mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Brown with a small white head. Loads of coffee in the aroma with some chocolate. Didn’t really pick up much on the vanilla here. Taste is vanilla, coffee, some chocolate, and just a touch of smokiness. Pretty light body, and a bit thin. I was really hoping for more smokiness to be present as I’ve really been digging strong smoked beers lately.
DalzAle (2026) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Pracna in Minneapolis. Slight translucent brown pour, lasting carbonation and an earthy aroma. Flavor is earthy chocolate, a little thin smoke and finished with a slightly stale vanilla aftertaste. Good, but I like the original version better.
BVery (9662) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2011 Tap. Black pour with red highlights. Gray head. Aroma is cocoa and vanilla. Taste is a little bit artificial vanilla but still good.
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Whole foods until a tulip...A dark brown pour, light tan head, ok retention and lacing...The aroma is all sweet vanilla bean, its very strong true to vanilla and not generic like most vanillas. There also is some complexity brought on the finish by some roastiness...The taste starts out all vanilla as well and at first its almost too much and makes me wonder if I can finish the glass. Thankfully a few more sips in the vanilla really starts to fade into a side note as the smoke starts to take over a bit. Very balanced. Easy drinker.
A great balanced beer. The vanilla is really nice, best vanilla I’ve had since dl vanilla bean, the smokiness finishes this in the best way.
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
iRate. On tap at Papago. Pours a ruddy brown color with a frothy tan head. Smells and tastes of toasted malt, vanilla, mashmellow, and a little coconut & Hershey’s. Sweet, but nice.
HonusWagner (2127) - Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty good, not extremely impressive take on Stone Porter. The vanilla is somewhat artificial tasting. The smokiness of the regular smoked porter isn’t really all that present either, but it’s a decent roasty porter with semi-fake vanilla taste. Good, not worth actively pursuing again.
deyholla (10213) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from the tap at EBF. Poured near black with light brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma had a hint of smokiness with dark grains and a nice vanilla note. Flavor started with roasted malt and dark grains with the vanilla coming out in the finish. Not much smokiness on the tongue.
tgncc (3100) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is malt, roast, smoke, vanilla bean. The appearance is deep brown, tan head. The flavor is smoke, malt, chocolate, vanilla bean. The body id medium, slightly thick, smooth. The finish is sweet cream, vanilla, resiny hops. Very good overall.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Papago. Pours black with a thin tan head. The nose is coffee , light smoke and vanilla. The taste is coffee with French vanilla creamer. The vanilla killed the smoke – way too over the top on the vanilla. Bummer.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(On draught a papago). Pours brown with red hues and thin khaki head. Aroma of soft vanilla. Taste is sweet with some smoke and vanilla. Some hops on the end. Thin texture with a little bite on the end. Smooth and delicious.