SHIG (3751) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to hubsluvsbeer: Poured a oil sludge black with a two finger light brown head. Aroma is chocolate and vanilla. Taste is silky milk chocolate, roasted malts, light subtle coffee. Finish is dry and sweet.
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - DEC 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
kidobutai (454) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a bottle. Decent head and terrific lacing. Dark dark brown appearance. Vanilla aroma and oats. Nice creaminess.
mike5326 (1057) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
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dpjuart (1092) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
monkeychugg55 (929) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
TimE (3577) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
SG111 (302) - New York, USA - NOV 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
olr1984 (1179) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle pours a dark black with a tan khaki head. chocolate vanilla and roasted malt taste
tectactoe (2735) - Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.