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 (7365) - 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 (382) - 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 (2389) - 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.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle: pours a clear light brown with a small off white head. aroma of vanilla and roasted grains not very strong but pleasant. a very pleasant taste that is not to strong like the aroma it is vanilla upfront and some roasted grains in the back (chocolate and coffee that is very week). the palate is very smooth and a very easy drinking porter. everything is quite light though.
obguthr (3830) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2007
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Very light aroma of vanilla and cherry. Pours clear, dark reddish brown, with a medium off white head and decent glass coating. Earthy, mossy flavor, but not strong. Faint vanilla and hop finish. There are some good flavors with this beer, but someone needs to turn up the volume a bit and bring them out more. It’s just a little weak.
TheShat (131) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2007
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2007 Bottle pours an opaque black/brown. The was no head. The aroma is of rich dark malt and there is atouch of sweetness. The flavor starts sour and movers to sweet dark malt finishing with a sweet vanilla flavor and some alcohol kick. Strange, not bitter enough and too sweet for my taste.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 13, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of hopscotch. Thanks, Eric! Pours a dark, reddish-brown color; light tan head with web-like lacing. Sweet, vanilla and nougat in the aroma. Medium mouthfeel: cheap vanilla character (like oak chips) in a roasted malt and milk chocolate base; pleasant sweetness and vanilla bean creaminess, in an otherwise uneventful porter; slightly oily and viscous. Creamy, vanilla bean and milk chocolate finish.