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. Itís 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 doesnít 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 (2668) - 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 (4420) - 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 (7472) - 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.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Near black in color with a very tall head of nugget like foam. Very heavy sheet of lace. Scents of chocolate extract and vanilla. HInts of caramel and toasted malt. Big flavors of dark chocolate and vanilla. Smooth feel, but seems a bit flat. MIddle has a touch of floral hops. Finish has a bit of oak and cream. LIghtly acidic in the linger. A nice brew reminds me of a tame Southern Tier brew.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - OCT 17, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Chocolate LOVE! Pours black with tan head. Notes of prunes, raisins, chocolate, vanilla, toffee, and even a little chocolate milk. Nice smoky body, but not a SMOKED body. Finishes clean with a cacao note.
SSSteve (3906) - - OCT 15, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
finally, after a long anticipated wait...here it sits before me. bottled as "aphrodite" it already looks awesome with this hotty on the bottle. it pours a pitch black under a medium sized brown head. the aroma is of perfectly melded milk chocolate and roasted barley with some cream. oh yes! the flavor is melted milk chocolate with the richness of a real candy bar, a pinch of salt and faint hints of vanilla. the palate is creamy and med-full but refreshing too. if i had a million dollars i would fill a pool with this beer. pure goodness. i cannot find a single flaw. iím not worthy! my first perfect 5.
blutt59 (6141) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, via trade with glouglouburp, deep brown with no head, aroma of flourless chocolate cake, macadamia nuts, flavors of vanilla, nutella, roast malt, nice malty coffee finish
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fantastic beer that Iíll try to do justice describing. Taste is all roasted malts and coffee and burnt chocolate, and vanilla of course. But the thing that sets this beer apart is that the vanilla is done to a point where it doesnít taste at all like a bourbon aged vanilla, itís rich and fresh and crisp. None of that extract super sticky icky imitation swill that most dark vanilla beers have, this one was the type of vanilla thatís in premium vanilla ice cream. I waited three years to try this one, and if it werenít $6 a bottle and hard as nut to find, Iíd drink it instead of water.
strowlands8 (178) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nearly black with a medium brown head that leave lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is of lots of vanilla and chocolate. Flavour is chocolate, hoppy and roasted malt bitterness, with small coffee, and some vanilla sweetness. Mid to low carbonation that sits nicely on the palate. One of my favourites.