jason (1674) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a lighter black body with nice head. Aroma is of vanilla, roasted malt. Flavor was sweet with the vanilla being dominant, but not too strong. Roasted chocolate malt and a small amount of coffee wiht cream. Very drinkable and was surprised to find myself enjoying this one.
dkoonce (906) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2007
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
From Alefest Columbus. Not as much aroma as I expected. Dark, as a porter should be, with a creamy head. Flavor is vanilla, coffee and not much else. This one is true to the label. And while good, doesn’t have anything really special.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle samped from Capones. Pours dark with an average size ltan head, that quickly dissapates. Aroma of coffee, chocolate malts, and vanilla. The flavor is sweet upfont with chocolate and vanilla, then is prodominately roast and coffee, in the finish, heavily carbonated(almost like soda). Good brew.
awall422 (2) - USA - MAY 31, 2007 does not count
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Terrible beer. Vanilla must have been overly done in this batch because it overwhelmed everything else about the beer. Couldn’t finish the bottle it tasted so un-natural. Hopefully this was an aberration and most batches are better.
dpjuart (1033) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2007
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Tanaka. Pours black with thick brown/cream head. Smell of coffee, more like latte, with a hint of vanilla. Nice malty flavor, with pretty prominent hints of what tastes like a vanilla latte. Its a very odd tasting beer, but pretty good, if you like coffee. Espresso really comes through. Not bad.
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours very dark brown. Aroma of roast coffee and slight vanilla & chocolate. Taste is coffee, vanilla and chocolate. Easy to drink and enjoyable.
hopdog (8441) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a larger sized tan head. Aromas roast, coffee, vanilla and very light caramel. Tastes of roast, coffee, and vanilla. Its not a bad beer, but I would have preferred a more in your face coffee presence (especially with Java in the name).
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 23, 2007
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Kinda smells like cheap, stale robusto coffee thats been sitting on a gas station hotplate for a couple of days. Hardly a hint of vanilla flavor. Lousy.
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2007
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
This is not so great. Aroma if of nasty old free coffee, malt, and a hint of stale ashtray. Flavor is ok but nothing to be thrilled about: coffee, roasted (perhaps burnt??) malt, and a hint of dark chocolate. I am glad this was the last beer of tonight’s tasting session...
shalloWMeans (169) - Independence, Kentucky, USA - MAY 22, 2007
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2007 This poured pretty nice with a big brown head. The smell was of vanilla and coffee (of course) but smelled very artificial. My friend and I both agreed that the initial taste was very similar to... well, dirt.