WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep brown with thin beige head. Aroma is very sweet vanilla. Oddly though, the vanilla flavor is not nearly as noticeable in the flavor, which is dominated by coffee malt. Vanilla is just noticeable enough to smooth out the coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. It’s not a great beer by any means, but it’s a nice, smooth-drinking porter.
topherh (1914) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JAN 18, 2009
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured dark brown with a beige head. Lots of vanilla, roasty malts, chocolate, and a little coffee in the nose. Flavor is dominated by the sweet vanilla, not enough bitterness to balance it.
heemer77 (5148) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 18, 2008
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Deep hazy brown with a little bit of copper when held to light. There head is medium khaki. The aroma has some chocolate and roasted peanuts. There was also some light vanilla. The taste is bitter cheap coffee with some vanilla in the finish. There is also some nasty weird blueberry. This is pretty bad and unbalanced.
sebletitje (7126) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of our beer traveler Tpd975.
Pours light hazy brown with beige head.
Aroma and taste, of nice sweet vanilla, light roasted malts with the right touch of coffee.
Was expecting a lot more sweetness of the vanilla beans.
Woudln’t mind trying some more.
Edgekrusher (84) - , Alabama, USA - DEC 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle. Southwestern grill twang leaps off the glass, followed by a strong waft of my grandfather’s leather recliner and a billow of his pipe tobacco, era 1970. That vanilla works in a real musky, earthen tobacco manner.
scodafi (1) - Saco, Maine, USA - OCT 17, 2008 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really enjoyed this beer. Perhaps a bit heavy on the Vanilla but still fantastic.
kseecs16 (1209) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Opaque super dark brown. Aroma hasroast character and some sweet vanilla and chocolate notes. The vanilla seems out of place and lends a not totally aggreable sweet note that clashes with the basic roast malt body. A bit fizzy and light. Okay.
FatPhil (9904) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml bottle (Beertopia, NE) - thanks Anna’s parents!
Jet black, small tight head which settles to a mouldy appearance. Sweet roasty aroma, despite starting slightly stale. Pleasant carbonation, and full-bodied. Sweet coffee and vanilla accompany a simple roasty malty body. Zingy hops hang around for a finish, as does a delicious roastiness. No real weaknesses more than just being a tad sweet. A very easy beer to drink, despite being quite characterful. Didn’t really get a ’wow’ from drinking it, but the numbers don’t lie.
pet3rman (345) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent beer.. Dark appearance.. Moderately sweet flavor with medium finish.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 12oz Bottle. Obtained in a trade with valpoaj. Minimal pop upon opening; low fill, but no leakage. Dark brown, somewhat transparent color with a thin layer of wispy off white head. Notes of coffee and cocoa malts, along with a hint of vanilla. Pleasant, but simple. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel. Flavors of cocoa and nutty malt up front on the palate - clean, but lacking much malt depth or complexity. The malt profile actually reminds me more of a brown ale than a porter, but with slightly more cocoa. The vanilla flavors come through mid-palate. I like how they aren’t overpowering or artificial tasting, but I’d like even more. Vanilla wafer and husky coconut milk. Finishes moderately dry, with a slightly husky maltiness.