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 (11076) - 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
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black and cherry body with a medium creamy light brown head. Sweet coffee and chocolate aroma. Sweet vanilla flavor with some chocolate and caramel.
EithCubes (4757) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Aroma is of light roast and malt. Beige head on a rubypitch body. After letting it set for a few moments, the vanilla scent really shines through, like opening a bottle of extract. Also carries over into the taste, a strong component of a well-rounded porterish taste: roast, ash tray, a splash of sourness, and slight dark chocolate. A little gritty and a little oily/syrupy. Medium body is a little weak around the edges. Gets sweeter toward the end until it suddenly drops off in a dry, gritty finish. In the bigger picture, the vanilla is little more than an accent. This needs time to warm up. Successful experiment!
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black. Amazing mouth feel. very creamy. Light vanilla flavor up front followed with light roast.
jefcon (1363) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark and porter-looking in the glass. Aromas are a bit of stale grains, also very natural smelling and tasting vanilla. Palate is very dry with a lot of roasted flavors, not so much chocolate or coffee. I had high hops for a creamy vanilla porter, but this brew sadly did not live up to expectations.
jcr (2187) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Small head on top of dark brown body. Moderate nose has aromas of burnt malts, chocolate, vanilla and plastic, a combination not all that enticing. The sweet vanilla is up front in the flavor, but there is also a moderate bitterness in the finish and an undertone of malts. Midly acidic. Medium body with watery texture.
missing (72) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - OCT 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep rich color - almost velvety in apperance with a fine tight head. Aroma is of malt with vanilla and pine. Flavor is smooth and well balanced. A very enjoyable porter (will definitely get again in the future).