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RATINGS: 844   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Beans Added.

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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gorditoabd (636) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2012
12 oz bottle from Bev4Less. Pours much the same as its chipotle sibling, murky brown-black, BUT the foam is off-white-to-tan and more thick and lasting. Some odors of vanilla cut through the smoke, dark malts and foam on first sniff. A little shake and another sniff doesn’t reveal much of anything new. Taste is initially tame, before a BIG (but not bad) blast of vanilla kicks in, followed by the smoke, followed by a "I’m not sure I like it" marriage of the vanilla and the smoke... this feels like a Vegas wedding to me... ill-advised and not likely to last. The worst part is the medicinal quality that the blend of the vanilla and smoke make... Second sip is somewhat better, but still not all the way gone. Ah well, both beers were not bad, but both have some serious weak point, IMHO...


4.1
Westy1130 (96) - New York, USA - MAY 18, 2017
Rich dark color with foamy white head. Very subtle vanilla aroma/taste (got more coffee, dark chocolate) with sweet smoky aftertaste.

3.7
john44 (3101) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2017
Draft Third of a Pint at GBBF 2010 (Day 1), Earl’s Court, London Aug 2010 - Mahogany in colour. Lots & Lots of Vanilla. Very Malty; roasty malts, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, peat smoked malts, oak, more vanilla, caramel. Fruity; dark fruits. Hoppy; some balancing hop bitterness. Very smooth. Tasty. Subtler than a rauchbier. Lovely Beer! (2010-08)

3.7
SG111 (1829) - New York, USA - NOV 7, 2016
Bottled. 2014 release. Pours dark brown, almost ruby tinged. Off white head. Aroma is very smoky, vanilla, some toffee, dark fruits, chocolate roasted malt. Flavor is smokey, roasted malt, chocolate, some vanilla. Body is a bit thin, but it’s less than 6% so it’s fair. Very good.

3.4
Desverger (11492) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2016
[email protected], Copenhagen (Stone TTO 27/11/2016) - pours black with a beige head. Sweet and medium roasted malty, slight burnt dark malty notes, with chocolate, coffee, caramel, cocoa, vanilla nuances into the finish.

4
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2016
Pours a nice dark brown with a tan head. Heavy aromas of chocolate and tobacco. Flavor of smokey chocolate and some coffee. Big flavor on this beer.

3.5
rocbyter (2124) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Sweet robust malt aroma. Dark amber color with a small white head. Sweet beginning with a moderate bitter finish and vanilla flavor in the end.

3.5
TaktikMTL (7798) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2016
Bouteille de 22 oz achetée chez Killington Market (Killington, VT). Arôme: Odeur de fumée avec une pointe de café à la vanille. Apparence: La couleur est noire. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de fumée avec une pointe de café à la vanille et de chocolat. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement fumé. (Rating #6643)

3.9
markducommun (1117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2016
Opaque black, minimal light tan head. Strong vanilla, light smoke and molasses. Plenty bitterness, less prominent sweetness. Medium heavy body, long finish. Excellent.

3.9
Lonick (1874) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 11, 2015
Bottle @home tasting General Election 2015 (rating backlog) Pours brown almost black with a brown/tan head. Nose is vanilla, toffee, slight smoke, roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts there is a touch of smoke its finish is slightly sweet, its also a touch thin. This beer is almost amazing.

3.4
mathieuc (3996) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2015
Pours a dark brown with a medium offwhite head that leaves good lacing. Nose is of smoke, wheat germ, vanilla, coffee. Taste is dry with some bitter coffee grinds. Grapes (light acidity), vanilla, chocolate, coffee and smoke flavors. Body is light, carbonation moderately high and mouthfeel is weak/thin. Slight acrid and ash-y. Underwhelming, I somehow expected a bigger beer.


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