VertBaconStrips (2100) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 22, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours out a black brew with a nicely formed dark brown cap that withers away too fast down to surface cover but leaves some sticky, spotty lacing. Amazing aroma - one that is line with my favorite smells out of a glass. Sweet but soft like the fur on kittens. The chocolate is exquisite like a melted stronger milk chocolate mixed with 50% cocoa: smooth, inviting, mild and creamy. The vanilla and bourbon are as one, highlighting the sweetness and chewy character. MIld coffee floats around but never ever becomes close to dominating the character, caramel and a hint of smoke or molases - I think... something here reminds me faintly of coconut - kinda like the inside of a Mounds chocolate bar. The taste is awesome: smooth and delicate, itís like a glass full of chocolate with more obvious (than the aroma), however mellowed, coffee flavours. The bitterness that hits mid sip builds slowly but steadily into a very lengthy finish is very nice and has a notable medicinal quality. Vanilla and bourbon reign early to mid sip fading to promote the bitterness of the thick roasty toasty malts and chocolate. I think Iím finding a hint of red berries on the nose now. Ha! The finish now is very coffee bitter flavour. Very smooth with excellent carbonation, this beer sticks to my mouth leaving an array of flavours behind to savour beyond the final mouth full. This is a wonderful brew - top of the totem pole.
hirigalzkar (2355) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nice creamy head. Lots of lacing. Really nice sweet aroma of vanilla and chocolate. The taste is as sweet as the aroma at first but has a bitter coffee aftertaste.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle. Pours pitch black with a medium-thin tan head that doesnít last long but leaves many streaks, spots, and swaths of lace on the glass. Aroma is full of vanilla and chocolate tootsie rolls - like vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup. The flavor starts with vanilla and chocolate up-front followed by waves of roasted malt flavors, some toasty malts, and then another wave of dark chocolate with a touch of coffee. There is a soft ripe fruit ester quality towards mid-palate along with a gentle, balancing earthy hop bitterness. The finish is mildly hoppy/bitter with notes of chocolate, soft vanilla, and softer still coffee. The after taste is mocha and vanilla with a well-balanced blend of roasty bitter and sweet. The mouthfeel is tingly and well-carbonated (despite the minimal foam in the pour) with a rather full body and creamy texture. Overall, a very nice dessert beer. I think it might have just a hint too much vanilla, but it is enjoyable.
sunevdj (3271) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Pours black with a beige head. Quite sweet with strong aromas of coccoa, roasted malts and chocolate. Hints of vanilla. Medium bodied with a slightly oily mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. Dry and sweet finish with more coacoa and roasted malts.
jrob21 (2668) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very surprised this showed up at the local store, almost like magic. First non challant sip hits pretty nicely and lets you know you are in for a treat. A faint roasted malt aroma with a touch of wood working. Flavor is really nice with a toast malt and bittersweet chocolate flavor at first that fades very smoothly into a sweet vanilla flavor all finished off with a nice sweetness. Damn a fine beer with an evolving and smooth palate.
mmmbeer (1252) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle aquired in trade from Daknole- holy cow, thanks!!! Served in shaker- poured non transparent darker than midnight in a heavy thunderstorm black, low carbonation, thin white ring around the glass for a head. Aroma of a dark roasted malt, vanilla, whiskey, and sin. Hits the mouth with a very wide body, malt has been roasted just to the cusp of burnt- but was quickly saved, light vanilla and bakerís dark chocolate come in the middle and stay until the finish- which does not seem to stop, heavy lingering. The perfect compliment to some cigars and a cool Texas evening.
IrishBoy (3883) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Odeed. Nose of chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. Black with a medium cinnamon tan head. Flavor was vanilla, chcolate, light bitterness, and a very light coffee note.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours black with thin tan head that whisps away immidiately. Aroma is vanilla bean and semi sweet cocoa. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Flavors are vanilla and cocoa dominating. Its a pretty solid beer. I thought there would be more depth to this as it seems 2 dimensional. Still a pleasure to drink.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2010 bottle. thanks to 17thfloor for this! pours black with creamy tan head. a big vanilla forward aroma with espresso. flavors are a bit astringent roasty notes, sweet vanilla, coffee and bakerís milk chocolate. medium bodied with a silky mouth feel. i was expecting a fuller body which would help this and is probably why it is likely better on nitro. why am I just now finding out this beer is made with vanilla beans? so if you like vanilla a lot then this would be your thing. 3.6.
4/6/10, draft at local option, so i needed to try this on draft even though it was on nitro (whatís wrong with local option?) this one was still too vanilla bean forward for me to get into. also a little thin. if youíre a vanilla bean junkie this is for you. 3.4.
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Poured dark brown/black in color with a thin tan head that left little lacing on the glass. Aroma of hot chocolate mix (powder), light vanilla. Tastes of cocoa powder mix, milk chocolate, vanilla. Finishes with a darker bitter chocolate. Very drinkable brew. Very nice.