3fourths (6939) - 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.
Leighton (6929) - 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.
DocLock (6789) - 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.
Ughsmash (6668) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Poured an iced tea/burgundy with little wisps of beige head. Nose was heavily vanilla-centric with lightly-roasted chocolate, too. Vanilla drove the flavor, too... with woodsy notes and mildly charred chocolate behind it. Palate was lighter-bodied, and felt a tad empty across the middle. This was alright.. but missing some complexity. Enjoyed it more as it warmed.
Drake (6488) - Ivy, 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
gnoff (6317) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2012 First rating
12 fl oz bottle at a place in downtown Miami, FL. Called something like Burgers & Beer. On January 23, 2011
Clear dark reddish brown color, big lasting tan head. Fairly faint sweet, roasted scent. Vanilla, chocolate, malty, sweet taste. Roasted, chocolate and vanilla aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium low bitterness.
Draught as part of a flight, at the Breckenridge tap room, on October 6, 2012
Didn’t take notes on this since /i had 14 beers on my flight and it felt nice to not write on one of them, but it cam across as even more vanilla than I remember it from the first time. A bit too much, don’t think I’d drink many of it after another.
Cletus (6177) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 8, 2009
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours dark brown with a decent tan head. Smells of roasted malt, some spice. Tastes of pronounced vanilla. Like drinking a beer that someone threw a scoop of vanilla ice cream into. Very off putting.
adnielsen (6177) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2011 Tap @ Denver location. Brown appearance with a brown head. Potent vanilla syrupy, roasted chocolate malty aroma. Syrupy, vanilla, dark chocolate malty, s’more flavor. Not bad but kind of syrupy.
Rastacouere (6041) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
An enormous vanilla aroma comes off the clear and dark burgundy brown. A small off-white veil remains atop it all. The vanilla is quite overwhelming, it becomes challenging to find anything else. Roastiness remains moderate, while the sweetness inherent to vanilla is heavy, though not cloying. Gently leafy, gently milky, borderline hazelnuts; basically all about timid malts and NOT timid vanilla. The mouthfeel is rather creamy, though only thin-medium in size. For the ones in the mood only!
Dogbrick (6014) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish-brown color with a medium thick tan head with decent retention. The lacing is pretty good, it coats much of the glass. Strong vanilla aroma along with some chocolate and malt. Medium body, smooth with just a bit of carbonation. Flavors of vanilla bean, roasted malt and more chocolate. The finish maintains the vanilla theme, with a nice nutty flavor in the aftertaste. Unlike a lot of Breckenridge beers, I would actually seek this out to try again.