punkska101 (1606) - 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 (1579) - 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 (11075) - 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.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz Aphrodite bottle. Pours a dark black oily color with a small tan foamy head. Head receedes to a small tiny ring around the glass. Nose smells syrupy and vanilla with some creamy milk chocolate notes. Palate is full and oily and also fluffy with a bitter tongue lash in the swallow. Flavors of vanilla and chocolate, hop bitterness, and some chalky malty notes.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by ygtbsm94 on 7/26/09: Pours an oily opaque black with a creamy spotty-lacing beige head. Aroma of sweet dark caramel and rich milk chocolate with a touch of licorice and cocoa powder. Body starts with good fullness and rich dark chocolate and cocoa flavor with a drier slightly more bitter finish. A well-balanced and enjoyable chocolate stout with good complexity.
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
As deep a black as you could wish for, this Americanized "Aphrodite" from Dieu du Ciel chews up all light and sits underneath a creamy mocha/brown head that leaves good windowpane lacing as it condenses.
Smells of chocolate syrup, french roast coffee, and a bit of Vanilla Coke. Flavors meld well, the chocolate is less like a sweet syrupy version and more like hot cocoa powder, the vanilla creeps up at the end, and the coffee is understated, much more subtle than Peche Mortel. Hops are barely evident, unlike the dark malts that provide the foundation for all other flavors.
Slightly thin for a stout, I’ll call it medium body. A bit more carbonation than others, and with only a slight bitterness, this is a fairly easy drink.
piscator34 (2284) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled sample via boutip. Near black in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of milk chocolate, mild coffee, red berries, and a bit of vanilla. Specifically coffee grinds in the mouth, with elements of chocolate syrup, caramel, mint and a hint of vanilla. Dries out quite a bit with a fairly assertive level of roasted malts. Definitely well put together, and a very good stout, but my mind isn;t blown.
oakbluff (434) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared via fisherman34- pours dark cola, with thin mocha head. Nose- sweet vanilla, light roast. Taste- thinner body, dry roast, some bittering hops. Vanilla is subtle, as is the chocolate- a dry powdered type chocolate. Mouthfeel- carbonation higher than expected and body on the thin side. Drinkability is quite good.