Sask89 (504) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - JAN 20, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2010 Poured into an english pint. Beautiful black pour with a small mocca head. The aroma is of roasted malts with the chocolate being quite prevalent and also some hints of vanilla. The taste is of dark chocolate which creates a nice bitterness to the beer through to its finish. It did feel a little thin on the palate but other than that there is nothing I didn’t like about this beer. Overall an excellent beer that has quickly become one of my favourites.
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured black with a meduim body and a tan head that dissapated rather quickly but matained a great lacing thourghout my courtship, aromas are of cocoa,vanilla,roasted malts,and hops taste was of all with chocolate being upfront followed by sweet vanilla and finally coffee and hops that tended toward a slightly biitter finish
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle labeled as Aphrodite. pours a dark black with a quarter inch tan head... wonderful aroma filled with vanilla, chocolate and some roasted malt... medium body - although a bit thin up front... very smooth and soft sides... lots of vanilla pours over the tongue followed by a nice blend of cocoa... the first sip was true heaven. there is a slight underlaying bitterness up front as well... lots of flavor throughout... excellent finish with more vanilla, slight oak notes and big malts. outstanding stout.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Sam’s in Durham. Nice to see we’re getting this one. Pours oily black with smallish dark beige head. Nose is vanilla and chocolate, with hints of nuts and ash. Smells slightly astringent and bitter, and some bourbon notes are lurking back there somewhere. Sweet milk chocolate hits first on the taste, but it ends more like baker’s chocolate: nicely bitter. Pleasantly dry palate. Lovely beer, and nice low ABV. I don’t know how many times I’ve written "I don’t like strong chocolate flavors in my beers," but this if any beer could convince me otherwise, this is the one.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
multiple bottles dated 6/9 sampled 12/20/2009 courtesy of mr nick butler.
beautiful dark pour on the brown side of black with a big tan head and loads of lacing.
the smell instantly reminds me of instant chocolate pudding mix... oily vanilla, cocoa, roast, some ash, toasted nuts, minerals and a surprising amount of hoppiness.
the flavor is similar to the aroma but... a little bitter, really dry, hoppy and roasty. honestly, i’d shoot it just for the incredible aftertaste... skip the rest.
incredibly (and surprisingly) sessionable with a creamy soft texture and crisp clean carbonation. 8/5/8/5/17/4.3
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2010 A Mes rate. Bottle at Chris O’s Kook Fest tasting.
Black body with a tan head. Lots of vanilla and coconut, lashings of chocolate, faint nutty notes and a pleasant yet strange chalky finish. Very good stuff.
jcr (2487) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Deep black body with some brown highlights. Rich, tan head, quickly diminishing. The aroma has lots of cocoa powder, sweet milk chocolate, roasted grain, vanilla with a hint of cherry. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes moderately sweet and moderately bitter with some light acidity. Medium body, watery/slick texture turning powdery, fizzzy carbonation. Lingering bitterness in the finish. Overall,\ disappointing because of high expectations. Tastes like carbonated water mixed with cheap cocoa powder and sweet, vanilla-laced stout. The flavors are disjointed. The appearance and aroma are the best things about it.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 bottle, I think. Pours nearly black with an average, creamy, frothy, light tan head which is mostly diminishing but does leave lasting froth and tight, frothy lace. The nose is a very pleasant sweetness with just enough other notes; toasted caramels, dark chocolate, sweet vanilla, dry milk chocolate cocoa powder, very restrained roast, lightly nutty nougat, and some sweet, dark breads. Flavor is similar with more dry notes than expected; dark toast, light burnt caramels, lightly roasted wood, vanilla beans, bakers’ chocolate, and dry cocoa. Palate is perfect for a nearly table strength stout; nearly lively, medium full, somewhat round and velvety with a touch of dryness. The finish is average length, drying, and lightly bitter with cocoa powder, roasted wood, and bakers’ chocolate. Maybe my favorite non-imperial stout and certainly is helped by a great balance. The vanilla and cocoa created a nice sweet base but the stout-ish notes and the dryness of the cocoa created nice depth. Perfect palate for this style, incredibly likable.
emacgee (4550) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich dark black with mahogany edges and a two finger creamy chestnut brown head. Sweet vanilla bean and rich milk chocolate in the nose, very nice integration, mild sweetness, tinges of alcohol. Flavor shows vanilla bean in the forefront followed by bitter bakers chocolate and some grain roast, mild sweetness and notes of coffee. Palate is round with some roast bitterness. Awesome.
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JAN 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle under the new label and title "Aphrodite." Bottle from Sergio’s. Pours a pitch black with a big pillowy khaki head that eventually fades, but leaves nice lace before hand. Rich aroma of chocolate and coffee and vanilla. The flavor is the same, but a bit more bittey/astringent -- more coffee like rather than chocolate like (as is the case with the aroma). Still very well done and a solid beer. Medium body but thick and smooth with minimal carbonation. Overall: just a damn solid beer.