Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
There are far too few outstanding single stouts out there, a gap which this bottle fills ably. Overpowering dark chocolate and vanilla with a backing of roastiness in a package that drinks extremely smoothly. If I could get this regularly and cheap I’d drink it by the case.
FatPhil (12189) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki)
Aroma or vanilla and chocolate. Whisky or bourbon taste, and cocoa. Roast and bitter aftertaste which might give some hint of beer. Doesn’t have enough beer in it to be a stout, this is instead more of a gimmick with all its annoyingly fashionable additives.
1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally getting around to rating this. Thanks Chuck. The beer pours to a pitch black body with a light khaki head. The aroma is super sweet vanilla and sweet milk chocolate. Light bourbon. The aroma is very much an aphrodisiac. Sex in a bottle. The flavor is super sweet vanilla bean ice cream, dry cocoa powder, powdered malted barley, and a bit of charred wood on the finish. The palate actually works and is clean and non-sticky. Seemingly it adds to the overall experience rather than being a big imperial stout.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nearly jet black pour w/ a big light brown head and decent lacing, but the head does fade fairly quickly. Aroma is SIMPLY MOUTHWATERING. My buddy said sex in a bottle, and I didn’t even make fun of him! Great sweet vanillas a touch of butter nice roasty lightly bitter chocolate a hint of bitterness reminds me of sweet vanilla coffee w/ some chocolate. MMMM! Palate is nice, but not thick or creamy enough. Flavor has quite a bit of cocoa bitterness on the front the vanilla is the secondary flavor coming through after the bitter cocoa fades a dry & sweet stout some good roasty toasty malts hints of lactose before they are buried by the bigger flavors. I might just say the best non imperial stout I’ve ever sampled.
dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dieu Du Ciel
Pours very dark with almost no head. Oily with some lacing on the glass. Slight bubbles are always present on the surface. Aroma coffee, cocoa, soy sauce and molasses sweetness. Slight alcohol on the aroma. Taste is very smooth with a woody presence. Hints of vanilla and coffee. Nothing stands out, and that is why I am not enamored. It is really good, but it left me wanting more.
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - FEB 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled at Tipu. Black, firm cappucino head. Nose is very mellow, soft vanilla, some honey, dry roasted malt, hints of lactose. Flavor has honeyish bourbon vanilla, whipped cream, little sugariness, dryish burned malt, hints of yeastiness, a bit hollow coffeeish finish, little hard water. Medium bodied, could still use a tad smoother carbonation, reasonably. A good, harmonious stout, I’d love this see this on tap.
hayduke (4293) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 12 oz. bottle with Aphrodite on the label courtesy of Strykzone. This poured a dense black with a large fluffy dark tan head with light lacing and not much retention. The nose is dominated by the vanilla with some chocolate. Medium body and rich mouthfeel. The flavor is also strongly of the vanilla with toasted malts and chocolate. The finish is long and bitter. This would be a really outstanding beer if is was better balanced, but there was just a little too much vanilla and it threw off the balance some.
alexanderj (3462) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 15, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; courtesy of my sister for Xmas. Poured a dark brown color with an almost creamy looking brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, cocoa, with light coffee, smoky and earthy notes. Vanilla added a nice balance. Flavor was as equally delicately balanced. Vanilla and roasted/coffee/smoky notes. A little bit of earthy hops in the finish. Would have liked a longer finish, or at least a more pronounced one. Worth the praise it receives.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - FEB 15, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle/12 - Poured a very dark black/brown in color with a small thick-bodied tan head that settled to a thin covering over the beer. Really nice lacing. Aroma is of dark chocolate, vanilla and cocoa powder. Flavor is very chocolate with a nice amount of vanilla. Some hop bitterness, but not much of their flavor. Finish is lingering, chocolaty and slightly bitter with a bit of astringency. Really nice... don’t drink this one too cold as you’ll miss much of the flavor!!
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle on Valentine’s Day, shared with my wife. Pours deep, dark brown with a ring of tan foam. Aroma is a gorgeous blend of vanilla and chocolate brownies. Taste is rich chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Lingering bitter chocolate finish. Mouthfeel is rich, but a wee too carbonated. Would love to try this sexy beast on nitro someday.