Iphonephan (2657) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a pint bottle shared at Ryan’s. Pours a cloudy dark brown, almost black, with a tan head. Aroma of dark fruits and chocolate. Flavors of roasted malt with a hint of vanilla. Bitter burnt finish.
matt7215 (2109) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle shared by jsprime. black with a tan head. aroma of vanilla and coffee. the flavour is all blackmalts + vanilla. well balanced between all the elements, very good stout.
rocbyter (1856) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Robust chocolate malt aroma. Dark black color with a medium dark tan head. Moderate bitter beginning with a light sweet finish. Palate has a chalky beginning and creamy end.
Voodoo (254) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep brown with a light brown head which lingers quite well. Aroma of vanilla flavored coffee grounds, taste is a rather smooth albeit thin coffee, and pulpy wood taste. The mouthfeel is a bit too thin for what is expected, but if that is increased this would be a great brew as it has a taste which is unique.
obguthr (3435) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Charred oak aroma. Black, medium tan head, nice lacing. Astringent, dry, medium body, easy carbonation, almost creamy. Flavor is nondescript, charcoal and no discernible nuance.
AskForJenny (1014) - Ontario, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
500 ml - Fleeting head, some lace. No nose despite the dark roast. Hoped for more, no depth. A rare miss for this brewer.
StefanSD (2015) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle courtesy of jtclockwork. Thanks. Pours a dense black color with a small khaki head that has fair retention. The aroma is big and bold with mocha, coffee and vanilla. The taste, like the nose, features mocha, coffee and vanilla, but also adds a new dimension of well roasted grains, burnt toast and bitter walnuts. The palate is full, creamy and silky smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry. Overall: First rate stout. I was afraid that this was going to overly sweet as is often the case with vanilla bean stouts, but it did not turn out that way at all. Very nice tasty stuff.
davey101 (615) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
01/27/2013 vintage, 500 ml bottle into a tulip glass.
A - Pours a jet black body with tons of mocha foam. Dies down quickly but leaves behind excellent lacing and retention.
S - Really huge blast of coffee beans, milk chocolate and sweet vanilla. A bit minerally on the finish. There is something about this aroma that reminds me a lot of HIll Farmstead’s Everett, but it falls a bit short.
T - Coffee, chocolate malts, sweet vanilla and some light roast. Quite tasty.
M - Medium bodied and creamy.
O - Perhaps it was my inclination to stack this up against double and imperial stouts....but that is not what this beer is. Its a relatively moderate ABV stout with a solid coffee and vanilla flavor. Its tasty and enjoyable, but not exactly world class. Once again I feel conflicted on the price tag of an MBC beer....
Ron (2344) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Nathaniels. Pours a dark black color with a nice, thick, tan head. Strong notes of coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. Flavor consists of vanilla with a nice hit of coffee. Amazing balance and a nice bite in the finish. Very enjoyable stout.
MadIndian (2305) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from canals. Nice aromas of roast, coffee and vanilla. The body was a tad watery / thin for my tastes, but it held its own.