BillWyce (887) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Grey Lodge, Phila. Dark black
with a deep tan head. Aroma was
mostly vanilla. Had an almost oily
mouthfeel. Flavor was pretty good, with
notes of coffee, but the vanilla was a
bit overdone. Undertones of malt to
round it out. Solid but could have been
better with more understated vanilla.
nearbeer (4386) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 22, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. Gusher that sounded like an M-80 when I popped the top. Opaque black, with a humongous head that requires 18 soft pours, but still runs away and leaves no lace. Aroma of plug tobacco and coffee. Flavors of vanilla, hickory, coffee, tart cherry and chocolate. Near-medium body is way too frothy, but nicely dried by the ton of roasted malts. Not bad, but fixing the carbonation problem is a must. The commercial deScription should add (after the "Open it!") : "But do it outdoors, in the shower or some other location where you don’t mind it spewing all over everything, and be sure to wear safety glasses and a lab coat! "
DialSquare (3664) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz bottle. deep brown pour with a thick soapy head that doesn’t hang around. aroma of coffee and vanilla. thin palate. bitter sweet vanilla taste with a tiny hint of roasted malt. dry finish. eh.
bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2008
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
not a great beer.taste seemed bland with a taste of vanilla. The vanilla/chocolate flavor was strong but it lacked any other ’real’ flavor. Still better than Miller Lite!
JK (5330) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2009 Terrible. I like the idea and some of these vanilla beers, like Breckenridge, are good. This one is black and has a strange aroma of chili peppers. Some roasted malt. 2 2 4 2 6--------& rerate: much better. Coffee and some vanilla. A thin palate, but good flavor and much more drinkable this time.
jackzodiac (12) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2008
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
When I poured it, it took on a very quick, thick, but not foamy (more bubbly) head. It had a decent aroma with obvious coffee notes. Its tasted awful. Very bitter, not dark at all, almost nothing like a porter- and barely a hint of vanilla or coffee, let alone a nice, dark, roasted malt in the flavor. A disappointing purchase.
tool2scream (188) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2008
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
nothing to this beer. Decent look and smell. Flavor was not so good at all. Nothing to it. Very unique flavor, but not a good one in my book. HUGE disappointment.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This porter is definately one of those big robust porters you are looking for on a cold winter day. It packs a lot of flavor. Colour pours dark- black with a reddish tint near the top and bottom. No head, just a little tan ring on top, I guess you could call it a head if you wanted to. Aroma is nutty, with lots of strong vanilla. Little carbonation- that’s cool with me. Very creamy, caramel flavour and dry finish but otherwise nice all the way through.
badgerben (4682) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2008
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
"Thanks" to Joebrew. Black color with a thin head. Light aroma of... green pepper. More green pepper in the flavor. Dry malt finish and a very little bit of vanilla. Great idea, but did not work out at all.
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 15, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled at ACBF on 6/20 in Boston and thought it was delicious. I love vanilla and really wanted to like this one. Brewer at the festival was a great guy as well.
Purchased a 6-pack a few weeks later and was all fired up for a great beer. Unfortunately, it kind of fell flat. Pours a deep brown but with a very thin head, which was disappointing. Aroma has strong vanilla (excellent) and coffee notes, as hoped for. It felt a bit over-bittered on my palate. Just tasted a bit off to me. Not horrible (don’t get me wrong, the beer is still very drinkable) but just not as spectacular as I had expected.
I’m going to finish the rest of my 6-pack and see if my opinion changes. I really want to like this one!!