pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle, as pictured. Pours a dark brown/black standard look. Has a bit of smoke in the smell, but effectively none in the taste. Basically tastes like a ton of vanilla beans. Good, but kinda unbalanced, all vanilla sweetness. Kimbo419 (19) - - OCT 5, 2012
Bottle share (gracias Crispy!) Fairly strong vanilla/caramel-y aroma. Deep brown color, good clarity, small amount of tan head. Very minimal hop presence, but it works well for this beer. I’m not usually a fan of smokey beers, but the smokey taste is balanced nicely with the vanilla beans. Dry and slightly bitter in the finish with a hint of vanilla in the aftertaste. Overall an enjoyable beer. Crispy34 (496) - Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Out-o-da 12oz bottle. The aroma has a lot of vanilla in it with some smokiness. The appearance is dark brown with a lasting tan head. The taste is pretty complex. It starts off dry with vanilla and turns almost skunky with dark malt before finishing sweet and a dry ,roasty flavor. The palate is dry and sweet. Overall, I find this a good take on a good beer and would try it again, but not for $5 a 12oz bottle. TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - OCT 3, 2012
enjoyed side by side with the pepper version. Aroma is vanilla candy, like the vanilla tootsie rolls. Little bit of the burnt roasted malt behind that. Tastes goes from smokey to vanilla to raostiness and back to a vanilla finish. Impressed with how this is not really sweet but very vanilla filled. Well doen beer. Beaver (1801) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours brown with a medium rocky light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.
FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2012
The aroma is some chocolate malts, smoke and perfumey vanilla.
The flavor is sweet vanilla followed by an acidic charry bitter smokiness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, interesting, but the sweet vanilla didn’t blend well with the acidic bitter smoke to me.
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2014 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a medium sized foamy tan head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was sour, tangy and malty with touches of wood, vanilla and fruity hops. The flavor was dryish, malty and woody with notes of vanilla, cocoa and marshmallow. Long dry, vanilla and wood finish. Moderately full bodied. J_man (997) - Tustin, California, USA - OCT 1, 2012
A cotton candy sweetness in the aroma starts things off along with what seems like strong fresh hops (but that fades quickly). Dark but crystal clear brown with a garnet tinge and a persistent tan head. The flavor is full of dark chocolate followed by a light smokiness and an obvious (but not artificial or overpowering) vanilla sweetness. This addition of vanilla tones down the smokiness in this porter and makes it more drinkable on it’s own (the regular style is great with barbeque!). Smooth and lightly creamy but not heavy at all. Leaves lasting chocolate and smoke behind. Very tasty. Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 1, 2012
12oz. Pours a deep brown with a foamy tan head. Aroma is filled with fresh vanilla beans and the wafs of smokiness the base beer brings. Taste is much sweeter that original with still being upfront smoky. The two meld well with one another. There is some semisweet chocolate in there too. Very nice. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 30, 2012
12oz bottle. Rating #397. Clear, but thick, dark brown color with a big brown head. Nice aroma, light vanilla and a little roast. Nice melding if flavors, roast, smoke and vanilla all coming through with a mild aftertaste. (2502) lusikka (7813) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 29, 2012
355 ml bottle.
Pours a black colour with a beigeish head. Aroma of strong vanilla sugar and some roastiness. Flavour is really smooth with roasted malts, vanilla sugar (and loads of it), grass and some bready notes. Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel and a smooth, roasty, vanilla finish. I honestly think they have not used vanilla beans here, but vanilla sugar instead. Or at least it tastes like it, and it’s the only thing that separates this from the original one. Sweet and smooth nonetheless.