BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from Smoker’s Den in Bennington, VT: Pours to an opaque, black colored body with a medium dark tan colored head. The aroma is sweet dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, kind of a dry cocoa husk scent, without any real detectable hops. Flavor shows roasted malt & bittersweet chocolate up front, with some dark bitter chocolate, very dark roasted malt, and hints of vanilla towards the middle, finishing with notes of unsweetened dark chocolate and vanilla bean. Full-bodied, medium carbonated. What I really like about this one is how well the flavors compliment each other without trying to be imperial, extreme, or really overwhelming. The body is lighter than I expected it to be, which makes it more refreshing, and the chocolate and vanilla flavors end up being very ephemeral, which drives me back for another sip.
Tmoney99 (13332) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Keg Liquor. Poured black color with medium creamy tan head that lasted with excellent lacing. Aroma is very complex with roasted malt, vanilla and bourbon. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy chocolate bittersweet flavor and moderate to heavy complex dark sweet bourbon finish of long duration. Standout complex beer for dessert or with a cigar.
joeneugs (5630) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 27, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with a brown head. The aroma is sweet milk chocolate and anise. A touch of acidic black coffee. The flavor is very dry and roasted with notes of spices, licorice, chocolate, and coffee. A very distinctive and complex stout. Ashy finish. This would go great with some biscotti.
harrisoni (17146) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Chriso’s Kook Tasting 09. Thanks to Crosling for this one. Labelled as Aphrodite. Black, tan head. Vanilla choc coconut aroma. Slightly powdery choc. Quite a lot of vanilla,, but I thought it was drinkable enough, just too much powdery choc. Dry finish. Yes, fails a bit in the mouth.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.5oz bottle, labeled Aphrodite, via trade with zathrus13. thanks! pours a deep black with a full, creamy, mocha-brown head and great lacing. aroma is wonderful with huge notes of chocolate cake mix, vanilla bean ice cream, dark, roasted coffee, with subtle hints of black cherry, caramel, wood, and mild soy. flavor is simply outstanding with huge chocolate and vanilla notes that blend seamlessly together without being overly sweet backed by subtle notes of espresso, walnuts, dark fruits, and toffee with a lingering, roasted coffee and bitter cocoa finish. palate is medium bodied but silky smooth and a little dry on the tongue with not a trace of alcohol. overall, a wonderfully crafted, world-class stout.
ChainGangGuy (4770) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours out an inky black body with an inch of dense tan-colored foam.
Smell: Oh my! What we have here is a rather vivid chocolate-scented aroma akin to cramming your nose up to a bowl of chocolate cupcake mix. Also, there’s some good notes of roasted grains and split vanilla bean pods.
Taste: Flowing roasty, coffee-toned maltiness along with tastes of vanilla bean, unsweetened chocolate, and even dark chocolate. Moderate sweetness. Light touch of dried dark fruit. It’s got a nice spicy component akin to putting a bit of nutmeg on one’s tongue. Drying finish with a dusting of spice and final hints of cocoa and vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: A mellow, pleasant sweet treat of a stout that’s in the same vein as Southern Tier’s Choklat, though presented with a far more subtler touch.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with a thin mocha ring which fades quickly and completely. Aroma is vanilla beans, dark chocolate, hints of bourbon. Taste is much the same but very smooth and drinkable, and not as heavy as other Stouts. I still preer Moh-ka, though!
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Labeled Aphrodite. Nice oily deep blackness pour. Total ice cream french vanilla and chocolate chip aromas. Earthy coffee vibes too. Long range of aromas. Body is bold yet still gentle in texture and nuanced tastes. Deep boasty chocolate flavors are mingling with sweet delicate vanilla bean and caramel touches. A very fine beer
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 24, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is HUGELY chocolate with a big cocoa aroma that is heavenly. The more you breathe in the aroma the richer the chocolate gets. The flavor does not dissapoint, but instead follows with much more than you could ever expect. Pure rich chocolate goodness. Not candylike, not overly sweet, but instead a chocolate designed only to be quaffed in beer. The vanilla flavor comes through in the end, and the mouthfeel is so silky smooth. A purely wonderful experience that should be enjoyed by all.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla. This beer was a lot less sweet than I thought it would be, but it was really well done. The cocoa leaves a bitter taste, but the vanilla balances it out. Good beer, will give it another try for sure.