rocbyter (1908) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUL 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Robust earthy tones with a sharp malt aroma. Black color with a small tan head. Sweet beginning with a light pine bitter middle fading lightly in the finish.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep and dark but not opaquely brown with a lasting, medium sized tan head. Initial aromas of coffee and earthy hops. Vanilla is distinct, but in the background; also some light tinges of alcohol. It also has some caramelly and brown sugar aromas with a touch of espresso and burnt character. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel and flavor up front, which leads to a dry and roasted, almost burnt flavor at the finish and aftertaste, but it is restrained from being overly acrid. Toasted and roasted flavor with caramel and vanilla mid palate. Very clean fermentatoin for the most part. A touch of dark fruit character from a bit of age, not from the fermentation process. The finish is dry from the combination of perceived bitterness and dark malt character. The mouthfeel starts out smooth and creamy, but finishes on the dry side from malts and alcohol, which is very well hidden. Fuller medium body; lower medium level of carbonation. Overall a very, very well made beer! The vanilla and coffee compliment the base beer, rather than overwhelm it. I wish I had more than one bottle, and I should have saved this one to share with others...
SudsMcDuff (5935) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
your head weights about 10 lbs .. . Pours a deep plum brown, medium foam, sticky lacing .. . lots of vanilla and roast, some tar, coffee grounds, and a chestnut after christmas .. . i enjoyed this quite a bit but one was enough .. . and Iíll leave you with what we all came here to see: hardcore nudity!
Zymurgeist2 (1107) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUN 20, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2013 Completely opaque black with chunky brown head resembling the moonís surface. Chocolate, vanilla and coffee are married well and prominent - slightly more vanilla than the others. Dense, dark flavors coat every part of the mouth. Chocolate and coffee more pronounced now than the vanilla. Deeper complex flavors than expected from the aroma.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2011 I got this from an in person trade with Boxcar (BA). I really owe him for this one. This beer completely kicks ass. This is the best combo of vanilla and coffee that Iíve ever tasted in a beer. Lots of cocoa as well. Extremely smooth, balanced, and full bodied. And itís almost immoral how easy this is to drink at 10% ABV. Great stuff.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5077) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark black color with a large foamy orange-brown head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was strong coffee followed by light cocoa and vanilla and with a toasty and roasty malt undertone throughout. The flavor was strong coffee and moderate notes of toasted marshmallow, cocoa, and vanilla with moderate floral hops underneath. The finish was very long. Fairly full bodied and creamy in body. Excellent.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a creamy light tan head that sticks to the glass. Aroma is heavy milk chocolate with some coffee and vanilla. The flavor is rich chocolate malt with lots of roasty coffee and a light vanilla/alcohol heat at the end. Full body with average to low carbonation and a smooth, creamy mouth feel. Great beer, had this super fresh and I have to say it tastes better with about 9 months on it.
MikeMoriendi (72) - Boynton Beach, USA - JUN 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Itís poured into my nonic pint glass and it arrives a pitch black color. There is a maybe one finger light brown head that sits on top.
The nose gives me a lot of cocoa and vanilla. Iím surprised not to get any real coffee aromas in this. So far so good in my book.
The taste is a lot of the same cocoa and vanilla flavors but it does make way for a mild coffee taste. More roasted malt character in there as well. A creamy body makes this not feel thin and watered down.
RoscoeJackson (378) - Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown pour, minimal head. Smell is coffee and vanilla. Ditto for the taste, with a decent amount of roast as well. Slightly sweet, but not too much. Medium mouthfeel, as expected for a porter. Very good brew for the style.
dwm1034 (662) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber split with sherm1016....thanks! Pours dark brown...almost black. Nose is sweet with a little bitter coffee hint. Taste is a good balance of the sweet vanilla balanced with the more bitter coffee....would be too sweet without the coffee...very well done....wish we could get this around here.