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RATINGS: 520   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Pour from a bottle into a small plastic water glass, because that’s all that was offered at this conference. Served at ~60 degrees because I can’t find an ice machine, but eff it. Dark pour with a billowing cola head that collapses to a dense cap and nice lacing. Aroma is slightly subdued with notes of cherry, lightly astringent roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate. I get some almost sour notes initially which really work well here and heighten the perception of fruit. Taste is lots of bitter cocoa and coffee up front, moving to sweeter notes of vanilla, lightly roasted caramel malt, more chocolate. Indistinct fruit notes throughout Finishes slightly bitter with a lasting cocoa and vanilla aftertaste. Silky smooth mouthfeel. I really liked this one, delivers a good deal of complexity at an ABV much lower than I would have thought, making it easy to enjoy a full bottle of. The only not enjoyable thing about this beer was it’s price, which at 7.45 a 500 ml bottle is going to prevent me from searching this out again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (2020) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Bottle shared by craftbeerdesign. Pours black with just a bit of light at the edges. Taste is coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses with vanilla that is delicately integrated. The vanilla is just ever so light and not overly sweet. Nice indeed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3333) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2013
Norfolk bottle. Glad I found this on the back end cap. Typical stout pour, completely opaque with a tan head. Nice lacing. Huge aroma of coffee mixed with sugar and milk. Outstanding flavor and silky smooth mouthfeel. Flavor reminds me of sweetened espresso at first but then some lingering bitterness. Very subtle vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlovakSniper (3709) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2013
Une robe ténébreuse et sa mousse abondante et pleine de ténacité. Un nez de bon café fort, de grains maltés rôtis et de notes chocolatées qui transpirent une vanille naturelle et de grande qualité. Des parfums brillamment agencés. Un goût bien travaillé par la noirceur des grains rôtis et torréfiés. Mes papilles aiment bien cette sensation chocolatée crémeuse, ces saveurs fraîches de café et cette élégante touche vanillée. En bouche, mon palais est ravi par cette texture gonflée par l’avoine. Le pétillement doux prolonge les saveurs. En finale, une charmante apparition des houblons : une signature adorable des cultivars à travers cette aimable obscurité. Une autre fantastique bière de cette maison toujours très intéressante.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wheresyourball (530) - El Cajon, California, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Picked up a bottle of this in Boston. Pours dark brown, with a thin head. Nose and taste are roast, malt, chcolate, vanilla. I thought the vanilla was a bit on the heavy side. Some coffee. Nice mouthfeel. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palme (3605) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 5, 2013
On tap @ Blind Tiger House. Deep dark brown in the glass, almost black actually and it has a small sidesticking and islandy top. Really nice dark chocolate nose. Some sweetness found and nuts, coffee and roasted malts are definitely present also. As is a bit of leather. Smells really nice. It has that cloudy light mouthfeel - almost like drinking a cloud. Vanilla extract and a hint of sour wood. Damn, that was really suiting in this beer. It kinda cuts off the roastiness and the chocolate paper. Loaded with vanilla goods also this. Delicious to drink. Leaving a slightly dry and chocolate like flavor in the mouth. Really good! 12.06.2013

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jivy26 (32) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Subtle tastes of vanilla not tasting any coffee notes. A very solid one none the less..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ret12 (453) - Maryland, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Had this on tap with nitro it was pretty good. Nice and smooth with a malty caramel flavor

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5332) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2013 Sampled on draft at the House of 1000 beers this beer poured a black color with a small foamy beige head that faded quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was dry, smoky, woody, roasty and had a bit of vanilla. The flavor was roasty and malty with notes of vanilla, cream, a bit of smoke, crisp fruity hops, a bit of toast and whiskey. Long roasty vanilla, toasty and smoke finish. Moderately full bodied. Smoother than I expected and I found that the subtle smokiness really worked for me. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmsulliv (200) - - JUN 22, 2013
Awesome 12 oz glass at lord hobo, great strong vanilla aroma and flavor with nice viscous stout base. Awesome ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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