awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Shalloís. Pours pitch black with faint red edge (though itís pretty dark in here) and 2-finger beige cake batter head that just wonít go away. Nose is strong vanilla coffee over sweet roasted malts and sugar cookies. Flavor is bitter dark roasted malt with a smooth balance of roasted coffee beans and creamy vanilla. Still has a rough ísmokedí character, but this is an excellent example of a 1-off. Very dry on the mouth, but very nice.
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Chilled to approx 40 degrees
Thanks to a kickass Cali based trader for this hook-up!
This pours a super dark brown, practically black. Almost a fingers worth of creamy, light brown colored, foam sits on top. Retention is decent. Lacing is almost curtain-like and fairly sticky.
The nose is full of roasted malt notes. Itís not much different than íregularí Stone Smoked Porter, at this point.
As it warms though, the vanilla begins to come out, along with some caramel toffee notes.
The flavor is filled with a big roasted malt presence. Hints of chocolates and dark coffees. Nice, light, presence of smoke. There are good, yet mild, vanilla notes. This really balances this beer out, quite nicely.
Nicely full-bodied with a medium level of carbonation. This gives it a very nice creaminess, which I like. I think it is smoother than the íregularí version.
At just under 6%abv, this is a very drinkable beer. Very tasty and smooth with a great balance.
daknole (9625) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smokepot you rock man. This is a bad ass beer. Dark brown. Lots of vanilla with light notes of smoke and chocolate. Vanilla jumps out on the tongue. It actually takes some of the smoke flavor away. The vanilla, smoke and chocolate notes are awesome together.
elihapa (1529) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - OCT 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap, Bottle Room. Pours opaque dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is smooth vanilla and chocolate malt. Palate is creamy, lightly carbonated, and medium in thickness. Very drinkable. This beer has a full flavor that marries sweet malt, roasts, and subtle vanilla quite well. Nothing really jumps out at you, in a good way. I would have this again on tap in the future.
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ Falling Rock. Nose is fantastic - sugar cookies and roasted nuts with a lurking bitterness and a wonderful vanilla bean smell through all of it. Flazvor doesnt match up to the nose. Watery and one-dimensional, all the great smells in the nose are really, really muted on the tongue. A near-perfect nose still puts this one high.
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at RattleíníHum. Glad I finally got a chance to try this one, Iíve wanted to for a while. A ton of vanilla in this, unsurprisingly, with that signature mouth-puckering bite to it. A little bit of roast beneath the vanilla, and no smoke. Not complex but tasty, very homebrew lke.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ Colins Pub - very excited to see this pop up locally; clear rosey brown with creamy tan head; decent nose of vanilla, cookies and touch of roast; smoke is all but gone; drinks with a strange bitterness and extact vanilla flavors; sweetness is muted and vanilla additin comes off cheap and too masking; quite a disappointment
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask. Pours a deep brune body with a thin white head. Sweet up front vanilla, coco powder, chocolate and a light woodiness. Hop and smoke profile is more or less dropped out with a woody coffee and more vanilla to finish. Decent.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Rattle N Hum. The nose is loaded with sweet vanilla and a bit of heavy cocoa as well. There is quite a bit of cocoaish astringency with a bit of low woodiness. The body is odd... it seems quite thinned out and with little in the way of smoke. Itís quite dry and roasty on the back as well as a bit woody tasting.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Rattle íní Hum: Headless deep brown with a dark ruby hue and a tan thin ring of head. Vanilla flavored coffee aroma- mild coffee roast with tons of vanilla bean- hardly much of the base beerís malt comes through. Slick body- not overly sweet, but the base beer is masked by copious amounts of toasted vanilla beans which dominate the one dimensional flavor. Toward the back there might be a mild touch of roasted barley. Not a very bad beer, just extremely one dimensional- the vanilla beans dominate the base beer.