TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - MAY 14, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From Lagunitasfan thanks homie. Pours dark with a frothy tan head. Taste is mainly coffee and a touch of vanilla notes on the aftertaste. Great fuckin beer overall, probably the best Iíve had from this brewery so far. I really enjoyed it.
FedorStout (16) - Anaheim, California, USA - MAY 11, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz split on brotherís bday. Wow this is probably one of my favorite beers. Smells like coffee and vanilla with a lil bit of dark fruit. The taste has a ton of coffee followed by some vanilla. Has a great alcohol feel to it but a little thin. Still one of my favorite beers ever would drink this badboy everyday if i could.
Capa (1935) - Manama, BAHRAIN - MAY 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black witha beige head. Coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, light cocoa aroma. Bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, dark fruits, and coffee. Pretty hot on the alcohol. Good though, would have it again.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brune body with a tan head. Vanilla coffee rinds, hints of dark chewy fruit. Licorice, Charleston chew, tawny wood vanilla and coco. What a delicious brew!
alexanderj (3199) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Ballast Point a while ago. Didnít realize it was a different beer than the bottled version. Color was black with a brownish head. ARoma of vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, alcohol and chocolate. Flavor was the same with a good dose of coffee and vanilla. Not sure which one I like more; probably about equal in my mind.
Earlier Rating: 3/15/2009 Total Score: 3.9
Bottle. Poured a dark dark brown color with a smallish light brown head. Aroma of roasted oats, cocoa, wood, vanilla, chalk, with a good amount of coffee (especially in the finish). Some really nice, and a bit unusual , aspects to this beer. The two most pronounced elements for me was a coffee middle that gave way to a lingering vanilla presence in the finish. Flavor was very robust. Alcohol was well hidden, for twelve percent, but you could definitely tell it was there. I am not sure I am love with this beer however. I just think there is a bit too much vanilla in the finish. Still very nice though.
DocLock (7201) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Liked this one a bit less than the bottled version. Deep black with tan head. Nose was very heavy espresso, dark malt, licorice, hops. Tasted of coffee, bitter hops, dark malt, mild oaky and vanilla hints. Got a tad hot late. Solid.
Earlier Rating: 5/6/2009 Total Score: 4.2
Bottle from Craft. Deep black pour with tan head. Nose is dark malt, choc/coffee, vanilla, licorice. Tastes dark malty, with a heavy coffee, backup vanilla, and backup hops. Stays pretty bitter, with the coffee dominating.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From stefanje via trade. Poured ultra dark brown with a dark tan, almost brown head that had nice persistence and average to above average lacing. The aroma was a whiff of vanilla and chocolate with lots of coffee. The flavor was dominated by the coffee but balanced fairly well by the swirling flavors of chocolate, vanilla and smoke. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Sweet but never offensive. Didnít notice the 10% ABV. Good stuff.
harbuck76 (134) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAY 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bomber. Pours black with a huge light brown head that dissipates quickly. nice lacing. aroma is coffee, dark roast. Taste is very strong coffee with hints of vannilla. Dark chocolate. Very thick mouthful with a nice burn Thanks to the 12% abv.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 4, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Source: On tap at Kelleherís Irish Pub in Peoria.
Glass: Poured into a snifter.
Appearance: Poured jet black with a one finger brown head that quickly dissipated.
Aroma: Huge notes of cocoa, vanilla and a hint of coffee.
Flavor: Strong coffee, cocoa and a strong vanilla finish.
Palate: Medium/full body with a bit too much carbonation, but a silky smooth mouthfeel.
Overall: This defines dessert beer. Vanilla is prominent in both the nose and mouth. Excellent beer.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle poured into tulip
Beer pours black as an earth wind & fire concert. Head is thin and fizzy and falls fast. Smooth lacing and a small halo is left behind.
Smells of cocoa and faintly of coffee.
Taste is very strong on coffee, not so much on vanilla, but you can really taste the roast. The coffee is strong, but smooth.
Hands down my favorite Ballast Point beer to date.
A little too thin on mouthfeel. I wanted this one to be a little creamier.
The alcohol warmth is perfect. You really dont get too much alcohol on your pallet, but it hits the back of your throat and chest and is pleasantly warming.
I will probably pick up a case of these in hopes to drink it next winter when it gets cold enough to really appreciate this style again.