daknole (8941) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks to unclemike. Pours a see thru dark reddish brown. Small tan head. Aroma is vanilla and mabye even a hint of bourbon in the nose. Flavor is pretty rich...vanilla, bourbon, malty, and smooth. Some sweetness would make this a beer that I could only drink one per sitting, but I like it.
hopscotch (8890) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft... GABF ’06... Clear copper ale with a small, fizzy, off-white head. The nose is a medley of chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon. Well-balanced flavor with chocolate, vanilla and mellow bitterness. Light-bodied and thin with easygoing carbonation. Lots of sweet vanilla in the finish.
hopdog (8821) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of roasted and toasted nuts, chocolate, and lighter vanilla. Tastes of vanilla (more than the aromas), chocolate, lighter roast, and nuts. Body a tad on the thin side.
GT2 (8281) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 31, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at Mellow Mushroom Winston-Salem. Poured a deep cola ruby with a medium tan head leaving some sheety to spotty lace. Aroma of fake vanilla, diet Pepsi, sacchrine. Taste is all diet soda, metal, and finishes with lemon iced tea. Wow this was bad.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2008 Someone told me I should try this, so I am. Bottle from Westpark Wine and Beer in Richmond. Pours dark brown to black iwht a medium head, good lacing and low retention. Aroma of leather, tobacco and caramel. Vanilla is barely noticeable at first in the taste, but grows on you. Also, a taste of caramel and tobacco. Medium body. Astringent. 6/4/6/3/12/3.1
Rerate 7/13/08. Bottle from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Dark brown pour with excellent head retention and lacing. Roasted malt aroma with hints of vanilla. Taste is roasted malt, vanilla and a tart fruitiness. Full bodied. Must have gotten a less than stellar bottle before, because this really hits the spot. 6/4/8/4/14/3.6
jtclockwork (8019) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2012 Light and smooth vanilla bean nose and mouth feel. Coffee is present also in both nose and taste. It’s light, but I like it lots. Rated 10/15/09
Bottle. Pours black with thin bone white head. Nose/taste of coffee bean, vanilla bean and light chocolate roast. Medium body. Rerated 7/27/12
Theydon_Bois (7941) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at the Royal Tavern, Philly - 26/05/12.
Very dark brown with a thin off-white head.
Roasted malts, chocolate and a vague whiff of vanilla. Perhaps only sensed it because of the name of the beer?
Roasted, slightly burnt malts in the taste, a little chocolate, not picking up vanilla.
A little thin and on the watery side. Average carbonation.
A tad disappointing!
3fourths (7885) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Creamed amaretto, vanilla, almonds and chocolate in the nose, perfume-like at times but overall enjoyable. Smooth and resinous texture is welcomed. Vanilla is heavy but fresh, vibrant and delicious. Roast is minimal, little to no bitterness, little to no astringency. Could benefit from some more roast malt character, but overall it is a decent desert beer when consumed fresh.
BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 15, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is very heavy roasted chocolatee malts with a gint of vanilla and nuttyness. Small, creamy, white brown heaed covering a dark brown body. Minimal lacing. Taste is somewhat unpleasent with a very sour taste. Very malty and earthy, not much vanilla or even chocolate. Watery mouthfeel with lively carbonation. Not as good as it sounds.
DocLock (7731) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Degarth for this one, one of my all-time favorite styles. The pour was deep brown with 1-finger khaki head. The aroma was roasty malty, with a solid vanilla and chocolate smell. The palate was medium, with flavors of vanilla beans, roasty malt, and chocolate syrup. It gets sweeter at the end, with more vanilla and chocolate notes as it warms, and to me, that is a good thing for this style.