StefanSD (2083) - 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 (653) - 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 (2452) - 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 (2343) - 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.
UDBeernut (1611) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from spence. Pours jet black with ruby edges silky tan head with great retention. Nose of chocolate, mild roast, and vanilla. Taste follows with nice balance. Silkey smooth body. Outstanding!
crajun (936) - , Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from recent trade with phatdog01; thanks Craig. aroma was mostly roasted malt to me; maybe slight vanilla. black pour. palate is med; nice level of carbonation that helps with the flavor - flavor is much much roast. good not great stout.
DesertDevil (487) - Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dec. 2011 bottle. Pours a clear dark brown. Classic aroma for a RIS: big malt, coffee, licorice, sweet vanilla syrup, and a bit of rhubarb. Taste of smooth oak, a hint of vanilla, and a big coffee finish. Velvet body. Not bad.
DalzAle (1965) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by portableparty. Clear dark brown pour, minimal carbonation and a nutty cocoa aroma. Flavor was also roasty dry cocoa, just enough malt to give it enough body and finished a little dry. Really nice!
TheHOFF43 (1730) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark with little head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malts and other nice notes. Flavor is solid, nothing crazy but a good stout.
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown black. Good head. Tastes smells if coffee chocolate dark roast. Small vanilla. It was good but half way thru just too much roasted taste for me.