hayduke (4755) - 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 (3530) - 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... don’t drink this one too cold as you’ll 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 Valentine’s 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 that’s 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.
Bonesey (33) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a luxurious black with a rich tan head that laces nicely down the glass. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malt, no vanilla. Taste is bitter chocolate with a finish of cream soda. Very nice. Sweet but not cloying On tap this is a 5/5 beer
bp (887) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: pours dark black with a thin tan head, aroma of chocolate, vanilla, taste of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, some vanilla, mildly bitter, medium bodied
vyvvy (5739) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours very dark brown with a large dense dark tan head. The aroma has very roasted malt, lots of smooth chocolate, slight vanilla notes and dark caramel. This is very lush, smooth and rich without being too sweet. Medium body that’s thinner than expected. It’s smooth with a little bit of graininess and has some fairly soft carbonation. The flavor starts with roasted malt along with earthy and spicy hops along with some cocoa, a bit of spritziness and light coffee notes. The finish gets a bit creamier and displays dark chocolate and a lightly burnt malt taste. It would be nice if the vanilla stood out a bit more, but this is still an absolutely fantastic stout.