TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of an extra from tytoanderso. Thanks, Tyler!! Pours a thicker deep black pour, opaque and dark, even around the edges, with a dark brown sizable head that dies to a decent level, laces well. Aromas are fresh vanilla beans heavy, sweeter chocolate, some lighter coffee, roasted malts with a touch of char. Sweeter, but still good bitterness, rich. Very very nice. Initial is medium bodied, throwing heavy vanilla beans, fresh vanilla-like Baskin Robbins scent and flavor, darker chocolate that is smoothed out and made creamy, a bit of bittering and coffee towards the back end as more roast shows up. Full and coats the palate well flavorwise, but lighter overall in body, which is actually pretty cool, instead of being a thick cloying stout this goes back very easy. Bitterness and vanilla linger and meld on the back of the palate, further into the brew. This is a very special brew, but I’m quite the sucker for genuine vanilla appeal.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy ChzMan. Nice stout with fresh ground cocoa and vanilla. Medium body, balanced, dry, easy to drink. Solid stout.
CheersMate (1313) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.5 oz. bottle from Green’s on Ponce De Leon. Thanks SSSteve for the heads up! Anyways, slight viscous pour, with a nice off-white head. The head fades away quickly, but the beer is a nice opaque black color; looking good to me. Fairly pungent aroma. Jeez, my nose is about a foot away from this thing, and I can still smell it. Lovely roast/chocolate aroma. VERY pungent beer I must say. Slight smoke aroma as well; a very nuanced aroma. Wow, this stout is pretty damn good. Nice sweet chocolate flavor, then a heavy roast flavor with some smoke that leaves me feeling pretty damn good about my life. Chocolate/roast/smoke flavor is just great. You get a nice sweet chocolate/vanilla combo in this thing. Damn a truly amazing stout, but honestly not as creamy as I was hoping it would be.
Pailhead (5443) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2009 Courtesy of northernbrews
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, roasted malt, and light vanilla. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small beige head that eventually fades to a thin film. The flavor starts with some light chocolate and some mild roastiness. The finish some mild vanilla and some light-moderate piney roadtiness. It’s medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
alobar (3019) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a deep black color with an aroma that announce the presence of this beer. Cocoa, vanilla, roasted malts all meet on the nose with chocolate, vanilla, some roasted malts and bourbon on the taste buds. Creamy body. Very enjoyable.
smcolw (567) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled under the name Aphrodite, this is the Anglicized version of L’Aphrodisiaque. It has the same label and cocoa/vanilla bean notes.
Thick beige head that settles quickly for the style. It leaves lots of webby lace. The color is nearly black. I cannot detect any light coming through.
The real cocoa comes through in the smell. There’s also coffee, which makes this a mocha aroma beer.
Surprisingly, the cocoa flavor exceeds my expectations based on the smell. Think Nestle’s quick added to a milk stout. Still, it is appealing. Vanilla is such a delicate spice, that I have not found it anywhere. The finish is coffee-ish but short lived. Solid body with a proper level of carbonation. Overall, this is a very easy beer to drink.
LanceUppercut (139) - SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nose of tobacco, roasted malts, chocolate and vanilla. Taste is mellow but enjoyable. The chocolate beans and the vanilla gives it a certain flavour... Vanilla, tobacco and olives. A little sweetness and a bit dusty. Finish is roasted, with a tad of sourness, then quite dry. This is not outstanding, but it’s very drinkable. Similar to both Smörpundet and Mikkeller BG Breakfast.
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Glouglouburp!
Dark brown, large tan head, long-lasting. Nose is a subtle mixture of dominant milk chocolate with hints of vanilla to soften it and light coffee to balance it. Unfortunately, nose doesn’t carry complexity or balance, mainly roast bitterness with some light date and anise, hints of berry with warmth. Body is too thin, but the chocolate emerges in the finish to keep it going. Could use a little more flair, but the balance throughout is quite nice.
Ernest (6597) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2014 Bottle.
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is black (almost opaque).
Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate syrup, cocoa powder, roasted grain, coffee), with a strong note of vanilla.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Light to medium body, watery/oily texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Overwhelming vanilla aroma...I love vanilla, but this is pretty one-dimensional and a bit off-putting. Chocolate notes are Hershey’s quality, not Amano. A clumsy beer. Disappointing.
Ygberg (143) - SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2009 Aroma of chocolate, vanilla and banana. Appearance is black with small brown head. Flavor of smooth vanilla, chocolate and maybe hints of dust. Also quite bitter. Overall a very nice stout with big vanilla taste.