dand645 (103) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Saved this one for the 100th rating...tap at Dieu du Ciel...pitch black pour with an unbelievable creamy tan head, there was no lacing (the foam literally coated the inside of the glass)...nose was of bitter roasted malts and sweet chocolate and vanilla...flavor is perfectly sweet and bitter at the same time...recently had a bottle of this, but the tap puts the bottle to shame.
OldGrowth (3178) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, from Julio’s had a number 016 no idea how to decipher. Good aroma, sweet, vanilla bean shows, minor chocolate, and oaty milky kind of thing. Brownish black color, good head, faded quick, minor lace. Sweet malty flavor, Medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, sweet sticky finish. Tasty, though I don’t know, but it’s like the vanilla mutes some of the other flavors. Still good though...
kappldav123 (5829) - GERMANY - NOV 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to mreusch for this one. The bottle looks good as well as the beer in the glass. Deep black, small creamy head. Starts malty-strong, very dominating cacao-notes. Some chocolate and coffee, but only in the background. Finish is well balanced, but a bit too dominated by the cacao-notes. Unusual, but interesting!
jcwattsrugger (12122) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle-plurs a light brown head and black color. Aroma is roasty/chocolate/molasses-dark malt, lactose. Taste is roasty/chocolate/molasses-dark malt, nutty, lactose, grassy, hops backbone with a bite/acidic. Thanks richlikebeer for sharing.
madvike (3191) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Pours with a small tan head that sits atop a dark black pour. Smells of vanilla beans, smooth chocolate, and light coffee hints. Taste is smooth and balanced, with quality dark malt that’s roasted nicely, vanilla sweetness, and a bitter finish--almost grassy. Feels smooth and powdery in the mouth, like the consistency of powdered sugar in liquid form.
Ratman197 (12958) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured a clear dark brown nearly black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of milk chocolate, vanilla, light roastiness and light coffee. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla, roastiness and a hint of esspresso with a smooth dry lingering milk chocolate finish. Very tasty dessert beer would go great with a great chocolate cream pie.
DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
341ml bottle poured into a tulip pint glass. Dark brown opaque body with a fluffy brown head. Not much lacing and okay head retention. The aroma is quite rich, with lots of milk chocolate and vanilla notes, with a touch of woodiness and some roastiness.
The taste starts out with a very intense roasted malt flavour, with overroasted coffee bean notes and a hint of dark chocolate. Medium body with some crisp carbonation. A bit acidic (which was not the case when I first had it). There is a serious amount of bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste, which ends in bitter chocolate and coffee notes.
This is the second time I’m having this beer, but I’ve got to say I enjoyed it much more the first time. It’s a full-flavoured, quality dry milk stout, but the roastiness is a bit over the top and there is not enough sweetness to balance it off.
TURDFERGUSON (4043) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 25, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from jerc at bctc. Thanks. Pours dark brown with a huge tan head and a bustling carbonation. Nose of metal, vanilla, soy sauce, sour roasted malts. Flavor is vanilla,metal, sourness. I’ll have to try this again as the sample I had may have been tainted, but so far I am unimpressed.
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - NOV 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. An opaque black beer with a medium sized, creamy, mostly lasting and lacing light brown head. The aroma is strong and powerful. Quite malty, with strong notes of dark chocolate and also notes of roasted grain, vanilla and a hint of coffee. The flavour is almost heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Less enjoyable than the aroma, but not bad. Medium body , lively carbonation, long finish with about medium bitterness, Maybe not excessively complex, but nice.
TAR (2651) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Chestnut-hued black. Tight and creamy beige froth entices the senses with its superb retention. Generic nose of cola, nougat, plastic, cacao nibs, chocolate taffy, burnt malt hulls, unripe plums and faint smoke. Overwhelmingly vanilla-laden with a hint of bile. Carbonation is soft and snug. Initially brash with gritty roast yet replete with vanilla which, to a certain degree, resembles plastic. Roast-derived acidity echoes the vibrant dried-plum esters which quickly get pushed aside as the vanilla refuses to relent. Bitter chocolate and scratchy cocoa are buried within the oppressive vanilla. Pungent roasted-malt character exhibits nice depth as it deposits considerable tar and java notes on the palate, but is eventually bludgeoned by the vanilla beans. Vanilla is utterly overbearing to the point of becoming bitter and fatiguing after merely two gulps. Fairly chalky in the finish with a nauseating roasted-malt and bitter vanilla-bean discord. Unpleasant notes of cheap chocolate taffy and vanilla linger on the palate for what seems like an eternity. Decent enough, in terms of structure and the lack of glaring flaws, but certainly a blatant misuse of vanilla.