JPDIPSO (5318) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Near black in color with a very tall head of nugget like foam. Very heavy sheet of lace. Scents of chocolate extract and vanilla. HInts of caramel and toasted malt. Big flavors of dark chocolate and vanilla. Smooth feel, but seems a bit flat. MIddle has a touch of floral hops. Finish has a bit of oak and cream. LIghtly acidic in the linger. A nice brew reminds me of a tame Southern Tier brew.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - OCT 17, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Chocolate LOVE! Pours black with tan head. Notes of prunes, raisins, chocolate, vanilla, toffee, and even a little chocolate milk. Nice smoky body, but not a SMOKED body. Finishes clean with a cacao note.
SSSteve (4006) - - OCT 15, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
finally, after a long anticipated wait...here it sits before me. bottled as "aphrodite" it already looks awesome with this hotty on the bottle. it pours a pitch black under a medium sized brown head. the aroma is of perfectly melded milk chocolate and roasted barley with some cream. oh yes! the flavor is melted milk chocolate with the richness of a real candy bar, a pinch of salt and faint hints of vanilla. the palate is creamy and med-full but refreshing too. if i had a million dollars i would fill a pool with this beer. pure goodness. i cannot find a single flaw. i’m not worthy! my first perfect 5.
blutt59 (6414) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, via trade with glouglouburp, deep brown with no head, aroma of flourless chocolate cake, macadamia nuts, flavors of vanilla, nutella, roast malt, nice malty coffee finish
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fantastic beer that I’ll try to do justice describing. Taste is all roasted malts and coffee and burnt chocolate, and vanilla of course. But the thing that sets this beer apart is that the vanilla is done to a point where it doesn’t taste at all like a bourbon aged vanilla, it’s rich and fresh and crisp. None of that extract super sticky icky imitation swill that most dark vanilla beers have, this one was the type of vanilla that’s in premium vanilla ice cream. I waited three years to try this one, and if it weren’t $6 a bottle and hard as nut to find, I’d drink it instead of water.
strowlands8 (179) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nearly black with a medium brown head that leave lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is of lots of vanilla and chocolate. Flavour is chocolate, hoppy and roasted malt bitterness, with small coffee, and some vanilla sweetness. Mid to low carbonation that sits nicely on the palate. One of my favourites.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - OCT 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aphrodite. Black body with a small tan head that fades quickly. The aroma has some chocolate, raspberry, cocoa powder, and cinnamon. Roasted flavor, coffee bean, bakers chocolate, and some light vanilla. Medium body.
probstblueribbon (3579) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
341 ml bottle from Trappe a Fromage, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.
App.: Deep brown-black with a large mocha head.
Aroma: Heavenly. Lots of deep rich malts – coffee and dark chocolate, some milk chocolate and caramel, some coconut and vanilla, slightly ashen, a little grape fruitiness, slight bright notes, a touch of alcohol,
Palate: Medium-ish body, fairly sparse and soft effervescence.
Flav.: Even better than the nose, it is sweeter somehow with plenty of dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, caramel, creme brulee, a touch of fruitiness and a bit of alcohol; dry with some bitterness and a fairly clean finish.
I would love a stronger, thicker, sweeter Imperial version. This is lovely.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2010 1/23/10: Nitro at Capone’s: Faint aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and cocoa. Poured black in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, brown, nitro head that was very pretty to look at. Opaque. Not sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes just like a Hershey’s chocolate bar. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, sugar, and cocoa. Medium body. Creamy, slightly dry texture. Nitro carbonation. Hershey’s chocolate bar finish is slightly dry. 7/4/8/4/16 = 3.9
10/13/09: 11.5oz. Bottle: Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, light vanilla, slight bourbon, caramel, and cocoa. Poured black in color with a small, light brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of roasted malts, tobacco, light wood, light chocolate, cocoa, tar, vanilla, and a hint of bourbon. Medium body. Syrupy, dry texture. Average carbonation. Roasted malt, tar, tobacco, and cocoa finish is dry. 8/4/8/4/15 = 3.9.
Aquilo (598) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 12, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aphrodite bottle. Pour is perfect for a stout, pitch black and full bodied, with a medium sized tan head. Aroma is mostly bitter chocolate, but with a foundation of roasty malts and espresso, and I fancy that I can smell a bit of the vanilla as well. Flavor seems a bit thin to me at first. Just a standard stout flavor. But the flavors begin to open up for me. I can taste coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malts and nuts. I believe the vanilla does more to mello all the flavors out than to add any flavor of its own. This is a very good and well balanced stout. I’m glad I gave it a try. Plus the label is pretty cute.