sloth (2817) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small tan head with a bunch of spotty lace, teeny spotty lace. Clear, chestnut colored brew with a red glow. Nose is vanilla and vanilla with a hint of chocolate. Body is lightly medium, sorta creamy. Sweet malts, not cloying though, light roast, cocoa and vanilla of course and some faint cherry notes. Lightly sweet finish, vanilla extract like. Thanks to jake65 for the bottle!
jbuzz (812) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Rich deep looked almost purple. I really didn’t tastes the vanilla. And i founf this lighter then most Porters
jgb9348 (5729) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a frothy and dense tan head. Aroma of strong vanilla, fragrant oak and malt, a bunch of coffee and even a bit of milk. Medium-bodied; Potent lactic qualities with sour milk and cream more noticeable than anything else. Roasted malt showing through with some caramel, along with a bit of nuts. Aftertaste potent and strong, but the sweetness is definitely there. Overall, a decent porter - more of a sweet stout to me, but the lactic qualities are strong as well as the vanilla. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 03-April-2008.
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2008
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle aquired from a trade with The_Captain. thanks Mark. pours almost exactly like Coca-Cola, a very deep brown with a bubbly off-white head. smell is mostly malt with a little bit of vanilla and maybe a hint of oatmeal. flavor is hard to describe , a bit of toasted malt with some vanilla and a bit of some unidentifiable chemical. finishes with a bittersweet chocolate flavor. it is decent but it is nothing to write home about.
kidmartinek (4692) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours drak brown with a 1.5 inch light tan head. Smell like sweet malt and strong vanilla. Taste is kinda weird, like a good beer and a scoop of vanilla ice cream float. Finish is sugary and malt. Mouthfeel is medium. Pretty good, but not something I would probably buy again.
lightning9191 (82) - Christiansburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer pours with a thin, creamy head that dissipates. The beer is a dark color, from far away you might mistake it for a stout, but when held up to the light you can see its dark copper color. The aroma has some hints of malt, I don’t sense any hops in the aroma. The flavor is malty, with little hop character and the vanilla hints remind me of vanilla coke....kinda of in the aftertaste and a little extra sweetness. The body is medium, with a British carbonation level. I think this is a good pairing of flavors with the vanilla not overpowering. This is not a beer that I would drink three of, but it is enjoyable once in a while to have something different.
keith0718 (434) - Kansas, USA - MAR 26, 2008
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
As usual, the adjuncts spoil the beer. . . not that this one was good to begin with. Not really a porter--a mediocre brown with vanilla flavoring added. Tastes thin. Aftertaste is of soda, not beer.
raiderfost (170) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vanilla , vanilla, with vanilla and vanilla. Not something i could drink much of but a very interesting flavor.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep, dark violet-brown color that shines slightly translucent. A small, foamy, off-white head leaves minimal sudsy lacing on the glass. The aroma shows vanilla beans steeped in sweet chocolate and caramel, accompanied by copious amounts of oatmeal. Notes of cola and molasses are present as well. The flavor rolls the same elements into an overly sweet package that lacks the signature roasty characteristics of a porter. The vanilla component definitely comes from the bean itself, as there is no woodsy oak present. Smooth, but with a less than substantial body, it feels like a session brew, but is ultimately too sweet to drink several of. If there was a Porter counterpart to the Sweet Stout category, this would definitely fit it.
mnurda (1245) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 24, 2008
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Small sample from Wolfgang Puck in Denver Airport. Bit sweet for my liking, but interesting sample nonetheless.