KrazyKhan (10) - Mississauga, CANADA - MAR 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500mL bottle from LCBO poured into tulip pint glass. Pours a very dark brown stout color with fluffy dark tan head with. Aroma consists of roasted malts, mild hops, sweet caramel, bakers chocolate and a definitive vanilla scent, very reminiscent of a strong espresso or cappuccino. The taste is excellent with a light bitter taste thanks to the roasted malts and hops accented by a chocolate and vanilla finish. This porter is light bodied although has a smooth texture which gives it some significance. Carbonation is mild and lacing retention is excellent. Overall this is a very enjoyable porter and is worthy of it’s many awards since it’s inception.
johndoughty (3692) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Vanilla and chocolate flavours exploded out of the bottle. Small head and a robust body considering its relatively low strength. Very well bottled and an all round excellent beer.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At the bow. A black beer with lots of vanilla aroma and flavours. Chocolate and coffee are also present. Mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel.
cgarvieuk (12801) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
cask at bow ... dark black ... no head as cellar ... soft dark roast ... big vanilla ... light choclate ... dark malts llll light bitter ... maybe bit too much vanilla ... but nice ...
Earlier Rating: 7/22/2009 Total Score: 3.8
Cask at Star festival Huddersfield ... THin tan head ... sweet vanilla roast nose... sweet roast ... little toffee ... big vanilla ...bit pealy wally...3.4
Bottle at home ... deep brown ... huge vanila toffee malt nose ... soft creamt malts again a lot of vanilla ... better body than my cask notes say ... 3.8 ... dark black ... dark malts ... roast malts ... light bitter 3.6
Strangebrewer (785) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. Poured extremely dark brown with a creamy tan head. Roasty malt aroma with a sweet vanilla tone. Medium mouthfeel, average carbonation. Malty flavour, dark fruit, vanilla. Finishes medium dry, a bit astringent.
Frothmeister (512) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle. Pours dark, dark brown with a frothy tan head. Smells as advertised, vanilla with heavy cocoa, malt notes, alcohol, and faint molasses. The taste starts and finishes bitter, with cereal notes, followed by vanilla, with chocolate, and cocoa taking over. Good, but thin bodied, and slightly light on dark malt flavours for a porter. Worth trying though.
cfrancis (2102) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown with a big frothy off white head. Aroma of roasted malts and vanilla. Taste again is very dark roasted malts, mild coffee and vanilla.
rederic (2857) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle, dark brown color, with a bubbly beige head, leaving laces, nice brown chocolate, coocoa powder, fudgy brownie, vanilla nose, with some mild chocolate cake, chocolate waffel, chocolate milk accents and with some light roasted, chocolate malt, cappuccino note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a sweet cocoa powder, reminiscent of nestlé quik, chocolate cake, light spicy vanilla bean, fudgy brownie, chocolate milk character with a velvety milkyish lactose café latté undertone, and with some light coffee essence, roasted, chocolate, toasted, black malt flavours, with a chocolate waffel, burnt bran muffin, burnt toast, cappuccino backbone, leading towards a chocolatey, cocoa, fudgy, delicate roasted malt bitterness finish.
Boutip (4442) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a clear dark black color porter with a large slightly off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light dry coffee with nice vanilla notes. Taste is a great balanced mix between some light roasted malt notes with light dry coffee with no astringency and some lactose notes with perfect notes of vanilla. Body is bit thin but considering the ABV that could be expected with good carbonation. Very well brewed with great complexity while retaining good drinkability factor.
Metalchopz (2078) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep brown colour with red highlights. Its head is big, fluffy, creamy, off-white, long-lasting and creates thick lacing all-around. Cocoa powder and light vanilla beans aromas with the roasted malts. Forgot this was a porter (as it looked liked a creamy stout) but the mouthfeel was watery... so easy drinking for a dark brew. Flavours of caramel, vanilla, chocolate but all pretty mild with not much lingering and stickiness. Decent vanilla and chocolate porter for those who like it to go down easy.