Darkmagus82 (1827) - - JUL 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 7-12-12-
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – Pours a deep brown color with a big billowy tan head. The head fades fast leaving a lighter level of lacing.
Smell – The aromas are heaviest of roasted malt and chocolate. Mixed with these aromas are some coffee and a sweeter vanilla aroma. While it is a little light in coffee and vanilla it is a nice aroma overall.
Taste – Sweeter flavors of roasted malt and a semisweet chocolate meet the tongue. These are quickly greeted by a vanilla flavor and a very light coffee flavor. The coffee gets stronger in intensity, although it never gets close to as strong as the roast and chocolate. In the end the taste is largely of a sweeter coco malt with ever so light flavors of coffee.
Mouthfeel – The body is on the creamier side with a slightly higher level of carbonation level. The thicker body suits the sweeter malty and roasty flavors well, although the higher carbonation takes a bit away from the creaminess.
Overall –Not a bad brew, it has good flavors but does not really live up to its name as a “vanilla Java” porter.
Busick (390) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I was so excited and had such high hopes with the name of this beer..vanilla and java!! I took my last sip with disappointment!
FiR1 (2) - Racine, USA - JUN 11, 2014 does not count
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 4/20
Good appearance, mellow aroma, heavy chocolate on the front finished with strong vanilla note.
decaturstevo (5215) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown pour with ruby hints. Tan head and lace. Vanilla and coffee dominate the nose. Vanilla, light coffee, and a decent malt bitter on the flavor. Medium body with ok carbonation. Thins out in the end somewhat.
ads135 (3078) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAY 27, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Too much vanilla here. The java comes through, there’s plenty of chocolate as well, but the vanilla dominates. Tried with Jess, Mark, and Matt at the DC brewfest in 2014.
ColovianTrader (333) - - MAY 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice flavors of vanilla, roasted coffee, sweet cream and cocoa. Body was a bit light for me. Good tasting beer that probably just needs some tweaks to improve.
4theluvofbeer (109) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is vanilla and sweet chocolate. Taste is similar ....vanilla sweet chocolate and roasted malts. Not a lot of depth.
sudomorph (711) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml bottle. Pours nearly black with a one finger, khaki head that thins to a ring. Aroma has large notes of vanilla with some sweet chocolate, and faint roast. Taste is slightly bitter. Mild vanilla, slight chocolate, and a bitter coffee ending. Low-medium body and with a low carbonation. Thin texture. Nearly watery with a dry finish. Overall ok. Definitely get vanilla with some coffee notes at the end. Needs to have a fuller body for me.
jmagnus87 (2732) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured into a shaker. Pours black with minimal dark brown head. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla. Taste is light sweet and light bitter. Vanilla dominates the start with coffee in the middle and finishing with some dark chocolate. Full bodied with a somewhat creamy texture. Somewhat fizzy carbonation and a very long finish. Great beer overall. I would love to try this super fresh though.
Crispy34 (416) - Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz Bottle. Aroma is vanilla with some chocolate malt. Appearance is a dark brown with no head. Taste is toasty which goes quickly to vanilla. Finishes a dark malt, almost burnt flavor. Overall, a derby beer. Would be nice on a cold day.
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