pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clearer reddish brown with a slight light light tan head. The nose is nondescript. Slightly sweet. Vanilla, caramel malt, some roast. A little nondescript twang, maybe extract? I don’t know. Creamy full mouth, best part about the beer. Sickly sweet vanilla. Caramel. A bit of acidity that may or may not be associated with the roast. A bit of a twang, as I said. Cream soda from the previous rater is about right. That same sort of acidity too, creamy. Strang beast. Lingering toast.
FlipperSipper (14) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
To me I thought the roasted chocolate malt aroma was masked too much by the intense vanilla cream soda-ish scent. It was very difficult to detect any alcohol content whatsoever. I disagree with prior ratings describing the palate as dry, It definitely was not full bodied, however it had a intense soda - poppy sweetness. I would serve with dessert, probably with a tart berry dish that involves a custard or light cream. This would probably help to disguise the magnificent real-deal vanilla aroma and flavors that are a little over the top. Overall I was glad I tried it, and will go down as a great replacement for Virgil’s Cream Soda.
travita (4778) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown in color with an ok head. I got some of the vanilla in the smell but not a whole lot in the taste. Some coffee and a little chocolate in the aroma and taste as well.
couchand (182) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep copper, thin straw head.
Rich roasty aroma. Chocolate, coffee.
Dry, lively palate.
Roasty, some metallic, light vanilla.
daddyslick (36) - Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Definitely a drinkable beer. The vanilla flavor was mild as was the smokiness that porters tend to have. Very smoothe goign down.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Dark brown w brown 2 inch head. Mild vanilla odor with decent lacing. Medium palate with heavy vanilla finish, almost too vanilla. Cola-like, malty. A so-so effort for a porter.
unclemike (2853) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAR 14, 2008
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black. Very little head. Smells like a chilled coffee. At first, I taste some nuttiness, and then it turns to a creamy vanilla-like melted vanilla bean ice cream. Finish is abrupt. No texture; watery, and composition is very light in the mouth. Seems like this has two stages: nutty, then vanilla—and then it’s gone. Easy to drink, though.
msjacilynn (26) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2008
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. pours dark-brown with a thick tan head. smells of vanilla and roasted nuts. tastes of undeniable vanilla, almost a burnt taste and too much of it for my liking. while I could see enjoying a nice glass of this on a cold winter night in front of a fireplace, I really would like to see the vanilla toned down a bit.
lweiberg (137) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 10, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very malty and fleeting, somewhat thin and definitely low ABV. It doesn’t go wrong at any point, and I really didn’t taste too much vanilla, but it’s a decent beer, although I wouldn’t pay more than $6 for a sixer.
asedzie (786) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep brownish black, no discernable head. Nose is vanilla, chocolate, tiny hints of lactic sourness. Flavor is lightly bitter, with mild bitterness and light astringency lingering in the finish. Palate is very full. Very nice consistency and balance.