Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The pours a somewhat opaque brown with red highlights, the head is light tan, creamy and 1 inch in height, as it rapidly dissolves, the lacing forms a thin but complete covering of the glass. Nose has a nice malt sweetness, backed by burnt toast, caramel, and the unmistakable aroma of Vanilla, quite pleasing to the schnozzle. Start has a nice malt profile; the vanilla adding a bit of sweetness and a touch of bitterness, top is light to moderate in feel. Finish has a benign acidity, the hops and vanilla adding both sweetness and a bit of bitterness, a drinkable beer, pleasant to the palate.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I liked the balance of the flavor of the porter and the nuances of the vanilla...I would recommend this beer.
joverton85 (80) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
where is the vanilla? really just tasted like any other generic porter. small head and weak body. smell nice.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - OCT 14, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle. Clear, very dark brown with a small beige head. Roasty choco-malt nose, vanilla and milk chocolate (read: cheap milk chocolate). An initial bitter bite trails off quickly, replaced by sweet milk chocolate and vanilla extract flavor. Body is firmly on the thin side, which kind of leaves an impression of Nestle Quik. Overall, I award this a resounding "eh".
cellardoor (45) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 13, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a bottle, had virttually no lasting head but leaves a nice layer of foam down the side of the glass. Aroma is sweet and alcoholic. The vanilla is very pronounced in the aroma and taste. After warming a bit the vanilla become rather strong and almost offensive. Still good beer all around
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a mid-to-dark brown. Smallish tan head quickly dissapates. Aroma of vanilla with hints of cocoa in the background. Initial mouthfeel of vanilla as well, but it quickly fades into a a sourish malty taste. Interesting take, but I don’t see myself drinking this again.
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. No date on label. Pours a deep dark mahogany with very little beige head. Nose is very coffee like with notes of vanilla, chocolate, and roastiness. Kind of thin in body and with a hidden carbonation that is fairly intense once in the mouth, as well as slightly chalky at times. Flavor is chocolately and roasty with some nuttiness. There are vanilla flavors kind of over the top of everything else. In the finish there is some ashiness along with roastiness and light bitterness. Maybe a hint of cola too. Slightly overdone on the burnt malt flavors and maybe on the vanilla as well even though I do like them. The cigarette ash is a bummer though. Not bad, not quite right, but not bad. I think I’d try it again.
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - SEP 29, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Where is the vanilla? Oh, there it is upon sampling this fine brew. Flavor is spectacular but leaves a sour aftertaste that I easily overcome.
cblado (289) - Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz Bottle. Pours a dark, rich amber. Aroma is almost overpoweringly sweet. Taste is definitely dominated by vanilla. Where are the chocolate/coffee notes I crave? Interesting idea, but it just doesn’t work for me.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Medium brown color with small lacing type head. Light roasted malty aroma. Taste is sweet with light vanilla and roasted malt. I think this is well done unlike some vanilla flavored brews that taste like vanilla extract.