Ibrew2or3 (6523) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured up on tab at the 05/28/09 Brass Tap CCB tasting with a slightly hazy brown – amber body and nice looking lasting tan head with spotty lacing. The aroma is sweet with malts, vanilla and a dash of caramel. Overall the aroma is moderate in strength and is able to bend the will of the drinker to go ahead and take a sip even if you’re not ready. The taste is much roastier then the nose and is tempered by the smooth near creamy oatmeal-ness. It begins with mild vanilla and caramel notes before layers upon layer of roast to dark roastiness take over. The vanilla persists in the background and build some into the finish. It ends a bit roasty dry but with lingering vanilla sweetness.
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 (1244) - 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.