Sammy (9314) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very smooth and oak adds value to taste, however another stout with a variation among many good stouts available. Medium mouthfeel, worthy to drink on its own without food. Toast, coffee, well carbonated, toasty,and vanilla but is it real vanilla? Sweet cocoa aftertaste
mctous (131) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The bottled version smells of roasted malt, vanilla, and wood chips, lacking the draft version’s bourbon signature. It pours with Dominion’s usual fine, light carbonation and short-lived head. The texture is rather light for a stout. The flavor is vanilla-heavy but otherwise good, with notably clean malt and hop flavors. Dry hops assert themselves in the palate, but do not quite offset the vanilla sweetness. More malt body, less vanilla, and more hops would bring this beer into balance. I much prefer the draft version for its Virginia Gentleman bourbon signature.
MIBRomeo (2569) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a thick black w/ a tall tan small bubbled head that laces well. Smells of vanilla wood carmel and a light hop a nice roastiness.. smells good. Palate is carbonated maybe to much so a fairly weak body for a stout but it hold on ok.
Flavor is a big roasted malt a light bitter in the finish and a baking chocolate a little touch of vanilla.
jgb9348 (5009) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brew Date: 10 December 2004, Sampled 03 March 2005:
Super dark brown coloured body with a nice frothy lighter brown head. Very strong aroma of vanilla, fake maple syrup, raisins, nuts, wood, malt and tons of other caramelised sugars. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong roasty malt flavour with a good sweetness and a pungent oaky flavour to boot. Aftertaste still shows good character: a nice subtle sweetness with the maltiness still around. Overall, a great beer and one that is nice to be able to find just about anywhere! Even though i’ve had this a ton of times, this is the first time I got to sit down and actually write about it. I loved the real version of this beer, I thought I hated this version, but it really isn’t that bad at all. Still, if you can get to Ashburn, go - the real version is great! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia on 03-March-2005.
jde123 (766) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really enjoyed this beer. Pours thick and black like molassas, aroma of hazelnuts, chocolate, and vanilla. Very nice combinations in the flavor, everything comes through and balances each other well. Very much recommended.
valejo (81) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Enjoyable beer with a thin mouthfeel for a stout. I enjoy the hint of vanilla to complement the roastiness. Thanks, Dominion.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUN 1, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours dark mahogany, not quite black. Head is creamy and nice. Smell is chocolate malts, espresso beans, vanilla and hazelnuts. Taste echos aroma with more chocolate, slight coffee bitterness, vanilla/hazelnut and an air of smokiness to the palate. Respectable beer however much, much better in tap version.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at McGrady’s, aroma smoky malt hints of vanilla. Nice black appearance. Flavor on the woody side slight bourbon and coffee resonations. Relatively thin for a stout almost watery. Not too bad would probably have another.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brownish black with a creamy beige head. Nose is strong coffees, a little smoked malts and some light vanilla. Flavor is slight coffee, smoked, some light hop bitterness, light sweet malts....a bit too thin for my tastes but not too shabby overall
waeltzy (53) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Super smooth stout. Aroma was a sexy sweet vanilla with normal malty dark chocolates and warm caramel. I instantly thought "campfire". The flavor was oak and forest. I smelled a hiking trip I went on last summer. The flavor of dark chocolate and good malt balanced well with the hops. very dark color and the head cut out early but some foaminess lasted throughout the glass. Good dark lacing. I definitly liked this beer more as it warmed. I struggled to find the bourbon but i certainly tasted the vanilla. Thin when stacked up against other stouts but definitly a good brew.