HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Brass Tap. Poured a dark reddish brown with a very thin egg-shell head. Aroma is full of strong sweet Madagascar vanilla, tobacco, and chocolate malt. Flavor is heavy with vanilla but not overpowering in my opinion. I could still taste the chocolate malt, toffee, and coffee flavors peeking thru. My favorite spin-off of Maduro so far.
ObsceneOne (32) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a standard medioum brown with a small amount of head that quickly fades away. Aroma of toasted marshmellow on a cup of hot chocolate. The flavor is delicte and complex. Hints of chocolate, malt and mild coffee surfaces behind a strong vanilla attack. The beer was a little thin but that helps lend this to a more sessionable ale. I think this needs to apper as a 750
MeadMe (1221) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Brass Tap!
A: Pours more amber than the normal nutty brown hue of standard maduro. Nice creamy head that only manages ok retention. Some nice lace does form on the glass.
S: The nose is nice with vanilla dominating. Very light notes of chocolate and coffee as well, but mostly vanilla.
T: Bold fresh vanilla bean right from the start. Nothing artifical here. Barely hiding beneath the vanilla is a bit of chocolate, oats and earth.
M: On the lighter side of medium, good carbonation.
D: Ok, lots of vanilla keeps me at one or two pints. Tasty, but not quite as good as the Espresso Maduro I had a few nights ago at Datz.