DJC (238) - USA - DEC 1, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
If you really like vanilla, then this is the beer for you. I found the aroma and flvor a bit distracting, though, and that’s the reason for my lower score. If the vanilla were used as a mellowing agent only, as opposed to taking center stage, then I’m sure I would have enjoyed this much more. Also, the body was a bit too thin for this style.
framebender (56) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this in place of the winters bourbon cask ale that I couldn’t find at the particular booze store I was at. Not as good. Slight vanilla flavor near finish but hardly anything up front that resembles vanilla - more of just a sweet sugary taste but wouldn’t call it vanilla. Might buy again but wouldn’t recommend to anyone else.
DrewTaylor (154) - Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2006
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sharp vanilla aroma, with a sharp vinalla taste to follow. Too sharp. The vinalla masks the beer. Not my style, but a very unique beer that would be fun to try.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - NOV 26, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, light roasted malty aroma. Deep dark reddish color with medium tan head. Initial bitter metallic flavor. Mellows to a roasted malty flavor. Slight nutty quality, vanilla is not overly evident. Body is fairly thin. Sharp acidic tinge when it hits your mouth. Taste is best on the end of the duration. An ok porter.
TheBeerGod (5168) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Capital Ale House - Downtown. Nearly opaque mahogany. Small tan head on this. Nose is big vanilla and light chocolate. Some light roastiness. Taste is vanilla, some cola notes, light roasty notes and sweet malts. Body i sticky and sweet with light carbonation and a light overall feel. Ends with sweet malts, vanilla, cola and light brown sugar.
Aggie80 (785) - Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour with a molasses sweet aroma and a touch of vanilla coming through. Short lived tan head leaving some spots of lacing. Strong coffee aftertaste with a touch of the vanilla coming through with a big of mediciny taste in the final breath.
MrChris (110) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong aromatic vanilla on the nose. My mouth is salivating already. Dark molasses in color with a nice light tan head, although not too long lasting. Full body vanilla bean flavor with a sweet syrupy mouth feel. Warm after taste. Some might think this beer is too sweet, but I’ll definitely get this beer again & again.
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - NOV 17, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The 12 ounce bottle poured a clear, deep reddish brown beverage with a small fizzy head that did not last very long but left some lacing on the glass. The aroma was interesting to say the least. The major contributors were dark chocolate and roasted malt but there was a subtle contribution from the vanilla. The body was medium full with a soft carbonation and a somewhat smooth, creamy texture. The flavor starts off decidedly sweet with the vanilla presence obvious. A slightly bitter roasted grain character comes out in the middle and lasts through the medium-long finish. They did a nice job of not overdoing the vanilla thank goodness.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours very dark, nearly black, with a tan head. The aroma is overpoweringly filled with vanilla. The taste provides some other subtleties - some malts, some chocolate - but mostly more vanilla. Hop presence is virtually nil. The after-taste is sugar and vanilla.
jcwattsrugger (11071) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2010 on tap-pours a tan head and black color with red tint. Aroma is vanilla, chocolate. Taste is vanilla, chocolate, dark malt. Nice. OK carbonation. Occasional.
*100904 @Kai Goes to China Sendoff thanks EdN-12oz bottle 3.4