nearbeer (4716) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.5 oz. Opaque with a small, lasting film of bubbles. Nose of vanilla, caramel and chocolate. Medium-heavy body is creamy, but a little too frothy with bubbles. Flavor is vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, orange-caramel, whiskey, and a touch of charred wood.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle labeled as Aphrodite. This on is one of my longest sought brews. The body is extremely dark, virtually black in fact. A two finger head of light brown foam is decently retained, leaving drippy, sheety rings of lacing on the glass. The nose is very roasty, featuring baker’s chocolate and dark coffee beans amidst secondary notes of burnt caramel, earth, and toasted cinnamon. Flavors are a good deal more complex, and considerably more tasty than the nose lets on. A baseline of rich dark and sweet lactic chocolates is kissed with fresh coffee roast, spicy cinnamon, and vanilla bean. The balance is spot on, showing alternating waves of roast and sweetness. This depth of chocolate taste is often attempted, but rarely achieved in a stout, and the spices prove to be perfect compliments. Smooth and creamy, the palate is sweet, spicy, and light to moderately carbonated. Dry cocoa roast lingers on the finish for a good while. This stuff is excellent, almost like a milder, more sessionable version of Hunahpu’s. Great beer. I can only imagine how fantastic it is when fresh and on nitro at the brewpub.
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On nitro at Capones. Opaque dark brown pour. Thick light tan head. Intense cocoa chocolate aroma. Bitter with hints of chocolate. Some sour lactose milkiness to finish.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drinking from a bottle of Aphrodite from the Binny’s in Orland Park, Illinois: It’s nearly black in the glass with a very short-lived brown head that turns into a sustained film. Plenty of lace, tho’. The aroma is a blending of vanilla with cocoa and an underlying roastiness. The flavor introduces a mild woody bitterness and a hint of alcohol and a touch of lactic sourness near the end. Pretty decent brew.
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark with an awesome head. Aroma is tangy but subdued. Flavor is a bit weak and a bit thin, but overall it’s not bad, just a bit weak.
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - JAN 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a black beer with a firm lightbrown head. The aroma is roasted with a little sweetness. The flavor is roasted. The palate is bitter and roasted. Overall a very good beer.
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz. Bottle from VBM in Buffalo. Pours a practically black, opaque body with a large fluffy dark tan head with not much retention. Aroma is really nice lightly roasted cocoa and vanilla as advertised with some sweet caramel notes. Flavor is toasted malts, chocolate with a light bitter finish. Lightly carbonated, smooth, medium body. Really solid, simple stout.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dieu du Ciel Aphrodite is a very clear, dark brown ale with a beige head that slowly fades. It has a super chocolate vanilla aroma that’s sweet and very unsubtle. It’s medium bodied and super smooth with a dry finish. It has a super chocolate vanilla flavor to match the aroma. It’s pretty sweet and pretty bitter. There’s lots of coffee flavor in there, too. It has good balance and lots of flavor. I just love beer like this.
Travlr (20273) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Churchkey. Black with a dark brown head that settles quickly to an edge and leaves delicate lacing. Aroma of chocolate bon bons and vanilla. Flavor of sweet milk chocolate, like Hershey’s syrup, with vanilla and cinnamon. Slightly bitter edge. Fascinating.
yamar1221 (40) - USA - JAN 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very fluffy dark khaki head with a dark as night full-bodied pour. Roasty, nutty, dark chocolate malt aroma. Smooth on the palate, very laid back taste. Had a very well-balanced chocolate/vanilla + cocoa flavor with nutty malty tones. Very happy to see this bottle at Sam’s.