madmitch76 (21560) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
SlackerMads (2782) - DENMARK - NOV 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
DutchDrebus (5507) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - NOV 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
mikem409 (1972) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
gunnar (7676) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Holmen1 (4701) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Swans (130) - FRANCE - OCT 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice chocolate and vanilla flavour and aroma in a dark petrol ale with a nice mouthfeel.
TheEstimator (27) - Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
n0mel (250) - FINLAND - OCT 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(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.