gregwilsonstl (1023) - Missouri, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nicely balanced smoke and vanilla play. No where near as dominating as I expect from stone. I really want sine aged cheddar with this.
beerbaaron (1129) - Arizona, USA - FEB 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear dark brown. Medium to large creamy beige head, lasting with lace.. Aroma is roast, lightly smoked, vanilla, chocolate. A little something that seems off..not sure, maybe it was the plane trip it took. Lighter Medium body. Somewhat creamy. Vanilla is right there up front, followed by roast, chocolate. Finish finds vanilla again, followed by a quite a bit of earthy, woody, smokey bitterness, with fair dryness. Not really into it..
MarinEvelyn (525) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Large tan head, dark brown translucent color. Sweet malty, coffee, vanilla bean. In inital sniff just Tiny bit smokey. T taste is more smokey, but still fairly smooth and sweet. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla. A slight smokey, mostly smooth, just slightly bitter finish.
AdamT (150) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle from Brewmasterís in Wilson. Dark brown pour (reddish tones when put against light) muddy clarity with mostly diminishing caramel head. Fair lacing. Brewed coffee, light vanilla, some chocolate and alot of heavy roasted malt aroma. I was excited to identify all the scents coming out of this beer. Moderate roasted malt & chocolate on the initial taste with a smokey vanilla & coffee finish. I thought this was a solid beer that I will buy again in the future.
KansaiBeerLvrs (1589) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Antenna America, served in a snifter. It pours a nutty brown thatís black in the glass with a decent light beige head & lacing. Smooth vanilla & soft chocolate aroma. I am not getting much smoke in the aroma... Medium thin body with the taste being chocolate, light coffee, hints of smoke but just too much vanilla. Soft velvety bitter dark chocolate, potent vanilla beans & possibly hints of smoke with a touch of coffee in the finish. Am not feeling it, the vanilla is natural according to the label but I feel almost like it is an extract... I find the beer becomes more acidic as I drink it with the vanilla getting cloying & somewhat syrupy. The nose is great as is the aftertaste real smooth vanilla but for me the taste just doesnít come together. Letís give this a go in a half-pint glass and see what happens: still lots of vanilla in the nose but a fruitier rawer smell with the same soft chocolate in the background. The body seems fuller, velvety smooth mouthfeel more satisfying taste the vanilla isnít so in your face overpowering itís better balanced by the chocolate notes with more of a bitter dark chocolate think 70% cacao or more feel. Am still not really a fan but I can see how the ratings on this one are so polarizing, do NOT drink this in a snifter the vanilla is just way too much. In a snifter Iíd give this a 3.2 or less in a pint itís 3.5-3.7 for me.
Beachmaster (86) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 4, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a bomber. Pours a hazy dark copper, with a moderate tan head that persists and leaves good lacing. Nose is dark malt and vanilla. Taste is vanilla and malt up front, finishing with a pleasant hop bitterness. Not too hoppy-an excellent porter overall.
Hypo_Luxa (53) - Osaka, JAPAN - FEB 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Sniffer glass
Fluffy big head. Very dark purple red color.
Smell is cough medicine, white pepper, vanilla extract, sweet.
Taste is caramelized black licorice, bitter, raw vanilla. Finish leaves a sticky sweet bitterness that clings to the sides of your cheeks. Light bodied and very drinkable. Texture is rough like an ESB but is balanced out by the vanilla. Smoke is there but not overdone; just enough to add something to the vanilla.
Great beer. Enjoy more with each sip. Lots of great pairing possibilities.
Cory (295) - , California, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2014 Bottle. Aroma of smoke, marshmallow, vanilla, and lots of coffee. Great mellow beer that?s really well balanced and has lots of delicious layers. Bitter coffee finish that builds. I also had a year old bottle that was more bitter and had lost a lot of its sweet notes.
DocJitsu (826) - Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark, clear, cola-buckeye color with a gigantic, sudsy orange-tan head. Porter fruitiness and smokiness in the aroma. No vanilla noted. Lightly creamy and soft with some mild scrubbiness toward the finish. Smoky, unsweetened raw vanilla, ample bitterness, and smoky flavors. Increasing acidity throughout the palate.
OPIE788 (313) - Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Poured black with a tan head. Chocolate and coffee nose. Black coffee and a big vanilla flavors. Iím half in the bag so thatís all I got.