TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 5, 2009
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Pours a deep brown almost black with a smaller creamy/bubbly tan head. Aroma of tart cherries, light hints of roast and chocolate and barely noticeable coffee...no vanilla. Either this bottle is really really old (I just bought it at Blue Dog Pub and brewery prints no freshness dates on itís bottles) or some wild yeast got ahold of this one. Flavor of this off tart sourness, cherry, light roasted malt some chocolate and maybe a touch of the coffee. What the heck! Totally watery and thin. DRAIN POUR
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. Itís 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 (1965) - 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 Iíve 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 (1026) - Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Atwaterís 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 (1253) - 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 Maxís 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 (1870) - 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 didnít 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 donít even like coffee much and I thought this was a mighty fine brew.
thedm (5794) - 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 (3007) - 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, thatís a good thing, then good basic porter, but not a lot of coffee apparent.