superspak (2112) - Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger fairly dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, coffee, toast, vanilla, toffee, cream, light floral, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt notes with moderate creamy vanilla; with good strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, light char, toast, vanilla, toffee, cream, and roasted earthiness. Slight coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, toast, vanilla, cream, and toffee on the finish for a while. Really great balance and complexity of roasted malt flavors with moderate creamy vanilla; with huge robustness and no cloying flavors present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent vanilla cream stout! Great flavor complexity and balance with big robustness; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.
obguthr (3374) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can: Medium roast coffee, moderate strength, lesser vanilla and raisin notes. Black, thin beige head. Vanilla is the dominant note with an earthier base instead of coffee. Subtle raisin hint throughout. Quite a bit of flavor packed in a low abv stout
dwm1034 (579) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
DRAFT at South Water Kitchen...in appropriate snifter....pours black with tan head. Lots of chocolate nose and initial taste with strong hints of coffee. Nice thick mouthfeel. Very tasty...a pleasant surprise.
Finhead (1087) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The color is nearly black with a small, off-white head. The aroma has a lot of vanilla along with milk chocolate. It has a medium, sticky body with average carbonation. The taste is mostly sweet with a slightly roasted, dry finish.
CpyNPrnT (108) - Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer tasting. The vanilla comes through very nicely , tasty. Would definitely have more!
Kshlava (55) - - APR 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good flavor but doesn't keep long once you pour it into the glass from the can. It's not something you can really drink fast either. Overall it has a good flavor of pecans, caramel, toffee, and vanilla. I like it because it is different.
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blutt59 (5997) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Canned, deep brown with sticky legs, toasted head, aroma of milk chocolates, flavor of cocoa, vanilla, creamy body with lasting finish
Jcro32 (18) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a dark kahki head. Smells of sweet milk chocolate and vanilla bean with a soft roastiness, beautiful. Same elements in the flavor but with more roast, less sweet, and more pronounced vanilla. Very very good.
ryecatcher (611) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can at Wildfire Beer Dinner. Pours a syrupy aopaque blackish-brown, thin espresso colored head that dissipated quickly. Nose is roast and coffee, with some subtle chocolate and dried fruit. Big and sticky mouth, lots of rich coffee and chocolate going on here. Silky smooth and goes down really nice. Easily my favorite of the evening -- with or without the accompanying brownie! I could drink this all night.
rangerred (838) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
16oz can into a pint glass.
Pours pitch plack with a thin quarter inch dark tan head that fades away within a minute to some swirling on top of the beer. A few splotches of lacing on the sides of the glass but not much else. A little bit of a let-down.
The aroma, however, more than makes up for the unimpressive aroma as it really blows me away. Tons of milk chocolate leaping out as well as coffee and a healthy dose of vanilla. There is a moderate roast tying it all together but a really mouthwatering and delicious aroma throughout.
The flavor is even better. The vanilla really stands out married nicely with milk chocolate. Almost reminds me of chocolate milk or a Hershey’s bar. Coffee is there but remains in the background lending just enough roastiness to keep things from getting too sweet. Some swirls of caramel also come through with a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel finish with just a little stickyness and lingering roast.
Overall, this is possibly one of the best lower strength American Stouts I have had. The vanilla is perfectly done as it is all too often overwhelming in beers. All flavors balance perfectly and the body is awesome. Definitely a beer you should pick up if you get the chance.