mar (4790) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
overall it’s actually not a bad beer. i wouldn’t drink it on a daily basis but it’s better than nothing.
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Great looking beer! Deep brown nearly black with medium froathy tan head. Aroma is vanilla and roasted malt...smells like a bakery. The roasted malt is very good (burnt taste) however I feel the vanilla interferes with it... very buttery. Definitely not a drinker but a dessert. Good winter brew...very rich.
Beerdedone (2584) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sampled. Pours a deep brown with a light tan head. Aroma of vanilla, molasses, and coffee with a sweet and creamy flavor of vanilla, caramel, and some chocolate notes. A very good porter.
VAYankee (327) - Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown body with a small tan head. Vanilla, sweet malty aroma. Smooth vanilla flavor - just a little trace of chocolate malt. Not much distinguishing in the aftertaste.
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle. color is light cola brown, but when held to light reveals a more ruby shade. a short frothy tan head caps it off. some much vanilla on the nose it’s hard to smell anything else. a soft smooth and velevety ale with a pleasant sweetness and character from the vanilla. some light cocolate shows up but overall this lacks the heavy robustness i look for in porters.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 1, 2007
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Pours a dark black color, decent head and lacing, can’t complain. The nose is roasty, plenty of bright vanilla and wood notes, some coffee and tons of sweet chocolate and cocoa. The flavor is.....oh my god, vanilla extract. Moving on. The finish is your reaction to the horrible intense vanilla flavor and syrupy sweet chocolate and vanilla notes. There’s no time for the palate to adjust, it’s like walking into a dark room then having a flashlight shined in your eyes. You just can’t react. Interesting attempt. An enigmatic surprise? Bullshit, this was a fucking blatant shock wave. I feel generous with this score.
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Not the darkest porter - deep brown/red with a scant head. Quite low carbonation. The vanilla is apparent in the aroma, coupled with creamy chocolate and toasty malt. Vanilla continues to come through loud and clear in the flavour with bitter, burnt malt and cooking chocolate backwash. Bittersweet mouthfeel - starts sweetish but the burnt bitterness lingers longer. Rather light bodied. Overall, pretty decent but doesn’t have the depth of flavours, or richness to qualify for the upper echelons.
Goblincat (381) - Westland, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep brown, very little head. Very little nose, with nothing really standing out except maybe a bit of sweet vanilla. Very strong vanilla taste, with a chocolate/coffee blend following it up.
ABUSEDGOAT (2336) - California, USA - JUN 25, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2008 Black pour with a moderate sized light tan head, decent lacing and retention. Aroma is vanilla with light chocolate and caramel. Medium to light body with a caramel/vanilla type sweet finish. Another vanilla bomb.
T2Tool (352) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - JUN 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle. Had a dark reddish color. Had very little smell to it, which was surprising. Taste was of dark chocolate, coffee and light vanilla. Also picked up a molasses taste. Was actually a little more watery than I prefer for porters.