ivan9856 (187) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The 12 oz. bottle pours a near-opaque, ebony-bodied ale with an average tan head; lacing was average and head disappaited quickly. The aroma is distinctly vanilla bean and roasted malt, caramel and chocolate. Initial palate is lightly caramel sweet, until the vanilla takes over; chocolate, coffee and campfire flavors round out the palate. The finish is dry, but a bit short; mouthfeel is silky and creamy.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown/black with ruby highlights and a large off-white head.Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt and oak. Flavor of oak, sweet malt, chocolate, vanilla sweet finish. Creamy,silky smooth mouthfeel.
thehinge (266) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dominion really brings out the vanilla in this stout....putting your nose to it is like sniffing a bottle of vanilla in the kitchen. Appearance is black with just a bit of brown...light does come through it. Small
head with a wee bit of lacing. I had this once before and I really enjoyed then , too. Front end is not that impressive, but the back end is really full of vanilla.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of BuckNaked. Pours oily black with no head. Strong vanilla in the aroma with enough milk chocolate to pass for a Hershey’s bar if blindfolded. Taste is all vanilla so much that it dings the score a little bit. Almost like there is a whole bottle of extract in the beer. Overall still very good brew though.
jonas (5592) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 1, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap@Maxs, Baltimore MD
Dark opaque brown, big creamy brown head.
Sweet milk chocolate and creme caramel flavor, earthy notes evident.
A desert beer - too sweet and candyish for my taste.
UnsofistaCat (234) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Initial smell is of a hanging tree that made the interior of your old Escort not smell like farts. And just like your old escort, after awhile, the overwhelming smell of vanilla subsides to a slight ashtray reek. Unlike your old Escort, this stout is a pretty smooth ride. Goes down pretty nice. Just tasted way too artificial. I would like to try it on tap.
Pailhead (4574) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Aroma is very sweet with dark chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Pours a dark brown, virtually black, with a tan head that fades rather quickly. Quick initial chocolate flavor is instantly taken over by a huge vanilla and light coffee finish. Almost like pure vanilla extract with a touch of coffee added. Too much vanilla for me.
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2005 Black, thick tan head. Great oaky, vanilla aroma (no kidding...), with some rustic chocolatey notes. Rich, mellow flavor with hints of wine, coffee and chocolate, and a winey, peppery finish. The vanilla and oak is understated and doesn’t try to overpower you, which is nice. As it warms, some note of smoke emerge. Big, over the top bourbon flavors are noticebly absent. Thanks to Doclock for this one!
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an inky black with a nicely beaded tan head. Aromas of milk chocolate, vanilla, and lactic acid. Silky med. body. Some mildly sour flavors with lots of vanilla, cinnamon, and burnt grain complexity. Very nice.
SunSkates (47) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark with creamy tan head. Roast and coffee aromas, plus vanilla. Toffee and coffee flavors. Thick Palate.