GTown (127) - New York, USA - MAR 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Pours dark brown with beige head and moderate lacing. This year, Rorbach used real vanilla beans in place of extract, and the difference shows. Mild hoppiness. A decent porter that gets better as it warms.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6318) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2016
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sampled from a 16 oz can this beer poured a black color with a large creamy brown head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was faint but dryish and a bit malty. The flavor was bitter with a sourish malty note and just a hint of vanilla. Bitter and off underneath. Medium length finish. Medium body. Disappointing.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2016
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into a pint glass from a 16oz tallboy can.
3.5 A: Black color. Two and a half fingers of foamy beige head. Retention is a touch better than average and plenty of irregular loops of lacing are left.
4.0 S: Powerful roasted barley bordering on charred. Vanilla greater than chocolate, then coffee making a crème brulee type aroma. The vanilla is done very well in this, not too much, not too little.
3.25 T: On the bitter side, of which I suspect a lot of it comes from the roasted barley rather than just the hops. Less vanilla flavor than aroma, but alright. Chocolate and coffee are a bit more subdued. It’s not bad, but what this really needs is more sweetness to balance. Actually, this would benefit from being on the sweeter side.
3.25 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking creaminess. This would benefit greatly from a thicker, creamier body.
3.25 D: It’s not bad, but it misses the mark in several areas.
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Mr_Abner (314) - Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Served to me a dark brown with a very small head. Looks like it is a bit thin. Aroma is some strange spice I can’t identify, vanilla, light roasted malts, and a touch of cocoa. Taste is similar with some alcohol noticeable, just a touch of cocoa on the back end. Moderately bitter. Absolutely no big yummy chocolate flavors. Really not all that pleasant. Light+ to medium bodied and a bit thin. Average carbonation. Finishes lightly dry.
rustbucket0873 (366) - Krikville, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brow black, with light brown fluffy head. The aroma is roasty vanilla, and caramel. Vey vanilla flavor with chocolate, caramel and some coffee. Mouth feel is super smooth. This is very good.
CSHutchins (2) - Colden, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2015 does not count
3.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge vanilla with very smooth feel on initial tasting of draft offering. Durable head. Toasty malt balance with low perceived IBU. Clean finish with some lingering vanilla.
MacBoost (1708) - Penfield, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16oz can. Pours a deep brown with a light tan head. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla and coffee. Taste is semi dry and lightly bitter. Flavors consist of huge vanilla milkshake, some coffee, perhaps a chocolate/vanilla twist ice cream complete with the waffle cone. Pretty yummy. Medium mouthfeel, medium carb (forced). Finished like a s’mores bar, but well attenuated. Bravo!
generallee08 (767) - New York, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The body has a dark brown, almost black color with a small one finger tan head. The head hangs on well and makes some lacing on the glass as I drink. In the nose I pick up a nice roasty, toasty character with a pleasant whiff of vanilla. On the tongue I pick up the roasted sweetness and toasted semi-bitterness from the malt. There are hints of toasted bread, dark chocolate and coffee with a nice level of sweet vanilla creaminess running through the center. The hops are not much of a noticeable factor but do held with balancing the malt sweetness. The palate is smooth but well carbonated with a solid medium feel.
ben4321 (5397) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: Sampled at TapNY, 4/26/14
Aroma: The nose is caramel, chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malts, with some light earth/peat
Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a sheet of beige head and decent lace
Flavor: The taste is very sweet, lots of vanilla, chocolate, and caramel, without much bitterness
Palate: The body is on the creamy side, smooth and easy drinking, with some stickiness as well
This is a solid, but very sweet example of the style. I liked the overall flavor combination, but it was just a little too sweet for me. It could have used a little more balance.
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap, pours dark black, aroma is roasty and vanillia, taste is quite nice, a nice roasty with a good vanilia finish, overall nice offering
Gamin (146) - Brockport, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wonderful fluffy head with obvious vanilla in the aroma. Sweet and awesome strong vanilla hits with a smooth easy drinking roastiness on the tongue. One of the best beers in Rochester.