark brown with a modest tan head that dissolves partially and leaves drops of lacing along the way. The vanilla beans are the first sensation on the nose with the dark malts and smoke coming up distantly second and third place. The body is in the medium range with a carbonated bubbly or acidic texture. The flavor is a sweeter version of the nose. It is like drinking a French Vanilla coffee from my local coffee shop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuedmaster (244) - Vista, California, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Once again a fine offering from Stone, one of our local breweries. Dark reddish brown with a nice beige head. Aroma of roasted grain, chocolate, and vanilla. Balanced flavor, with vanilla, smoked grain, and chocolate notes. Clean palate, a real delight.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
koleminer20 (744) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2014
22 oz bottle shared at a tasting on February 17. The pour is a beautiful medium-to-darker brown with a nice off white head that dissipates slowly, leaving a decent lace. The aroma is surprising. There is a good vanilla blast on the front end, which is good as it’s in the main namesake. Then there is a light smokiness that moves through in the middle, and carries through the back end. The flavor is strong on vanilla at first, slowly moving through a coffee character, and finishing a little chocolate-ish. The smoke is present through most of the flavor, growing in strength as you drink. The mouth feel is definitely thin, and the aftertaste, although good, doesn’t linger hardly at all.

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