larryLSB (393) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at SARA. Poured dark brown, almost black with a small tan head. Nose was complex, vanilla, coffee, little cocoa. This is very easy drinking, sweet , medium bodied, with a nice long aftertaste. Overall a very good one.
AdamJackson (1986) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black. Not much head to speak of. Loads of fresh coffee and cocoa beans. Almost cookie dough brownie sweetness on the nose. I get oatmeal as well. Take a big gulp of this. You’ll thank me. The mouthfeel is bright and full. Bitter raw espresso bean finish. A touch of vanilla but not overpowering. Figs and tree fruit. Coffee is pronounced and generous but not overwhelming.
timfoolery (1122) - California, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at SF beer week event in SJ. Aroma and flavor of vanilla porter, reminded me of Victory at Sea. Possibly less roasty than the former. Good beer.
HughConway (739) - Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the tasting notes. Glass at the tap room. Pours black, thin head. Aroma of roast and vanilla. Taste is roast and muted by vanilla. Pleasantly so. Finish is smooth. All around nice.
brokensail (9806) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 3, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Sante Adairius. Just about black in color with a khaki head. Aroma is sweet vanilla, plenty of coffee, and some chocolate and roast. A touch of cocoa powder and caramel. Plenty of sweetness to the flavor with a hint of bitterness. Coffee, vanilla, and lots of chocolate. Roasted malt, a bit of chocolate covered banana, and a hint of caramel.
deekyn (977) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 31, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow! Hands down the best porter I've had. Seriously. A - pours opaque brown with very low head, nice sticky lacing. S - this smells amazing. Vanilla, vanilla ice cream, nice verve coffee. Such a sweet treat. M - light medium body, watery mf with low carb. T - So good! Vanilla beans, vanilla ice cream, and fantastic coffee shine through first (this is better than the coffee you make me, my girlfriend says) a little earthy, some espresso, chalky chocolate, ends a sweetly coffee ice cream float. O - just damn good. 4.4
vvesside (256) - California, USA - SEP 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ SARA. Belgian style porter with plenty of coffee and vanilla. Good beer.
obiwan_k3n00bi (3) - California, USA - AUG 21, 2013 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is truly phenomenal. I tried it this past weekend at the brewery and was blown away. Very coffee and vanilla forward, reminds me a bit of an unspiced, lower alcohol Prairie Bomb!. Looking forward for these guys to keep doing great work.
DedicatedToFun (1811) - Santa Monica, California, USA - AUG 17, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the best coffee porters I’ve ever tasted in my life, on tap at the brewery, smelled absolutely delicious just like coffee beans, chocolate notes as well, amazing.
popery (1231) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a small light brown head. The head lasts quite awhile and leaves some nice designs on the walls of the glass. The aroma is big on coffee and vanilla. Sweet and richer than expected. Some nice milk chocolate, cocoa. The taste stays well away from anything resembling artificial. Drier than it smells but not harsh. Very well integrated coffee and vanilla. Coffee is probably the dominant flavor. Full mouthfeel. I’m not normally a big fan of vanilla stouts/porters (because they’re typically disappointing), but this is excellent. Great coffee flavor with wonderful vanilla.