cpetrone84 (1797) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on tap at Stone Total Tap Takeover in Baltimore
A-pours a dark brown liquid shy of black with a tan colored head.
S-smokey malts with some campfire aroma and rich chocolate cake in the back. simple and straight forward.
T-smoked malts, hints of peat with a rich chocolate cakey malt. there are notes of vanilla underneath with some dark fruity sweetness in the back.
M-medium bodied porter with a creamy texture and high carbonation. a little thin but very juicy on the throat.
D-balanced and rich. not too smokey to the point all other flavors are overpowered but present enough to make a statement. the vanilla beans adds some awesome richness to create a desert like chocolate cake finish.
anders37 (20882) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask gravity @ GBBF 2010. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty vanilla aroma with some smokey hints. Roasted malty slightly smokey sweetish vanilla flavor. Has a roasted malty smokey finish.
Tmoney99 (12738) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured a black color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt, vanilla and chocolate aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth slick texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate vanilla sweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid complex brew.
zdk (1852) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at RnH for Stone tap takeover: Smooth chocolate, medium bodied and very drinkable. Some light roast but not all that smokey. Hint of vanilla but not strong. Quaffable and finishes a bit roasty.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Trolley Stop.
Not quite as impressive as I had hoped. Seems to suffer significantly from oxidation. It has an uncharacteristic fizzy/prickly carbonation as well as some bland cardboard flavors. You can still pick up on the original smoked porter and there are some notes of vanilla here and there. I know people say that the vanilla is overwhelming, but in this instance, it was too subdued. I question the quality of this specific sample rather than the recipe. Overall, still pretty good but I prefer the regular version.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at HAF. Essentially the regular smoked porter with a hint of vanilla added. But the regular smoked porter is a great beer, and this one is as well.
boFNjackson (4195) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Holiday Ale Fest... Poured near black with a beige head. Smokey, very similar to regular smoked porter with an added toasty sweetness.
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - NOV 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Lucky Devils in Los Angeles. I hungrily ordered a pint of this during LA beer week and was so happy to see that it was readily available. The aroma was exactly what I anticipated, but the vanilla bean flavor didn’t translate as well in the taste as it did the scent. If I focused hard -- I don’t have the most refined palate -- I could sense a glimmer of vanilla in the taste, but mostly it was the smokiness of the porter. Still, I ordered a second glass. This is one of the better Stone brews I’ve encountered.
dragonlady1010 (30) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big vanilla aroma with notes of chocolate and coffee. Deep brown with a small tan head. Flavors of vanilla, roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. As it warms, the smoke becomes more apparent and balances beautifully with the vanilla. Fantastic beer.
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 [3255-20100803] Sample. Sweet vanilla coffee and lovely wood roast malt aroma. Black body with a medium-lasting bubbly light tan head. Woody vanilla roast malt flavour has a lingering vanilla bean note. Full body. Smooth and drinkable, wow! What a great start to the festival! (10/3/9/4/18) 4.4
(@ GBBF 2010, London, England)
[6298B-20140502] Bottle. Smoked wood vanilla roast aroma. Slightly hazy, dark brown body with a medium-lasting creamy off-white head. Vanilla roasted grainy charred wood flavour. Full body. Not really a fan of the vanilla paired with charcoal, but it’s not terrible. (6/3/6/3/13) 3.1
(c/o blankboy, w/ him, GregClow, jercraigs)