hopdog (8821) - 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. Thereís 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, thereís 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. Itís never too sweet, or too bitter. Front of the sip is a bit of dark fruits (?) for sweetness, but then thereís 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 donít really get much at all (at least when itís cold)... and that disappoints me. Itís 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.
Jabic (410) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ar: Cocoa, oak, some sweet berries, and vanilla.
Ap: Black and opaque - medium-small mocha head with good retention and a thin, but solid, cap of lacing.
T: Chocolate and raisins, medium sweetness, up front - smooth vanilla, coffee, and char - vanilla and milk chocolate, with a fair bit of ash on the finish.
P: Medium-full body and creamy-smooth - carbonation is medium.
O: Full and luscious stout - nice balance of flavors,- a very well-done vanilla accent, which avoids the medicinal quality that sometimes comes across in vanilla beers - delicious, and ideal for dessert.
devman171 (912) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a can, aroma is roasted malt, light vanilla. Taste is smooth roast malt and chocolate. Very nice for St Pattys!
milewide (1474) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2013 After drinking several more of these beers, Iíve lowered my rating. Much too sweet, and the vanilla nukes most other flavors! Beautiful appearance, and solid body, donít off set the sweet/vanilla!
aplus01 (71) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
black in color with brown head fading away quickly. aroma is roasty malt and vanilla. medium bodied beer with good bitterness and prominent vanilla flavor. a good stout would try again.
patrick767 (3536) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap - Pours near black with a small tan head. It smells of dark roast malt and maybe some vanilla though I donít know if Iíd have noticed without knowing the name of the beer first. It tastes of coffee accented dark roast malt with chocolate and vanilla notes. Itís a very tasty medium bodied brew.
maxwelldeux (3502) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught. Pours a thick and near-black color with almost no head. Nose is quite chocolaty, actually, with some nice roasting underneath. Taste is much the same, and feels very smooth. Good brew.
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 oz can 5.3 alc Opaque ebony with a lasting disc of creamy foam. Big nose of dark chocolate, oatmeal, espresso, burnt caramel, toasted nut, berry. Taste is the same great mix with maybe a bit more lactose and berry, plus some vanilla coffee. Medium body is sweet, but not sticky, and very smooth with low-medium carbonation.
TURDFERGUSON (3945) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Milltown. Opaque black with no head, minuscule lace. Nose is strong vanilla, cocoa, light coffee, and sweeter roast. Flavor shows vanilla more prominently--also a sweet hazelnut like nuttiness/cocoa thing--a lot like
Nutella, with some honey and sweet nougat. More vanilla. Oily, slick medium bodied with a slight cherry cough syrup bite. Okay, but didnít realize this was a vanilla stout until after I ordered it. Have yet to find a vanilla themed beer that I like. Well made, but way too sweet for me.