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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Stout
Montreal, Canada

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RATINGS: 1086   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Black ale with aromas and flavours of vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon and roasted malt. The vanilla and cocoa marry nicely, without out-competing each other, to produce a surprisingly well balanced beer. This beer is mildly hoppy, but the cocoa introduces a touch of bitterness. Its colour may be intimidating, but it is a very smooth beer within reach of most beer drinkers. This highly appreciated dessert beer is brewed with organic fair-trade cocoa and first rate vanilla beans.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beernbourbon (1286) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Bottle of Aphrodite with big thanks to MatSciGuy. Pour is an impressive and viscous black with a small brown head that diminished quickly. Aroma is monster roasted malt with hints of coffee up front. Aroma also has a notable milk chocolate presence, hints of brown sugar, vanilla, and mildly hoppy undertones. Mouthfeel is velvety and a bit more effervescent than expected. Dominant flavor up front is roasted malt with hints of vanilla and milk chocolate. Finish is roasty and chocolate coffee. The vanilla and cocoa become more and more apparent up front as the beer warms and those flavors really make the beer. They make me want to take more and more sips. Very drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2009
bottle thanks to blutt59. poured black with a beige head and some lace. aroma of caramel, choc syrup, and coffee. flavor was choc syrup and dark roast with a light body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Aroma has roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, spice. Flavor is creamy, spicy, with dark chocolate and vanilla. Roasted coffee and cream with a hint of bitterness and spice. Complex, sweet, balanced and enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2009 On-tap. Bishops Arms Järntorget, Porterveckan. Black colour with a pale brown head. Aroma: sweet, vanilla, toffee, milk chocolate, light roastiness. Flavor: malty sweetness, light roastiness, lots of vanilla (almost vanilla ice cream), chocolate. Nice and smooth, but a bit too much vanilla for my liking.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2009
11.2 oz bottle labled Aphrodite. Pours a gorgeous opaque dark brown with a tall airy foamy mocha froth that looked amazing at first but then kind of fell flat, so 4.5. Hahahaha this makes me chuckle... it has that Frederick Miller’s Chocolate Lager aroma!!! so so funny, very very strong vanilla beans over some creamy chocolate, also very similar to Sam Adams Chocolate Bock, how very funny, I do like the aroma though and yea it smells just like chocolate milk. Okay, flavor is much much much more distinct, super dark chocolate and coffee roast, extra creamy, extra bitter at first, hard roasted coffee, dark dark chocolate, vanilla bean adds to the complexity but doesn’t overwhelm, quicker finish leaving a bitter astringency with lasting vanilla. Medium/full bodied with some corse fizzy carbonation that breaks up the creaminess of the body, avoids being sticky, like it much better warm. I can see why people think this is a top 50 beer... that is if they have never had Frederick MIller’s Chocolate Lager before!!! a very well made beer but somewhat disappointed...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt (5346) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2009
Draught at the Rover, Göteborg, Sweden. Black with creamy dark beige head. Roasted aroma with discrete and well integrated notes of cocoa and vanilla. Medium bodied and very smooth. Well balanced. Very good, but not on my top 100.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (7671) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2009
Draught at Bishops Arms Järntorget, Göteborg. On Ocotber 20, 2009 - during the porter week.
Black color, light brown head. Cocoa (O’boy), chocolate scent. Smooth, roasted, chocolate taste. Dry roasted aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 20, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2009 Aroma is coffee, milky, vanilla, and bitter cocoa. Taste is astringent, sour coffee, and bitter cocoa- vanilla sweetness. Mouthfeel is full, and bitter. Finish is astringent, slightly bitter, and amazingly, not cloying in any way. Coffee, vanilla, and cocoa dominate this brew, obviously. Very nice. 748415

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheDoctor (67) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 20, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2009 Almost perfect. Looks gorgeous and pours a medium head, complex palate dominated by cocoa and vanilla, the many flavors combine gorgeously and make for a smooth and delicious stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2009
From a 12oz Bottle. Courtesy of oteyj. Pours a mostly transparent, chocolately black color with tannic hues and a two finger head of fine bubbled, beige foam. Rich chocolate-cocoa notes on top of a firm roast malt base. The vanilla is noticeable, but plays more of a back-up role to the chocolate and roast. It’s kind of three dimensional in that way, chocolate, roast, vanilla - in that order. No real hop or yeast characters present in the aroma, leaving a nice, clean impression. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a somewhat thin, yet pleasing texture. The flavors are more of the same from the nose - chocolate, roast, and vanilla, in order of strength. Finishes clean and chocolately, with a touch of milky sweetness. Great flavors; my only complaint is the body doesn’t really stand up to the richness of the flavors. No oxidation detected, but I think some (or more) flaked barley or oats could really enhance the mouthfeel while keeping the same flavor integrity. Thanks, James!


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