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 (5736) - 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 (238) - 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 (5036) - 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 (5222) - 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.
Norton (329) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Deep black. Slight off-brown/tan head glues to sides of glass for duration. Delicious.
drpimento (2280) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with a nice foamy, creamy tan head that fades to a constant light resilient head with lace. Very dark brown/black and opaque. The aroma is interesting: at first I notice something sweet and not right, but that gives way to lucsious thick caramelly, toffeeish, chocolatey, fecundity with hints of roasty bitterness. The flavor is the same way. Great body! I don’t really pick up any oakiness, but there is a lingering natural vanilla on my lips and tongue-tip. Yum! Got this in a beer of the month club and wish we cold get it locally. You hear me Kenny Allen???
Braudog (5871) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2007 On draft at Green Leafe, Williamsburg. Subsequent bottle tasting. Light bodied with minimal head. Bit of a java nose, but surprisingly smoky. Draft tasted EXACTLY like chocolate milk. Bottle was a bit smokier and less lactose. Quality stout.