jb (2965) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark and reddish, with a tan head and traces of it stay around. Very heavy cocoa nose, also some roasted malt. Palate is great at 1st sip, gritty, chocolaty, malty, hoppy, well-balanced. I donít get a lot in the complexity department though, keeping this from the upper echelon, but heck this is a nice beer.
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma of deep cocoa. Flavor is roasted malts, some chocolate, a little vanilla on the tail end. The beer is pretty complex despite itís unexpected lighter flavor. Starts sweet and then has a little bit of a bitter finish. Very smooth and clean on the palate. This is good but I was expecting stronger flavors.
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. black pour with a cocoa head. Aroma of light boozey fruits, dark chocolate, a bit of smoke and roast with some vanilla as well. Flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla, light roasted malt, a bit of ash. Medium-ish body, roasty, bitter/sour, pleasantly sweet, ashy,...lingering finish. Not bad, but not worth all the hype itís gotten, nor itís price tag. Peche is far and away the superior stout they brew.
NachlamSie (3297) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bruisiní. Pours a rich dark near-black with ruby tints and a ring of a tan head. The aroma has lots of vanilla and chocolate, it seems a little sharp. The palate is fairly creamy but has some tickling carbonation. Lots of vanilla bean and chocolate flavor are very apparent. I never really got into the use of vanilla in beers. This is fair but it doesnít exactly float my boat. Itís too much like a vanilla dessert for me. That being said, it isnít bad. Iíve got no problem drinking a bottle every now and then. Pretty good stout, but nowhere near the awesomeness of their Peche Mortel.
kramer (5912) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body with a small fizzy brown head that faded to a wispy film and a thick ring. Great deep nose full of roast, milk chocolate, vanilla beans, some earthy yeast. Amazingly rich cocoa notes. The flavor is not nearly as deep and rich as the aroma would lead on. The vanilla and cocoa are still pretty nice, but the malt depth just isnít doing everything that it should be doing for me. I think that it just doesnít all meld well. The lingering vanilla note comes across a bit extract like on the finish. I like the sweet and bitter balance thatís going on here though. Medium bodied with a fairly nice slightly chewy texture and soft carbonation. Itís probably a shame that this beer is lumped in with the original version cause it seems a long way away from a "Top 50" caliber beer.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
There are far too few outstanding single stouts out there, a gap which this bottle fills ably. Overpowering dark chocolate and vanilla with a backing of roastiness in a package that drinks extremely smoothly. If I could get this regularly and cheap Iíd drink it by the case.
FatPhil (14122) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki)
Aroma or vanilla and chocolate. Whisky or bourbon taste, and cocoa. Roast and bitter aftertaste which might give some hint of beer. Doesnít have enough beer in it to be a stout, this is instead more of a gimmick with all its annoyingly fashionable additives.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally getting around to rating this. Thanks Chuck. The beer pours to a pitch black body with a light khaki head. The aroma is super sweet vanilla and sweet milk chocolate. Light bourbon. The aroma is very much an aphrodisiac. Sex in a bottle. The flavor is super sweet vanilla bean ice cream, dry cocoa powder, powdered malted barley, and a bit of charred wood on the finish. The palate actually works and is clean and non-sticky. Seemingly it adds to the overall experience rather than being a big imperial stout.
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.