KyotoLefty (6139) - 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. Donít really need the vanilla maybe? Well done, though.
jonno (2231) - 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.
BŁckDich (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.
Lowe1983 (1343) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Capa for this. Pours a dark brown color with a brown head. Aroma is of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Flavor is of roasted malts and coffee up front with a slightly bitter finish with the chocolate and vanilla. Overall this is a pretty delicious brew.
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2007 My Bottom Line:
Stupendously fulfilling for the dessert lover, this Sweet Stoutís long vanilla trails lead to a spicy cake for the most demanding sweet tooth.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-Creamy foam is icing for the total blackness.
-The velvety body is admirably malted.
-The dessert sweetness is intelligently controlled by roasted malts and supporting hops.
-The vanillaís spiciness almost reaches that of cloves.
-The exact same points were given for the tap version and the bottled version, and the latter was enjoyed 6 weeks later.
On tap at The Aldgate, and from the bottle back home.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JUN 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vannnnnillaaaa! I dont think Ive ever tried a beer with so much vanilla smell, right down to the small amount of alchohol in vanilla bottles. Smell is sweet too. I bought this 21oz bottle at the great Takanaya liquor store in Tokyo for 450yen. Pours dark, almost opaque, with no head, but some carbonation. Taste is smooth, very mild, and somewhat dry despite the name and smell. Finish is mild, with the slightest amount of hops bitterness. Double this recipe and youve got a truly great beer.
Capa (1963) - Manama, BAHRAIN - JUN 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
very dark, nearly black in color with a wispy tan head. Excellent aroma of roasted malts, vanilla, coffee, and milk chocolate. Creamy, medium body. Awesome flavor!! Coffee beans, vanilla, chocolate, dark malts, all blended together very well. Finishes with bittersweet malts, and vanilla. Not your run of the mill stout, something new and fun...Iím a big fan.
TimE (3086) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 31, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color. Vanilla, more vanilla, bourbon, caccao all jump out of the nose. Is grandma making some cake?
Mouth isnít that sweet at all, well balanced with big vanilla notes, dark chocolate and cherry coke. Great depth. Caccao and vanilla finish. I was quit shocked at how balanced and how austure the beer was given its name. Very admirable work for an odd beer.