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.
Punkero (294) - FINLAND - SEP 23, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet. Stachy. Espresso. Caramel. Roasted well. Caramel. Basement. Lovely alright.
kraddel (6180) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - SEP 21, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thnx to Trevor ! Pours black , good grey head. Smell is roasty. Taste is very roasty, bit bitter, sweet aspects, but not inbalanced. Some coffee notes. Mild lactic . Don’t really get vanilla. Nice enough
tmoreau (3714) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared 16 oz. can poured to snifters at Lunar Brewing Co., showing a black/brown hue, with a respectable layer of brownish tan head foam, and spots & strands of lacing. The aroma presented hints of freezer burn & woodiness, roastiness, cocoa, vanilla bean including the skin, and a bit of caramel sweetness. A little less than medium bodied, with fair carbonation, and a touch of creaminess to the mouthfeel, the taste was somewhat similar to the nose, with a distinct dose of tobacco that partnered with dryness, and a roasted & earthy bitterness. The texture was also milder than medium, and although not all that sweet & robust, this Stout offered a fairly decent smoothness & tastiness.
humpah (131) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can at Vihreä Haltiatar. Pours black colour with moderate head. Roasted malts, a bit of smoke, ham, a bit bitter aroma, a tad sweet milk. Little below medium body, good carbonation.
koleminer20 (2440) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 oz can. The pour is a thin black with a thick pillowy light khaki head that falls down to a ring,waving some good lace. The aroma is interesting. There is a lot of roasty malt. A decent chocolate, lightly bitter, light vanilla and a strong lactose. Light, but not bad. The flavor is more roasty. There is a bit of a bitter chocolate and a light vanilla. It’s decent. Heavy roast and light bitter chocolate define it. Maybe a light sweet lactose on the finish. The mouth feel is thin and watery at first, but the carbonation is excellent. The aftertaste is roasty and dry with a hint of bitter chocolate and a light vanilla-tinted lactose. Pretty decent beer
Toomio (494) - Joensuu, FINLAND - JUN 24, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
No ei ollut ihmeellinen. Kevyt, portermainen, vähän tölkin makuakin. Vaisu oli.
kajser27 (1365) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUN 11, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black colored, small dark tan frothy head, not very lasting. Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, some vanilla. Taste is medium sweet malt, roasted malt and dark chocolate, some brown sugar, vanilla, light to medium roasty bitterness, dryish finish, good lasting aftertaste. Medium bodied, soft+ carbonation, creamy.
basaywhat (173) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 oz can. Pours opaque black with creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, earthy notes, chocolate, vanilla, and and faint spice. Flavor is dry roast malts forward with vanilla, chocolate, light hop bitterness.
Bulk_Carrier (3734) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - APR 28, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was poured into an English pub glass.
The appearance was a black color with a small white head. Quick light dissipation. Remnants of stringy sliding lacing.
The smell had a large portion of roasted coffee beans, subtle black licorice, the obvious vanilla bean sweetness.
The taste was basically the same. Subtle sweet to roasted edge of a coffee aftertaste. Dry semi-roasty finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body. Decent sessionability. Carbonation feels good as a milk/sweet stout.
Overall, it works for me and the style, though I don’t see it as one that’s over the top.
kathouse (1626) - Nevada, USA - APR 26, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours like a Guinness with a dark opaque body and thick, creamy foam. Roast and toffee flavors. Medium bodied. A little dryness in the finish.