TAR (2627) - 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.
bonk0076 (99) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 24, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black in color with a moderate cocoa colored head that quicly dissipates leaving a nice lacing. Aroma is dominated by chocolate, with mild coffee and molasses notes. Taste is domonated by dark chocolate flavors, backed up by vanilla and cocoa flavors. Finishes moderately sweet with a medium body
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a beige small head that leaves a nice lid of lacings.
The smell is very mellow and round, yet characterful. Lots of chocolate and vanilla. Pleasant malts beneath. Not very complex, but the vanilla and chocolate combination is very pleasant.
The taste is on the sweet side with a foundation of mild roasted maltiness and huge amounts of vanilla and chocolate/cocoa/chocolate powder. The sweet flavors of vanilla and cocoa are very prominent and dominate the taste completely. Itís almost reminiscent of a tasty milkshake. Just a hint of dark fruits and perhaps a hint of smoke as well. The finish is very mildly bitter with notes of nuts and chocolate. Unfortunately, I think the finish is a bit short.
Medium body with a creamy texture. Slightly too active carbonation.
A good one. Very smooth and round. Itís sweet, but not overly so and the somewhat one-sided character works really well due to the well crafted composition.
Serving type: bottle
(Copy of old Beer Advocate review)
fonefan (43166) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 341ml. @ home.
Clear dark black color with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, cacao, vanilla, moderate roasted, chocolate. Flavor is heavy sweet and moderate to light heavy bitter with a long duration, dusty. Body is medium, texture is oily - creamy, carbonation is soft. 
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at chris_oís "smash kookís granny tasting". Alround rating: Powdered american chocolate character, or non chocolate like chocolate, lots of sweet vanilla, spicey peppery and nutmeg or something, on the sweetside of balanced and not really a nice drink.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a deep coffee brown with a 2 finger thick tan / chocolate head, some spotty lacing. Nice nose of bittersweet chocolate, coffee grounds, some molasses and toffee in the background. Flavor starts with some deep toasted malts, cocoa, and coffee. Finishing semi sweet and medium in body.
VertBaconStrips (2292) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 22, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours out a black brew with a nicely formed dark brown cap that withers away too fast down to surface cover but leaves some sticky, spotty lacing. Amazing aroma - one that is line with my favorite smells out of a glass. Sweet but soft like the fur on kittens. The chocolate is exquisite like a melted stronger milk chocolate mixed with 50% cocoa: smooth, inviting, mild and creamy. The vanilla and bourbon are as one, highlighting the sweetness and chewy character. MIld coffee floats around but never ever becomes close to dominating the character, caramel and a hint of smoke or molases - I think... something here reminds me faintly of coconut - kinda like the inside of a Mounds chocolate bar. The taste is awesome: smooth and delicate, itís like a glass full of chocolate with more obvious (than the aroma), however mellowed, coffee flavours. The bitterness that hits mid sip builds slowly but steadily into a very lengthy finish is very nice and has a notable medicinal quality. Vanilla and bourbon reign early to mid sip fading to promote the bitterness of the thick roasty toasty malts and chocolate. I think Iím finding a hint of red berries on the nose now. Ha! The finish now is very coffee bitter flavour. Very smooth with excellent carbonation, this beer sticks to my mouth leaving an array of flavours behind to savour beyond the final mouth full. This is a wonderful brew - top of the totem pole.
hirigalzkar (2790) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nice creamy head. Lots of lacing. Really nice sweet aroma of vanilla and chocolate. The taste is as sweet as the aroma at first but has a bitter coffee aftertaste.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle. Pours pitch black with a medium-thin tan head that doesnít last long but leaves many streaks, spots, and swaths of lace on the glass. Aroma is full of vanilla and chocolate tootsie rolls - like vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup. The flavor starts with vanilla and chocolate up-front followed by waves of roasted malt flavors, some toasty malts, and then another wave of dark chocolate with a touch of coffee. There is a soft ripe fruit ester quality towards mid-palate along with a gentle, balancing earthy hop bitterness. The finish is mildly hoppy/bitter with notes of chocolate, soft vanilla, and softer still coffee. The after taste is mocha and vanilla with a well-balanced blend of roasty bitter and sweet. The mouthfeel is tingly and well-carbonated (despite the minimal foam in the pour) with a rather full body and creamy texture. Overall, a very nice dessert beer. I think it might have just a hint too much vanilla, but it is enjoyable.
sunevdj (3891) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Pours black with a beige head. Quite sweet with strong aromas of coccoa, roasted malts and chocolate. Hints of vanilla. Medium bodied with a slightly oily mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. Dry and sweet finish with more coacoa and roasted malts.