auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz Bottle, purchased at Zeno’s Pub - State College, PA. Served at nearing warm temperature. Aroma is more or less a classic roast profile with a little added complexity and depth in the spice, earth, and chocolate field. Pours a deep black, with a lot of frothy caramel-colored head. Flavor jumps with character from the get-go, with noticeable bourbon vanilla, cacao nibs, and salted toffee coming through. Dense and with clean brown sugars and a long lay of roast on the palate afterwards. This is a very nice stout, with added richness from the vanilla and cacao additions, but in the bottle, it’s not world-class. However, I have not doubt that on a blend of nitrogen and carbon dixoide at the brewpub, this blows minds.
Pookie9121 (122) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.5 fl. oz. Bottle. Great beer. Very smooth. A beautiful dark brown/black color. Aroma of chocolate/vanilla and some coffee. Highly recommended.
gyllenbock (7557) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a beautiful medium light brown head.
Inviting aroma of coffee, cocoa, vanilla, raisins and cookies. Taste of roasted sweet malt, coffee, vanilla, raisins and cookies. Very nice mouthfeel, smooth and milky. Soft carbonation, well-balanced and very drinkable. The finish was dry and rather bitter.
SHANER4 (491) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 11.5oz. - poured dark chocolate color with medium tam head.
Aroma - dark chocolate, coffee grounds and vanilla.
Flavor - vanilla, dark chocolate with bitter coco/coffee finish
Palate - heavy mouthfeel and thick texture. Finish is sewhat salty and bitter.
Overall - Excellent Stout, vanilla flavor works well with bitter dark chocolate taste! Little pricey but worth the try!
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good lacing. Chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts. Notes of bourbon, sweet malts and darkfruit. The palate on this beer is unbelivable, smooth/milky/creamy. Flavor has almost a chocolate milk reminder to it.
sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and coffee. Flavour is roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa and light coffee. Nice.
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.5 oz bottle at Beer Bistro in Toronto, served in a half pint. Pours red-black with a rocky tan head. Poor head retention and poor lace. Aroma is impressive! lots of vanilla and dark chocolate along with molasses and roasted malts. A hint of floral hops rounds out the nose. Flavour is chocolate on a background of dry malts with a hint of vanilla. Finish is dry and hoppy. Full body with a smooth, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, one of the best stouts out there. Aroma and flavour are unmatched. Appearance of the bottled version is not as great as the tap version at the brewpub, but flavours are intact. 2010-03-13
monkeychugg55 (1023) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2010 Pours black with a small tan head. Strong aroma of dark chocolate, coca, roasted malt., and a slight hint of vanilla. The flavor is similar. Medium to full bodied with little carbonation. Good stuff.
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black with a thick tan head. Powerful aroma of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Flavor has a ton of bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee and malt. No alcohol. A bit light on the body. I may be drinking this a bit too warm (60ish F), but it’s still good.
reggiedunlop (3649) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours very deep brown...not quite black...oily looking with very subtle ruby hues. medium sized deep mocha colored head. aroma has cocoa, milkiness, a hint of fig, and roasty malts...also faint hop and metallic aromas. flavor is very roasty, almost burnt at first but changes to cocoa and bitter espresso. subtle metallic flavor too and a hint of dark fruit or fig. not getting vanilla. mouthfeel is creamy and thick with a very dry, lingering roasty burnt finish.