rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Botlle... Pours dark brown/black with a light tan head that dwindles quickly. Aroma is sweet with obvious vanilla nose; more like a root beer. The flavor is, of course, vanilla and mildly sweet then the dark roasted and chocolate malts of the porter itself. Leaves the palate clean with a mild aftertaste of, you guessed it, vanilla on the back sides of the tongue. I really enjoyed this beer, but drink fast; If you need "more vanilla" as some of the posts suggest, then just let it warm up a bit and the vanilla becomes quite overbearing. Wife says, "ooo, that’s good"".
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours to a very dark brown with red hues. Nice thick suede colored head. Good lacing. The aroma is chocolate, vanilla, burnt sugars, bubblegum (breathe lightly), marshmallow goo. The flavor is nicely toasted marshmallows, vanilla, Nilla wafers, hot chocolate, more marshmallows. Lingering marshmallow feel, drying, medium body. The vanilla is a bit light.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a slight umber tone at the edges. Thin capping of light sandy colored smooth foam. Keeps a slim collar throughout and the lacing is minimal in a few spots.
Aroma is dark and rich with a somewhat burnt brown sugar and molasses tang with a dark vanilla sweetness.
Taste is good, perhaps a bit overly sweetened in the front at first, but begins to draw out some as it sits. Flavors are dark and favorably rich and lasting with a doughy, milky center surrounded by its dark vanilla skin. Rounds off nicely into the finish with a milk chcolate tone and a resurrected tang of vanilla and molaases like sweetness with just a very slight note of burnt dryness.
Feel is milky smooth and soft on the palate as it quenches favorably well in a medium statured body. Clean, fresh, and well rounded feel and flavors throughout its stay with just the right amount of bearable sweetness and vanilla. Although this did seem a bit overbearing at first few sips but it tended to mellow off some and was no longer bothersome as it grews on me. The little chocolate push in the finish really helped. Although, as well to mention here, this might not be for everone who thinks of a porter and try this stuff. My take is that its a solid, drinkable little porter thats worth trying out.
JMerritt (1796) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark red-brown with a small light-brown head. Chocolate malt, vanilla, and slightly burnt marshmallow aroma. Moderately roasty flavor, not much in the way of vanilla sweetness - a fairly solid porter, though I would have liked a bit more vanilla punch in the flavor.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2006
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep dark brown, almost black. Thin tan head. Appetizing chocolate cake aroma, with an emphasis on vanilla. Big vanilla flavor and quite sweet. Nice body but rather cloying. Quite saccharine in finish. If it was drier and the vanilla was toned down I would like it better. Nice looking 19th century elixir label.
Braudog (5742) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap (twice!) at the Denver location, 4/15/06: Tan head of tightly fitted bubles on a dark black beer. A "pow" of vanilla aroma. Cookies is in a glass is my first impression ... but superbly delicious. The wife loved it.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Dark brown hue. Lacing white head. Sweet vanilla malty nose. Dark chocolate. Slight coffee aroma. Reminds me of chocolate cake. Very nice! Immediate coffee flavor. Sugary caramel and fig notes. Pronounced vanilla flavor. Finish is mildly hoppy and slightly bitter. I thought that this was a quality product. Easy and delicious!
hotstuff (4092) - Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a small tan head that mostly diminished with decent lacing, carbonated, transparent, and a dark red with some brown for the hue. The aroma was malty sweet, caramel, some chocolate notes, and vanilla. Flavor was very nice-sweet, malty, caramel, chocolate and some roastiness. Smooth, thin mouthfeel. Light body. A very smooth, quaffable brew.
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2006
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
No porter, only vanilla. Tast of vanilla overrides any porter qualities...if there were any.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle pours dark brown with a film of an offwhite head and no lacing. Aroma is of vanilla and not much else. Flavor is a bit of roasted malts but mostly overpowering vanilla with a touch of chocolate worked in. Palate is medium bodied without much carbonation and a rather thin mouthfeel. Drinkable but I expected much more.