jbeatty (1020) - New York, USA - JUN 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 06/08/2014. Pours thick oily black, nearly no head, bit of tan haze on the surface with a thin ring of lacing. Aroma is a smooth melange of coffee, dark roast poking through, chocolate caramel, vanilla bourbon. Taste is sweet caramel and chocolate. dark fruit swirled in, bitter ground roast coffee to balance, creamy vanilla on top, nice smooth bourbon finish. Thick, smooth creamy body. Delicious stuff.
Holmen1 (2376) - Stavanger, NORWAY - AUG 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fra fat på Cardinal, Brewers Night (heldige oss som har Cardinal!): svart med litt brunt skum. Vanlije, sjokolande, kaffe i en herlig blanding med cremet munnfylde og lang ettersmak. Som den beste hjemmelagede sjokolademousse - snop og dessert fra første til siste dråpe. Heldige oss som også har Mike på Lervig.
Huhzubendah (2496) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served alongside the standard version.
Pitch black body with a small beige head. The aroma brings everything along from the standard version with the addition of oak and a delectable bourbon scent. Rich and thick. Palate coating. vanilla, chocolate, coffee all balanced elegantly with an out front bourbon presence. Dangerously easy to drink for a 13% abv brew. While Vanilla Shake was tasty, the BA Vanilla Shake is superb.
gunnar (5225) - Sandnes, NORWAY - AUG 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Cardinals Brewers Night. Pours almost black with a small tanned head. Very strong aroma of vanilla. Taste is hefty sweet,vanilla en mass, caramel and melasse.Thick oily mouthfeel. Lingering sweet goodies.
tmrmwel (902) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Cardinal, Stavanger, Brewers night. Pours pitch black with a short lived mocha head. Aroma is, well yes, sweet f... vanilla, as well as chocolate, sweet liquorice, coffee and wooden barrels. Full velvety creamy body with no carbonation. Flavour is sweet, and did I mention sweet, with vanilla, bourbon barrels, tobacco and chocolate. Lingering vanilla finish. Sweet and over the top, just the way it should be.
k92488 (255) - NORWAY - AUG 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
DWF, fat på Cardinal’s Brewers’ Night,Svart med mørkt skum.Smak av vanilla, bourbon, sjokolade, kaffe. Smak av vanilje, kaffe, malt, sjokolade. Mild of fin. Kanongod.
Holmen2 (788) - NORWAY - AUG 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black. Almost no head. Aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla and wood. Similarly fine taste combined with bitterness. Dark chocolate and wood in afterstaste.
abemorsten (2682) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - AUG 13, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Cardinal during Brewers Night, Black with a brown rim. Vanilla and chocolate dominate the nose with notes of bourbon. Chokolate, coffee, vanilla and sweet and salty liquorice flavors. Full bodied and oily smooth to drink. Long pleasant finish.
Sigmund (5024) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Cardinal’s big Brewers’ Night, Pitch black colour, moderate tan head. Intense aroma of vanilla, bourbon, chocolate and oak. Sweet flavour with nearly overwhelming notes of vanilla, also roasted malts, coffee and chocolate, bourbon and oak again, but the hops are very moderate.
_angst_ (2726) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle bought @ The Mikkeller Webshop. Pours slightly viscous pitch black with a thin dark mocha head that quickly dissipates without leaving any trace on the glass. Smell is intense, sweet and malty with roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla beans, toffee, caramel, vanilla fudge, charred wood, roasted coconut, bourbon, dark roast coffee, sweet liquorice candy and alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter, salty, tiny sour and malty with roasted malts, toffee, burnt caramel, vanillin, hay, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, burnt wood, vanilla fudge, walnuts, toasted coconut and bourbon alcohol. Mouthfeel is fat, oily, viscous, astringent and full bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter, salty and malty with roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, vanillin, charred wood, bourbon, salty liquorice candy and alcohol. Smell promises a lot but taste is slightly too salty for me.
oRos (1097) - sacramento, California, USA - AUG 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Tony at capitol beer. And taproom pours motor oil black with cream head. Taste is vanilla shake. Fits the name perfectly. Amazing.