GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 15, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle courtesy of MrRetardedMonkey poured into a tulip.
Pours very dark out of the glass and sits black in the glass with no light coming through. Thereís a small tan head that fed by a stream of bubbles that I can see flowing up the side of the glass.
Man, this stuff smells great. Very sweet with vanilla and chocolate coming through aggressively, especially the vanilla. There is a dark roasted malt presence that balances the sweetness perfectly.
The flavor is much less sweet up front with a strong bitter chocolate blast up front with some burnt malts in the background. The vanilla is less prevalent overall but does come up in the finish which offsets the bitterness from the chocolate.
The mouthfeel is excellent and pretty full bodied for a non-impy stout. Soft carbonation and almost chalky/powdery from the semi-sweet chocolate...if that makes sense.
Another very solid stout from DDC though maybe a step below Peche Mortel (though I am partial to coffee). The use of the vanilla is much more evident in the aroma, which is where this beer shines for me.
guil0000 (279) - New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was excited to see that this beer was one of the top rated beers here on Ratebeer. Poors a beautiful black color qith a small white head. Aroma is strongly of cacao and a bit of vanilla. What I like most about this stout is the sweetness of the stout and the strong finish. Overall very good
cheap (4206) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2009
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
An extravagant thanks goes out to beerman6686 Dan for this special brew! Had the pleasure of sampling this at the 7/9/2009 Pittsburgh RB tasting extravaganza (PGHRBEXT) at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse. It will be a long time, if ever I see a spread of bottles like I did there. I am not good enough for the beers that were that we served! For example, how about this beer: aphrodisiaque, again I am not good enough to have had the chance to rate this beer. Keep in mind I am a rookie and do not rate by style, I rate by how it tastes to me. Vanilla bean aroma with a hint of imp stout roastiness. Big dark pour with a fading head. Vanilla bean flavors override the session. Somewhat slight creamy carbonation sensations on the tongue. Dark & glass staining. Strongish impy stout personality, I canít believe this is just a stout here and not an imp stout. Letís chew on raw dried vanilla beans with a chaser of alky. Interesting beer tasting experience. Cannot taste much chocolate, but I do sense it is in there. Lingering strong bitter alky and vanilla imp stout finish. Dan, thank you for the chance to taste a beer I normally would not come across!
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this one at the RB Pittsburgh tasting. First one of many that day that blew me away. Beautiful black liquid with a large head. Sweet aroma of what I thought was coffee but upon inspection was more of a chocolate/vanilla mix. If this was a little thicker, it would be near perfect.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5077) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a large creamy dark brown head. The aroma was sweet chocolate and vanilla. The flavor was bitter and toasty with strong vanilla and chocolate and a faint floral hop undertone. The finish was long with moderate chocolate and strong vanilla. The body was thick and smooth. Excellent.
Beerman6686 (4698) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a nice black color with a thick tan head. Aroma was of chocolate, vanilla and some roastedness. Flavor was much more of a typical stout than expected, not the overload of vanilla like I was expecting from other reviews, which is a good thing. Overall a very good and complex stout for its stature.
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from cfrancis. Really? This is one of the top 50 beers in the world? The pour is pitch black with plenty of with a fizzy brown head. Hmm, I smell graham crackers, some cocoa powder, and of course vanilla. I donít find the flavor to be anything special. Its roasty like any other stout, with some vanilla. Light body and a dry finish, which I didnít expect. I figured the vanilla sweetness would linger. Still, I donít find this beer to be special.
daknole (9443) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally! I have been dying to try this since I logged onto RB for the first time! Glouglouburb sent me this bottle and I am soooo stoked to be getting more. Pours a nice black color with a big brown head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla and hints of coffee. Flavor...well it tastes like a dark chocolate smore with a nice bitter dark chocolate/coffee finish. Simply a beautiful beer. I can only imagine how great it must be on tap.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer has an amazing aroma: pure dark chocolate with vanilla highlights. Smells like it might be sweet but the flavor is pleasantly dry, like a liquid gourmet 85% cocoa bar. Finish is an almost granular cocoa sensation. This is superb.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 27, 2009
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour black with a big brown head. Big aroma of vanilla and coffee. Vanilla lead to a bitter coffee finish. The aroma of this beer is awesome. Been waiting for this beer for along time.