sonnycheeba (4874) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by snoworsummer. Pours deep, dark brown with creamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, lightly roasted malts, faint prunes, and faint toffee. Flavor matches the nose with chocolate and roast malts forward, light earthiness, and some vanilla and dark fruit sweetness. Medium body and carbonation.
rondphoto (3747) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Terry for bringing this back from Alabama --- Opaque brown/black with a bubbly brown rim head, light strings of lace. Taste is lightly toasted malt with a light addition of vanilla. It moves inoffensively to a light bittering in a short finish, adding some dark dried fruit on the way. A big brew, agreeable, but not great.
burg326 (5253) - Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark brown from the tap with aromas of roast, light chocolate, some earth aromas and light vanilla. Flavors match the aromas light sweet vanilla in the aftertaste, creamy on the palate, nice overall.
suprchunk (2923) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour. Small tan head. Plenty of lacing. Chocolate and coffee aroma. Taste is mostly coffee. No vanilla.
onceblind (6741) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour under a sticky foamy dark tan head. The aroma is nice and roasty with a cool pseudo-minty vanilla tone about it. Not terribly chocolaty on the nose, more roasty sweet than anything else. The flavor starts out roasty sweet as well followed by a smooth dark earthy chocolate tone, followed by a herbal vanilla and pseudo-mint tone. Really comes together really well, has more mint tones than I’m used to (and thats a good thing), with a smooth sweet drinkability.
ChainGangGuy (4721) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Very dark brown body with glimmers of garnet, clearish, with a head that’s just shy of being white in color.
Smell: While there is a bit of roast and dark fruitiness contained with the nose, it’s like sniffing a standard edition Tootsie Roll and a Vanilla Tootsie Roll at the same time.
Taste: Dark maltiness with a chocolate, coffee (light) vibe to it with a fast hit of vanilla. Lesser malty accent of toast and caramel. Medium-plus sweetness. Faint dark fruit. Nil hop character, bitterness. Sweetish finish with the chief flavor, vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. There’s an incredibly minor stickiness to the mouthfeel.
Overall: It’s good, but, it’s just a hair too sweet and strong on the vanilla. Still, I suppose it’s better to err on the side of a bit too much vanilla as to failing to deliver any appreciable (and appreciated) vanilla flavor, like the Breckenridge iteration.
Bob_Boudahili (14) - Alabama, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark porter. Has a short tan head leaving a bit of lacing. Taste is obviously vanilla with malt and a hoops finish. Vanilla was not as overpowering to me as it was to many reviewers.
BeerandBlues2 (11837) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Mellow Mushroom Oxford. Pours opaque black with a large, creamy tan head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is roast and coffee malt, vanilla, dates, earthy and herbal hops. Flavor is dark malt dominant, vanilla, dark fruits, light hops and medium bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
Malaclemys (458) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Taproom, draft pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma of coffee, grain, chocolate, and light vanilla. Taste is coffee, toasted grain. Medium body with a slightly dry finish.
Nero55 (919) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2014 Draft at Avondale. Black with very small tan head. Light aroma of coffee and roasted malts. Medium body with some bitterness and notes of chocolate and coffee. -- Picked up on the vanilla in both aroma and taste this time around.