Oakes (13537) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown. Some haze. Low caramel head. Rich and roasty aroma is straightforward stoutiness, maybe a little bit nutty. Creamy front, with a touch of roast acidity late. Mellow roast, toast and nut character. Probably a bit strong for this type of stout, though.
onceblind (5413) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2011. Black with a fading beige head. Aroma of big rich malty dark grains, some coffee, some chocolate. Taste was the same, with lots of malty sweetness, a dose of burnt toffee, on a solid full body with pleasant lingering.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Canteen as part of Solstice Blackout sampler. Black with scant tan head. Nice aroma. A little booze and wood with the dark chocolate. Seems thin at first. Low roast. More chocolate. Chocolate with fruity edges and finish adding balancing acidity. Pleasant and smooth. And on the nicely dry side.
nickd717 (3638) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Dark brown in color with a one-finger tan head. The aroma is nice and roasty and earthy, with caramel and coffee. The flavor has a caramel, roasty, and nutty base with chocolate and earth. Medium sweetness. Medium-plus body with average carbonation. A good stout overall.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle hand bottled by the brewmaster and obtained in a trade with Whaleman. Thanks Dave - Pours black with a short tan head that laces a little on the way down. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, some nuts, and a little bit of vanilla. Flavor is quite roasty. Chocolate malts, some nut flavor, coffee, a little molasses. On the palate this has a somewhat watery mouthfeel but is quite a delicious mouthfeel. Oily with not much carbonation. I got no alcohol that I could detect in this one. A very nice stout. I enjoyed it and am happy that I got to try this one!
dnstone (2364) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown in color with an off-white head. Roasted coffee in both the aroma and taste.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from cask and on draught. Black body with brown edges and a foamy tan head. Roasty with some mild bitterness. I was getting mostly notes of coffee early on but then it got very chocolatey as it warmed. This is easily Il Vicino’s best stout to date.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the brewery. Poured black with little head. Soft carbonation. Coffee aroma and light on the chocolate. Thin bodied but still a very quaffable stout. Well done.
zizzybalubba (1608) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at GABF 2011. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and light chocolate. Taste of roasted oats, coffee, and chocolate. Good overall.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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Viscous and oily black body carries a thin, frothy, tan head. Long gone Caribbean plantations flash before my eyes, perhaps a view of a previous life. A small French colony comes into focus. The governor of the island sips a dark coffee on his porch and requests that cream be brought out. He surveys the canefields, mentally calculating the sugar and molasses that will be produced from this harvest. To his delight, morsels of bitter chocolate and toffee arrive with the cream. Intriguingly and powerfully sweet throughout with very low acidity and bitterness. Almost a sweet stout, save for the abv and molasses notes. Robust with a decadently creamy mouthfeel and thankfully minimal carbonation.
12 oz bottle, snifter. Many thanks to Whaleman.