dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz. Pours boarding on black with a tan head. I canít get over how much this smells and tastes like cross between a black cherry and cream soda. There was some black cherry in the nose as well as a few notions of roasted coffee. This was borderline offensive chilled, much more palatable as it warmed to room temperature. I still felt like the vanilla was more of an afterthought and was not well integrated with any sort of roasted malt that I think would have balanced out the vanilla.
6ROW (402) - corpus christi, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2009
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
deep brown pour with a small light brown head. the vanilla taste and aroma was not over powering. i expected a bigger acohol content.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark brown beer with a small head. The aroma has some vanilla as does the taste. Very basic.
uilliacc (20) - Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cola colored pour into a pint glass. Cola dark but clear. Tan head, foamy dotted throughout with coarser bubbles. Nice color, would like a denser head-but thatís just me being picky. Smells kind of like chocolate candy. Taste rolls chocolate to coffee to sumatra coffee acidic on into a vanilla finish... I like the pipeline/kona coffee porter better. Not sure I like the mouthfeel-- but it might not be the Iím feeling. Overall a sourness and heaviness Iím not liking much. Could be this bottle. Might give it another try in a couple of months.
Frank (2729) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2010 Had a few bottles of this a couple moths after posting it
June 2010: This is a mild porter w/ a hint of vanilla. It looks good enough, black and color w/ a decent white head, but is not really the most flavorful thing in the world. Nose is very mild, just a touch or roast. There is a bit more assertiveness as far as flavor is concerned. Itís roasty, a bit chocolaty w/ a hint of vanilla, which is thankfully rather understated. The texture is a bit watery but the carbonation does have a nice prickle to it. If a vanilla porter sounds good to you, youíll probably like this but it is hardly a memorable drinking experience.
redtechnj (200) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2010
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma- light vanilla,chocolate
Flavor- burn chocolate,valinna,caramel,malt,some coffee,slight smoky undertones
Apperence- Dark reddish brown with a nice beige head.
Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Black with tan head. Vanilla aroma, medium thick mouth feel. Creamy vanilla taste, the vanilla is almost overwhelming. To sweet for me. This beer is like drinking milk with vanilla extract in it.
jmulv (336) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is pure vanilla, smells fantastic. However, when it gets down to the taste, thatís also nothing but vanilla. Flavor is dominated by the vanilla character, making it a bit too much, and leaving a muddled, dull flavor experience. Medium mouthfeel, not that easy to drink. Overall, pretty bland and very disappointing.
wlajwl (3743) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 13, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Strong vanilla, relatively watery after that. Not bad, just needs to be more robust.
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours clear dark brown with khaki head and good retention. Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Taste is vanilla forward with a chocolate body and a vanilla, nut, and coffee finish. sort of an odd corny taste. Body is medium, below avg carb, average mouthfeel, strange nutty finish. Overall, this doesnít quite come together. More chocolate, less nuts in my opinion.