wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - SEP 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. finally getting to try this, and from a bottle no less! Smokey chocolatey, peaty, a hint of malty undertones. Nice.
garthicus (2826) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pitch black, small but thick brown head. Aroma: Super chocolate, coffee, chocolate again, vanilla and just mouthwatering. Flavour: Cold ’hot’ chocolate, mocha, bitter coffee, peat, hops with a lovely creamy mouth-feel, this is just superb.
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow move over top stouts there’s another kid on the block that brings a big cocoa nose with a smooth velvet vanilla finish..yea this beer is that good..really hard to get but worth the effort. Nice tan chocolate head with a great finish and the nose is incredible! I could drink this stuff till I pass out ..Wow!
dgoulet (1) - USA - AUG 30, 2009 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Impressive mix between sweet chocolate and vanilla. This is absolutely not too much of a sugar taste. It is creamy ’a souhait’ and extremely smooth. Very Impressive and by far my favorite.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2009 Bottle, courtesy Gillard. Pours black with a white head and spotty lacing. Nose is big on chocolate and vanilla. Some caramel and dark roast as well. Flavor is awesome, lots of chocolate, vanilla, some delightful spices and extremely smooth with a nice roast finish. Very velvety smooth. Love it.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Many thanks to Shawn for sharing this beer that I have sought after for so long:
Nearly opaque with a small frothy head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of bakers and milk chocolate, tobacco, leather, earthy yeast, grassy and herbal vapours, with some plum and anise tones. The taste starts twangy and roasty with a noticeable amount of chocolate and vanilla snaps character. Hints of coffee and hop bitterness towards the finish. The mouth feel is smooth and medium-bodied, a touch chalky near the end. Very good stout that I would to try on tap.
malrubius (2244) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - AUG 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 bottle as "Aphrodite." Black with ring and lace. Very cocoa aroma with vanilla cookies and wet earth. Hugely cocoa with vanilla and medium fruit vanilla finish. Creamy. Too much flavoring. If I want cocoa I’ll have hot cocoa. Still very nice.
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - AUG 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in a trade with Dany, thanks. Pours a dark impy stout color with a tan rim and head. Aroma of cocoa, smoke, and some chocolate. Flavors were best at a temp. a few degrees warmed than cellar. Chocolate, dry/bakers cocoa, and vanilla. Pretty nice.
EithCubes (5309) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy my newest acquaintance, Jen. Thanks! Dragged straight from Montreal, where I thought I’d have to be to try this. Huge, overflowing sticky stout nose, malt with roast and light ash. Light nutty swath. Pitch pour with a dark brown soapy head. Tastes like a really good dry stout, bone dry with comforting roast and ash, nothing brusque or rude, with light wood and nuts. Touch of coffee and slightly more sticky chocolate, aftertaste is woody with cocoa nibs and a little burn, slight fruit but vanilla seems to be hidden. Earthy smoke. Otherwise smooth feel on a full body with mostly hidden alcohol. Balanced, relatively mild, and pleasant. Very alluring, indeed!
Drake (11172) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce bottle from my Summer Secret Santa. Bottle June 2009. Pours a rust tinted brown with a thin dark brown head. Rich cocoa and chocolate notes in the aroma along with vanilla and faint smoky notes. Taste is primarily roasted malts and vanilla with a nice finish of fresh rich chocolate and cocoa. Light smoke and tobacco notes. Hoppy finish. Full bodied.