wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2008
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle at Sadlack’s in Raleigh, NC. Pours dark, black, red around edges with a medium tan head. Aroma is VANILLA with some chocolate, and other roasted smells. Too much vanilla in flavor. Ruins everything in my opinion. Can taste roastiness, chocolate as well.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - JAN 20, 2008
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of cola slightly, chocolate, and vanilla. Flavor is quite the same, plenty of chocolate flavor along with a well balanced vanilla character that isn’t overpowering. Slight roast flavor in the end. This is a great change of pace and oh so satisfying.
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark porter color, small head. Aroma is malty, vanilla, touch of anise. Flavor is nice, roasted malt, sweet with vanilla and no hop flavor at all, hint of coffee and toffee, slight bite in middle. Sweet finish. Good specialty or dessert beer.
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours opaque with caramel colored head. Some vanilla flavor, roast, and sweetness comes through -- smooth and easy to drink but also somewhat plain and astringent. Reminds me of Youngs double chocolate stout for whatever reason. A decent shelf buy, but not a top shelf brew.
jrob21 (2897) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 8, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Get a little roasted and chocolate malt. Get a lot of vanilla. Looks like it should have a much bigger body but comes through a little thin and quick. Getting a bit of an offputting burned flavor. I guess I would call it astringent. Not a very enjoyable experience here.
zombywoof (457) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Minimal light tan head and lacing-dark brown color. Aroma seems a little mild-a little coffee and molasses with a sort of cellar dankness. Flavor is pretty good-not too sweet. Body seems a little thin....also some vanilla.
garrison (792) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a twelve ounce bottle presented to me as a Christmas present by my girlfriend Nancy - This one pours a very dark brown (very near black) brew with a fine tan head and a sweet, light aroma. Tastewise, this is one yummy brew, with a complex porter backing up the initial vanilla-malt sweetness.
DGamez8866 (5) - Duarte, California, USA - DEC 29, 2007 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
this porter pours a dark brown color with a light brown head. The smell is a chocolate-caramel-vanilla scent. The taste is just like the smell. A very tasty beer, wish they sold it where I live.
CapFlu (4762) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Thanks Oakes. Deep red. Nose of vanilla and a barleywine. Flavour is good and strong with chocolate syrup and sweet malts mingling. I love the strength and sweetness.
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle courtesy of moejuck. Pours a dark brown body with a small khaki colored head. Virtually no retention and very spotty lacing. Nose of roasted malts, coffee grounds, vanilla extract, cocoa powder and some dark fruity esters. Aroma could stand to be more concentrated and bold for my liking. Vanilla bean, chocolate, roasted beans and malts, nuts and caramel make up the flavor profile. Heading towards the back end and through the finish the vanilla picks up a metallic artificial note that is not pleasing in the least. Very sweet towards the back of the swallow as well, losing much of the roasty character from earlier parts of the beer. Medium bodied, very "full" though if that makes sense, creamy mouthfeel, almost like a glass of hot chocolate. Best part of the beer, by a good margin. Finish is metallic, vanilla extract, chocolate, some sour fruits and finishes with a nice jolt of some roasted beans and caramel candy. Could be a good porter without the artificial notes creeping up and the sweetness being held in check. As it is it’s just above average, barely.