bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
As deep a black as you could wish for, this Americanized "Aphrodite" from Dieu du Ciel chews up all light and sits underneath a creamy mocha/brown head that leaves good windowpane lacing as it condenses.
Smells of chocolate syrup, french roast coffee, and a bit of Vanilla Coke. Flavors meld well, the chocolate is less like a sweet syrupy version and more like hot cocoa powder, the vanilla creeps up at the end, and the coffee is understated, much more subtle than Peche Mortel. Hops are barely evident, unlike the dark malts that provide the foundation for all other flavors.
Slightly thin for a stout, Iíll call it medium body. A bit more carbonation than others, and with only a slight bitterness, this is a fairly easy drink.
piscator34 (1980) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled sample via boutip. Near black in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of milk chocolate, mild coffee, red berries, and a bit of vanilla. Specifically coffee grinds in the mouth, with elements of chocolate syrup, caramel, mint and a hint of vanilla. Dries out quite a bit with a fairly assertive level of roasted malts. Definitely well put together, and a very good stout, but my mind isn;t blown.
oakbluff (414) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared via fisherman34- pours dark cola, with thin mocha head. Nose- sweet vanilla, light roast. Taste- thinner body, dry roast, some bittering hops. Vanilla is subtle, as is the chocolate- a dry powdered type chocolate. Mouthfeel- carbonation higher than expected and body on the thin side. Drinkability is quite good.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.5 oz bottle as Aphrodite. Pours a mostly black body with a thin, dark brown head that whisps away quickly into a medium amount of delicate lacing. Aroma is soothing cocoa powder and sweet, dark milk chocolate hand in hand with an enticing vanilla bean. Just a hint of smoke and plum as well as a very light roasted malt giving off just a trace of acidity every few sniffs. Mostly a deeper, cocoa powdered milk laden aroma though. Dessert-like smooth, dark milky chocolate greets the tongue as a cocoa powder and sweet vanilla bean quickly follow. A light amount of coffee roast comes in keeping this sweet, milky dessert balanced. A hint of mild hops, a pruney bourbon, and a lightly burnt malt come in at the end before this dries with plenty of cocoa along with some dark chocolate, vanilla, and milk in a long aftertaste. The cocoa, more of the burnt roast, and a light bitterness from the finish stick out the most. Palate is full and very smooth with only a peep of carbonation. Overall, a very sweet, milky dessert beer with an enjoyable, lighter roast profile. Lots of cocoa standing out. I also like the vanilla adding a sweetness and smoothness making this different than most deeper stouts. Really nice.
Christian (11260) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with a lasting tan head. Roasted aroma dominated by licorice, with a hint of smoke. Sweet licorice and chocolate flavour with a full body and intense dark character
marcus (6705) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 1, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Monks Kettle labeled Aphrodite. This dark brown ale poured with a modest tan head and a plum and chocolate aroma. The flavor is prune, vanilla, chocolate and treacle, and it is rich enough to stick to ones palate. There is some carbonation and a smooth finishing bitterness.
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - OCT 1, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Hophead22. Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is coffee, roast, and vanilla. Flavor is sweet vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate. Full to medium bodied, moderate carbonation.
boamr (309) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a little tan head to it. Smell is of chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Has a taste of coffee chocolate but with a burnt after taste I canít get over. Would be a great stout if it werenít for the burnt after taste
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with absolutely no hint of light colored edges even when held to a light source. Three finger frothy dark tan/coffee colored head that has excellent retention, very slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with lacing on itís way down.
Sweet chocolate malt aroma with a nice bit of roasted coffee and espresso bean as well as some vanilla bean, burnt toast and subtle hops. The deep rich coffee aroma is pretty amazing with the perfect amount of chocolate.
Thick medium body with the perfect balance of smooth silky chocolate maltiness, roasted coffee, burnt toast, subtle hops and bitter dark chocolate. This beer is very well balanced and complex with the sweet notes from the chocolate and vanilla bean perfectly balancing out the roasted coffee/espresso bean and burnt toast flavors. Slight alcohol warmth but otherwise the ABV is very well masked. None of these flavors overpower the other, instead they all bounce off of each other and Iím picking up something different on each sip. This is one of the most well-balanced beers Iíve ever had. I want to slowly drink it and contemplate each sip but I find myself drinking it pretty quickly. Highly recommended!
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle as Aphrodite; pity they didnít keep the original name but Iím sure our insane & puritanical laws had something to do with that. Heavily carbonated body with a massive head that faded quickly. A huge aroma on this baby! Dark roasted malts accompanied by cocoa and coffee with the faintest wisps of vanilla. This is refreshing - a body markedly different from the aroma yet still delicious! A slightly vegetal vanilla flavor swims to the forefront and lingers while the roasted malts and cocoa vie for second place. As the vanilla fades, only a dry intermingling of cocoa and dark malts remain.