Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark brown beer with a small dissipating tan head. The aroma was a nice cocoa aroma. The taste had more noticeable cocoa than vanilla but you could tell some of the bitterness came from the cocoa. I thought the mouthfeel was a little thin with a slight grittiness(the cocoa maybe?) to it but an enjoyable stout.
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 doesn’t 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.
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. It’s 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. It’s 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)
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown colour with reddish undertones and a large dissipating tan coloured head. I have a cold so the aroma might actually be better and/or different than I detected. Aroma of coffee beans, cocoa powder, and dark fruits. Weak flavour of coffee, cocoa, dark chocolate, and a slight vanilla extract flavour. Zero carbonation made the beer seem flat and the flavours were not very palatable. Adrian led me to believe this beer would be really good. It was....ehhhh.
ajm (1063) - 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.
Trev (1868) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
very dark brown, almost black with a thin bubbly tan head.
aroma is kind of flat coffee and chocolate. some light nutty dark roast malt.
Flavour carries a lot of vanilla, malted milk, chocolate, nuttiness.
Sregnar35 (952) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark with an awesome head. Aroma is tangy but subdued. Flavor is a bit weak and a bit thin, but overall it’s not bad, just a bit weak.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On nitro at Capones. Opaque dark brown pour. Thick light tan head. Intense cocoa chocolate aroma. Bitter with hints of chocolate. Some sour lactose milkiness to finish.
ContemplateBeer (1493) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of cocoa, coffee and vanilla. Appearance is black with dark mocha head. Flavor matches aroma, with a surprising hop character. Palate is bubbly and lively. Pretty good stuff.
Adenila (1557) - DENMARK - APR 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poors oily black with a nice dense brown head. Aroma wasnt too powerfull at first, but as it heated, lots of sweet milky chocolate and cocoa came forth. The flavor was dominated by the coca, giving it a sweet desert like taste, afterwards the roasted malt have bitterness as balance. All in all a nice and highly drinkable stout.