Dopplebock1538 (71) - Sanatoga, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black slightly carbed pour. Slight wisky taste. Did not taste vanilla. Extremly enjoyable. A very good stout!
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Trade from Sammy, thanks. 12 oz bottle. Very dark black beer with a thick light brown head. Beautiful aroma, milk chocolate, vanilla, malted milk, and a touch of fruit as well. Nice creamy texture, light chocolatey flavour up front, a bit chewy, oaky finish with vanilla accents. Fairly sour on the finish.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown w/ a small, frothy light brown head. Roasty, burnt aroma of caramel, dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla & oak. Soft, creamy feel. Smooth, relatively sweet, malty flavour gives way to a earthy, almost burnt finish.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours opaque dark brown with a dense rocky tan head. Smell is smoky, roasted coffee. Sweet oaky aromas.
Tastes of smoky chocolate. Underpinnings of coffee. Vanilla. That’s about it, it sticks to a few basic flavors and blends them well. Mouth is creamy without much aftertaste. Pretty drinkable if not overly complex.
Terminus (3407) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle-pours black with a fizzy small bubble tan head with good retention and some lace. aroma has notes of dusty esters, vanilla, light roast, light chocolate, light char and some metallic notes as well. flavors exhibit the char notes with some milk chocolate in there as well. Oak is apparent at the start of the flavors, but never becomes overbearing and in the forefront. the head retention is great on this beer! The body is somewhat thin and fizzy, but its not detracting. Finish has some chauky and resiny notes in the mouthfeal. Coffee bitterness on the tongue all the way through from start to finish. a pretty solid stout that im glad i got to try. Thanks Secret Santa!
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is sweet malts and vanilla. Pours dark brown-black with almost no head. Dry and smooth to drink. I was very impressed by this brew! Flavor is pretty typical stout, you get the vanilla flavors and that toated oak flavor pretty distinctly above others. I liked this at the time but the vanilla flavor stayed on my tastebuds a bit longer than i liked. Kinda ruined the next beer i drank.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle (bottled 06.09.05, sampled July 2005): black colour with a tight bubbled, tan foam that dies into a thin gray film. Darkly toasted wood aroma with thick, chocolaty caramel and burnt pine. Vinous cherry esters tingle the nose hairs. Thick, chocolaty and sticky palate. Plumy, raisiny flavours delivered on a syrupy, lightly bitter and sugary mouth feel. Bits of darkly roasted honey stick in the throat as a long, woody and charred finish lingers…pretty nice.
mephisto (1278) - TAIWAN - JUL 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottled, jet black w/ a brown head. aroma of coffee and chocolate, medium bodied, flavor of roast barley and coffee. bittersweet.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBSG2005. Couleur brune opaque, peu de formation de mousse. Arômes de chênes, d’essence de bois, de vanille, de crème glacée à l’érable, de sucre brun et de cassonade. Les arômes se transportent bien en bouche, le sucre se fait beaucoup moins intense en bouche, ce qui agrémente l’expérience, en tout cas pour moi. Corps d’épaisseur semi mince, faible carbonatation, amertume moyennement prononcée en finale. Un peu de réchauffement de la part de l’alcool.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUL 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black color. Predominant roasty aroma and flavor. A good amount of vanilla in my beer, and some oak. Body was medium. A found the vanilla flavors slight overbalanced, especially if the beer is served cold.