dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 28, 2013
One of my favorite porters. I didn't think I was going to like it but it was fantastic. The vanilla complements the roasted coffee flavor perfectly.
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[email protected]ads135 (4607) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 8, 2013
White Horse, Parsons Green, London.Black colour, small beigeish head. Aroma is vanilla, roasted malts, liquorice, oak, caramel, fudge and lots more. I’m lost for words. Flavour is very close to the aroma in an extremely good balance. Lacking something I can’t pinpoint in the flavour. Really close to perfection! Orgasm of the senses!
This is an exceptional porter. Dark and roasty with a thinner than expected body. More vanilla than smoke, but its still dominated by its chocolate character. djaeon (15) - Chula Vista, California, USA - MAR 24, 2009
The first time I had this was on cask at the Stone 12th Anniversary festival, and it was all 5’s, in my opinion. This review is based on a growler I got at the brewery last Saturday.
Black with a two finger cappuccino colored head.
Smells like what I imagine burning vanilla beans to smell like. Sweet and smoky. Very appetizing.
To me, this tasted like it has more smoky overtones, with vanilla in the near background, rather than the other way around. All mixed in with that great dark porter taste.
Smooth and dry. There was something in there that kinda made me think of a "gritty" mouthfeel, if that’s possible in a liquid form.
A very drinkable beer. I could easily go through the whole growler myself. wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Strong vanilla aroma. Starts off like a porter finishes with an awesome vanilla taste of course. You know the vanillas aren’t masking off-flavors like most other vanilla beers!
SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Pours dark ruby mahogany with three fingers of light brown head. Smells of smoke, chocolate, and vanilla. Taste is smoke with subtle hints of vanilla and chocolate. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Beans finishes a little smoky. jklopatek (10) - Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2012
This may be the best smoked porter my taste buds have ever tasted. To start the noseon this brew is exceptional with Carmel chocolate and vanilla. The taste is excellent with a cocoa start and vanilla finish excellent beer that leaves the mouth wanting more. onceblind (9627) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2013
Black pour with a thin but sticky-foamy light beige head. Aroma is succulent with notes of vanilla, cold pressed coffee, and a healthy dose of sweet cocoa. Flavor tastes like a chocolate version of vanilla bean ice cream, and is so dang delicious. Nice whiff of light roastiness and light coffee throughout, but overall, is basically vanilla bean ice cream with chocolate. Wonderful! Beachmaster (556) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Poured from a bomber. Pours a hazy dark copper, with a moderate tan head that persists and leaves good lacing. Nose is dark malt and vanilla. Taste is vanilla and malt up front, finishing with a pleasant hop bitterness. Not too hoppy-an excellent porter overall. ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 26, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2009 Quite simply the best thing I have ever had from Stone. On CASK no less at their Winter Storm 09. I was so lucky and knew it because all three kegs burned out by late lunch. Nose is an immaculate vanilla bean vanilla extract with a slight roasted foundation. It looks like there are small flecks of white in it because of the BRIGHT white head - like a photo negative of cookies ’n cream. The normally tart (for me) porter is calmed a bit, so unified in roast and coffee and the vanilla just ends it like a chord, and fills your mouth and sinus with a wonderful vanilla cream haze, or aura, or patina. Such a great, great pairing.