Oakes (12551) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2007
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Medium brown colour. Fairly heavy vanilla nose...but not exactly evoking the ring-tailed lemurs of Madagascar. There’s some light chocolate notes in there as well. Heavy vanilla on the palate, with the slight toastiness of a thinnish porter. Not all that cohesive, either, unfortunately.
TBone (12547) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 17, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled 12oz @Cambridge, 1
Dark ruby, almost opaque color, small beige head. Sticky aroma of cocoa and some vanilla. Medium-bodied. Flavor has cocoa and vanilla too. A bit like essance flavors. Nutty.
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a medium-sized tan head. Aroma of wood, chocolate, and vanilla extract. Flavor of vanilla and chocolate. Palate is a bit thin.
Travlr (11812) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
33 cl bottle. Dark brownish maroon, large beige head. Aroma of vanilla (obviously) and roasted coffee beans. Tastes like chocolate soda. Pleasant.
argo0 (11530) - Washington DC, USA - APR 6, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Cola brown body topped by small but persistent beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, vanilla, some cantaloupe, nut, light roast. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, vanilla, roast, some chocolate, cherry. Light-medium body, lightly creamy, low carbonation.
Christian (11119) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very dark brown with a small off-white head. Caramel and molasses in the aroma. Cloying sweet with way too much vanilla flavour.
jcwattsrugger (11083) - 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
bhensonb (11056) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Archer Liquors. Pours dark brown with a decent light tan head. Aroma of dark toast, but not sure about vanilla. Medium body with sharp, creamy carbonation. Now I’m sure about the vanilla. Pretty present. An interesting variant. Not a style of porter I would chase after.
Leighton (10967) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home in NH, shared with Charlie. Pours brown with a foamy, light tan head. Slight roast and mild chocolate in the aroma, mild vanilla fo sho. Light to medium sweet flavor, heavy and almost sharp vanilla, rich bread. Medium bodied with average, smooth carbonation. Lightly sweet finish, sharp malts and vanilla, mild roast. The vanilla is too sharp overall, and the beer could stand to be a little sweeter (which might alleviate some of the abrasive vanilla). Otherwise, pretty decent stuff.
brokensail (10916) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Breckenridge @ The Ballpark. Sweet vanilla and cream on the nose. Mild roast, milk chocolate, and chocolate malt. Hints of coffee. Flavor is quite sweet. Lots of vanilla, chocolate malt, and milk chocolate. Creamy. Roasted malt, some coffee, and a hint of fruit on the finish.