SSSteve (4006) - - AUG 18, 2007
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
clear brown with a small tan head. aroma is weak with light notes of sweet milk chocolate. body is extremely thin for a porter. vanilla is up front with light sweet chocolate. tastes more like a cream soda. highly carbonated. palate is just all wrong.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pourss dark brown with some rich ruby highlights. Fairly muted nose of roasted malt, some artificial vanilla and Hershey’s mike chocolate. Roasted malt with a hint of toffee nuttyness on the palate. There’s a hint of metallic alcohol astringincy that was a tad offputting. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Very average if unforgettable porter.
MattShizzle (600) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown. I like this a lot! Good porter. Definitely notice vanilla flavor, but it’s not overwhelming.
wizzler (25) - Manitowoc, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2007
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Think is a beer i would suggest to drink ice cold. it really hits the spot then. it i really smooth and finishes nicely. i had it just out of the fridge and it seemed really bitter out of there
SynergyXJ (510) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Dark maroon pour with a little white head with low retention. Aroma of vanilla and some malt. Flavor has a bit of roasted malt porter flavor, but dominated by the vanilla. Strong vanilla and roasted aftertaste. Better than I was expecting.
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost black with deep ruby edges. Off-white head quickly vanishes. Roast and vanilla on the nose. Big vanilla flavor that fills the palate. Full flavor and nice mouthfeel, but this beer is a bit thin in complexity. Not a powerhouse in this category, but this beer could be enjoyed year round.
swk (5) - Athens, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2007 does not count
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Disappointing---good color, aroma is mostly coffee and roasted malt. Flavor is a combination of roasted malt/coffee and licorice, with no perceptable vanilla. Tastes almost burnt.
Braincage1 (147) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. A deep ruby red makes this beer look almost black. A thin tan head tops it off. Aroma is delicious - a milky, vanilla, toffee, frappucinno combo that would be just right if it just had more presence. Flavor is decent - Im not getting the vanilla here more of just a roasted coffee malt bitterness that coats the tongue. Thats about it and doesnt leave much of an impression.
alexsdad06 (9122) - Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium sized beige head that hangs on for a bit. The aroma is coffee, roasted malt, light chocolate, and vanilla. The flavor comes off a bit sweeter than the aroma let on. The vanilla and roasted malt take center stage with the coffee and chocolate moving more toward the finish. Medium/medium-full mouthfeel and easy to drink. I am surprised this isn’t rated higher.
jdp (59) - Washington, USA - JUL 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Whole Foods. Pours a dark brown with slight light brown head head. Smells of vanilla and slight sweet malt. Tastes like a nice vanilla coffee with a slight hint of chocolate. Very, very slight hop flavor. Has a good toasted malt/coffe flavor with good vanilla aroma. Nice job.