ads135 (4254) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’ve had two of these and one was oxidized and tasted metallic. The vanilla was almost non-existent whereas the fresh sample was sweet and rich. Tried at the Green Room in KC in 2012.
idedek (157) - USA - JUN 26, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
light hints of vanilla in the aroma. a light body for a porter it contains some vanilla flavor but it tastes fake. a light clean finish. nothing great.
boozedude (2228) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JUN 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of coffee ..burnt nuts.. pours black..light head...taste is coffee and hints of prune..not bad..
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour on tap at HMLS, dark brownish pour with thin tan head, aroma brought notes of caramel, vanilla, sweet chocolate and biscuity malts, touch of roast, coffee as well. Taste is on the sweet side, some vanilla, coffee and a bit too much caramel, slight coffee and roast, finishing fairly sweet.
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark brown pour. Fizzy tan head. Aroma is a mix of vanilla, roast and a hint of a raisiny note. Flavor is chocolate, vanilla, roasted nuts and a slight hint of a metallic finish.
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.
zebra (1802) - Illinois, 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 (2143) - St. Louis, 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 (1903) - 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 (2411) - 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.