jsquire (3345) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very deep mahogany colored beer when held against the light. Thin beige head. Nose of vanilla extract. Very big vanilla extract flavor with a little bit of the chemical/artificial taste that I get in some of the vanilla porters, it is not too intrusive. Some caramel sweetness, milk chocolate, and faint roasted grains, all of which are coated by the vanilla. As is warms there is some burnt caramel corn notes. Not a bad use of vanilla in beer.
Onslow (1102) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Dark amber brew, color of root beer. Clear. Off white head. Aroma of vanilla, ethanol, roasted malts. Taste is sweet malt, roaste dmalt, a little chocolate, some vanilla and maybe a little licorice. Nice profile of burnt and dark roasted malts, but a little too sweet. Vanilla is a little over done, IMO. But quafffable and fine on a cool December eve.
nick76 (4145) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is toasted and sweet with light but definite chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and adjunct malt. The appearance is red brown with a thin head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall easy to drink but nothing special, pretty much a macro.
justabeergeek (225) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a beautiful ruby/brown with a khaki/brown head. I don’t detect any discernible vanilla in the nose, just milk chocolate. The prevalent flavors are milk chocolate and a sort of mocha/french vanilla coffee element. It is smooth/silky in the mouth, a respectable chocolate/vanilla porter.
Tmoney99 (10090) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate roasted sweet malt and soft vanilla aroma. Medium body with a creamy texture and flat carbonation. Medium toasted vanilla sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations were met.
ryanfolty (1780) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
December 13, 2012 on tap at MKE airport. Seemed to be a brown pour with limited head. Aroma was roasted malt, sweetness that seemed to be a combo of vanilla and lactose. Taste was consistent with aroma, mostly roasted malt but got had a little vanilla in there and was creamy, maybe even slightly nutty in the finish. Not bad, much better than their regular offerings.
Oscbert (972) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
~Roasty coffee aroma with dark chocolate and light vanilla bready notes. Metallic notes as well.
~Pours black with rich garnet highlights and a lasting beige head.
~Vanilla is more prominent in the flavor. Creamy vanilla flavor with lots of roasty malt flavors of coffee and dark chocolate.
~Medium bodied, medium CO2, smooth feel. Bitter roast finish.
~Enjoyable beer. The roastiness could be lowered a bit. Nothing real special about this one.
SudsMcDuff (5660) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
well- rating on my old laptop again, after my brand new 2 month old laptop crashed last night.. .. .. .. medium black .. mild foam .. . vanilla and sweet tar .. . light mouth .. . pretty good for a leiny’s, but my single bottle was enough .. . . dec 13th 2012- 9:41am .. . . . please i can’t go there, that is the site of my spiritual depantsing ..
Sweetsilvas (1) - - DEC 12, 2012 does not count
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong coffee color with tan head. Malty, chocolate aroma with light vanilla undertones. Flavor is light to medium for a porter. Smooth and overall well-rounded. If it had more depth/body, it would be even better. One of my new go-to brews.
Frank (2387) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2012
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This is one of those beers that tastes like a high-end cream soda. There’s loads and loads of vanilla, a good deal of sweetness and prickly carbonation. It is not exactly a masterpiece of brewcraft but it’s actually kind of tasty. Behind all the soda-like notes there seems to live a mild and fairly decent dark lager of some sort. This is fun to try but definitely you will want to have a spare schoolchild around to drink the rest of it after your first few sips.