beerguy101 (5350) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled on 9/25/2009. This stout pours an eclipse black color from a 12oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is chocolate, coffee and vanilla. A medium to full bodied stout. The malts are chocolate and coffee. The hops are earthy. Very well balanced. Nice vanilla flavors, nicely sweet yet not over the top. Nicely balanced. Nice semi-sweet chocolate flavors. Very nice beer without being over the top or extreme in any way, just well made and balanced. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
douglas88 (7962) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 7, 2009
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to zathrus13, a beer I have dreamed of, I wanted this for so long and finally it is bottled! Pours a dark brown opaque color with a thick brown head. The aroma is very light, milky, chocolates. The flavor is rich and awesome; roasted malts, some bitter/sourness, light vanilla, a heavy dose of cocoa and roasted malts. Smooth and a rich mouthfeel. So easy to drink it’s deadly. A great stout. But why did the name change in the US?
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.5 oz bottle. Dark brown with subsiding tan froth. Nose is chocolate cake batter and dark roast tied together beautifully with fresh vanilla bean. Soft medium body with buzzy carb. Taste is lightly bitter chocolate sweetened with vanilla; a shot of espresso with lingering cocoa. Big flavor for such a low ABV. Wonderful.
hallinghansen (2608) - Odense SV, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black body, with a medium brown head. Aroma is sweet milk chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is milk chocolate and hops. Some bitterness.
mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - OCT 6, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle from Gomer’s Lee’s Summit. aroma of sweet alcohol and cocoa. brown head, mostly small but some medium bubbles that fade quickly but reappear easily when agitated. flavor is good, with cocoa and vanilla (and maybe some cola?) but the cocoa wins out. i don’t know how balanced this is, it seems like some components could be filled out more. i wish the palate were thicker but that is personal taste. it does have some creaminess that is nice. it’s a pleasant, unique beer but not worth the 5.49, in my opinion. i’ll stick with the Peche Mortel. or Choklat if i want a sweet cocoa fix.
punkska101 (1536) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
341 ml bottle. Solid black with a lasting tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee and bit of vanilla. Flavour is a mix of sweet vanilla, caramel and coffee. Full body. This beer is really smooth there’s nothing over the top. Could easily interest you’re none beer geek friends into the world of dark beers.
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - OCT 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours nearly pitch black with a nice lacing and super lasting cappuccino coloured head. Aromas of chocolate, sugared coffee, vanilla and caramel. Surprisingly dry flavour with notes of cacoa powder, roasted malt, coffee, hops and licorice. Great and very tasty brew.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with no head. Chocolate, roasted malt and light vanilla in the nose. Much the same in the flavor with all influences blending smoothly together. Medium mouthfeel.
DerWeg (1576) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2009
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2010 == RE-RATE NOTES == Draught at brew pub, abs beautiful signature of pure vanilla essence over spicy and chocolate flavors, incredible look and texture. Perhaps a lifetime best? == ORIG RATE == Really nice start of a solid black beer presenting a nose and sleek palate of dark malt, vanilla hops and light cocoa. Some blueberry and caramelly - roasty malt in the middle. Nice little refresher. A bit dilute but I want to experience several of these (for cheaper than 20 bucks a pint) and reserve ultimate judgment Rock on DDC! 8 5 8 3 14 = 3.8
hopdog (10745) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.5oz bottle. Poured a dark black color with brown edges and a larger sized off white head. Aromas of dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and roastiness. Tastes of vanilla, chocolate, caramel, berries, and lighter roastiness. Nice vanilla in the finish.