MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a 6 pack courtesy of Jadoreblanche. A deep motor oil pour with a gorgeous billowing froth of mocha head. Excellent lace. Nose is a blast of vanilla and dark chocolate, with roast malts and cocoa nibs. The flavour is great. Lots of dark chocolate with an upfront vanilla profile that really works well with the chocolate aspect. A bit of coffee with roasted malts and some cafe mocha. Creamy and very drinkable. Medium body is missing a little something mid palate, but only a minor detraction to this wonderful stout. Thankfully we have 5 more.
blankboy (6236) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at íMondial de la Biere 2009í, Montrťal, QC. Finally I get to have this legendary beer! Pours a beautiful cascading brown-black with a large lasting creamy tan head and nice lacing -- looks perfect. Aromaís a bit mild but lovely: Lightly roasted malt, vanilla and milk chocolate. Delicious flavour of roasted malt, coffee, vanilla and cream. Nice bitter finish. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. As good as I expected, an amazing Stout!
BitchesBrew (714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[bottle] At last.. [Iíve waited so damn long to try this beer-- Iíve traveled 4+ hours to the pub only to miss it by a single day] Pours a nice black color, with a creamy coffee-colored head. Aroma is sweet milk chocolate and plenty of vanilla. Flavors are on the border of milkshake territory, but in the most delicious way possible. Huge roasted malt flavors, with plenty of chocolate malt and slight caramel sweetness. Overall, this beer is on the sweet side of things, but still really shines with the blend of chocolate and vanilla flavors. Very well done, and for me, well worth the wait!
sebletitje (6859) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 7, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
courtesy of tpd975, thanks Greg for sharing this beer.
pours black, beige/mocha like head.
Aroma is indeed a real aphrodisiaque, lots of vanilla goodnesss. Usually I am used to a more subtle vanilla, but this time it just adds to the complexity. Some chocolate malts, cacao comes out with hints of coffee.
Taste, pure vanilla, very enjoyable, not overdone. Light hints of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, ends with a faint bitterness.
As Greg mentioned, we tasted the beer with mocha chocolate I brought back from Belgium and it was divinely good.
Not much else to say, itís tasty, love the vanilla and how it blends in with everything else.
EastCoaster (122) - USA - JUL 7, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice bountiful head.
fragrant espresso aroma, Tantalizing Chocolate notes with luscious vanilla finish, Roasted malt flavor present as well.
A very enjoyable brew canít wait to have another.
MeadMe (1323) - Riverview, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
HUGE thanks to grub for this one!!!!
A: Pours a very dark black with a nice mocha colored head. Okay retention with nice spotty lace.
S: Very milky chocolate, with notes of very dark malt. Light coffee notes with a nice blast of vanilla.
T: Lots of creamy coffee up front. Hershey milk chocolate goodness with bold real vanilla bean. The finish is grainy real cocoa.
M: Medium in body, rich, smooth and refreshing.
D: Real good. What a nice tasty treat. Pairs up wonderfully with some nice mocha Belgian chocolate!
Thanks grub for sending this one my way. It is a real world class gem!
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUL 3, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz, thank you Phil, Boutip, Iíve been dieing, literally dieing to try this beer forever, and ever, and I needed to share it with my drinking buddy John (wetherel). Pours deep black with a light brownish tan head. Nose is jam packed, with notes of chocolate coffee, rich roasted malts and perhaps a hint of vanilla. Taste is incredible, rich, coffee, lots of burnt dark chocolate and coffee, this is one hell of a stout and its awesome to finally have this beer. Even after the sourish sweet beers I just had this brew rides out on my tongue and cheeks and just sits there and says "ahhh, amazing!"
Jblauvs (1340) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 29, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Motor oil pour with nice tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is chalk full of chocolate, and some coffee notes, some vanilla, smoooth. First mouthful is absurdly good. Smooth bitter chocolate and loads of vanilla. it is silky smooth in my mouth. the finish is a little dry and the vanilla lingers on the palate. Incredibly balanced. So enjoyable Iím almost at a loss for words. Sublime
JesseM (1151) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2009 341mL bottle from a trade with Lubiere, thanks Luc! Artwork on the bottle is just great. Pours a pitch black with a small tan head. No light getting through. The aroma is very fine, sharp cocoa, chocolate/toffee malts, only a subtle hint of vanilla, but quite nice. Nice but not anything mind blowing. The flavour is not at all in line with the aroma, perfect roasty bitterness matched with dryness from the cocoa and sweet chocolate malts with more vanilla. Everything is blended perfectly well together. Awesome! But the palate is the best part, thick yet utterly smooth, it just slides down the throat elegantly. Aftertaste has a lot of astringency in it and almost a hint of rummy booze though itís very fleeting. Lingering flavour of awesomeness. Liquid silk. This is probably the best balanced stout Iíve ever had. Well, itís not making me submit to myself sexually, nor anyone else around me, so the name is bit odd but this stout is almost perfect for what it is.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUN 17, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
341ml bottle with a big thanks to Glouglouburp for the hookup! Man, Iíve been wanting to try this for so long itís not even funny, so thrilled to hear its bottled now. Pours a dark brown that sits black in the glass, and a large foamy tan head that lingers for a long time and leaves a good coat of lace as it dissipates. Aroma is inviting, with creamy milk and dry bittersweet chocolate, cocoa powder and vanilla in harmony. Flavor is stellar, with a great fullness to it, and more creamy milk chocolate, some bittersweet chocolate, cocoa and a hint of vanilla. A drier finish but far from chalky. Wow, definitely not disappointed on this one, and it found a way to exceed my high expectations. Great stuff, thanks again Dany!