rangerred (913) - 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.
TheShepherds (54) - chapel hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2013
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2013 Yum, yum, yum. This is one mighty-fine beer. Beautifully dark with a smooth, rich palate. Little to no after taste. No bitterness at all. Great drinkable beer.
Kobal (64) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours thick black like espresso with a thin tan head. Nose is umami, roasted coffee and chocolate. Tastes of roasted mildly bitter coffee, charred beef, and chocolate come through with underlying vanilla and umami notes and a touch of sweetness. Full, creamy body with low carbonation. This is a tasty, easy drinking stout with pleasant roasted bitterness that’s tempered by a mild chocolate sweetness.
Rrauth (1177) - North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Pours thick black with tan head. Heavy coffee aroma but thankfully not heavy on coffee grind taste. Creamy texture. Not a bad beer but I think I'm going add a touch of bourbon to it.
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bth122 (1253) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From can, poured a very dark brown with smaller head. Aroma is definitely vanilla, with some roasted malt, coffee, cocoa. Slight metallic smell. Thick and creamy texture. Medium bodied at least. Slight metallic taste, maybe chaulky taste. Light sweetness, light bitter. A solid stout that is almost great, but not there yet.
mathieuc (1223) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black with a huge "milk chocolate" head. Carbonation level is on the lower side (which I appreciate) so it (the head) doesn’t stay around for too long, oh well. Aroma is really nice, with faint notes of vanilla, coffee and chocolate, I use the word "faint" but I’d rather say "in their place" as none is overpowering the other, quite wonderful! Flavor is also not overpowering, unlike many beers out there there is no standout flavor here. I get a little chocolate, a little coffee and a little vanilla - in that order. It is really balanced and not a flavor bomb which often come out as roasted malts or ash bombs when speaking about stouts, a really masterful act here!
chinchill (1756) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint can poured like motor oil, but with a durable brown head.
Aroma: coffee, milk and dark chocolate. Less roasted malt than expected.
T: dark roasted malts; no burnt quality; lots of dark chocolate, light vanilla and a trace of coffee, Rather sweet but not cloying.
M: Full-bodied; appropriately low carbonation. Very creamy.
O: A rich and satisfying sweet stout with a wallop of chocolate malts.
kaser (2604) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Howell n hood. Black pour with white head. Vanilla bean and coffee aroma. Very heavy and tasty beer for the ABV, I like it
hopdog (8848) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1 pint can. Poured a black color, with brown edges and an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of vanilla, roast, chocolate, and some coffee. Tastes of vanilla, chocolate, caramel, roast, and light coffee.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
$3 16oz "tall boy" can poured into a Samuel Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.
Appearance: Pitch black... car oil kind of black. There’s a tiny head, but it goes away almost instantly, with just a thin, brown layer of foam on top. Lacing, at least initially, is sexy.
Smell: Super dark, roasted malts is the most notable thing here. However, there’s plenty of chocolate-like notes as well, with some vanilla. The vanilla definitely comes out more in the aroma than it does in the flavor, which MAY be a good thing. (The vanilla is the main thing that drew me to this beer).
Taste/feel: What a stout. Forget the fact that it comes from a can. What. A. Stout. Balanced very, very well. It’s never too sweet, or too bitter. Front of the sip is a bit of dark fruits (?) for sweetness, but then there’s pretty much nothing but malty, chocolate goodness until the end. As the beer warms up, the beer seems to get a tad bit more bitter, and the vanilla comes out a LITTLE more, but I notice a lot of people complaining about the vanilla in it. To be honest, I don’t really get much at all (at least when it’s cold)... and that disappoints me. It’s there in a subtle way, but I actually wanted a little bit more. Regardless of that, this is still a slick-in-the-mouth, quality stout: an absolute delight.