Bpasquini (10) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 3, 2014
2.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
AROMA: Very simple here, vanilla, chocolate, and oats, but it smells really good!
APPEARANCE: Pretty typical here for a stout, black, with a nice little mocha colored head that goes quickly
TASTE: WOAH! This is excessively hopped with buttering hops! Besides the bitterness, the taste follows the smell exactly. If this beer wasn’t so bitter it would have an immense amount of potential to be very good.
PALATE: Very light, leaves your mouth dry, very uncharacteristic like of a stout
OVERALL: Needs less buttering hops, just way too much for a stout, stouts are supposed to be on the sweeter side, not the bitter side
AbbeyRoade (443) - Missouri, USA - JUN 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not sure about this one. I feel like the body is too thin to hold such strong flavors. Good complex vanilla, oat, chocolate, stouty flavors but the flat brew doesn’t do them justice like it should.
pintbypint (2884) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml brown bottle. Bottleshare at Ferris’. Brown pour, thin beige head. Vanilla nose, also chocolate. Taste has chcoolate, roast, vanilla. Nice mouthfeel. Overall a nice beer.
onceblind (5312) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep black pour under a thin sticky light khaki head. Lovely chocolaty nose with some vanilla and earthy caramel and a soft oat tone. Flavor is rich but not too sweet. A little dry and roasty but tones of rich oats and earthy chocolate and a touch of dry earthy vanilla. Pretty tasty nightcap.
Ferris (7574) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Bittersweet chocolate and light vanilla. Jet black with a beige white head. Nice chocolate and vanilla with a nice finish. Nice all the way around.
dwyerpg (4827) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This isn’t too sweet but there is definitely a strong amount of vanilla, both in the aroma and the body, almost a bit too much. Still pretty good.
Stew41 (1796) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAY 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A beginners highish abv beer? Sounds critical to describe this way but i like the uncomplicated sweetness of the vanilla mating very well with chocolate and roast. All flavours carry right through the palate very well. Drinks easier than the abv might suggest.
trippytbta (16) - California, USA - MAY 17, 2014
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured bottle into Tulip glass
Beer pours dark brown almost black, 2 finger camel colored head.
Aroma of sweet vanilla and gritty oats, dark roast malt.
Tastes like a bitter dark french roast coffee. The vanilla is not what I had hoped for. Very 1 dimensional. This is where the beer falls short.
Mouth feel is creamy, can’t narrow down the carbonation too well (not the best judge) but not the best proportion for the brew.
Over all with the name of the beer I expected more. This is a beer you buy hoping for something different. Not a bad brew, but not what I expected.
Iphonephan (4301) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours black with a thick tan head. Tobacco nose. Flavors of chocolate and coffee with some smoky notes. Mellow mouthfeel. Slight bitter finish.
fiulijn (16395) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver
Black color with brownish head. Aroma of roasted malt and paper. The mouthfeel is dry but quite smooth, a bit sweeter later when the beer shows some lactose; roasted malt flavor, dark chocolate, dark bread, some rye bread, quite good blend; luckily the vanilla is very subdued. Correct bitterness. The dark malts provide some acidity in the final.