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 Kelleher’s 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.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a dark black with a thin head- lasts most of the time. Aroma is potent with dark roasty nutty chocolate and tons of sweet vanilla, with a good amount of coffee and slightly herbal as it warms- almost gets a bit annoying from the big vanilla though as you drink more. Flavor is dark chocolate - vanilla with marshmallow, toffee and molasses big sweetness, dark chocolate, some roast and coffee hints,- vanilla is still big with a bit of green throughout- toasty and a big non- drying chocolate finish.
holdenn (2077) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle thanks to drewbeerme. Pours black in color with a tan head. Coffee, roasted malts, sweet chocolate, rich espresso, and grassy pine aromas. Coffee, sweet vanillas malt, roasty and lightly bitter with a touch of hops. The vanilla didn’t seem overbearing and all around a good beer.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 1, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thank for sharing K-man. Pours a deep black with a small light brown head. The head dissapates quickly but leaves moderate lacing in my snifter. Wonderful aroma of vanilla,coffee,chocolate and hints of wood. Velvety mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Sweet and bitter. Awesome beer.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft@Obriens. Dark brown with ruby edges, off white head dissipates quickly. Nose is big coffee malts, roast, vanilla, touch of cherry. Flavor is bigger coffee than expected from the aroma, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, finishes sweet. Full-bodied, thick texture, low carbonation. Complex and flavorful coffee porter that is east drinking despite the abv.
markwise (4310) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks kiefdog for the share. Pours cola brown with an off-white head. Nose is malt, vanilla, booze, and chocolate with noticeable coffee and whiskey. Flavor is whiskey, vanilla, booze, chocolate, roasted malt with some vanilla in the finish. Medium-bodied and enjoyable.
jrob21 (2352) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2009
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber back from bruisin’ ales. Head is a quickly dissipating tan one that leaves a decent lacing. Dark chocolate and wood aroma. Man is that chocolate aroma spot on. It takes me to a special place. Vanilla comes through in the flavor with a bit of roastiness as well. Body is surprisingly light but the roasted coffee bitterness sticks with you for a while. Pretty tasty desert beer and a typically crappy offering from a San Diego brewery.
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - APR 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with JoeTheYounger. Pours a jet black with a creamy short tan head. Aroma is hot chocolate mix, vanilla and a good bit of coffee. Flavor is strong with alot of coffee and roast, vanilla is powerful but not overbearing, and a nice sweet background supports all of the above. Palate is velvety smooth but not too thick and the smooth carbonation provides a nice creaminess.