DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap in Ames at Es Tas. Pitch black, thin off white head. Aroma is quite vanilla-y with a bit of chocolate. Flavor is a bit of a let down, however.
rhsiung (1108) - USA - APR 15, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
the best vanilla beer i’ve had (that hasn’t been barrel-aged). smoother. i wonder what their secret is.
gregwilsonstl (1364) - Missouri, USA - APR 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a good looking beer. Dark black. Smells of vanilla and chocolate. Very thin head. Tastes very vanilla’y, which is good because I like vanilla. Not bitter...very roasty. Thanks Ryan Arp!
seymour (1654) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks, Ryan, for my first Nebraska rating! Tasted from bottle into nucleated pint glass. Cool design: I like these short and stout pry-top bottles, mysterious naming and graphic design, cool box, too. The bottles are unfiltered and unpasteurized, making them as close to brew-pub "real ale" as possible. The little things do make a difference.
Poured an opaque dark reddish-brown color with a small tan head, short-lived with lace. Aromas of bread, toast, caramel, roasted grains, faint chocolate, strong coffee, raisins, English-style flowery and earthy hops, some fruity ale yeast esters. Flavor was tart and toasty, malty-sweet but nicely balanced with tangy hops and grain bitterness. Fresh-baked brown bread with dark fruit spread. Subdued smokiness, sourness, very light vanilla and nutty hardwood tannins suggestive of bourbon barrel aging (though I don’t think it was.) Light-medium body with a slick, easy-drinking mouthfeel, lingering fruity and roasty mouthfeel. A very fine, true-to-style porter.
ryanfolty (2056) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Date: April 2, 2012 Mode: Bottle Source: Dublin Bay Description: Dark brown pour with large amount of head and some lacing. Aroma and taste was roasted malt with some vanilla. Medium bodied, smooth, but had a funky bitter finish that took away from a rather average porter.
kjohns (131) - North Dakota, USA - FEB 9, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown pour with moderate foamy tan head. Light roast malt aroma with some sweet caramel and vanilla notes. Taste is lightly roasted malt and caramel. Pretty light in both taste and mouthfeel, not much there. Meh...
jcwattsrugger (11454) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle-pours black with a light brown head. Aroma is dark malt-molasses/roasty. Taste is dark malt-molasses/roasty/ashy, vanilla, 2nd earthy hops. Not my taste but nicely done.
Travlr (15646) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 4, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft. Aroma of smooth, slightly boozy milk chocolate. Taste is similar. Not very complex.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to Adam from Nebraska. Pours very dark with a tan head about three fingers. Smells of vanilla. Super smooth, creamy, a little bit of stale bitter at the back end. This is by no means a "good" porter, but I’m glad I got to try it. Rich without being strong. Not anything to seek out, but a great beer, none the less.
RSRIZZO (1898) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle poured into an English Pint at 40°. Color is a deep dark brown with good carbonation and a thin tan head. Aroma is slightly sweet with a roasted malt and vanilla scent. It has a lighter medium body that gives crisp mouth feel. Flavor of mild roasted coffee and a mellow vanilla that lets a faint sweetness come out. In the after taste the vanilla lingers for just a bit. Overall its a good brew, a nice light easy drinking porter.