GodOfThunder (1271) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2011
Cask at redlight redlight. Strong vanilla in the aroma with a little ash smoke and grassy hops. Flavor hits first with the vanilla and fades into dark roast and mild smoke. Bitter grassy hops linger for some time, which isn’t a good thing. steelcitybrew (454) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2011
Pours a dark brown with a bubbly head. The nose is malty vanilla. Roasted malts. Taste is malty vanilla. Yeasty and bready. Medium mouthfeel. A solid beer but I feel the vanilla takes over too much redlight (2325) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2011
cask @ redlight redlight. I was somewhat skeptical about this one, but it turned out damn tasty. Vanilla and cocoa powder on the nose. pours very dark brown on the edges and black in the center with a thin off white head. Nice mouthfeel. Vanilla with milk chocolate upfront with some molasses followed by an earthy bitterness and traces of smoke in the background. Very nice drinking beer. mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2011
Tap. Brown with a small white head. Loads of coffee in the aroma with some chocolate. Didn’t really pick up much on the vanilla here. Taste is vanilla, coffee, some chocolate, and just a touch of smokiness. Pretty light body, and a bit thin. I was really hoping for more smokiness to be present as I’ve really been digging strong smoked beers lately. DalzAle (2038) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2011
Tap at Pracna in Minneapolis. Slight translucent brown pour, lasting carbonation and an earthy aroma. Flavor is earthy chocolate, a little thin smoke and finished with a slightly stale vanilla aftertaste. Good, but I like the original version better.
BVery (11364) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2011 Tap. Black pour with red highlights. Gray head. Aroma is cocoa and vanilla. Taste is a little bit artificial vanilla but still good. chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
On tap at Whole foods until a tulip...A dark brown pour, light tan head, ok retention and lacing...The aroma is all sweet vanilla bean, its very strong true to vanilla and not generic like most vanillas. There also is some complexity brought on the finish by some roastiness...The taste starts out all vanilla as well and at first its almost too much and makes me wonder if I can finish the glass. Thankfully a few more sips in the vanilla really starts to fade into a side note as the smoke starts to take over a bit. Very balanced. Easy drinker.
A great balanced beer. The vanilla is really nice, best vanilla I’ve had since dl vanilla bean, the smokiness finishes this in the best way. nbutler11 (1305) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2011
iRate. On tap at Papago. Pours a ruddy brown color with a frothy tan head. Smells and tastes of toasted malt, vanilla, mashmellow, and a little coconut & Hershey’s. Sweet, but nice. HonusWagner (2226) - Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Pretty good, not extremely impressive take on Stone Porter. The vanilla is somewhat artificial tasting. The smokiness of the regular smoked porter isn’t really all that present either, but it’s a decent roasty porter with semi-fake vanilla taste. Good, not worth actively pursuing again. deyholla (12307) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Sampled from the tap at EBF. Poured near black with light brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma had a hint of smokiness with dark grains and a nice vanilla note. Flavor started with roasted malt and dark grains with the vanilla coming out in the finish. Not much smokiness on the tongue.