fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured very black, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, little molasses, little nutty.
JorisPPattyn (8428) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black as sin, viscous, with just a small dark-beige head. Molasses, chocolate, very strong and sweet coffee, moccha filling with vanilla for dessert. Vanilla - definitely the beans, not the better pods - more prominent in the taste, like vanilla-aromatised truffles, bitter chocolate chocolates (pralines), with a slightly roasted hint. Café glacée cookies, retronasal some sweetish vegetable I can’t place - cooked celeriac or scorzanera? Very slick, very well-bodied, chewy, very nice texture, inciting to more. Initially the concoction seems a jumble of conflicting flavours and aromas, but stealthily, a balance creeps in, resulting in a wonderful beer. Which means that Aphrodisiaque is exactly the wrong name for it, as in love, it’s usually the other way round... Grand merci à Sylvain et sa bande, cette bière vaut vraiment sa réputation, comme la brasserie.
MrBunn (2572) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to help celebrate the official arrival of unspeakable cold weather here and the first good wood stove fire of winter. Aphrodite, unlike the picture on the bottle is the darkest of browns with a fluffy cocoa head and great aromas of cocoa, dark fruit and earth/peat. That said, the nose is disappointing when compared to the flavor. Rich chocolate is running wild in this one with a cream and vanilla smoothness. A bit of dark fruit is there as well, but this is fairly one-dimensional. Creamy chocolate with a smooth finish. The only thing is that it is an amazing one-dimensional beer. Worth the trouble and worth the wait.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque brown color with a nice rich brown head. Aroma is bitter cocoa, dark roast, some sweet vanilla, some coffee, a touch of smoke, brown sugar, and some mint. Flavor is cocoa, vanilla, dark roast, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar and a bitter spicy finish.
zach8270 (3858) - Henrietta, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(bottle - 341 ml) Dark black pour with a creamy tan head. Aroma is mild with a very nice cocoa and bitter roasted malt smell and the lightest touch of vanilla. Flavor is rich and smooth. Lots of roasted malts and cocoa at the beginning with a roasted and sweet vanilla middle. Finishes very bitter and bittersweet with a light hint of coffee and cream. Outstanding.
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 7, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (thanks to Tweety for sharing this)... Black with a thin, light brown head. Chocolate and vanilla meshed nicely in the aroma with smoked, roasted, cocoa malt character too. Seemed heavier than the tame alcohol percent it contained. Chocolate and smooth malt presence and a touch of coffee-like tones. The vanilla shined through in the end. Really simple, but wonderfully complex at the same time.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - DEC 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.5oz bottle, labeled Aphrodite. body is black with no color at edges. head is tall and fluffy, dark tan/sienna. aroma is vanilla, chocolate malt, almost like a black & white malt shake. yes, milk chocolate syrup, and marshmallows too. flavor is roasted chocolate malt, some baking chocolate and then vanilla & milk chocolate too. dryish and a little bitter in the finish, with a roasty dry aftertaste. nice profile for a beer that’s only 6.5% ABV. lots of thin lacing all up & down the glass.
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a jet black with a minimal head and leaves very sticky lacing.... Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla extract with alcohol... More vanilla aroma than chocolate... Flavors are quite rich, roasty with vanilla again dominating the chocolate and coffee flavors, with notes of smoke... Very much a dessert beer, very complex... Not too thick while still being quite sticky though not that sweet... medium bodied, medium full mouthfeel, not as roasty as expected. somewhat dry finish, and a touch of lingering bitterness... Very outstanding stout, just a bit too much vanilla for me...
Hank1980 (963) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured dark brown with a nice tan head, some minor lacing. Aroma is really nice mix of vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate. Great stuff. Taste is really nice mix of roasted malt, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, light bitter notes as well. Mouth is full and creamy, full bodied brew. Overall, an awesome beer.
DuffMan (7991) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2010 Bottle. Pours a viscous near-black with a low dense tan cap. Intense chocolatey and coffee aromas, faint hints of stewed fruits. Sweet, silky, very chocolatey palate, with burnt malt bitterness and coffee and dark fruity elements as well. Sweet and rich, but balanced. God am I glad I can buy this in Alberta! This will join McAuslen as a permanent member of my fridge stock.