merc7186 (1981) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Oatmeal, Mild Chocolate
Appearance: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes Almost No Light, Thin Brown Head Ring, Mild Lacing
Taste: Oatmeal, Vanilla, Mild Chocolate
Mouthfeel: Decent Mouthfeel, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Drying
charule (991) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Phillip in OK. Poured black with decent tan head. Aroma of heavy sweet vanilla light choc like baking. Light carb med bod. Pretty bitter choc taste that doesn't match the aroma. Wish it was sweeter and more taste of vanilla.
GreatDane1632 (312) - Louisiana, USA - JUL 15, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rated from notes taken on 1 Jun 2014 -- Did a side-by-side tasting of Regular, Coffee, and Vanilla Noir’s. This is an awesome brew. This gets the edge above the other two. The Vanilla just gives it a little something extra that the others lack. The vanilla melds extremely well with this stout.
DuffMan (6531) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, RBAG 2014 prelim. Hearty near black, similar profile to the regular Noir with a truckload of vanilla sweetness. Not "extracty" , but if you don’t like vanilla, then this probably will not ring your bell.
dfearnley (884) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to goblet at the RBAG14 warmup
Vanilla, oak, cherry, and caramel. Dark cloudy brown, tan head.
Tons of vanilla, coffee, caramel, and toasted malt. I’m loving the vanilla.
kbudd19 (561) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Ferris at RBAG. Thick black pour with a thin layer of creamy mocha head. Aroma is very vanilla forward, hard to pick up much else, a bit of oak, some roasted malts. Taste is thick syrupy mouthfeel, light vanilla, a bit of roasted malts, with a mild bitter finish.
Ferris (3002) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Rich vanilla notes with some light chocolate. Jet black with a decent brown head. Dark chocolate and malts with some barrel notes. Nose is bigger than flavor.
rdixon77 (633) - Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to joedevivre. Tasted side by side with regular noir. Much sweeter and fruiter than its sister. Very dark brown with khaki head. Aroma of vanilla, barrel, oak, cocoa, dark fruit. Taste had a big almost candy sweetness. Full bodied. Good stuff but I think prefer the normal noir.
markextrae (887) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2014
1.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Shared grey / silver waxed bottle with a friend. Poured a dark cloudy Brown colour with a mocha head. There is nothing to say about this beer. INFECTED! Sour metallic taste, with burned coffee, no vanilla. How can They sell this s*** if there are so Many infected bottles?? Big shame! Not worth the hype in Any way if They sell this!
jackl (4342) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample @ RBWG, Ashville. Deep brown pour with a tight tan head. Strong vanilla. Cowtails and glazed donuts. Sweet. Toffee and dirt. The taste is similar. Very rich and decadent vanilla dominates. Cocoa and dark chocolate. Slightly bitter. Full, quite oily and viscous. Really pleasing.