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RATINGS: 700   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
English: This stout looks like soft dookie and some will say it smells and tastes like it too. If you like a thick, creamy and utterly vanillalicious stout you’ll like this one. If you don’t, get yourself something else instead.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (21560) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2012
14th January 2011
Opaque black beer, big brown head. Nose of minerals, chocolate and fruit! Soft dry palate. Coffee and milldly creamy malt. Trace of vanilla. Cheap chocolate cake. Okay.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlackerMads (2782) - DENMARK - NOV 10, 2012
black, thick creamy beige foam that quickly disappeared. fat caramel, fudge, roasted malt, vanilla, sweet coffee, alcohol. nice beer for an autumn evening in your favorite chair with your favorite blanket.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DutchDrebus (5507) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - NOV 6, 2012
Bottle thx to benzai @ home. Quite black colour with some ruby redness shining through, creamy light brown head. Smells coffee, roasty, chocolate. Tastes oatmeal, chocolate, roasty, coffee, some vanilla. Great tastes. Full bodyne, silky, soft carbo.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2012
Aroma- vanilla, chocolate fudge, licorice, oak Appearance- flat black, some sediment, no real head, alcohol presence Taste- some char, oak, vanilla, chocolate, more roasted notes Palate- average mouthfeel for the style Overall- Good flavors in this brew that just needed to be amped up a little. Nothing particularly memorable here.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (1972) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2012
bottle thanks beau! pours thick black great tan head but fade is fast. aroma of chocolate and booze. thick mouth with lots of roast and ash

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnar (7676) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 17, 2012
On tap at Cardinal, Stavanger.Pours pitch black, with a small head. Aroma is malty, dry roasted coffee, caramel, toffee and vanilla.Taste is moderate sweet malty, as promised by the aroma, chocolate and vanilla. Smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen1 (4701) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 16, 2012
Fra fat på Cardinal: soft er stikkordet her, en myk munnfølelse med vanilje, litt frukt og Minde Moccabønner i lange baner. Flott skum. Et herlig øl hvor det høye vitamininnholdet er skjult i all velsmaken.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Swans (130) - FRANCE - OCT 16, 2012
Nice chocolate and vanilla flavour and aroma in a dark petrol ale with a nice mouthfeel.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEstimator (27) - Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Everything you want in an imperial stout...plus vanilla! So good! Opaque and dark as night; enough tan head for structural integrity....tons of roasted, dark malt notes...coffee...as it warms it displays an even more expansive aroma...this is killer!

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
n0mel (250) - FINLAND - OCT 13, 2012
(From notes 10 Oct, 2012) Bottle. Pitch black beer, beige foam that diminishes quickly. Aroma is very inviting; vanilla (obviously), caramel, coffee, chocolate. Overall a very sweet aroma. The taste is a harsh bitter & sweet, exacerbated by the fizzy carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter chocolate.

I had high expectations for this one. Imperial vanilla stout sounds like it would be right up my alley. However, it quickly became apparent that my expectations were incorrect from the start. Perhaps the vanilla should come from e.g. a bourbon barrel. This felt like a bad chocolate stout, one that smells good but is bland otherwise, leaving a very fake impression. The aroma led me to believe this would be great, but turned out that was not the case. A nice "vanillalicious" or chocolate aroma does not mean the beer is, overall, like that. Using a fairly recently reviewed example I would compare this to Southern Tier’s Mokah, which had a rich aroma of chocolate and the flavors and mouthfeel to back it up. In Soft Dookie, the aroma seemed to be misaligned with the flavor and other factors.

Perhaps I should try this one again sometime. It’s not bad, just disappointing.


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