jbruner (2939) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to trade with phatdog1! Pours an opaque brownish black with bubbly tan head dissipates to leave good lacing. Aroma is nice dark and sweet chocolate, hints of roasted malt and toffee. Taste is more mellow than the nose, but still nice. Great balance and thick mouth, well done.
Terminus (3349) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at churchkey august 2013
Pours deep brown almost black with a small tan head. The nose is huge vanilla lots of roast to balance. Flavors are vanilla lots of char wow big flavors here!!! Damn good. Long vanilla bean and roast finish. Mostly vanillabeans but tthat’s not a bad thing.
jb (2511) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Predominately a milk chocolate nose, with a tad of vanilla. Pour is very dark with a thick bubbly tan head. Taste is heavily roasted, dry, rich, thick, a bit of dark chocolate. Decent. Bottle from Nathaniels.
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2014 My Bottom Line:
Roastiness, dark chocolate and vanilla merge for the tastiest of results as they are joined for the long run in the finish by precise hop resins.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam settles atop the impenetrable darkness.
-Vanilla dosage is wisely done. Just enough to add character while never getting close to being sickening (like it can easily be).
-This gets more and more engaging as you down the pint.
-The mouthfeel is rich yet approachable.
Art (2233) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from HOTB. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aromas of chocolate and vanilla. Tastes slightly sweet and nutty. Dryish finish. Not much carbonation and a bit on the thinner side but a well done stout.
DuffMan (7996) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ the brewery. Very dark brown body, opaque even in the 5oz sample snifter. Rich aroma of Coffee Crisp chocolate bars, roasty and sweet with a light nuttiness. Same flavours on the palate in terrific density, along with a lovely mild vanilla sweetness, finishing with a roasty dry bitterness in perfect balance. A beautiful drinkable flavourful stout. Just awesome.
deyholla (8114) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to a trade! Pours a near clear dark brown with a brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of vanilla and oats with a bit of underlying sweet dark grains. Flavor has sweet dark grains and sweet chocolate with oats and a good amount of vanilla.
Roonai (305) - - AUG 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black w a cream head. Nose is rich vanilla and malt. Taste is same w bitter coffee malts cutting through the sweet vanilla chocolate.
Beardaxe (293) - - AUG 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good. Clean tasting, technically impressive, like most MBC beers. Don't really get the vanilla flavor, though, and there's not much unique to it. Worth trying, but fairly expensive for what it is.
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boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... Poured thick black with sudsy tan head. Nose had bitter-sweet molasses along with vanilla and a hint of roast. Tasted of mocha coffee along with roasted grains and a decent vanilla presence. Depending on your sensitivity to vanilla this could either way for you. However, it worked well for myself.