Brewed by Alley Kat Brewing Company
Style: Sweet Stout
Edmonton, Canada


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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
Picture taking a bowl of Neapolitan ice cream, mixing it up, then smelling and tasting the chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry flavors. Now picture smelling and tasting those flavors in a stout. Canít decide between a rich stout or an ice cream for dessert? Why not do both? Neapolitan ice cream = awesome. Beer = awesome. Neapolitan ice cream + beer = awesome squared.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 7, 2011
In short: A very milky stout with loads of vanilla. Surprisingly fun beer.
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed about 5 months after the beer release. Bottle sent to me by Vertical Bacon Strip. Thanks a lot Jeff
The look: Black body topped by a short lived tan head quickly receding to a ring of flam
In long: Nose has plenty of vanilla extract, Description talks about strawberry flavors. I donít get those. It also talks about ice-cream and I get A LOT of ice-cream. This beer has more than lactic notes, it is downright milky. Lots of milk chocolate here. Unfocussed fruity notes. Carbonation is a bit lacking. Vanilla + sweetness become a bit too much after a single 12oz bottle. All in all this is a good beer. This Napoleon is pleasant even if simple and straightforward, it is not a Napoleon complex, badoom tsss!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
paco (576) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 28, 2010
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 22, 2010
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11232) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VertBaconStrips (2326) - Blerkablerka, NIUE - SEP 18, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeZasada (314) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 12, 2010
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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (9593) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 7, 2010
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robinvboyer (4170) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2010
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (5091) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 21, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintbypint (3328) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 10, 2010
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.

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