Nejhleader (1259) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pretty yummy starts with a vanilla taste then blends into a chocolate java bean type taste. seemed thin though which was a drawback
Braudog (5873) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: More brown than the black I expected, with a rolling top of tight foam. The aroma is sweet and smoky all at once. This drinks without any real standout characteristics. I donít get much of any vanilla in this, despite the moniker. There is a hint of coffee, but not much, either. Itís just moderately ashy and roasty, but one that would be easy to drink for anyone. (#3279, 1/12/2008)
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a very dark brown with a beige head. The aroma is used coffee grind with a hint of vanilla. Coffee flavor a touch of vanilla and sweet malt. Medium smooth body. Sweet finish.
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Beer Club: Poured a dark dark brown with a light brown head. The aroma was that of coffee, caramel, and chocolate. The flavor was alright with a strong coffee flavor...it was a very smooth beer but I couldnít really taste or smell the vanilla. Iím still looking for that vanilla. Decent beer overall.
awautlet (45) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Coffee in color with almost no head that fades to a ring around the glass. Aroma is like a punch in the face. It hits you with vanilla, malt, coffe, and hints of toffee. On the palate there is a rich coffe flavor which mingles nicely with the vanilla and malt. There is definately a ton of flavor but it doesnt feel super heavy. Lingering finish.
crazyvin (1977) - New York, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Typical porter appearance, dark body thin tan head. Aroma was very rich with vanilla along with some roasted coffee. Flavor seemed a bit lacking in the vanilla dept, it was present but very mild. Aroma led me to expect more. Water feeling on the palate.
llyons37 (23) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Microbrew of the month issue. Sweet smell of vanilla, strong taste of vanilla and sweet aftertaste. Small white head with a dark, medium to full body.
Microbrew of the month club sent this to me. Itís too sweet for my tastes.
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark dark brown with carmel head. sweet aroma with some roasted coffee. flavor is similar with a hint of vanilla and some dark fruits. oily mouthfeel with a medium finish.
JustinFromAL (125) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 3, 2008
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottled. Dark chocolaty brown with a brief light tan head. Mouth feel is a bit foamy and not as strong as I expected. I canít seem to find the vanilla taste at all, the malty chocolate and slight burnt coffee flavor overpowers any vanilla.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark dark brown to black (looks like a stout) with a decent tan head, fizzling away rapidly. The nose is very fruity with a tart acidity. Reminds me of Bells Cherry stout. Perhaps a hint of coffee, but mostly fruity roasty acidity. Vanilla? I canít smell it. A bit light on the tongue with higher than average carbonation and average viscosity. The flavors are very acidic. It reminds me of cola, which is unfortunately a beverage I donít enjoy too much. Very fruity roasty acidity. Cherry coke? A small hint of chocolate and a suggestion of vanilla, but this beer is overwhelmingly sour, ala some jolly pumpkin beers... in fact, thereís something that is very reminiscent of Madrugada Obscura. A long lingering not terribly clean roasty acidity in the finish. A bit of diacetyl irks me. I need some Tums.