Jimthechap (2010) - Christchurch, - OCT 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Again from a bottle, but at just below room temperature. Appears dark with tawny port notes and a covering of latte colour head on top. I took a good snort and was rewarded with plenty of burnt caramel, chocolate, licorice and then amid the tumult Jim heard from far ancestral voices prophesying vanilla. I had a learned off-sider tell me today that they tried it but didn’t get the vanilla. I would suggest that this is because the usual appreciation is from essence or in ice-cream, candy or other artificial flavour. For me there is nothing like the smell of a vanilla pod in your hands, or sat in a bowl of sugar or left to macerate in a bottle of vodka. I get it here and it is evident, mellow and balances nicely with the coffee. Coffee becomes more apparent the longer it sits until it dominates, but this is a domination worth enduring.
For flavour it is silky and the vanilla is top of the pops. It isn’t a shrinking violet of a beer but gives of strong flavours of chocolate, vanilla and then lastly chocolate. It is like a big chunk of dark chocolate dropped into a small amount of coffee and left to melt. It is primal, delicious and good. It is indulgent, delicious and tasty without being thick and overpowering. It left a powdery vanilla and velvet on the tongue best cleansed by something fizzy after... old champagne? You’d have to be dulled to the point of insensitivity to miss not only the vanilla in this beer but also the charm.
Vannerator (23) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 3, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with minimal brown head which soon disappears altogether. Aromas of sweet chocolate, vanilla pod, coffee. Heavenly in the mouth, quite sweet but well balanced by the dark coffee. Vanilla is present but more as a general sweetener. Coffee is very strong, and the beer is far less bitter than I expected. More of a coffee bitterness than a hoppy one. Also relatively light mouth feel for a porter, with mild carbonation. Bittersweet mocha aftertaste. Delicious!
Pdubyah (492) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 25, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(tap takeaway) - Lovely aromas of coffee and vanilla, Pours really well and sits nicely in the glass with a head that looked milkshake thick. Taste takes the aroma lead, and there is an under carry of bitterness. I Thought initially that this has a full mouthfeel but then I thought it didn’t and lacked body. But I like it, and would like it more if it dialled up the coffee or the vanilla a notch.
inceptioj (54) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells like coffee and vanilla, not surprising but very nice. Tastes really good too. At first it’s delicious sweet vanilla then it throws a cup of coffee at you then it tops it all off with some really dark bitter chocolate. Lovely balance, not too sweet or creamy like some others of this type.
anders37 (18915) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ yespr. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty vanilla and chocolate aroma. Roasted malty vanilla and chocolate flavor. Has a roasted malty vanilla and chocolate finish.
brnandersen (2431) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from 50 cl. bottle. Pitch black with a small, tanned head. Roasted aroma with vanilla, spices, coffee and caramel malts. Taste is sweet. Medium body. Finishes sweet and roasted. Neat Porter.
joergen (22911) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at yespr.
Pitch black coloured with a small beige head.
Sweet and roasted aroma of caramel, vanilla and coffee.
Sweet and roasted flavour of caramel and vanilla with notes of coffee.
Sweet and roasted finish.
Desverger (3268) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - fuzzy dark brown to black pour with small tan head. Aroma and taste of roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, coffee, pleasing vanilla at the end, lovely mouthfeel, great sweet/bitter balance. Lovely.
Pinball (11140) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pitch dark , small light brown head.
lots of coca, vanilla and chocolate in the aroma. roasted malts.
flavor is vanilla, coffe, faint hops , very licorice-candy like (lakridskofekt) but a sweeter more chocolatey version.
Ungstrup (30009) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. A black beer with a brown head. The aroma has notes of chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of vanilla, roasted malt, coffee, and alcohol, leading to a bitter finish.
Borup (7135) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malt.