Cooperii (63) - California, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Poured a dark reddish brown with a dark tan head and good lacing. Nose; smoke, maple and wood come to me first, subtle hops and vanilla. Mouth; bitter wood, smokey maple with trailing hops, malts and subtle vanilla. Finish; interesting attempt, I think the smokeyness is there but the vanilla is light. Not my style of beer...but I think they accomplished what they were trying to. Try it once...at least. odinstyr (806) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Pours a dark brown with a 3-finger thick tan head. Smells of smoke, vanilla, caramel, chocolate. Taste is sweet and bitter, chocolate, vanilla, hint of smokiness, roast malts. slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2012
Bottle. Nose is sweet, artificial-toned vanilla with light smoke and chocolate. Dark brown with no head. Flavor is sweet and over-the-top vanilla, then a touch of smoke in the finish. Out of balance. Medium body. RamyG4 (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown with a big cream head. Aroma is smoke, vanilla, cocoa, coffee. Taste is classic porter with the right amount of smoke and vanilla, perfect amount of sweetness. Finish is sweet with roasted bitterness. Medium body, lively carbonation. Solid. Iphonephan (7282) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2012
From a 33cl bottle purchased at total wine in McLean Virginia. Cola colored with wispy head. Toasty nose. Strong vanilla flavor. Very subtle smoke. Mildly bitter aftertaste.
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
12 oz bottle poured into a tumbler pint glass.
A: Pours a moderately dark ruby red color that’s almost translucent - it’s easy to forget that this is one of the lighter porters on the market. The head is an impressively thick one finger light mocha color with solid retention. Nice webbed rings of lacing are left on the glass.
S: Decently smoky, with a little maltiness (though not necessarily roasted) and fruit. The vanilla almost smells detached from the rest of the beer, almost like it was added seperately. Kind of weird, but not exactly bad.
T: Okay, THERE’S the vanilla. The way it opens the beer, it really just steamrolls over the notes of light smoke, bittersweet chocolate, and darker fruits the base beer provides. There’s a strange finishing acridness that’s kind of harsh and phenolic at times. In addition, the vanilla is kind of weird and unpleasantly artificial tasting, further hurting its balance. I’m just not feeling this at all, it’s really imbalanced in general. On the plus side, it improves somewhat as I continue to finish it (a trend I seem to notice in smoked beers).
M: Nothing too wrong here; it has a light texture and a wet finish, but the hints of plastic on the taste kind of makes the back of the tongue tingle unpleasantly. It’s easy enough to drink, I guess. Low carbonation.
O: This beer is just one big "feh" from me. The vanilla isn’t too well integrated, and it majorly detracts from an otherwise solidly good porter. The chipotle version seems to be far more up my alley; so I’ll have to try that one out. As for this one? Give it a miss. kramer (6905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear brown body with a nice frothy light brown head that had excellent retention. The nose is pretty nice, certainly more vanilla than smoke, with some nice chocolate malt character and some slight roast. The flavor is a little too overpowered by the vanilla and really doesn’t allow the smoke to come out at all. It tastes a little unnatural. At least there isn’t an over abundance of hops in this Stone beer. There’s an eerie taste similarity to vanilla coke actually. Light to medium bodied with fizzy active carbonation. I really like the regular Smoked Porter, but this doesn’t have a whole in common with it. Wouldn’t buy this one again. pras (602) - Maryland, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Pitch black with a nice fluffy head. Aroma is of malt and vanilla. Flavor is of dark malt and vanilla. Vanilla really shines through. Then there is a nice hop punch at the end. bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2012
12oz bottle from a recent Colorado trip. Dark brown pour with reddish edges in the light and a moderate, fluffy beige head. Aroma is intoxicating, nicely balanced between smoked, charred wood and sweet fresh vanilla. Unfortunately, the vanilla bean doesn’t come through in the flavor nearly as much as I had hoped. I just had a Vanilla Porter from Dry Dock in Aurora, Colorado and the MASSIVE amounts of real vanilla bean in it fill the palate much more than this brew from Stone. Tasty smoked porter, but not much different from the original. Sikash (274) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a nice dark color with a creamy off tan head that doesn’t last too long but leaves great lacing. Has is a nice vanilla chocolate aroma with not too much smokiness. Flavor is a nice blend of malt, vanilla, and chocolate with an underlying bitter tone with a nice smokey flavor. Mouthfeel is medium body with good carbonation. Overall a decent beer would buy again.