pumpmaster (994) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $3.99 Very good!
rumproasts (1190) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. Baconish smoke with vanilla. Somehow thatís yummy, made all the more remarkable by the fact Iím a vegetarian.
glennmastrange (1907) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Moderate toasted cereal for the malt, light herbs for the yeast, light dough and earth for the yeast, with hints of vanilla and cola. Head is average size, tan, with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear dark brown with a red tint. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then the long finish is lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium, a little slippery with a lively carbonation and a dry finish. Nice toasty and earthy aromas, but the flavor wasnít as sweet as I expected. A pretty good Porter, but no smoke.
Bgarnreiter (49) - USA - JUN 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours dark red and black, mostly opaque. aroma is smokey and sweet. choclate and vanilla. tastes very porter like, smokey with a little less bitter due to the vanilla. solid brew
Hopswagger (36) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
P: Deep dark mahogany body with a thick frothy ice cream float top. Thick chunky lacing clings for life.
S: Rustic smoke, vanilla bean, cardboard, dark malt, milk chocolate, a subtle similarity to icy hot.
T/M: Taste follows the nose and creates a vanilla cream flavor with nutmeg and cocoa. Zesty medium body with a semi dry smoked finish.
O: A solid smoked porter that hits all the highlights. Iíve had the chipotle pepper version which was much better but there is nothing really wrong here.
ross (1977) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with tan head. Smells like smoked porter with some vanilla obviously. Smooth drinking with a hint of vanilla. Not sure what i think of this, but i know i would buy the standard bomber of smoked porter before id buy this again.
alexandersh (93) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle; Color: Watery Brown. Aroma: Chocolate/ Caramel/Smoke. Flavor: Smoke taste, however it is extremely odd. I am not sure if the combination of smoke and vanilla works for me, it really tastes a bit strange.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into a snifter.
3.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of beige creamy/frothy head. Retention is about average and some spotty lacing is left.
4.25 S: The roasty smokiness meshes extremely well with the vanilla. Grainy malts with a pleasant caramel sweetness. Smells like creme brulee in a few ways. Very nice.
3.25 T: The taste isnít nearly as good as the nose. The vanilla seems to almost enhance the bitterness and roastiness from the malts. What results is a wholely unbalanced beer. It needs a lot more sweetness to balance. Still itís not bad, just not as good as it could be.
3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could use some more creaminess, but itís okay.
3.5 D: Not bad, but this was $3.50 for the 12 oz. bottle, so I donít this is something Iíd buy often.
Serving type: bottle
Brigadier (2275) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle
Thanks to a generous person in California for sending me this bottle in exchange for some stuff I was purging from the cellar. I could probably have tracked it down without too much trouble. Now it gives me a reason to visit Southern California and try many of these at the source. Two thumbs up to Stone.
Aroma / Appearance - The chocolately brown base was warm yet dark and mysterious. The gentle head is the color of yellowed leaves decomposing in the compost heap. Chocolate, spice, and vanilla are simultaneously sweet and spicy. A cold ashy texture hangs in the back like stale cigarette smoke.
Flavor / Palate - Spiced chocolate stands up against a tamer vanilla profile. The smoky bite nips at the tongue for a while. A mild bodied and filling presence sets this apart. The smokiness adds more depth to an already excellent beer. This is the ideal dessert after a large meal. Hopefully more like it will come my way in the future.
Glouglouburp (5613) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A vanilla-focused moderately roasted dark ale that is surprisingly sessionable. Good.
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed one month after purchase.
The look: Very dark clear burgundy (very near black) body topped by a medium dense beige head with medium retention.
In long: Nose has a lot more of the advertised vanilla beans than the advertised smoke. Aroma of vanilla soaked dark bread with a tiny touch of smoke. Taste is sweet vanilla upfront, with a doughnut-like sensation. This beer mostly tastes like a chocolate glazed doughnut dipped in vanilla extract. There is also some roast and a bit of black coffee. Enough roast to wash away most of the sweetness of the after-taste leaving a clean toast and vanilla after-taste. Thick oily body with medium carbonation. Vanilla-focused beers are not exactly my thing but this one is very well done. This is usually the type of beer I quickly get tired of but not this one, I could drink a few bottles of this in a row. Sticks and stones may break my bones but chips and Stone beer give me cholesterol and I really donít know where Iím going with this.
malrubius (1406) - Valley Stream, New York, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from McBreens. Looks like their smoked porter. Aroma is somewhat overwhelmed by vanilla. A little chocolate underneath, not much smoke. Vanilla sweet with some round dark fruit. Finish is medium bitter, vanilla, bitter, and some lingering smoke. Not nearly as good as the chipotle or the original.