punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Black pour with some ruby highlights and a short-lived, 1-finger, tan head. The aroma is subtle roast and cocoa with faintly detectable vanilla and a fair dose of spicy hops. The flavor is pretty much the same as the aroma but with just a bit more vanilla. It’s really all a bit artificial tasting though. Finishes a little aqueous too. The body is a bit on the thin side and a touch over carbonated.
jstraw (1960) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2009
1.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Dark mahogany with fair, creamy tan head / Weak roast barley nose / Light body, very watery with faint finish / Very weak flavors of vanilla extract and dormitory vending machine coffee / One of the worst beers I’ve ever had. Pathetic.
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - SEP 29, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with tiny tan head. Smell of vanilla rours through over everything else. Did not expect much so I was surprised at how tasty this beer is....I think we have it a tad underated.
WVHouseofBeer (1023) - Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Atwater’s is a perfect company to brew this beer, because well, its full of water. A beer that carries a lengthy name ingredient deck brings little flavor to the table. This beer should be so much more, but falls flat, like its taste.
italarican (1543) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2009
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours brown with a surprisingly fizzy, very active off-white head. The constant bubbling of the head was a bit weird. Aroma is surprisingly lager-esque of grains, rice wine vinegar, and malt with a hint of coffee in the background. The flavor has more coffee with notes of caramel syrup, wheat grains, and rice. Slight bitter chocolate finish. A bit watery and weak. Tastes like someone spilled a bit of coffee porter into a full glass of lager. This is weird.
Derek881 (1240) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I sampled this beer on draft at Max’s Taphouse in Baltimore. It had a dark black color with a small, dark tan head with good cling and little retention. The aroma was a nice coffee scent with a touch of vanilla, some caramel malt and a bit of grain. It had a good coffee taste with a sweet vanilla flavor and some bitterness. The beer was quite wet and watery with low carbonation and a thinner, less full feel.
zdk (1859) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle: I think is way under rated here. Pours clear dark with tan head. Arouma of chocolate and coffee, and I thought the vanilla came through just fine. At first I didn’t get all the flavors out of this one, but only because the bartender served it at refrigerator temp (!) When it warmed up a bit, I got some great chocolate, coffee and vanilla bean flavors. I don’t even like coffee much and I thought this was a mighty fine brew.
thedm (5553) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized light brown colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a semi-opaque typically carbonated dark ruby red brown colored body and an excellent lacing. The aroma was dark malt licorice and semi-sweet. The semi-thick mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of mildly vinous dark malt and burnt malt. A decent one that I would consider buying again.
DrnkMcDermott (2992) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beer #30 at GTMW, 8-8-09. Brown, but not hazy, I can easily see my fingers through the glass. Nice thick porter type head, light tan color. Not too much smell at this moment. Taste is light in vanilla, that’s a good thing, then good basic porter, but not a lot of coffee apparent.
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the Jug at the GABF Colorado Convention Center, Denver 10/10/2008
Vanilla aroma. Small beige head. Black smooth on the palate and fruity with a slightly dry finish.