DuffMan (7996) - 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.
Gethinbeer (2298) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle. Lovely black colour with a frothy tan head. Very appealing looking beer. Great aroma. Chocolate , coffee malt aroma. Rich flavours of chocolate. Almost like a col cappuccino. Delicious flavours. Sharp bitter finish. Rich texture. Very enjoyable.
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep dark inky beer with a wisp of a tan head. Nose was sweet milk chocolate and a nice roasted cocoa bitterness. Flavor was a little underwhelming, sweet chocolate again ni the front, a big slug of vanilla and a lightly btter coffee at the end. Finish is a little sticky, and more of the vanilla. It was good, but the nice roasty/bitter nose didn’t play in the taste much. Had it - I think this would be a really nice one. As it is, a well done beer.
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had a few bottles left after a brew pup trip last winter. Still yummy. Not much more to add.
DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black, mocha head, nice cocoa aroma. Tastes very chocolate with a distinct vanilla aftertaste. Notes of roast and slight alcohol. Finishes sweet and very neat. If this were imperial it would ruin it. Awesome beer.
sdurham1662 (2) - ellisville, Missouri, USA - DEC 2, 2009 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another excellent brew from Dieu du Ciel. Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a standard pint glass at 50 degrees. Impressive, tight collar on this one. Aromas are dark chocolate, mocha, vanilla. Great mouth feel and very smooth.
RSRIZZO (1899) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.5oz bottle poured into an English Pint at 48°. Color is a solid black with good carbonation and a small tight brown head. Aroma of deep roasted malt and coffee with a sweet alcohol scent in the back. Starting with a mellow full body it has a creamy mouth feel that goes down with a sharp little bite. Finish comes in with mellow smoky coffee and a touch of cask wood then a sweetness of vanilla and dried fruit. After taste is clean leaving a roasted bitterness behind. This is a very good mellow stout with sweet accents.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 2, 2009
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just a stunner of a beer, and might have been my favorite of the evening. Rarely do I find a beer with such a straight-up milk chocolate/fudgey aroma. Huge notes of milk chocolate, like walking into a chocolate shop. Vanilla notes are big too and just a smidge of roasted malts. I could smell this one non-stop. The flavor doesn’t let up either. Milk chocolate dominates the flavor, vanilla, some sweet coffee notes...wow. I can honestly say that I’ve never had a beer quite so effective at bringing the flavor of milk chocolate to a beer, and it being this f’n good.
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown colour with reddish undertones and a large dissipating tan coloured head. I have a cold so the aroma might actually be better and/or different than I detected. Aroma of coffee beans, cocoa powder, and dark fruits. Weak flavour of coffee, cocoa, dark chocolate, and a slight vanilla extract flavour. Zero carbonation made the beer seem flat and the flavours were not very palatable. Adrian led me to believe this beer would be really good. It was....ehhhh.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 30, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pours a midnight brown that starts off with a luxurious fluffy tan head. The head subsides to a thin layer of froth for the remainder of the session. The beer leaves a nice coating with little fizzy bubbles as well.
Aroma: Fresh cracked vanilla bean pod, subtle roast, chocolate and a little bit of spice tickling the nose as well.
Taste: Dry, coffee like roast, spicy hops, vanilla bean and burnt sugar sweetness. The layer of coffee lingers well after the sip.
Mouthfeel: Thick and perfectly carbonated.
Overall: What an amazing beer. It’s super flavorful, smells fantastic and has the big body to back it all up. While I could see sipping on this, the vanilla is so inviting I find myself taking larger mouthfuls with this treat of a beer.