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 doesnít let up either. Milk chocolate dominates the flavor, vanilla, some sweet coffee notes...wow. I can honestly say that Iíve never had a beer quite so effective at bringing the flavor of milk chocolate to a beer, and it being this fín 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 (1805) - 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. Itís 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.
dand645 (103) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Saved this one for the 100th rating...tap at Dieu du Ciel...pitch black pour with an unbelievable creamy tan head, there was no lacing (the foam literally coated the inside of the glass)...nose was of bitter roasted malts and sweet chocolate and vanilla...flavor is perfectly sweet and bitter at the same time...recently had a bottle of this, but the tap puts the bottle to shame.
OldGrowth (2906) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, from Julioís had a number 016 no idea how to decipher. Good aroma, sweet, vanilla bean shows, minor chocolate, and oaty milky kind of thing. Brownish black color, good head, faded quick, minor lace. Sweet malty flavor, Medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, sweet sticky finish. Tasty, though I donít know, but itís like the vanilla mutes some of the other flavors. Still good though...
kappldav123 (5454) - GERMANY - NOV 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to mreusch for this one. The bottle looks good as well as the beer in the glass. Deep black, small creamy head. Starts malty-strong, very dominating cacao-notes. Some chocolate and coffee, but only in the background. Finish is well balanced, but a bit too dominated by the cacao-notes. Unusual, but interesting!
jcwattsrugger (11454) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle-plurs a light brown head and black color. Aroma is roasty/chocolate/molasses-dark malt, lactose. Taste is roasty/chocolate/molasses-dark malt, nutty, lactose, grassy, hops backbone with a bite/acidic. Thanks richlikebeer for sharing.
madvike (3088) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Pours with a small tan head that sits atop a dark black pour. Smells of vanilla beans, smooth chocolate, and light coffee hints. Taste is smooth and balanced, with quality dark malt thatís roasted nicely, vanilla sweetness, and a bitter finish--almost grassy. Feels smooth and powdery in the mouth, like the consistency of powdered sugar in liquid form.
Ratman197 (11100) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured a clear dark brown nearly black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of milk chocolate, vanilla, light roastiness and light coffee. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla, roastiness and a hint of esspresso with a smooth dry lingering milk chocolate finish. Very tasty dessert beer would go great with a great chocolate cream pie.
DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
341ml bottle poured into a tulip pint glass. Dark brown opaque body with a fluffy brown head. Not much lacing and okay head retention. The aroma is quite rich, with lots of milk chocolate and vanilla notes, with a touch of woodiness and some roastiness.
The taste starts out with a very intense roasted malt flavour, with overroasted coffee bean notes and a hint of dark chocolate. Medium body with some crisp carbonation. A bit acidic (which was not the case when I first had it). There is a serious amount of bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste, which ends in bitter chocolate and coffee notes.
This is the second time Iím having this beer, but Iíve got to say I enjoyed it much more the first time. Itís a full-flavoured, quality dry milk stout, but the roastiness is a bit over the top and there is not enough sweetness to balance it off.