godofsky (274) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
drank out of pint glass. pitch black with a thick moka head that creates a heavy lacing throughout the beer. aroma is chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malts. a milkshake at 6.5% abv! like the label says, this beer is a beautiful marriage between chocolate and vanilla, though i do think the chocolate is a bit more apparent. thick on the palate, medium carbonation, an almost silky mouthfeel. this is my favorite "everyday" beer, the kind of beer i have in my refrigerator at all times. the only stout better than this one, is aphrodisiaque fresh from the tap at Dieu du Ciel!
smith4498 (3551) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from a trade with Boutip. Viscous black pour with light brown head. Lots of chocolate and vanilla in the aroma. Flavors of roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate and vanilla. Medium to full body with soft carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Excellent. Thanks Phil.
blipp (8178) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 30, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2010 Bottle. Pours near black with a thin tan head. Sweet and roasty aroma with notes of milk chocolate and vanilla. The flavor has roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. Delightful.
TheJester (2532) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
351 mL bottle. Deep chestnut brown with a lovely tan head. The aroma is lovely and complex - roast, vanilla, milk chocolate, and licorice. Much the same for the flavour, except that the chocolate comes to the front a little more, and there is only a hint of licorice. Nice balance, though. Slightly grainy mouthfeel. Good body and carbonation. Incredibly appealing beer.
philvil (176) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
chocolatey flavor and medium sweetness. great texture, a little thinner than the average stout. not especially complex... everything tastes good but there aren’t a whole lot of flavors at work. overall a very good stout but nothing special
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A big fat thanks to nbutler11 (I think) for this appearance. Nose is full, dry, almost tart coffee. There is the faintest rounding of flavor - as with vanilla or nibs - but mostly this is more tart and concentrated than even Peche. Jet black, whose flavor is stark like a brick with charcoaled coffee and not much else. I missed the faint hops, cocoa and v-beans.
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 (13465) - 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 (5751) - 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 (17278) - 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.