illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 7, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown/black, cola like with a thin wispy white head. Aroma is mostly vanilla bean. Same with the flavor, mostly sweet vanilla, but there is enough caramel and dark roast in there to keep it from getting out of wack. The finish is a tad ashy, along with some mild peppery bitterness. A little too sweet and overpowering vanilla for my tastes.
ilikestuff (224) - Irving, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2006 A very smooth easily drinkable porter. Would be a good dark beer for people that donít necessarily like darks. Dark coffee bean color with a small quickly dissapating tan head. Nice sweetnes, somewhat like dark chocolate. Vanilla adds a pleasant flavor afterwards, but real vanilla beans in something that contains alchohol makes it taste like vanilla extract, but not any medicine flavor as with other vanilla brews(maybe thatís what the real beans are for instead of extract). A very nice brew, great with desert.
SGTHibbert (100) - Perry, Iowa, USA - AUG 30, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lovely nose of burnt molassess, milk chocolate, and strong coffee. Highlights of soap. Flavor of vanilla cola with some alcohol. Very smooth. Apperance was a black clear body with a small fizzy light brown head. Very nice bittersweet flavor. A very drinkable beer. Great for parties when you wish to impress, good for deserts as well.
Sincere (145) - wichita, Kansas, USA - AUG 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle pours a dark cola color with little to no brown head with micro bubbles that fades quickly. Lazy carbonation. Smells slightly chocolately sweet with a hint of malt. The flavor is very complex. It starts with a strong earthy beginning, quickly followed by a fade into a stronger chocolate in the middle, with a slightly sweet vanilla and honey taste towards the ends. The mouthfeel is excellent with just the right amount of carbonation tounge-float and consistency. Remarkable and partakable, just as the label says.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I havenít had too many beers flavored with vanilla that I have liked, so this will be the exception for sure. The pour was almost black, but not quite all the way. The head was a strong tan color. The aroma is sweet--definite vanilla, roasted malt, and coffee as well. The flavors were the same, and I was glad to find out that there wasnít any of the medicine type flavors that I normally get from the vanilla flavored beers. The mouthfeel is almost right, but just slightly too thin for a porter. If this was a bit thicker, it would be even more enjoyable.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 26, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours very dark garnet with beige head and bubbles on the side of the glass. The aroma is some vanilla and faint coffee, with a bit of milk chocolate. In the flavor the vanilla is not subtle at all. Vanilla beans everywhere. There are some smooth malt flavors in there, too, a la a regular porter, but itís mostly vanilla. This is a very drinkable beer, but I would like the vanilla toned down some.
thedm (5034) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop was bottled on 2/21/???? Whats with the bottles and their omitting the year? It poured a small sized head of finely sized off-white colored bubbles that was and left behind a semi-opaque softly carbonated dark caramel brown colored body and an excellent lacing. The aroma was sweet with very prominent vanilla and caramel malt. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a caramel hop aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of strong vanilla malt. Delicious very nicely done and one I would certainly buy again.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - AUG 16, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma is vanilla coke, bit of butterscotch and hazelnut. Body is black with ruby tinge, no real head on it. Taste is mildly sweet, with a bit of hazelnut, seems more like a brown then a porter because of the wateriness of it.
NachlamSie (2918) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle during my Great Lakes region brew tour. This porter is extra-dark brown, looks black, with a tan head. The aroma is slightly sour with thin hops and roasted coffee. Vanilla hits the palate big time. Itís pretty much cream soda with a beer finish. I donít think itís quite cloying, but it is without a question one-dimensional. The finish is slightly earthy and drying.
Nuffield (3771) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gosh, this was tasty. There is a lot of potential in this flavor combination. The vanilla blends with the roasted flavors to create the flavor sensation of a stout float. In Breckinridgeís take, there is a very bubbly and somewhat frothy palate to heighten the effect. It makes it exceptionally easy drinking, like itís a cream soda or some other soft drink. Lots of vanilla, to be sure, but I had no qualms about it. My wife really liked it, too.