ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed 12/31/2012. Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle share! Part of a 22 oz bottle poured into a Hunahpu’s snifter. Notes from last night’s Skins/Cowboys game.
A: Pours a nicely opaque black color. The head is a one finger offwhite color with decent levels of lacing on the glass.
S: Lots of vanilla to start off - and I’m impressed by how naturally it comes off, as well. After that comes a moderate coffee profile...and then after that, tons of chocolaty dark (not necessarily roasted) malts. Not the greatest aroma ever, but I really like how it evolves in its layering.
T: The very first sip is a little harsh with vanilla, though it will smooth out after a few more sips. I really enjoy the layering of the flavors; first vanilla, than subtle mocha coffee, and finally a chocolate and licorice finish. There’s a vegetal component in there that I feel harms the balance. Quite good, apart from the overboard vanilla bittersweetness - but some aging will tone it down nicely.
M: The finish is pure sticky, wet sweetness, which fits what this tries to accomplish as a dessert beer. I could do without the slight sugar burn, though. In general, it’s lighter in texture and more sharply carbonated than a typical imperial stout - but its best feature is how superbly the alcohol is hidden. I didn’t get a look at the ABV on the bottle, but I could easily guess it to be 5.5% rather than 10%.
O: I hope it was just palate fatigue from drinking a quartet of sours before hand, because this was a bit of a letdown. Regardless, this a damn solid dessert beer that can become a really great one after the vanilla fades some. This wipes the floor with certain vanilla porters that will remain nameless, at least.
JDBaker11058 (1388) - Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: deep near black, with a short, creamy light tan head. Aroma: big coffee nose, with dark chocolate and vanilla underneath. Taste: espresso, bitter dark chocolate, sweet cream and vanilla, wet wood, light booze, some caramel, and a little earthy, piney hops. Finish: lingering smooth bittersweet chocolate and vanilla, with a hint of lasting coffee roast. Notes: Full and silky, big, sweet, roasty, and a little boozy. A bottle for sharing. Gift from Josh in exchange for a bottle of Roger Meade Clyne’s Mexican Moonshine.
Turboninja (110) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium/strong aroma with roasted malts, vanilla and licorice. Black reddish color and medium/strong white brown head. Strong taste with dominating coffee flavors. Dark chocolate, roasted malts and some alcohol. Very balanced. Medium/long aftertaste with roasted malts and some hops. Medium/full body and soft carbonation. Overall high quality, though the amount of coffee doesn’t fit for my taste. Body could also be more full.
ilovedarkbeer (2363) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a black brown color with a foamy off white head. Notes of smoke, dark chocolate, coffee, brownie and earth. Very good
Broncowaldon (41) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 23, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pure coffe heavh, French roast, slight Valhalla, some toffe richness, flavor and aroma, great balance for a big brew. Fantastic.
SG111 (231) - - JAN 22, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pour into a snifter, pitch black with a quickly dissipating large tan head. Aroma is tons of coffee. It just pours out of this beer. Vanilla is light, barely noticeable. Chocolate is more prominent. Amazing smell. Flavor is just an incredible amount of coffee. It?s remarkable. Not sure I get a whole lot of vanilla. As it warms maybe more vanilla but I barely get it. If I wasn’t told, I probably wouldn’t notice any. Coffee bitterness finish. This beer is full bodied and yet still silky smooth.
Beaver (1363) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown black with a big creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is huge roast coffee with fudgy malts and a little vanilla.
The flavor is a little more subdued than expected. Lots of roast coffee, chocolate malt and vanilla with a big bitter roast finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery.
Overall, a very nice coffee porter with nice chocolate and vanilla notes.
wxman (1491) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Global brew. Pours a very dark brown or black with a resilient tan head. Aroma of a cold pot of coffee. Taste is dark roasted malt, fresh ground coffee, black strap molasses, vanilla and prunes. Bitterness evident from roasted grains and ABV comes through after the swallow.
Idiosynkrasie (4240) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JAN 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
355ml bottle. Black colour with small to average, creamy, fairly lasting and lacing, tan head. Roasty, dark malty aroma, a plethora of coffee notes, cedarwood, Grandpa’s cigar box. Taste delivers identical flavours. Excellent coffee - excellent beer. I don’t find (and don’t miss) the vanilla.
demmbonz (606) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber to giant snifter. Dark brown with thick tan head. Luscious coffee flavor with silky vanilla finish.
c_lee_burton (136) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with a lingering creamy tan head with lacing. Smells like a roasted vanilla latte. The taste is coffee, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, and roasts. The palate is medium bodied with a certain smooth creaminess that finishes with coffee. Great beer!