dextermorgan (93) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2012
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
The vanilla accents are too sweet and very unsettling, as if someone poured vanilla root beer into a regular stout. Tasted on tap at Brooklyn Waterfront Beer Festival, 6/16/2012.
Bassikpoet (93) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home. For a beer that puts its name in all caps, there is nothing here that exciting. The vanilla aroma is very subdued and actually overpowered by the dark malt nose. The appearance is black with none of the ruby tint that should be present. Mellow on the palate with a smooth bitterness and very little back.
FriendOfBeer (93) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2013 Light vanilla taste which subtly fades into a roasted malt, then leaves your palate with a balanced bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy
maximet (92) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark liquid with a small but persistent beige head. Mainly vanilla smell, backed up by smoked malt. Great vanilla taste, well balanced, round, not very roasted / smoked. Goes down very well.Too straight forward on vanilla.
ejh8 (92) - - AUG 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a rich dark coffee bean color, but thinly tasting for a porter. Hint of vanilla on first taste but something drier and sharper. Pepper perhaps?
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
aaronh2012 (92) - Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tastes like a very neutral dark ale with a bit of vanilla extract. It doesn’t taste bad, but it leaves a lot to be desired.
schwaiger (90) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - MAY 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Poured a dark brown with a small dirty linen colored head, mostly diminishing. Biggest aroma is of vanilla, but with a noticeable alcohol smell it smells more like vanilla extract than vanilla bean. Aroma of buttered sticky popcorn balls - the kind they used to pass out at Halloween. Also some faint bubblegum. It’s there. Tastes like vanilla wafers with extra vanilla flavoring. I think the vanilla may be too much here. It’s hard for me to see past it to anything else in the beer. Add the lively dose of carbonation and I could have mistaken this for a vanilla coke. Medium bodied and creamy mouthfeel. Good, but not great.
apingos (90) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2007
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap at oasis in rockford. no, it was a bottle. poured dark with a brown head. I don’t know how much vanilla they add but you could sure taste it. A bit of chocolate to boot. Refreshing and smooth. I would have this again, no question about it.
grundsow (90) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2014
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Had high hopes for this beer, but very disappointed. Way too light for a porter, where is the flavor? And the vanilla seemed out of place. Not for me.
IDunno19 (89) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gorgeous brew...dark warm malty flavor. Tastes like drinking dark hot chocolate. Smooth as silk and beautiful deep caramel head. Had on a whim at the Cyclone Liquors’ tasting and boy am I glad I did.