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RATINGS: 500   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Our American-style stout aged on organic vanilla beans. Intense notes of coffee and dark chocolate lead way to subtle notes of natural vanilla. Flaked oats generate a silky mouthfeel.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Bottled 2/19/13. Poured 12/25/14. opaque black with a fluffy, very active brown-beige head. Aroma is roast malts, dark fruits, vanilla (still present!), earth, chocolate, molasses; smells excellent. Taste is coffee, roast malt, chocolate, hint of char/smoke, subtle vanilla flavor, touch of prune/raisin; aftertaste is roast malt, chocolate. Thin, spotty lacing. Medium-low carbonation. Medium-full mouth feel; a touch thin perhaps. Iím surprised the vanilla has held up for this long, though it is weak at best. This is still quite good. Worth a re-rate.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kidobutai (424) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Poured from a bottle. Decent head and terrific lacing. Dark dark brown appearance. Vanilla aroma and oats. Nice creaminess.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike5326 (1023) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Poured from a bottle. Dark brown color, medium short lived tan head. Strong roasted malt with a hint of vanilla aroma. Medium body with a roasted malt flavor and a medium finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dpjuart (1086) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Bottoe from The Kinick. Pours black, rimming chocolate head. Nose is incredible. Coffee, chocolate, roast nose. Smooth chocolate, raisin, vanilla sweetness, with a huge astringent roast after. Yummy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
monkeychugg55 (910) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2014
Black pour with a tan head. The aroma has a nice mellow vanilla character with some moderate roasted notes, chocolate, and a touch of char. The flavor has some nice constant vanilla that doesnít overpower, with chocolate and coffee notes upfront and finishing with a touch of burnt malt. Very well balanced in both flavor and bitterness. Well done.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3365) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 30, 2014
Pitch black color. A brown color head. Vanilla dark chocolate dark fruit, but not a ton of roastiness in the nose that is fairly sweet. Medium body. Smooth. Slightly acidic finish. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (193) - - NOV 28, 2014
On tap at Bierkraft. Used motor oil appearance with a small tan head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla. A lot of pleasant sweetness. Flavor is chocolate, roasted malts. Bit of vanilla. But the thing thatís awesome here is how creamy and full bodies it is. It has a body which a lot of non-imperial stouts lack. Really an awesome Stout.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
olr1984 (1141) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2014
bottle pours a dark black with a tan khaki head. chocolate vanilla and roasted malt taste

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (2338) - Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle: Dense, pitch black body with a fluffy, creamy, frothy tan head that sits at about half an inch for almost the entirety of the glass. Aroma of milk chocolate candies with a balance between creamy sweetness & some slightly roasted malt undertones. Rich vanilla beans surround the edges with a hint of dry coffee bean in the back-end. Vanilla sweetness surmounts with warmth & develops an almost French vanilla cream aroma. Nice. Pretty rich flavor of dense, bittersweet chocolate laced with a pure, yet slightly understated vanilla component. A little more roast & a little more coffee show up on the palate, which certainly isnít a bad thing. Some notes of dried, dark prunes & the faintest kiss of anise in the finale, too. Warmth brings out the creamy & milky tones a little more, giving the dark chocolate element of the beer a little boost. Lingering notes of roast, chocolate malt, & mild coffee beans. Not a huge body, but sufficiently creamy & smooth, nice level of carbonation. A really nice stout. I would have liked a stronger vanilla character in the flavor, but this was still tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (3512) - Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2014
Pours a rich coffee brown with a fairly thick light tan head. Strong area has chocolate, coffee, and roast malt notes with a hint of molasses. Flavor pleases with coffee, chocolate, and smoky malt notes plus a snip of molasses - and is that licorice? Texture seems thin for a stout, but fizz is strong. A mean good stout.


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