paco (527) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from trade with Vertical bacon strips. Thanks Jeff!! Pours nice and dark, bit of a head at first. Not much after a minute or so. Aromas of fine chocolate, malts, coffee, vanilla and some light cocoa. All aromas are faint, but they are there. Taste is sweet but well balanced. Neapolitan ice cream for sure. Faint coffee, cocoa and vanilla extract. Some lingering butterscotch as well. Body is silky and smooth, not overly sweet or heavy. Decent beer. Plus points for originality.
Cirrhosis (1143) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 22, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brew looks lifeless in my glass, just a deep brown body and not one single bubble floating on top it appears to be flat. Mmmmm strange there is carbonation on my lips when I swallow but I canít get a single bubble to form in my glass. Good aroma, sweet and chocolaty with coffee bitterness, some vanilla and hints of ash. Very smooth easy drinking brew, sweet and creamy on the palate. You can easily taste all three flavors this is supposed to have, vanilla, milk chocolate, and strawberry. All three of those flavors mingles nicely with the dark bitter malt, the malt has a ashy earth finish. This a beer you can pound all night long it is light and flavorfull, the only real fault the beer has it just not amazing.
Sammy (7717) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a small ring of mocha head. The aroma is magnificient, a great roasting supported by the other flavours. The taste is well balanced roastiness as well, chocolate and strawberry on the tongue. I loved this flavour as a child. A sipper, rich, lace dots.Carbonation right there. Very good stout.Thanks Presario.
VertBaconStrips (1950) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This will be better than I find thought. Poured out totally black with a small brown cap that rings out and leaves some spotty lacing. Yummy aroma of vanilla, strawberry, molasses, sweet chocolate, brown sugar. Sweet indeed. Tasty flavours of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla (Iím smart), a very light citrus, almost zero bitterness, maybe a faint coffee at the very end of the taste. Goes back amazingly easy - I can imagine the epic headache Iíd get if I drank these all night - oily and velvety. Yummo.
JoeZasada (275) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a lasting, lacing medium brown head. Sweet aroma, notes of vanilla. Tastes sweet; notes of chocholate. As it warms, you get notes of vanilla, and once itís at your mouthís temperature you can taste some strawberry. Strong notes of roasted malt, like coffee. Finishes with a coffee like taste that changes to a vanilla. Light bitterness. Very complex beer. Pretty good...
DuffMan (5791) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, for my 3200th rating. Ver dark brown, hearty pour. Intensely sweet aroma that does indeed seem to capture the imagination and suggest melted Neapolitan ice cream. Very sweet though! Heaps of syrupy chocolate, soft vanilla, and a strong fruity note in the back of the palate that unfortunately becomes quite artificial-tasting and doesnít truly capture the strawberry element. It could be any sweet fruit-flavoured syrup really, but the point is that the three distinct flavour components are easily distinguished. Sticky and sweet, too much to have more than one, at least for me anyway. Alley Kat seems a little obsessed with weird beer combos (garlic lager, jalapeno lager, coconut-curry porter), and while this was a pretty successful execution, it would be nice for them to crank out a solid, well-made Pacific North West style IPA. Can you do that for us Alley Kat? If you could pull that off, I would buy two- dozen cases. Promise!
robinvboyer (2760) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big aromas of cocoa, and vanilla. The strawberry seems to get lost in the shuffle, maybe there are some hints in that there is a subtle tartness in the finish, but mostly this is a vanilla cocoa stout. And a good one at that! desert in a bottle!
TimE (2792) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vanilla icecream topped with tons of chocolate. Sweet. Malty. Not apologitic on being so over the top sweet. However in a group of ten people on the beach this got a huge tumbs up. Really interesting.
pintbypint (2274) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
341ml brown bottle. Dark brown colour, holds a short but creamy dark tan head. Moderate sweet strawberry fruit note in the aroma, a bit of roasty chocolate malts. Flavour has chocolate malts up front, fades into light coffee and roasty notes. Slight vanilla extract hint in the finish. Aftertaste is roasty and chocolatey and slightly woody. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, medium body, soft carbonation. Slight note of alcohol. Interesting mix of flavours,a bit sweet overall, but this is definately a desert type beer. Another interesting Sherbrooke/Alley Kat mash up.
thb (644) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow this actually pulls it off. Pours totally black with cappucino head. Serious chocolate aromas. Vanilla throughout gives a nice exotic sweetness to it. Strawberry lingers on the finish. 6.7% alcohol just disappears. On the down side, its a little overwhelmingly sweet and the strawberry tastes a little artificial. Wonderful thick, oily, mouthfeel. This is a gutsy beer and it pulls it off better than I could have imagined.