CacheManyHose (230) - HONG KONG - NOV 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From San Diego. Pours opaque black. Small tan creamy-looking head. Fizzy watery lacing. Smell is overpowering coffee and vanilla, some dried fruit and dessert wine in the background. Taste is also of overwhelming coffee and vanilla. Milk chocolate, a little acidic sharpness, very bitter. Body is thin, slightly acidic, smooth. Tastes unlike any other stout/porter I've had - it's big and complex but the strong coffee and especially the vanilla makes it almost un-beer-like. Agree with HKdIPA that it's almost like a bitter beer version of a Kahlua.
HKdIPA (288) - HONG KONG - NOV 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from San Diego via G&M. Thick black pour with dense fine tan head. Aroma is unusual - the vanilla is a big change from most imperial stouts/porters. Lots of coffee and lots of woody vanilla. Maybe too much vanilla. Taste follows. Vanilla is very powerful - somehow makes it more chocolatey too which is good - probably a bit too much for my liking. That said, good to try a big stout/porter that takes things in a new direction. Tastes a bit like a beer version of Bailey's. Good amount of hoppy bitterness and a lot of booziness. Really interesting beer. Not my favorite but good to try something so committed to a different take.
BierMeHoos (148) - Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Pours black with a massive foamy tan head. Aroma is lightly toasted grains and a bit of cocoa. Taste is similar and wow! Vanilla, roasted chocolate and coffee quite clear as day. Truly wonderful and everyone should try it.
Aggiebob (6) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - NOV 26, 2014 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A full body porter with a strong coffee flavor. A very hearty and enjoyable selection.
JMerritt (1828) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Black with a large light brown head. Big coffee aroma, slightly grassy, with cocoa notes and light roasted pecans. Moderately bitter with a mild cocoa and vanilla sweetness. Roasted coffee is really, really nice and well balanced by the mild vanilla and chocolate. Impressive.
kalervo (733) - FINLAND - NOV 24, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vihreä Haltiatar 11/2014. Very fine beer. Lots of coffee, chocolat, warming roasted malts, some alcohol and well balanced hoppiness. Wonderful.
tillmac62 (240) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark as a starless night with an excellent massive head. Lacing and retention are also excellent. Nice nose of sweet dark chocolate over coffee with strong vanilla notes. Medium body with a slick texture that has creamy aspects, but is not quite there. Above average carbonation with effervescence present from the middle on. The flavor profile is simply a masterpiece - intense, complex and balanced. It begins with a rush of sweet dark chocolate that highlights the vanilla aspects but also has a distinctive caramel presence. As the sweetness fades, coffee becomes evident and the vanilla becomes more note like and the caramel is most noted. The middle is the only detection of roast I encountered, and it is buttressed by hop flavor (rind like) and bitterness. A combination of alcohol, hops and coffee yield a nice puckering effect. The finish is quite smooth and lingers with an abundance of all the previous flavors. It is the most complex finish I’ve had the privilege to experience. The finish is where the 10% alcohol becomes evident as a very slight nice burn at the back of the throat. This one is World Class, the best porter I’ve ever had and it’s rating is second to only FBS. IMHO, this is the best porter in the world.
BOSSbrewer (1940) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 18, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Ballast Point Tasting Room. Pours dark black with a thin tan head. Aroma is all coffee with some roast. Flavor is dark espresso roast. Finishes sticky on the mouth. Really nice beer. Holy cow.
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BeerGolem (697) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 660 ml. Pitch black with tiny beige head. Aroma: amazing vanilla touch, coffee, chocolate, nuts, malt and a tad of alcohol. Awesome mix, but the taste is even more impressive. Robust beer, full bodied. Pleasant warming feeling. Among the best in the style.
Maisteri (1) - FINLAND - NOV 18, 2014 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20