Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Churchkey.
Pours near black and has very little head or lacing. Perhaps a bit more in that department than the chipotle version. Nose is strong, strong vanilla. That’s about is as nearly all the smoke and roast are overwhelmed. Taste is similarly unbalanced, although I won’t complain, as it is quite a nice flavor. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Drinks fairly well. Nice and refreshing....would be a great dessert beer.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-05-2010
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have had this beer several times and this time around I felt it was a little underwhelming. In the past I raved about it but this batch didn’t do it for me. I wish i could have reviewed it a couple years ago...
It smells like smoked vanilla with some toasted malts. the smells were average for the potential they have. Taste is same it was smokey with an overwhelming amount of vanilla with a slightly bitter after taste. taste were sequential and not impressive.
cpetrone84 (1810) - 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 (21653) - 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 (12994) - 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 (4198) - 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.