awood (4) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2007 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good, full bodied palate. Pleasant taste that transforms as the beer warms (becomes much hoppier as it apprached room temperature). Rather liked the vanilla essence that seems to me to be stronger when the beer is cold.
CaptainCougar (7130) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear dark mahogany with a thin-lacing wispy dark tan head. Aroma has some sweet vanilla and milk chocolatey malt Body starts with a sweet caramel malty and sugary vanilla flavor with a mildly bitter finish. Decently balanced and interesting brew.
shaunhardy (1) - Shelby Township, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2007 does not count
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I didn’t much fancy this beer cold. With the very first drink, I was taken back with an unsatisfactory liking but as it sat for a few minutes, the warmer it got the better the taste. I believe the vanilla needs to stick a bit more in order for it to really be appreciated.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
deep cola colored brown body, soapy tan head that fades off very fast. nose is alot of malts, not nearly the vanilla i was expecting, but the flavor more than made up for it....sweet chocolate is complemented on an almost even level with huge amounts of vanilla. i cannot think of any other vanilla flavored beer that actually had this much vanilla in it. the sweetness isnt cloying and holds through the after taste very nicely. a thoroughly enjoyable beer
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle. Pours ruby brown in color with a tan head. Nose of definitely vanilla, brown sugar, and .. raisin bran flakes. It kinda tastes like rasin bran flakes too, chalky, vanilla, a little funky. There’s a touch of alcohol and spice in the back of my throat. Bah, i was right when I said I wouldn’ be having any good beers tonight.
stiffy42j (68) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - MAR 13, 2007
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours red/brown with diminishing head. aroma does not impress me much..maybe cold coffee. I did however like the taste alot. The vanilla comes out very nicely, the base could have been better though, its a tad too watery. I enjoy this though and would have again, its a very nice change of pace.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - MAR 11, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle (thanks to shigadeyo) poured a deep brownish red color with a tiny light tan head. Aroma had small notes of vanilla along with chocolate. The flavor was more of a vanilla soda than a beer. Super light body and not much carbonation. Overall I think the vanilla was good they just need to change the base recipe.
churchill00 (154) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
Airlifter (118) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - MAR 11, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, reddish-brown color. Not much head. Chocolate aroma. Sweet and mildly hoppy. A lot of vanilla, with a hint of malt and chocolate. Mildly carbonated. Very good.
EKGoldings (526) - Radford, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Artificial vanilla extract tastes fake because of the chemically taste of ethyl vanillin, compared to the smoother taste from vanillin. Vanillin is present in vanilla beans, ethyl vanillin is not. Ethyl vanillin is added to the artificial vanilla extract along with vanillin because it is >3X stronger and more stable. That concludes our lesson for today LOL. I don’t get any fake vanilla character from this beer. In fact, I think the character is nicely integrated although a bit more obvious in the taste than I would probably brew myself. The roast character is also too restrained for my taste, so all in all a good attempt here but not a home run.