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 (4567) - 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.
RC8 (305) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastic aroma of cocoa and vanilla. Taste is not as impressive with an overwhelming bitterness, but it’s still a terrific stout with Belgian overtones. Great overall.
Palidor19 (3137) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
taste like a bitter chocolate milkshake, the taste has heavy malts with Belgian chocolate. good stuff
nick76 (4366) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma has chocolate malted milk and vanilla. The appearance is dark brown with a thin head. The taste is somewhat like the aroma but with a bit of medicine. The palate is smooth. It does have some great qualities but still has a bad bitterness.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served from a 11.5 oz bottle from the Liquor Collection in Honolulu. I guess the other 0.5 oz was lost in the exchange rate from Canada. The appearance is a perfect deep creamy black with a smaller cream brown head. Very very inviting! The nose is rich with intense vanilla beans and chocolate. Some hints of some cigarette or cigar smoke. The aromas roll right into the flavors. The creaminess of liquid chocolate with a fairly bitter hop undertone. Wonderful full roast malt backing. The mouth is oily and creamy but has a slightly off character to it. at times. A wonderful beer.
That1Guy (2191) - Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost came in my pants when I saw this sitting on the shelf today. Damn, they could make this beer into a ice cream, and even though I don’t like ice cream, I’d take a hit. Beer is the only way I can get into chocolate, and fuckin a. Delicious beer. Packed with chocolate and vanilla, with some roasty goodness of an excellent stout. I can see why this is the most highly rated stout around. Thick, creamy, full-bodied. Might cry when my glass is empty.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JAN 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours opaque with a tan head. Aroma is rich with vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. Rich flavor of vanilla greets the palate upon the first sip. Past that the tastes of chocolate, some coffe, and a hint of bourbon comes through.
Chad9976 (1610) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Chocolate beers are a seemingly fool-proof product. Really, what’s not to like? Sometimes I feel I’m doing my readers a disservice by rating the majority I try so highly, but each seems to be better than the next. In the case of Aphrodite the Montreal-based microbrewery Dieu Du Ciel has created a beer that absolutely lives up its reputation (ranked in the 100th percentile on ratebeer.com and graded an “A” overall on beeradvocate.com). While I wouldn’t say it’s the best chocolate stout ever made, I do think it’s an absolutely outstanding beer for all the right reasons.
NOTE: This beer is also and better known as “Aprhodisiaque” or “Aphrodisiac”. It goes by the name of “Aphrodite” in the United States due to FDA regulations (or so I’m told).
APPEARANCE AND AROMA
Would it surprise you if I told you this beer pours to an opaque black body? While many stouts appear to be black they are actually dark ruby red, but Aphrodite does not have even the faintest trace of a red outline even when held up to direct light.
It forms a large, foamy, brown head which lasts throughout the life of the beer and leaves generous lacing on the glass. The aroma is surprisingly mild with a general malty scent, although chocolate is noticeable.
Dieu Du Ciel describes Aphrodite as a “cocoa and vanilla stout,” which is already very intriguing before even tasting it. Sure there are plenty of stouts which describe themselves as “chocolate” but this beer intends to be a little more complex.
It was apparent to me from the first sip that was indeed true. The head itself is rich, sweet and chocolaty and once the beer itself hit me I was in love with it. Immediately my palate is saturated with a rich milk chocolate-like flavor followed by a lightly roasted malt finish. There is a distinct, but fairly mild bitterness in the aftertaste. Unlike a baker’s chocolate aftertaste in other chocolate stouts this beer is noticeable sweeter – most likely due to the usage of vanilla bean in the recipe.
Aphrodite is not, to my knowledge, oak-aged, but there is a distinct earthiness to the finish. This could be explained by the fact the brewery lists bourbon among the notable flavors to the palate. this taste becomes more noticeable as the beer warms and because this is not an imperial brew, it’s actually quite inviting.
I never consider mouthfeel and drinkability all that important when it comes to beer-judging until I drink a beer as enjoyable as Aphrodite. Not only is the palate delicious, but the actual process of drinking it is a pleasure as well. For a carbonated beer this drinks like a nitrogen-charged brew with a thick, creamy texture and a velvety finish. In fact, it’s so tasty and so smooth it was a challenge for me to not slug it down.
At 6.5% ABV this is a perfectly-proportional beer. It’s not trying to “show off” the way a lot of imperial stouts do, but it’s got the gusto the pedestrian, session stouts lack. Because this is indeed intended to be a dessert beer I think it works perfectly as a one-and-done serving (it’s like chocolate cake – one piece is great but you probably wouldn’t want to eat many slices in a row, right?).
Thanks to the ever-growing craft beer industry, this great beer has finally been released to American markets. However, considering Dieu Du Ciel’s fairly small size I expect its distribution to be rather limited. I paid $6.29 for one 12oz bottle of Aphrodite, but it was well worth it. While that may seem pricey, trust me, you’ll know it was worth it if you’re able to get it.
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