eaglefan538 (2818) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2011 Draft at SL, 6/2011 - Much more roasty, smoky/ash character that really bumped up my impression of this one and balanced things out. Hop presence seemed notable too, along with a more robust body / bite and mouthfeel. Bumping the numbers quite a bit from 2.2. Original rating: Bottle, Aphrodite. The pour is typical for a stout, dark brown-black, nice little head (perhaps not as big as many of its peers). The aroma was tons of vanilla and tapioca with a bit of cocoa underneath, light roast, sweet smelling. The flavor was overkill vanillla and tapioca, quite a disappointment actually, given all the hype this brew gets. Maybe this is one of those classic, "It has never been the same since they started bottling it, blah, blah, blah," but this thing was way over-hyped and Iím not that excited to have finally tried it. It wouldnít surprise me if they added sugar and vanilla extract to this batch. Mouthfeel was a bit thin and light. Sorry, DdC, normally love ya, but....
BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Pours with a fading brown head over a black body. Aroma of cocoa, vanilla and light roast. Taste is rich for such a low ABV, cocoa and tons upon tons of vanilla, vanilla bean and vanilla ice cream. Creamy mouthfeel. Would probably make an awesome beer float.
Cavie (3634) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of blutt59. Dark brown pour. Lovely rich chocolate aroma. Inviting aroma. Taste is chocolaty but has nice flavors that extend beyond the initial appearances. Feelings of vanilla and quite tasty. Flavorful by far.
Ughsmash (6969) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Poured deep mahogany with a creamy cap of tan head.. set up nicely. The aroma picked up sweet and a little darker cocoa paired with rich, deep, toasted vanilla beans.. it was hard to pull any hop influence from it save for a touch of earth.. just decadent! The flavor had much more of the vanilla bean than anything else, and that really wasnít a bad thing.. tasty cocoa was laced throughout, light chocolatey bitterness around.. finished with more fresh vanilla bean and cocoa. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation that gave a thick feel on the palate.. the vanilla was the star, and Iíd drink this again without reservation.
beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled on 9/25/2009. This stout pours an eclipse black color from a 12oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is chocolate, coffee and vanilla. A medium to full bodied stout. The malts are chocolate and coffee. The hops are earthy. Very well balanced. Nice vanilla flavors, nicely sweet yet not over the top. Nicely balanced. Nice semi-sweet chocolate flavors. Very nice beer without being over the top or extreme in any way, just well made and balanced. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
douglas88 (5471) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 7, 2009
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to zathrus13, a beer I have dreamed of, I wanted this for so long and finally it is bottled! Pours a dark brown opaque color with a thick brown head. The aroma is very light, milky, chocolates. The flavor is rich and awesome; roasted malts, some bitter/sourness, light vanilla, a heavy dose of cocoa and roasted malts. Smooth and a rich mouthfeel. So easy to drink itís deadly. A great stout. But why did the name change in the US?
TheEpeeist (3137) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.5 oz bottle. Dark brown with subsiding tan froth. Nose is chocolate cake batter and dark roast tied together beautifully with fresh vanilla bean. Soft medium body with buzzy carb. Taste is lightly bitter chocolate sweetened with vanilla; a shot of espresso with lingering cocoa. Big flavor for such a low ABV. Wonderful.
hallinghansen (1720) - Odense S, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black body, with a medium brown head. Aroma is sweet milk chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is milk chocolate and hops. Some bitterness.
mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - OCT 6, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle from Gomerís Leeís Summit. aroma of sweet alcohol and cocoa. brown head, mostly small but some medium bubbles that fade quickly but reappear easily when agitated. flavor is good, with cocoa and vanilla (and maybe some cola?) but the cocoa wins out. i donít know how balanced this is, it seems like some components could be filled out more. i wish the palate were thicker but that is personal taste. it does have some creaminess that is nice. itís a pleasant, unique beer but not worth the 5.49, in my opinion. iíll stick with the Peche Mortel. or Choklat if i want a sweet cocoa fix.
punkska101 (789) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
341 ml bottle. Solid black with a lasting tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee and bit of vanilla. Flavour is a mix of sweet vanilla, caramel and coffee. Full body. This beer is really smooth thereís nothing over the top. Could easily interest youíre none beer geek friends into the world of dark beers.