jd10 (68) - Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours dark (almost black) with moderately thick brown head. the aroma is mostly roast, coffee, and cocoa; these are also predominant in the taste, although some very nice vanilla flavor starts to come through at the end. overall, the vanilla is understated and the beer is fairly dry. medium body. very drinkable - a nice change of pace from some of the more extreme imperial stouts.
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - DEC 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 2/19/13. Poured 12/25/14. opaque black with a fluffy, very active brown-beige head. Aroma is roast malts, dark fruits, vanilla (still present!), earth, chocolate, molasses; smells excellent. Taste is coffee, roast malt, chocolate, hint of char/smoke, subtle vanilla flavor, touch of prune/raisin; aftertaste is roast malt, chocolate. Thin, spotty lacing. Medium-low carbonation. Medium-full mouth feel; a touch thin perhaps. Iím surprised the vanilla has held up for this long, though it is weak at best. This is still quite good. Worth a re-rate.
kidobutai (424) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a bottle. Decent head and terrific lacing. Dark dark brown appearance. Vanilla aroma and oats. Nice creaminess.
mike5326 (1023) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle. Dark brown color, medium short lived tan head. Strong roasted malt with a hint of vanilla aroma. Medium body with a roasted malt flavor and a medium finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
dpjuart (1088) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottoe from The Kinick. Pours black, rimming chocolate head. Nose is incredible. Coffee, chocolate, roast nose. Smooth chocolate, raisin, vanilla sweetness, with a huge astringent roast after. Yummy.
monkeychugg55 (910) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a tan head. The aroma has a nice mellow vanilla character with some moderate roasted notes, chocolate, and a touch of char. The flavor has some nice constant vanilla that doesnít overpower, with chocolate and coffee notes upfront and finishing with a touch of burnt malt. Very well balanced in both flavor and bitterness. Well done.
TimE (3373) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black color. A brown color head. Vanilla dark chocolate dark fruit, but not a ton of roastiness in the nose that is fairly sweet. Medium body. Smooth. Slightly acidic finish. Excellent.
SG111 (194) - - NOV 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Bierkraft. Used motor oil appearance with a small tan head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla. A lot of pleasant sweetness. Flavor is chocolate, roasted malts. Bit of vanilla. But the thing thatís awesome here is how creamy and full bodies it is. It has a body which a lot of non-imperial stouts lack. Really an awesome Stout.
olr1984 (1141) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle pours a dark black with a tan khaki head. chocolate vanilla and roasted malt taste
tectactoe (2343) - Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Dense, pitch black body with a fluffy, creamy, frothy tan head that sits at about half an inch for almost the entirety of the glass. Aroma of milk chocolate candies with a balance between creamy sweetness & some slightly roasted malt undertones. Rich vanilla beans surround the edges with a hint of dry coffee bean in the back-end. Vanilla sweetness surmounts with warmth & develops an almost French vanilla cream aroma. Nice. Pretty rich flavor of dense, bittersweet chocolate laced with a pure, yet slightly understated vanilla component. A little more roast & a little more coffee show up on the palate, which certainly isnít a bad thing. Some notes of dried, dark prunes & the faintest kiss of anise in the finale, too. Warmth brings out the creamy & milky tones a little more, giving the dark chocolate element of the beer a little boost. Lingering notes of roast, chocolate malt, & mild coffee beans. Not a huge body, but sufficiently creamy & smooth, nice level of carbonation. A really nice stout. I would have liked a stronger vanilla character in the flavor, but this was still tasty.
Cybercat (3516) - Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich coffee brown with a fairly thick light tan head. Strong area has chocolate, coffee, and roast malt notes with a hint of molasses. Flavor pleases with coffee, chocolate, and smoky malt notes plus a snip of molasses - and is that licorice? Texture seems thin for a stout, but fizz is strong. A mean good stout.