maxwelldeux (3691) - Everett, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great smooth beer. Vanilla comes through heavily in the taste and sticks around. Would be great with dessert.
BeerBunker (722) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Day 3 of them there Christmas beers. Pours dark brown with a foamy tan head. Aroma is of malt, chocolate, vanilla, and slight earthy hops. The base beer seems to be hidden beaneath the vanilla flavor. Taste is severely muted by the added vanilla. There is a small presence of earthy hops, but it’s hard to pick it out. Still has a big chocolately malt backbone. Lingering taste of vanilla. Mouthfeel is pretty sticky, but it drinks pretty easy. It’s whatever.
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A - Smells of vanilla, chocolate & roast.
A - Black pour into snifter. Nice brown head.
F - Roast malt, coffee and oats all play nicely on this 8:2/9:3 oz (?) blend of Devout and the vanilla addition. Not sure how big those snifters are. Hoppiness not a huge factor here. Earthy though. Vanilla is pretty light, but a good presence. I too would consider an improvement on the base beer.
P - Pretty mild bodied. Carbonated to liking. Slick. Bitter roast finish, with a dry vanilla right behind.
O - I’m not especially fond of vanilla beers. Sad that this is blended, although brewing 12 "new beers" even 2 kegs a piece would surely be a challenge. Had to try this though as part of the 12 days, probably be one of the few that I’ll make it out to sample. Thought devout was just OK. This is an easy, flavorful drinker, that falls about par for me as well.
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brew pub (Flossmoor, IL). Day 3 of 12. I’m not sure I can keep this up. The base Devout Stout was a lovely beer, that I hope can take on some good vanilla (One of my favorite flavors). Pours a near pitch black pour, opaque, with a big brownish head that sticks around pretty well, laces well. Aromas mirror the base with some decent vanilla notes, roasted malts, chocolate, a touch of coffee, and earthy green hops still present underneath. I remember this being a fairly bitter beer on the backend, not typical for a supposedly sweet stout. This beer, with it’s vanilla addition, still keeps this quite mellow, nothing overly sweet but the bitterness is cut a bit. The vanilla element is pleasant, but personally I feel could be just a bit stronger (And yes, I know a little vanilla goes a long way in aging). Cocoa, roasted malts, creamy, but still fairly bitter overall. The vanilla soothes, but doesn’t dominate the beer as you expect it to in many situations. Finish is very nice, as this gives 3 of 3 beers so far that I find an improvement over the base. Cheers!
Cornfield (5504) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub as Day 3 of the 12 Beers of Christmas arrives... This pours an opaque mahogany body, clear around the edges, with a tall tan head. The aroma has roasty dark malts slightly muted by the light addtion of vanilla. That vanilla also smooths out the edges in the flavor, blending nicely with the chocolatey malt, but backs up in the finish allowing for an earthy, nutty bitterness. At the end, the vanilla gently coats the mouth. Pretty decent brew.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
#3 in the Twelve Beers of Christmas series: Very true to the base beer, Devout oatmeal stout, but with the very restrained (thank goodness) addition of vanilla. I really liked the base beer here, and it is still very much in evidence. Vanilla notes, hints really, are held in check, but add another dimension, almost as if it had been oak-aged a month or so. Very nice holiday celebration ale.