doublebock (514) - California, USA - MAY 2, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black color with dark tan beige color with touch of red. Espresso like aroma with strong vanilla notes. Extremely creamy texture with a strong and wonderful coffee flavor and followed by some oaky vanilla and mellow tobacco. Was saving this for a special occasion and today is one. Go America!!!
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - APR 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2012 Bottle ----> Highball glass. The thin head leaves the glass into thin, yet fine lacing. This beer poured thick and VERY dark, maybe the darkest I’ve seen yet. The aroma was pleasant and thick on the nose. First sniff picked up notes of rich dark chocolate, followed by light spiciness - the tip of that scent being fresh coffee and otherwise, roasted malts and a hint of vanilla. The carbonation level was perfect, making this bounty of fresh flavors seem creamy even. The flavor was very balanced, offering the bitterness of roasted malts with a nice splash of sweet cocoa nibs. This is one beer I look forward to trying, as of now I am a fan of Ballast Point brews!
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle Wavers1 thank you greatly. Pour thick dark brown/black great brown caramel head with outstanding lacing. Aroma coffee, vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, like hot chocolate on a winter night. Taste like drinking melted chocolate bars, rich, roasty, dark/milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, caramel, hints of bitterness. MF smooth super silky creamy full body very faint carb. So rich and decedent very very good exactly what description describes and it is also scary balanced. Could drink this all the time everyday one of the best beers I’ve had.
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared bottle with Madvike. Thanks Matt! From the sounds of this it is everything that I want in a beer. Aroma is vanilla and coffee. Unfortunately the aroma is better than the taste. All the flavors are there but nothing seems to blend well together. The only thing that truly sticks out is coffee grounds. A let down for what I expected...
madvike (2907) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from peteinSD...thanks man! - Pours deep black with a thin tan head. Lots of sweet vanilla with smooth, muted coffee, dark roast, and a bit of sharp heat. Taste is very dark burnt roast, vanilla, a touch of coffee. Finish is pretty bitter coffee, with vanilla creme and a bit of lactose. Honestly this sounds and smells better than it tastes. It’s rich and decadent, but I couldn’t drink too much of this.
Slipstream (2076) - USA - APR 16, 2011
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I didn’t much care for the creepy drawing of the skeleton on the label. Why do so many breweries put these unappetizing picture on their labels? The label also talks about joining forces to conquer your palate - and it does that! Black pour with a foamy head that drops pretty quickly. Dark bread and a good shot of coffee in the aroma, a little yeast too. The flavor is simply great. What a delicious beer! Prominent coffee, vanilla, chocoloate, caramel, some acidity, a fair amount of sweetness. A wonderful, subtle interplay of flavors happens here, yet everything is balanced and smooth. This goes into my little collection of elite brews for sure.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Get Real NY. Dark brown, aroma is coffee, vanilla, bitter chocolate, lots of malt. Taste is bitter, coffee. Would like to try again.
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Styles. Pours opaque brown/black. Aromas of vanilla, and coffee with hints of chocolate. Body is medium light. Flavor is chocolaty coffee with hints of vanilla. Very smooth, and dessert-like. A little on the sweet side.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown, no head, spotty lacing. Aroma is dominated by vanilla extract, light chocolate. Flavor again dominated by vanilla, not much else. Not my thing.
konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - APR 6, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black with a brown head. Vanilla, coffee, chocolate and fusels in the a powerful and potent mix. Easy to drink though, but very powerful. Great beer!