The_Osprey (6575) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share at CBC Islington as ’Mike’s VCP Vanilla Coffee Porter’. Many thanks to Dave for the haul. Very dark brown, small tan head. Aroma is vanilla biscuit, custard, serious vanilla bomb. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste has the promised vanilla and coffee, a little twiggy. Quite nice.
mR_fr0g (9515) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at the big Dave tasting at craft beer Co Islington. Many thanks to bug Dave for this one. Aroma is sweet sickly vanilla, cakey. Stale cocoa. Flavour is composed of vanilla, coconut, cocoa, little earthy, sweet, cakey. Palate is medium full, semi. I sweet, moderate carbonation. Decent. little earthy in the finish.
Scopey (12707) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Craft Islington thanks to Big Dave. It pours darkest brown / black with a small tan head. The aroma is soft, sweet, toast, roasted malt, toffee, vanilla and cocoa. The taste is smooth, bitter - sweet, vanilla, toasted malt, earth, wood, cocoa, dull coffee and some creaminess. Medium body and fine carbonation. Pretty decent, if a touch sweet.
madmitch76 (22333) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
21st April 2016
Craft Islington bottleshare. Thanks to Big Dave. Hazy deep red - amber beer, good pale tan head. Soft airy palate, modest fine carbonation. Little creamy malt. Mellow but tasty sticky toffee pudding and salted caramel .Light airy finish. A tasty pudding beer!
teorn88 (6732) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
57cl bottle shared at Dave’s tasting @CBC Islington, London. Big thanks to Dave for this one. It pours a clean dark brown color with a small off white head. Aroma is sweet with some grains vanilla and chocolate. Taste is big sweet with plenty of vanilla. Medium bodied with OK carbonation. Overall, OK
Leighton (18710) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Dave. Pours rich brown with a frothy, beige head. The nose has light roast, toasted toffee, mellow coffee. Medium sweet flavour with creamy toffee, burnt butterscotch, soft earthy bitterness, light bitter coffee, berries, some oily vanilla. Medium bodied with fine carbonation and creamy texture. Sweet finish with more creamy toffee, vanilla, light earth, coffee, vanilla pods. Tasty beer.
Theydon_Bois (17228) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split at Islo, thanks to Wingmane, 21/04/16.
Light black with a decent tan covering.
Nose is sweet malt, toffee, light cocoa, vanilla essence.
Taste comprises vanilla fudge, light cocoa, toffee, light roast.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Ok ... not a huge depth bit drinks below the ABV.
Luvystypotables (1692) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2016
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
An unpleasant acetic acid nose with hints of coffee, and vanilla. Pours a dark brown color and short lasting tan head. An unpleasant taste tart vinegary with a hint of coffee and vanilla. A bitter coffee finish.
canadiankiwi (146) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 1, 2016
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is good. Taste like someone out bourbon in my coffee and a smile she of vanilla. Smells delicious. The taste doesn’t correlate with the smell which keeps your palate guessing. Poured from bottle. Small head.
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!