italarican (1516) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the RnH Stone Takeover. Dark chocolate pour. Boatloads of pleasant vanilla bean in the nose, followed by oak and chocolate. Flavor is a nice blend of smoked sausage, vanilla bean, and oak. Thin body with a predominantly smoky finish. The sweetness takes a backseat to the smokiness, but I really like the sweet vanilla touch.
ChainGangGuy (4489) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Displays a reasonably clear, dark brown body capped by a modest bone white head.
Smell: Nicely fragrant vanilla top note atop scents of light cocoa powder, mild roast coffee, and smokey peat.
Taste: Dark maltiness with taste of dark whole meal bread and hints of cocoa and coffee. Moderate sweetness. Vanilla coming through as a generous splash of A&W Cream Soda. A bit more coffee peeking through. Very subtle earthy bitterness tucked away in the back. Dries out for the most part, leaving you with a taste of lightly roasted, toasted vanilla bean pods.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.
Drinkability: Smooth, pleasant, and without any hard edges. Just as the standard iteration gives you just enough smoke character, so, too, does this give you just enough vanilla.
freekyp (1564) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Duckworth’s Charlotte, NC. Nose shows cappicino with chocolate, and strong vanilla. A bit of burnt coffee in there as well. Tastes like a twist ice cream cone with a bit of bitterness. Thick tan lacing. Dark auburn with ruby highlights. Mouthfeel is medium. Not too aggressive. Ends on a long black coffee note.
blipp (6647) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Roasty aroma with some vanilla sweetness and light smoky notes. The flavor has some sweeter vanilla, milk chocolate, light roasty notes and light smoky notes. Pretty good.
Travlr (14773) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Churchkey. Not bad, medium body, lots and lots of vanilla. Decent smokey edge.
tastybeer (1836) - Indiana, USA - OCT 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft. Pours black with a nice tan head. Flavors of smoke, vanilla, cocoa, but overall a bit thin.
adrian910ss (2410) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at R & H. Pours a dark cola with a medium sized light beige head. Aroma of sweet malt, light vanilla and cocoa powder. Taste of sweet malts, light vanilla, and cocoa. Slightly on the watery side.
Slipstream (2164) - USA - OCT 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2011 On tap at 2010 Rattle’n’Hum Stone event, and also at The Pony Bar in 2011. The vanilla bean adds very nice aroma and flavor elements. Flavors of coffee, vanilla bean, and smoke. It could have used some more sweetness and smoked malt, but it was still very good.
j12601 (7395) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Rattle N Hum during their Stone event. Pours black with a thin white to beige head. Loads of sweet vanilla, very faint smoke. A bit thin, nice chocolate and vanilla, roasty. Toast and malt, a bit more faint smoke and vanilla. This and the chipotle smoked were decent, but if it’s an option, mix two parts vanilla, one part chipotle. Good stuff.
jredmond (5949) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft during the 40 tap Stone Event @ Rattle n Hum with Andrew, Big Tony, PJ, and Brendan. Pours a dark brownish black with one-finger of foamy off-white head. Aroma is mild vanilla and roast. Mouthfeel is smooth with great vanilla flavor in the finish, very smooth roast.