djaeon (15) - Chula Vista, California, USA - MAR 24, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The first time I had this was on cask at the Stone 12th Anniversary festival, and it was all 5’s, in my opinion. This review is based on a growler I got at the brewery last Saturday.
Black with a two finger cappuccino colored head.
Smells like what I imagine burning vanilla beans to smell like. Sweet and smoky. Very appetizing.
To me, this tasted like it has more smoky overtones, with vanilla in the near background, rather than the other way around. All mixed in with that great dark porter taste.
Smooth and dry. There was something in there that kinda made me think of a "gritty" mouthfeel, if that’s possible in a liquid form.
A very drinkable beer. I could easily go through the whole growler myself.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 28, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
a bunch of vanilla presence and it takes away from the whole impact of the beer for me in general and makes it really one note...sad
ajm (1065) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 26, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2009 Quite simply the best thing I have ever had from Stone. On CASK no less at their Winter Storm 09. I was so lucky and knew it because all three kegs burned out by late lunch. Nose is an immaculate vanilla bean vanilla extract with a slight roasted foundation. It looks like there are small flecks of white in it because of the BRIGHT white head - like a photo negative of cookies ’n cream. The normally tart (for me) porter is calmed a bit, so unified in roast and coffee and the vanilla just ends it like a chord, and fills your mouth and sinus with a wonderful vanilla cream haze, or aura, or patina. Such a great, great pairing.
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at Stone Winter Storm. The most magnificent smell. Freshly opened vanilla bean, roasted smokey malt. Perfect viscosity and highly drinkable.
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2009 On tap at Stone. Dark brown with red tints. Lightweight white head. Thin lace leftovers. Smells rich of malt. The vanilla taste is prominant, but a light flavor. Sweet and clean like a light cream soda, although I hate cream soda. Leaves the mouth tasting fresh, and leaves quickly.
Update 10/2 bumping up the score. Wonderful aroma of rich darkness of coffee and cocoa, with smooth vanilla. Like drinking a beer milkshake. Exceptional.
Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Portland Holiday Ale Festival 08.
Interesting beer, I really really liked the concept. The smell was nice, but then when drinking it was very much of two competing flavors in my mouth. Not the good kind. Too much vanilla, and did not hold me with an sort of balance.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Portland Holiday Ale Festival 2008. I really enjoy the regular smoked porter, this one didnt do it for me. A bit to much vanilla, the sweetness seemed to overpower the usual smoked meatiness. I thought the vanilla was just overdone, to sweet and this just didnt come together for me.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had at San Diego Brewers Guild Festival 2008. Pours like the original with a strong black color with a tan head. Wonderful vanilla flavors. Taste like a root beer float. Mouth feel is creamy, maybe a little flat. Very smooth beer. It reminded me of the beer float I got at the Bistro on my last birthday. And with no ice cream!
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - NOV 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ SD Brewer’s Guild Fest. Poured black, for me this had far far far too much vanilla in it, it made it way too sweet for me.
JohnnyJ (4253) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at stone bistro. Pours a clear dark brown with fizzy light tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and sweet vanilla beans. Flavors of vanilla extract, sweetness, roasted malt, and a contrasting sharp hop bitterness. The smoke is hard to distinguish with the vanilla in the beer. Tastes a little like a cream soda. Medium mouthfeel with slightly to much carbonation.