rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 21, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.
Pours pitch black and reminds me of used motor oil. Not much in the way of a head but the wisps of lacing left on the sides of the glass is truly impressive considering the abv.
The aroma is extremely pleasant and soft. Dark roast coffee and some light hints of caramel. The vanilla is there but it is very subtle, much more so than any other vanilla flavored beer I have had before. Dark chocolate is also mixed in. Sort of reminds me of a mocha coffee drink.
The flavor is even more impressive and substantial than the aroma. The vanilla is extremely subtle and well-integrated becoming most apparent immediately after the sip. Dark roast coffee and vanilla quickly followed by a shot of caramel. Bitterness reminiscent of dark chocolate and espresso followed then by more vanilla and moderate sweetness. Mouthfeeel is on the sticky side and there is a little bit of tannic bitterness on the roof of the mouth.
Overall, an extremely well done coffee vanilla porter. For once the vanilla is not overdone and is perfectly integrated. A sipper for sure but perfect for the cold winter months and one to savor over the course of an evening.
MarcoDL (4152) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Ballast Point. Black pour. Aroma of soft roasted malt, creamy coffee and vanilla. Smooth taste of creamy vanilla, coffee, soft roast, chocolate and a creamy finish. Great porter.
Rei00 (57) - CHILE - SEP 8, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Una Porter de color oscuro con una espuma beige generosa. Su aroma es a café y vainilla con notas de chocolate. Su sabor es a café capuccino, caramelo, chocolate Bitter y vainilla que mantienen un adecuado equilibrio entre sí.
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Punkero (294) - FINLAND - SEP 7, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Delicate. Sophisticated. Sweet, roasted. Vanilla. Coffee. Medium body. Some caramel.
MrBeerFanatic (1016) - Friona, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark chocolate color with a thick creamy head and good retention. Big aromas of brownie, strong coffee, strong chocolate/cocoa, vanilla, wood and slight smoke. Flavors strong coffee, strong chocolate, medium vanilla, wood, slight smoke. Medium bitter, medium sweet, slight astringent aftertaste. The bitter astringency is the only thing that turns me off in this tasty brew. Its not to strong but it does linger on the palate. The coffee and the vanilla stick out well.
RickFifty (1050) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black color, brown head. Coffee nose, caramel, toffee, vanilla, roasted malt, muscovado sugar, hints of dark chocolate, cardamom and cinnamon. Rich and roasted malty taste, cocoa, vanilla, bitter coffee, well balanced, hidden alcohol. Full body, soft carbonation, creamy texture. Personal stats: Rating #1000
ZacM612 (568) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at BP in San Diego. Over the top mocha aroma and flavor. Strong, sweet coffee flavor. Hard to believe this is 10% abv. Very smooth.
Muzzleloader (34) - FINLAND - AUG 6, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Almost pitch black colour and two finger beige head, that quickly disappears. Very pleasant porter/stout aroma with lots of nice coffee, sweet fudge, dried fruits and maltiness. Initial taste is great smooth vanilla coffee, some tangy dark chocolate and bitterness. Full bodied and well balanced despite the extreme flavours and strong alcohol content. Finish is sweet, a bit bittery and warming.
JimmyBoy74 (608) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
33 cl från Bishop Arms i Örebro. Riktigt trevligt porter som kommer att inhandlad igen.
ametras (1313) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 1, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Black with a foamy tan head. Flavors are roasted cereals, chocolate, coffee, toffee and vanilla with fruity, herbal and ashy notes. Full body, moderate carbonation, oily texture.
emusche (198) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a thin almond head, clingy, nice lacing present. Nose is all coffee, notes of roast, vanilla and creamer. Taste is nearly identical; this is a coffee bomb wrapped in espresso and dropped into a vat of pure vanilla extract. Great dessert beer.
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