Alextricity (362) - Chesterfield Twp., 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.
Hair6a11 (1226) - Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can; Pour is fairly murky brown with a one finger, fine bubbled khaki head into this glass. It poured more viscous than expected; frankly I wondered if this was really going to be a sweet stout but the abv puts it into the stout category, it seems. It retains on the average side, with some sticky lacing present here. The nose is mild vegetable, chocolate milk, cocoa bean, mild vanilla, with feint roast. The flavor profile is coffee, chocolate morsel, lactose, vanilla, with a fairly robust feeling - its roast dominant, however. This was a slight surprise - a nice offering from finch, nicer than most.
ChrisFields (41) - Ashtabula, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours opaque, like motor oil with a thin dark tan head. Aroma is black olives, chocolaty malt and vanilla. Taste is sweet. Roasted malts, coffee bean and bitter chocolate. Nice medium body with almost no carbonation. Goes down very smooth. Overall a very sessionable stout with decent complexity in the nose and good flavor. Good.
pinkzambia (1363) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 14, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can @ Cypress St Pint & Plate: Murky black with a small, light-brown head. Earthy aroma with sugar and molasses and some sweet spices. It boasts an amazing complex flavor of choco-malt, root beer, vanilla and a slight hint of coffee. Thick, full body with sweet flavors and aftertaste.
dhasmonek (6) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2013 does not count
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark, motor oil with substantial head. Not too sweet but great flavor with vanilla and chocolate notes. Almost creamy and maybe a dessert beer.
jcartamdg (1418) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours jet black with a thin mocha head. Aroma of roasty malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is roasty, chocolate, lactose, coffee and hop bitterness. Really nice mouthfeel, solid stout!
kramer (4345) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Pours a clear flat black body with a small tight bubbled dark brown head that faded to a thin film. The nose is rather sweet and roasty with some nice dark chocolate notes, a touch of cola, and light burnt malt. The flavor is still a bit sweet but the roasted malt keeps it in check pretty well. Lots of milk chocolate flavor throughout, the vanilla adds a nice accent and enhances the sweetness. This is almost a dessert beer. Light to medium bodied with soft gentle carbonation and a lingering chocolaty finish. Nothing spectacular here, but a really solid easy drinking Sweet Stout.
Thewade (223) - USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid stout. Sweet and rich. Slight vanilla and slight coffee notes. Enjoyed this one.
kermis (3644) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can at home. Pours near black with a brown head, low retention. Aroma of roast, caramel, coffee, chocolate. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
klasley1 (1) - - OCT 21, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deliciously DARK. Very Balanced. A hint of everything but not overpowering and very sessionable. Delicious!
TaktikMTL (5374) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Canette de 16 oz achetée chez Beverage Warehouse (Winooski, VT). Arôme: Odeur de céréale grillée avec une pointe de vanille. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un moyen col brun mousseux et d’une fine dentelle le verre. Saveur: Goût de chocolat et de céréale grillée avec une pointe de vanille. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de chocolat en arrière goût. (Rating #5196)