Jow (3925) - New York, USA - OCT 22, 2012
Tap at the stagshead. pours jet black with light reddish head. nose of vanilla bean. tastes mostly of vanilla, light smokiness, earth, coffee, dark chocolate. very round palate and a touch too sweet for huge portions but very pleasant in small doses notalush (5878) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2012
I bought this despite what I thought was a poor showing by chipotle version - nose has a lot of vanilla extract character and not much else - maybe a little smoke and/or char - medium body - the texture is fairly nice - creamy, with medium carbonation - flavor is simple - equal parts sweet vanilla and strong char, followed by a moderate bitterness, none of which comes together all that well - I like the chipotle better - sigh. DuffMan (10435) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 17, 2012
Bottle. I know we shared this at RBAG, and I know I have my unrated notes sitting at home on my bedside table waiting to be entered, but why would I pass up the opportunity to have this again while I’m actually on the hallowed ground from whence it was conceived? Dark brown, copper highlights, beige head, good retention, light lace. Aroma is roast, cocoa, and soft vanilla-- no real smoke on the nose. Maybe the vanilla masks it. The palate really mirrors the nose, with the roast dominating, and the vanilla providing a soft natural sweetness. Light smoke shines through here nicely. I’ve had a few vanilla beers lately that have rubbed me the wrong way with their extract quality. This beer is a great example of vanilla flavour that feels very natural, and is nicely integrated into a beer that offers balance and subtlety. Great job. tcane7 (1674) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2012
Bottle with Meg. Pours a nice blackish color with thick tan head and blanket lacing. Nose is smoked and roast malt, cocoa, and soy sauce. Some vanilla, moderate smoke. Finish is like sucking on a band aid that has been on the hand of a chain smoker for weeks. GMCC2181 (1610) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Bottle from sloth! Nice pour....Light black in color that barely lets light through. Decent frosty head that faded quickly. I really like the aroma of vanilla beans. Light roasted malts with slight smokiness. Taste follows the nose. Slight vanilla bean, light smoke, light roasted malts. All blended well together. Tons of flavor for a 5.9 percenter. Body is on the thinner side. Not watery, just wish it had more backbone. Overall good smoked porter. Thanks bert!
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Big chocolate, roast and smoke scents, almost like a chocolate brownie. Taste is a lot of vanilla flavors with some nice subtle smoke and chocolate, great beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone SHIG (4962) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Bottle thanks to timfoolery: Poured a brown black with a very thin edgy red tint, the head was beige but dissipated fast. Aroma is light smoke not as strong as other versions. Taste is very vanilla bean up front with a slight roasted smoke finish. aplus01 (71) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Aroma: Though this beer is described as "smoked" the vanilla isn’t overwhelmed by the smoke aroma
Appearance: black with minimal head.
Taste: Moderate bitterness. Roasty coffee notes and less smokey and vanilla flavor than the aroma would indicate.
Palate: Medium to low carbonation. Between medium and full bodied finishes dry.
Overall: The combination of the roasty porter flavors and vanilla is one of my favorites. One of my favorite Stone beers definitely recommended if you can get a hold of it. Itzjerm (2869) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - OCT 13, 2012
light vanilla aroma light smokey mainly nothing. Head disappeared. Taste is more bitter than smokey or vanilla. I really can’t believe i shelled out 4 bucks for this. Probably the worst stone brew I ever had. Not horrible still if it was normal price I probably would not mind so much. Shooter42 (132) - California, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Did not care for this porter. Thin head with little carbonation. Vanilla flavor only detracted from my enjoyment of other flavors in their regular smoked porter. Will not purchase again.