gabbama (203) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is not very strong but is dominated by vanilla with a good chocolate malt background. Vanilla is the first flavor with the chocolate and toffee malt coming through slightly later. Finish is all vanilla with a nice aftertaste.
kpresley77 (147) - Jackson, Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2008
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle pours dark amber/brown color with vanilla and malt aroma. Taste starts vanilla then sweet toffee and vanilla finish. Wish the vanilla wasnt the dominant flavor.
Suttree (5928) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, thin tan head. Vanilla fudgey aroma, as one might expect. Flavor is like an Oreo cookie in a glass - nice vanilla flavors mix with chocolatey malts. If anything, it verges on being a bit too sweet. Enjoyable, though. Sampled at the Flying Saucer, Raleigh.
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can definitely taste the sweet, familiar vanilla coming through. Same color and thickness of pure vanilla extract. Wish the other flavors were more dominant. One dimensional.
Ungstrup (33787) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. A deep red beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of caramel and coffee. The flavor is sweet mlaty with notes of vanilla, coffee, and roasted malt.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Another nice beer from Breckenridge. Pours a deep dark brown colour with a full vanilla head. Nutty, roasted malts, cinnamon and vanilla in the aroma. Mouthfeel is genuinely creamy, well balanced. Taste is enticing, sweet, not too sweet- vanilla, hints of coffee, toffee and butterscotch.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2011 Bottle. Pours a deep brown-ruby with tan head with medium retention. Aroma was obvious vanilla with dark roast....flavor was the same, with vanilla being dominate. Medium carbonation with medium body. Good porter!
Drake (11500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2008 Someone told me I should try this, so I am. Bottle from Westpark Wine and Beer in Richmond. Pours dark brown to black iwht a medium head, good lacing and low retention. Aroma of leather, tobacco and caramel. Vanilla is barely noticeable at first in the taste, but grows on you. Also, a taste of caramel and tobacco. Medium body. Astringent. 6/4/6/3/12/3.1
Rerate 7/13/08. Bottle from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Dark brown pour with excellent head retention and lacing. Roasted malt aroma with hints of vanilla. Taste is roasted malt, vanilla and a tart fruitiness. Full bodied. Must have gotten a less than stellar bottle before, because this really hits the spot. 6/4/8/4/14/3.6
Nate (3998) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled. Light vanilla aroma with some metallic chocolate and coffee. A bit of hops and papery carbonic gaseousness. Some sweetness. Dark brown-black clear with thin foamy off-white head. Medium-light body with medium-heavy carbonation. Starts with malty chocolate sweetness, light Tootsie Roll. Bit of acidic coffee-tang and carbonic burn. Light vanilla notes. Mild nutty-papery bitterness in the finish, with dusty chalky after. Not a very good porter, kinda watery.
thoramel (55) - Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at Stimmel’d in BG, OH. Good head (for a five ounce sample) and somewhat aromatic. The first thing that jumps out at you is the vanilla, proving that they are using real vanilla beans. But otherwise the beer is weak and lacking in other disticntive flavors. The tasting host said it struck her as an alcohol flavored soda and I think I have to agree.