Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2009 On-tap. Bishops Arms Järntorget, Porterveckan. Black colour with a pale brown head. Aroma: sweet, vanilla, toffee, milk chocolate, light roastiness. Flavor: malty sweetness, light roastiness, lots of vanilla (almost vanilla ice cream), chocolate. Nice and smooth, but a bit too much vanilla for my liking.
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz bottle labled Aphrodite. Pours a gorgeous opaque dark brown with a tall airy foamy mocha froth that looked amazing at first but then kind of fell flat, so 4.5. Hahahaha this makes me chuckle... it has that Frederick Miller’s Chocolate Lager aroma!!! so so funny, very very strong vanilla beans over some creamy chocolate, also very similar to Sam Adams Chocolate Bock, how very funny, I do like the aroma though and yea it smells just like chocolate milk. Okay, flavor is much much much more distinct, super dark chocolate and coffee roast, extra creamy, extra bitter at first, hard roasted coffee, dark dark chocolate, vanilla bean adds to the complexity but doesn’t overwhelm, quicker finish leaving a bitter astringency with lasting vanilla. Medium/full bodied with some corse fizzy carbonation that breaks up the creaminess of the body, avoids being sticky, like it much better warm. I can see why people think this is a top 50 beer... that is if they have never had Frederick MIller’s Chocolate Lager before!!! a very well made beer but somewhat disappointed...
ekstedt (5849) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the Rover, Göteborg, Sweden. Black with creamy dark beige head. Roasted aroma with discrete and well integrated notes of cocoa and vanilla. Medium bodied and very smooth. Well balanced. Very good, but not on my top 100.
gnoff (8289) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Bishops Arms Järntorget, Göteborg. On Ocotber 20, 2009 - during the porter week.
Black color, light brown head. Cocoa (O’boy), chocolate scent. Smooth, roasted, chocolate taste. Dry roasted aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2009 Aroma is coffee, milky, vanilla, and bitter cocoa.
Taste is astringent, sour coffee, and bitter cocoa- vanilla sweetness.
Mouthfeel is full, and bitter.
Finish is astringent, slightly bitter, and amazingly, not cloying in any way.
Coffee, vanilla, and cocoa dominate this brew, obviously.
TheDoctor (67) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 20, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2009 Almost perfect. Looks gorgeous and pours a medium head, complex palate dominated by cocoa and vanilla, the many flavors combine gorgeously and make for a smooth and delicious stout.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12oz Bottle. Courtesy of oteyj. Pours a mostly transparent, chocolately black color with tannic hues and a two finger head of fine bubbled, beige foam. Rich chocolate-cocoa notes on top of a firm roast malt base. The vanilla is noticeable, but plays more of a back-up role to the chocolate and roast. It’s kind of three dimensional in that way, chocolate, roast, vanilla - in that order. No real hop or yeast characters present in the aroma, leaving a nice, clean impression. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a somewhat thin, yet pleasing texture. The flavors are more of the same from the nose - chocolate, roast, and vanilla, in order of strength. Finishes clean and chocolately, with a touch of milky sweetness. Great flavors; my only complaint is the body doesn’t really stand up to the richness of the flavors. No oxidation detected, but I think some (or more) flaked barley or oats could really enhance the mouthfeel while keeping the same flavor integrity. Thanks, James!
pineypower (2691) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, pours out black with a slight lacing tan head. Very attractive aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, and a light vanilla note. Taste is very complex, with a full, rich mouth feel. Roasted malt, rich chocolate, roasted (but not burnt) malts, vanilla, caramel, sweet cream and a little bit of hops. Very well balanced, nothing short of world-class.
jaghana (4493) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - OCT 18, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 33. Greate porter style beer, vanily flavours goes so well with the chocolate one. One of the best thing I ever tasted.
BVery (7681) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 BOTTLE: jet black pour, great aroma of roasted coffee and chocolate. Taste is roasted coffee, vanilla, some hop, carbonation, very smooth.