douglas88 (7233) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle brought back from Japan by the misses, thanks. Pours a pure black color with a thick beige head, a bit of a gusher. The nose is slightly sour, roasted malts, vanilla, coffee. The taste is nice; vanilla, heavily roasted slightly sour malts, caramel and earthy flavors. I’m not sure if the sourness is due to the trip over or intentional. Anyway, pretty nice.
fiulijn (16426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of Per
Black color; small head. Cappuccino aroma with a hint of vanilla. Chocolate flavor with light roasted malt; the body is medium strong, leaning on the weak side; there are just traces of vanilla (luckily). Not complex but fairly balanced.
omhper (21265) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Near black, creamy beige head. Roasty ashy vanilla aroma. Sweet with lots of vanilla. After vanilla comes vanilla and then ... more vanilla. Though pleasant at first it becomes overpowering and completely one dimensional.
improvjock (325) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On bottle. Dark brown with very little tan head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate with a hint of vanilla. Taste is on the sweet side, but not overpowering. Very smooth and velvety but not too heavy. Very drinkable.
TheJollyOne (230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown body with tan head. Nose is a bit mild; roasted malts, charcoal, and some sweetness. The tasting is superb; bitter milk chocolate with vanilla extract, roasted finish. Palate is smooth with a medium fill. This brewer is continuing to impress me. Cant wait to try more.
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - JAN 25, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Another recent addition to SG’s ever-expanding sweet stout series (Triple S?). Pours a fairly dark brown with a small, but bubbly head. There is a fair amount of vanilla in the nose here...mouthfeel very light, creamy. Taste of vanilla bean, hayseed, caramel milk, sweet breads, hint of almond and a final finish with some bitter notes and some kind of fruity coffee...hazelnut? As a 6.4%, I’d say the overall alcohol is hidden very well; although there is a slight boozy feel to it...no complaints with that. Kind of a nice sweet stout, but not something I would return to on a regular basis.
KyotoLefty (7541) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2008 2008 bottle. Creamy, sweet nose of vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and a touch of fruits. Interesting and complex. Black with a frothy tan head. Flavor is sweet vanilla ice cream, with chocolate, cherries, and coffee, and a bit too much sour taste. Slightly thin in the mouth for such a big taste. Interesting, not exactly stout-like. Very nice, complex but maybe a bit too complicated. Strange finish. Much more vanilla in this one.
2007 7/4/7/3/14 Very solid stout base with a vanilla touch to it. Not overly sweet, good roasted dryness under the vanilla. Nice balance. Don’t really need the vanilla maybe? Well done, though.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - SEP 26, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This had little in the way to distinguish from a straight stout, even the vanilla was quite low key. Maybe an old bottle, but didn’t impress
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JUL 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Chocolate and raw vanilla bean right up front with a bit of molasses. Beautiful balck body wit ha light tan oily frothy head like root beer is supposed to have in a cartoon. Restrained sweetness is perfect for the dark chocolates and vanilla bean to come though. The Vanilla is very non-candy like which is a surprising and outstanding quality. Finishes with a nice fleeting herbal bitterness and more chocolate and vanilla extract.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted @ GJBF Yokohama: Dark black, tan head, nose of root beer and sassafras. Some nice sweet malty flavors and a clean roasty tail. Tons of vanilla extract though. Decent, but certainly an extract.