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 didnít 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 Iíve 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, Iíd love this see this on tap.
hayduke (4458) - 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 (3500) - 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... donít drink this one too cold as youíll 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 Valentineís 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.
JackT (71) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown / black with a thin tan head. The nose is faint roasted malt and cocoa. The flavors are heavy vanilla and cocoa with some dark fruit. The bitterness is just about right. The carbonation is a bit too much, though overall the beer has a nice creamy mouth feel. A nice stout.
gator2683 (199) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
black pour with a big chocolate cocoa aroma. The flavor has some dark chocolate and vanilla that balances it out nicely.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 11, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
THOUGHTS: Wonderful stout. A little heavy on the vanilla, but thatís what makes it unique. It also works well with the other flavors here. The cocoa is there, but the vanilla is the true star here.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was an opaque black in the glass with red highlights at the very edge and an average tan to light brown head that kept a thin sheet and left fair lacing. The aroma was moderate to heavy roasted, milk chocolate and cocoa malts; and vanilla. The initial flavor was sweet, lightly bitter and acidic; while the finish was bitter, rather acidic and sweet with a long duration. There was vanilla, cocoa, coffee, bitter chocolate and roasted malt. The medium to full body was silky with carbonation that was a bit soft with a chalky and slightly metallic finish.