worldbeertaste (1618) - AUSTRIA - JUN 9, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid black with a thick head. Slight stout malt smell, with a sweet light vanilla. Rich and smooth palate, stonger vanilla feel. Sweet as it goes down. Leaves my mouth feeling saturated with a roasted almonds with sugar feel. No heavy taste or bad sideeffects. Usually the biggest hit in in the swallow but this one is light on the finish. Overall very drinkable and very tasty.
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.
TimE (3120) - 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 isn’t 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.
Capa (1979) - 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...I’m a big fan.
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.
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.
Hammy78 (732) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle brought back from Japan by my awesome cousin. Pours a dark dark black/ brown, with a tan head that recedes to a ultra thin layer. Aroma is sweet and chocolate, subtle cappuccino and vanilla. Taste is not typical stout, very thin mouthfeel. It’s ultra sweet, essence of black cherry and even some grape. Chocolate and little chalkiness. Very good but damn sweet.
shoulderbroken (1986) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle bought from Hasegawa. Dark brown colour with small golden head. Aroma is vanilla, cream, roasty malt, bit of chocolate, sweetness. Everything you would expect really. Taste is nice, lots of vanilla and cream again, touch of cherry, some dryness at the end. Quite slight in the mouth for a stout, but I won’t hold it against it. Maybe makes it more drinkable. Sweet vanilla and chocolate finish. Not overly sweet, and pretty damn good.
MartinT (7779) - 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 Stout’s 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 vanilla’s 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.
Lowe1983 (1346) - 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.