SaintMatty (5537) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask (White Horse, Parsons Green, London) - Black with some faint red tinges. Chocolate in the aroma with hints of vanilla. Vanilla also features strongly in the taste along with more chocolate notes. The finish is nicely balanced with vanilla and milk chocolate. It gets a bit sickly after a while, though and the smoked elements seemed to be overwhelmed by the vanilla.
oh6gdx (20947) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Cask@The White Horse, Parsons Green, London.Black colour, small beigeish head. Aroma is vanilla, roasted malts, liquorice, oak, caramel, fudge and lots more. I’m lost for words. Flavour is very close to the aroma in an extremely good balance. Lacking something I can’t pinpoint in the flavour. Really close to perfection! Orgasm of the senses!
TBone (13002) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask@The White Horse.
Deep ruby color, no head. Sweet vanilla aroma, sweetness overcomes the smokeyness. Cocoa powder, vanilla flavor, some hops. Vanilla gives kind of artifical feeling here. Not much smoke except some in the aftertaste. Balanced dessert for vanilla heads.
JoeTheYounger (1153) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - AUG 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler fill at the brewery. Pours black with white head that diminishes quickly. Aroma of sweet smokey vanilla. Taste coffee, marshmallows, vanilla beans. Very smooth. Pallet is a little watery but coats the mouth nicely. Good after taste almost like peanut butter. I liked this better than the regular smoked porter for sure.
daleharshman (934) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler fill from brewery. Pours a very dark brown. There is virtually no head, but lots of bubbles on the side that makes this look like Pepsi. Nice vanilla aroma that works in very well with the smoky roastiness and chocolate tones. Flavor of smokey and ash that is somewhat bitter along with some chocolate. The vanilla taste becomes more prevalent toward the finish, but is not a rich vanilla -- actually reminds me of vanilla Coke which is not so good for a beer. It’s okay, but I prefer the Chipotle pepper version of the Stone Smoked Porter.
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the White Horse, Parsons Green, 3rd July 09. Strong chocolate and vanilla aroma. Very smooth, quite light palate. The vanilla is highly evident on the nose and on the tongue and as Mes notes, this really divided the table. A "love it or hate it" brew.
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A Mes rate: cask handpull at the Sloany Pony.
Fully black with no head. Crème brûlée, shed loads of vanilla and some slight roasted notes. A good serving of nuts too. My god, Stone can do considerably better than this I know. Taste like roots with a lot of chocolate and vanilla. The alcohol is quite clear too. Not a great sign for a relatively low abv. Rather thin in the body and not much balance. Guys, you know I love your work but this one really didn’t do it for me. For what it’s worth, this split that table in half. Some of us loved it, some of us really weren’t impressed.
gaffandbleed (12) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Like a dark cream soda. Way smoother and way less smoke flavor than the traditional stone smoked porter. Dark with a cream head. Sampled from a growler poured at stone. Can easily drink multiple glasses of it, which is different than many other stone brews where one glass is enough.
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JUN 8, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a growler fill... Appearance is black with an off white head.. Aroma is vanilla and milk chocolate.. Flavor is dark malts, vanilla and some smoke.. Super smooth.. Pissed at myself for only getting a 1 liter fill.
ChazMania (657) - Pasadena, California, USA - JUN 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Blue Palms brewhouse in Hollywood, Ca. Wonderful big dark pour with one finger of froth. Vanilla wafts in the nose and amazing creamy texture. The lightly french vanilla aftertaste is delicious. I’m not a big porter drinker, but this was one fantastic beer.