beerscout (298) - New Windsor, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Nice coffee and toffee nose with strong vanilla character. Dark brown color with reddish tint. Thick foamy light brown head. Lacing was heavy in the glass. Flavors of vanilla, coffee, and toasted malts. Rich, and sugary, strong flavor, but at times it came on too strong, as if it was artificial, but in any case an enjoyable beer.
VAYankee (330) - Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Purchased this last winter and just found it in my stash. Dark brown with a touch of red color and a small fizzy tan head. Sweet caramel, vanilla, and a little chocolate aroma. Flavor starts off sweet and slightly chocolaty which is quickly accompanied by roasted malt. Slightly thin, creamy palate with some carbonation. Aftertaste is malty and just slightly dry.
slowrunner77 (1745) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 4, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
"Very disappointing aroma...little roast and even less vanilla. A little dusty. Look is ok, nice ruby tinged dark brown color. A little thin on the feel, and a little prickly. The flavor is more vanilla and roast, but slightly artificial. The aroma eventually opens but is the same. Let down."
Darkmagus82 (1234) - - AUG 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 2-2-13-
Poured from can into a pint glass
Appearance – Pours a deep brown color with a ruby red hue seen shinning through when held up to the light. Upon pouring there is a two finger cream colored head. Over a moderate amount of time the head fades to leave a great amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest of sweet caramel and vanilla. Mixed with these smells are some lighter aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, and some nut.
Taste – The flavor begins with roasted malt and some caramel sweetness. Upfront there is a rather strong vanilla flavor which lasts throughout much of the taste. Flavors of cocoa soon some to the tongue creating a semi-sweet chocolate flavor when combined with the sweet caramel and vanilla flavors. The sweet caramel fades some however toward the end with a coffee flavor becoming more pronounced. In the end a lightly sweetened chocolate vanilla flavored coffee taste is left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is a little on the thinner side with respects to creaminess with the carbonation being on the slightly lower side as well. While the lower carbonation level was very fitting for the porter style and matched the chocolate, coffee and vanilla flavors well, a thicker body would have given the beer a better mouth-coating feel.
Overall – A fairly easier drinking porter. While possibly a bit heavy on the vanilla, the beer has a pretty nice sweet, but not too sweet flavor.
nakedwhendrunk (2095) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 8, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a dark hazy brown color with dark orange/copper tints along the side of the glass.
The smell had a decent bready to roasty coffee notes with a light smoke and vanilla.
The taste was lightly sweet and semi-roasty with a light vanilla rolling underneath here and there.
On the palate, this sat about a light on the body with a semi-sessionable quality to it. The carbonation was actually fairly smooth with the same finish
Overall, this was just okay because the flavorings in the aroma and taste didn’t really seem to show a real depth. Almost as if it was just thrown in and not necessarily blended that well. If anything, I do like the idea that they put out with this one.
rentonj7 (37) - USA - JUL 6, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
A: Bready. There’s a lot of roasty notes, but there is something off about them; leather; smoke, tons of artificial vanilla. Almost like a vanilla coke.
A:Deep reddish brown that shows a little light through the glass. Large frothy tan head that’s slightly marred by a "soapy" appearance.
T: light sweetness, it’s really hard to get past the vanilla.
P: light body, thin slightly creamy feel. The finish is somewhat drawn out but there’s not much there. The head lingers but there the beer is flat on the tongue.
O: Slightly less than OK. I’m wonder what the base porter must have tasted like to get covered by all the artificial vanilla dumped on it . . .
redtechnj (205) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance- Ruby red/brown with a smallish tan head.
Aroma- Burnt malts and very slight chocoalte and vanilla scents.
Flavor- Roasted malts and vanilla, kind a tart background,nice vanilla fade away.
vtafro (3424) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark pour with tan head. Light roasted and vanilla aromas, however artificial. Vanilla, chocolate, and roasted flavors.
TXBadger (1384) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a black color with tan head. Vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and some caramel on the nose, very aromatic; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a little sweetness.
Beerdedone (2618) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a decent tan head. Aroma of vanilla, caramel and light roast. Flavor of roasted malts, vanilla, faint chocolate and some notes of caramel.
jjgmd (1436) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
At Josh’s apartment, watching the Pacer / Heat playoff game, pours dark brown color with a flat head. Nose is plain vanilla , otherwise bland, Taste is vanilla, but not very complex and not all that flavorful. Finish is plain and dry vanilla. Quaff score 6 / 10