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 Hunahpuís snifter. Notes from last nightís 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 Iím 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. Thereís 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, itís lighter in texture and more sharply carbonated than a typical imperial stout - but its best feature is how superbly the alcohol is hidden. I didnít 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.
smaynard6000 (806) - Apopka, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours black with a small creamy brown head. Aroma is robust roasted chocolate malt and coffee. Roasted coffee flavor with vanilla notes. Full bodied with creamy texture and lingering roasty finish. Excellent.
George2Tall (29) - - AUG 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The vanilla / coffee combination is not unpleasant, but it can be overpowering. This is a beer to be enjoyed once, but cannot be drunk over an evening.
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Johnstledger8 (263) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pitch black with a relatively lasting coffee brown head leaving lots of lacing. Aroma of vanilla, coffee, chocolate. Similar flavours, some liquorice and dark fruits coming through. Slick oily mouthfeel, medium carbonation.
altonbrownd (3962) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 20, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Chevy Chase Beer and Wine. Dark black body with thin head. Nose is liquorice, caramel. Oily taste. Nice roast and toasty. Smooth, creamy texture. Vanilla in the finish. Really nice!
jackafholmes (713) - - AUG 20, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from brewdog bar, Sheffield. Black with tan head. Aroma is all coffee, deep roasted coffee flavours and a touch of vanilla/chocolate in the background. Taste is sweet and bitter. Medium body and prickly carbonation. Amazing stuff.
njager246 (604) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is a chocolate explosion with some roasted notes of coffee and malt, taste is thick with chocolate and vanilla, hints of coffee balance it out wonderfully fantastic!
Panzerfaust (624) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - AUG 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 ml bottle from Club de Cervezas Pours an almost jet black color with some brownish hues visible against a strong light source. Head is medium, light brown/dark tan colored, with medium retention but a fine lingering lacing. Aroma is luscious and smooth with notes of cocoa powder, oak wood, vanilla, raw coffee beans, wet earth and a touch of moccha. Not a trace of phenols with a 10% ABV, itís amazing. Taste is relatively sweet, vanilla overtones with oaky and roasty bitterness. Moderate intensity but well rounded and carefully brewed. Medium body, no alcohol in the taste either. Low carbonation. Woody and dry finish. Highly sessionable and not boozy at all. Itís a fine, characterful, well defined Imperial Porter, yet not the best brew by Ballast Point.
John25 (1138) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark cola. Coffee grinds, roasted malt, vanilla bean. Rich creamy feel, a hint of warm booze that lingers on the finish. Low carb. Very good.
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coachd (341) - Missouri, USA - AUG 3, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is high quality vanilla extract and coffee with some dark chocolate. Outstanding appearance - flat black with a mocha colored head. Taste is bitter dark chocolate with heavy coffee and vanilla undertones. Palate was a little watery; really the only unimpressive aspect of this beer. Very well done.
Plovmand (7056) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. It pours very dark brown with a bubbly beige head. The aroma is coffee and vanilla with sweet roasted notes. Some nuts. The flavor is sweet and roasted with coffee and bitter malty. Quite strong vanilla notes.