hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
multiple bottles dated 6/9 sampled 12/20/2009 courtesy of mr nick butler.
beautiful dark pour on the brown side of black with a big tan head and loads of lacing.
the smell instantly reminds me of instant chocolate pudding mix... oily vanilla, cocoa, roast, some ash, toasted nuts, minerals and a surprising amount of hoppiness.
the flavor is similar to the aroma but... a little bitter, really dry, hoppy and roasty. honestly, i’d shoot it just for the incredible aftertaste... skip the rest.
incredibly (and surprisingly) sessionable with a creamy soft texture and crisp clean carbonation. 8/5/8/5/17/4.3
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2010 A Mes rate. Bottle at Chris O’s Kook Fest tasting.
Black body with a tan head. Lots of vanilla and coconut, lashings of chocolate, faint nutty notes and a pleasant yet strange chalky finish. Very good stuff.
jcr (2346) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Deep black body with some brown highlights. Rich, tan head, quickly diminishing. The aroma has lots of cocoa powder, sweet milk chocolate, roasted grain, vanilla with a hint of cherry. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes moderately sweet and moderately bitter with some light acidity. Medium body, watery/slick texture turning powdery, fizzzy carbonation. Lingering bitterness in the finish. Overall,\ disappointing because of high expectations. Tastes like carbonated water mixed with cheap cocoa powder and sweet, vanilla-laced stout. The flavors are disjointed. The appearance and aroma are the best things about it.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 bottle, I think. Pours nearly black with an average, creamy, frothy, light tan head which is mostly diminishing but does leave lasting froth and tight, frothy lace. The nose is a very pleasant sweetness with just enough other notes; toasted caramels, dark chocolate, sweet vanilla, dry milk chocolate cocoa powder, very restrained roast, lightly nutty nougat, and some sweet, dark breads. Flavor is similar with more dry notes than expected; dark toast, light burnt caramels, lightly roasted wood, vanilla beans, bakers’ chocolate, and dry cocoa. Palate is perfect for a nearly table strength stout; nearly lively, medium full, somewhat round and velvety with a touch of dryness. The finish is average length, drying, and lightly bitter with cocoa powder, roasted wood, and bakers’ chocolate. Maybe my favorite non-imperial stout and certainly is helped by a great balance. The vanilla and cocoa created a nice sweet base but the stout-ish notes and the dryness of the cocoa created nice depth. Perfect palate for this style, incredibly likable.
emacgee (4377) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich dark black with mahogany edges and a two finger creamy chestnut brown head. Sweet vanilla bean and rich milk chocolate in the nose, very nice integration, mild sweetness, tinges of alcohol. Flavor shows vanilla bean in the forefront followed by bitter bakers chocolate and some grain roast, mild sweetness and notes of coffee. Palate is round with some roast bitterness. Awesome.
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JAN 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle under the new label and title "Aphrodite." Bottle from Sergio’s. Pours a pitch black with a big pillowy khaki head that eventually fades, but leaves nice lace before hand. Rich aroma of chocolate and coffee and vanilla. The flavor is the same, but a bit more bittey/astringent -- more coffee like rather than chocolate like (as is the case with the aroma). Still very well done and a solid beer. Medium body but thick and smooth with minimal carbonation. Overall: just a damn solid beer.
RC8 (305) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastic aroma of cocoa and vanilla. Taste is not as impressive with an overwhelming bitterness, but it’s still a terrific stout with Belgian overtones. Great overall.
Palidor19 (3075) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
taste like a bitter chocolate milkshake, the taste has heavy malts with Belgian chocolate. good stuff
nick76 (4314) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma has chocolate malted milk and vanilla. The appearance is dark brown with a thin head. The taste is somewhat like the aroma but with a bit of medicine. The palate is smooth. It does have some great qualities but still has a bad bitterness.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served from a 11.5 oz bottle from the Liquor Collection in Honolulu. I guess the other 0.5 oz was lost in the exchange rate from Canada. The appearance is a perfect deep creamy black with a smaller cream brown head. Very very inviting! The nose is rich with intense vanilla beans and chocolate. Some hints of some cigarette or cigar smoke. The aromas roll right into the flavors. The creaminess of liquid chocolate with a fairly bitter hop undertone. Wonderful full roast malt backing. The mouth is oily and creamy but has a slightly off character to it. at times. A wonderful beer.