nearbeer (3724) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2013 500 ml, bottled 11-11-12. Thanks Phatdog1! Ebony with a lasting film of cream. Nose is vanilla and caramel, with touches of sour chocolate, toasted grain and coffee. Flavor is all the same in a well blended mix, with some lactose tartness and a hint of ash. Medium body is smooth with light medium carbonation and well balanced. Excellent stout, with just the right touch of vanilla.
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Merv says this is better than Black. 500 ml bottle at Pizza Paradiso. Pours deep black small tan head. Awesome.
Beerman6686 (4348) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
These guys really know how to make simple, clean, delicious beer. This one poured a medium to dark brown with a beige head. Aroma was light coffee, dark chocolate, and vanilla cake. Flavor was similar only more intense. vanilla is definitely there, but not overwhelming at all, greatly balanced by the roasted bitterness of the coffee flavors. great stuff!
michaelinwa (591) - Bothell, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from trade with Phatdog1. Black, average, disappearing head, too subtle and nondescript aroma for me. Taste hits initially with a big chocolate taste and vanilla notes, and its nice. However, there is a thin quality in the middle that makes we want something more out of this. Finishes pretty well, with some bitterness coming out in the end. Decent but a little thin.
tcane7 (1664) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with some tan head and spotted lacing. Aromas of coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate. Lot more vanilla comes through on the palate with dark chocolate and lactose.
r464 (1928) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep and dark with a thin tan head. Roasty, toasty malt with a very smooth mouth feel. No grittiness at all. Cocoa, vanilla, malt. Long and smooth finish. Quite a good stout.
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours almost black & thick looking with a khaki head of tight foam that shrank slowly to a couple of big islands on top. Soapy lace. Nose is cocoa, sweet vanilla beans, roasted coffee, grass & earth. A hint of char, medicinal alcohol that kept coming forward as it warmed and way in back some faint floral. Taste is smooth, on the heavy side but velvety. Vanilla, burnt coffee, burnt toast, roasted grains, bitter chocolate. I didn’t taste a lot of char but some and I am tasting some oats and some alcohol. Finishes semi wet and a little ashy. The hops were in there I can tell by the underlying fruit sweetness and a bit of slick oil that lightly coats the tongue. Bitterness is very light considering all that roasted toasted and burnt. This is a hearty and favorable stout that is not too complex and has a lot to enjoy.
DCLawyer (1429) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle->snifter. Deep brown with tan head. Aroma: deep malt, coffee, vanilla. Taste: chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt. Bitter aftertaste. Nice.
jpkeskinen (220) - FINLAND - MAR 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice and full taste with a small hint of vanilla. Maybe a bit of some smoky flavours too. Nice beer!
Ed5388 (2092) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle. Pours dark brown, almost black with tan head. Aroma is of dark chocolate, coffee, and slight vanilla. Taste is dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, ash, with a hint of vanilla. Excellent stout