swoopjones (6864) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft at Blue Monk, Buffalo. medium bodied black pour. Roast, milk chocolate, with big dose of vanilla. Creamy mouthfeel. balanced, well done
rederic (3207) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, deep engine oil black color, with a thick creamy dark tan-colored head, mild soft chocolatey, light vanilla bean, black coffee nose, with some light roasted, black, chocolate, toasted, oat malty, dark burnt fruit, cocoa powder accents, and a faint milk chocolate, subtle sweet lactose sugar, burnt toast, semi-sweet chocolate baking bar, burnt oatmeal chocolate chip cookie note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate, with a smooth sweet roasted, chocolate, black, oat, toasted malty, good spicy vanilla bean, burnt popcorn, black coffee, burnt toast, burnt chocolate pie crust character, with some light burnt toast, burnt bran muffin, chocolate oatmeal granola bar, mild lactose sugar flavours, leading towards a coffeeish, burnt toast, vanilla bean spiciness, dark bitter chocolate, lingering oat, black, chocolate, roasty bitterness finish. Less powerful, than the Dieu du Ciel, Aphrodisiaque, but nevertheless a good vanilla oatmeal stout!
Whids (60) - - OCT 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice beer. Pours jet black with nice tan head. Nice vanilla on the nose and some chocolate as well. Silky medium body mouthfeel with a roasted coffee finish that lingers. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate and vanilla. Enjoyable on a cold winters night.
Darkmagus82 (1976) - - OCT 16, 2014
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 4-26-14-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a nearly pitch black color with just a hint of light shining through the glass and with a small tan colored head floating atop the surface. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is huge of a sweet vanilla smell mixed with some nice big milk chocolate aromas. Along with these are some light caramel smells and some undertones of a roasted malt smell, as well as some more oatmeal like aromas. The slightest hint of a coffee smell is there as well, giving the beer an overall very chocolate vanilla oatmeal cookie like smell.
Taste – The vanilla is huge right from the start and is mixed with a nice milk chocolate and a smooth oatmeal flavor. Along with these flavors are a lighter roast taste with the roast flavors getting slightly more potent as the flavor advances forward. Along with the increase in the roast so too comes some lightly bitter coffee flavors as well as some light caramel and dark chocolate tastes. The smooth oat flavor at the start begins to fade some from the taste, with the bitter coffee and some light earthy and herbal hoppy tastes bringing a little bit of “roughness” to the taste. While it brings a roughness, the more bitter flavors balance out some of the massive vanilla that is present in the taste nicely and overall creates a rather nicely roasted and moderately sweet and bitter dark flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average to a little bit on the thinner side for an oatmeal stout of 7.2 % abv. with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. A bit thicker body and lower carbonation level may have been a nicer for the oat and darker flavors of the brew, accentuating these slightly better, but even so the higher carbonation level was actually nicer for the sweeter flavors of the brew, making for a rather decent feel overall.
Overall – A rather tasty brew. If only it had a bit more smooth oatmeal flavor at the end of the taste and a slightly modified body, then it would be one fantastic vanilla oatmeal stout. Even so it, is rather nice and one to try if you get the opportunity.
BeerFunGuy (837) - California, USA - OCT 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This dark black beer has a thick head. It has an inviting vanilla and coffee aroma. It is creamy and has vanilla flavors and some bite. Great balanced flavors play off of one another very well.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
rodenbach99 (3513) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille partagée. Bière brune avec une mousse beige. Un nez de chocolat et vanille. Une bouche sucrée ronde avec des notes de chocolat et une finale très ronde aux relents de vanille.
SlovakSniper (3811) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Très foncée avec une mousse brune qui n’est pas du tout tenace. Au nez, douce vanille, caramel et chocolat. Sur les papilles, des saveurs du même acabit qui montrent aussi un effet rôti et une façon torréfiée. En bouche, je découvre un bon corps crémeux qui ne montre pas beaucoup de bulles. En finale, c’est une amertume noire peu intense qui s’accroche derrière les touches vanillées. Bon sweet stout. Facile à boire.
tectactoe (3099) - Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Deep brown & black body with a semi-chunky mocha head, lasting. Baker’s chocolate aroma with sweet vanilla extract, sucrose, plum, sugar coated raisins. Flavor of sharp chocolate, a little astringent maybe. Heavy vanilla flavor with lots of sweetness. Touch of anise & some deep plum & raisins notes surrounded by a hint of roast & creamy oats. Thin mouth feel, a little prickly. A good vanilla stout but it lacks a little in authenticity & body. Still enjoyable to drink.
Pailhead (5554) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of tectactoe
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, vanilla extract, and a hint of metal. It pours a dark brown with some faint orange highlights and a small tan head that eventually fades to a thin film. A nice sheet of lacing is left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate, light caramel, and roasted malt. The finish has light-moderate vanilla, roasted coffee, and a hint of burnt notes. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation.
jackfrost9p (338) - California, USA - SEP 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really good. Great chocolate, coffee and molasses with vanilla. Very drinkable.