TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pour is black with a fast fading med-sized tan head. Aroma is dominated by coffee, the malt and vanilla are present, but very subtle. In the taste, the malts are mild, and the coffee is watery tasting at best which makes the whole beer lighter then I wanted it to be. The vanilla is not to strong, it is a good highlight. The finish is slow and lingering. The carbonation is a bit too much for my taste too. This is a good beer, but it could have been a great beer.
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a tan, moderate, fine head. Aroma is coffee and vanilla. Flavor is coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. Very good Vanilla Porter in my opinion. Rivals that of Breckenridge’s Vanilla Porter.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark color. Smell of hops, sugar, malt, coffee and minor vanilla beans. Vanilla more dominant when the beer warms. Taste of roasted coffee, malt, coco and vanilla.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2008
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
This was strange and strangely unpleasant. Nose of metallic artificial vanilla. Taste of vanilla, artificial vanilla, and lemonade ... sweet and sour powdered lemonade. Thin in the mouth ... no malt, no body. Just strange.
T2Tool (352) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - MAY 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on tap. A dark black color in the glass. As expected, java was the main aroma for this beer. Taste was of dark roasted coffee which was followed by the vanilla sweetness. Hip of hops was noted in the finish. The beer lived up to its name with the vanilla and the java taste.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle picked up on a trip to MI for beer. A dark porter flavored by coffee, vanilla, hops and malt. eh.
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma was chocolatey mocha with strong roasted notes. I could identify several nice flavors to add to this porter: cocoa, vanilla beans, coffee. It’s probably sweet enough to be a dessert beer, as I’d only like to drink 1 or 2 in a sitting. But for what it was, it was very good. Me gusta.
Aggie80 (785) - Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2009 Nice dark pour with a reasonable head. Deep coffee aromas with a touch of vanilla in the background. The bitterness was due to coffee flavoring rather than hops. A good solid porter that I’d be glad to drink again. Re-rated
can8ianben (1286) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
aroma is smoky and savory. the apearance is jet black with no head to speak of after the pour. flavour reminds me of vanilla coke - add a bit of burnt wood. it is an interesting beer, bonus points for being unlike anything I’ve ever had before, yet not enjoyable enough to consider drinking it again.
Cletus (6329) - Connecticut, USA - APR 14, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours dark brown with an odd tan off white dissipating head (reminded me of a rootbeer head rather than a beer head). Smells of soy sauce, tarte, buttery. Tastes of fruit, some coffee, hints of sweet malt.