NikkTwist (1928) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Khyber Pass. Pitch black oily pour. Only in holding the ring up to a very bright light could I discern that it was really a pitch black brown. Tan head left fairly quickly. Wonderful big boozy dark flavors. Charcoal. Ash. Coffee grounds. Tobacco. Burnt toast. Vanilla beans. Devils Food Cake left in the oven and burnt to a crisp. Fantastic!
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured nearly black with a thin tan head. Aroma and flavor was lots of roasted malt, mild vanilla, mild coffee, some chocolate and caramel. Low bitterness, moderate sweetness. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. Thought it could have used a touch more bitterness for balance. But still quite tasty.
MadRobin (2307) - Silver Spring, USA - DEC 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap 4 oz. pour at Meridian Pint in Columbia Heights, Washington, DC.
Opaque near black with khaki head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, oak and roasted malt.
Taste of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, pepper, vanilla and oak.
Full body and and low/medium carbonation.
An outstanding brew.
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TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of malt, light coffee and vanilla. Pours an opaque brown with very nice tan head. Smooth chocolate, some roastines. Vanilla sweetness is understated but present in the finish. Slight alcohol burn. Very enjoyable.
maxwelldeux (4138) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours an almost black color with very little head. I don’t get much nose off this, but there is a little bit of coffee and roasting that I detect. Taste is just a tad sweet, but with coffee and roasting in there as well. Very interesting brew...
AdamJackson (3493) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bomber. Thanks Billy for sending this. Enjoyed at fridge temp in a snifter.
A - Pitch black. 3 finger creamy coffee coloured head that fades very slowly.
S - I smell coffee and vanilla from 2 feet away. On the nose, latte and espresso like smells, creamy and very roast.
T - WOW. Huge acidic coffee notes. The finish is creamy sugar, nice vanilla bean taste. Very much like a vanilla latte that’s carbonated. fresh roasted coffee, sugar and cream. Wow
M - Heavy body, medium carb, dry roasted finish
O - I was not expecting such a terrific beer. Worth seeking out. Wow.
bytemesis (4301) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2013 Tap. Pours clear deep black-brown with a small tan head and nice lacing. Vanilla dominates the aroma, with notes of espresso, smoke, and chocolate. The flavor is about the same, medium sweet with a light coffee bitter finish. Medium body with a well masked ABV.
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from TomZ, Thanks!. really a solid imperial porter, the vanilla is hidden to me, it finds its way out only once in a great while, whats awesome is holding this beer up to a christmas tree and seeing no light, she’s thick and dark.. well suited for fireside drinking.. not overly sweet like some ST offerings either.
Bacterial (2089) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from a bomber that was a bonus beer from Heatwaves - thanks!! Dark pour, pretty thick! Malty coffee nose. Nice hops and bitterness complements the coffee - I don’t get any vanilla, but I don’t have the most discerning palet. I do know that it is quite good though!
b79turner (239) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - NOV 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2015 On tap at Hop City, pours black with a small cream colored head. Nose is coffee, oats, cocoa, vanilla. Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. This is a very well done beer.