DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask Stillage at Toronto Cask Days festival Volo, Toronto 30/10/2010
Fruit and roast aromas. Beige head. Black very fruity and a little rich on the palate with a big coffee and vanilla flavour. A hint of dryness in a roast finish.
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[3451-20101030] Cask. Vanilla syrup aroma is strong with chocolate bean malt. Hazy, black body with quick brown bubbles. Vanilla fruit malt flavour is super sweet like a kvas boozy raisin brew. Full heavy body. Not a fan of the overall beer despite my numbers. Somehow the parts of the whole are more interesting.
(Cask Days @ Volo, Toronto, ON)
Spab (3282) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On cask at Volo Cask Days 2010. Pours a slightly reddish dark brown with minimal tan head. Aroma has vanilla, chocolate with a real cola sensation. Taste similar, quite sweet. Medium body. Decent.
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On cask for Cask Days at Volo in Toronto. Served in an English pint. Pours black with a small, rocky light brown head. The head remains and leaves no lace. The nose has intense sweet vanilla with molasses, chocolate, fruit and some pine. The flavour is sweet throughout with prominent notes of cherry and chocolate. The finish is average in length, malty sweet with cherry. It is medium-full in body with a milky texture and flat carbonation. Overall, I have somewhat mixed feelings about this one. It has a very nice, inviting vanilla nose but this does not carry through. It is replaced by an unexpected cherry note in the flavour. On the whole, it is well constructed though. I think this one deserves another tasting. 2010-10-29
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black w/ frothy ring of brown foam. Aroma of espresso & dark chocolate w/ notes of vanilla, hazelnut, cherry & ginger. Medium feel. Flavour is rich & sweet (vanilla, chocolate) w/ a bitter, earthy hop finish & a grapefruity dryness.
beergut111 (210) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
TFOB. Great beer, nicely balanced with tastes of vanilla , coffee , chocolate and cinnamon which all nicely blended together.
tomthompson89 (1976) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2007
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at beer fest 2007 nose of coffee, and lotsa cinnomen and chocolate. flavor is similar nice and smooth very well done
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I sampled this one at Volo. Much like the plain porter version in the taste and look department, but has an amazing nose of vanilla. A nice twist on a porter.
pootzboy (1689) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From cask at the Castle on King.
Wow what can I say about Canada’s new micro brewed super star?
The Pulled pint produced a sticky, dead black ale with a rich thick mocha cap that lasted.
Phenominal nose to this brew. Never have I seen 4 aromas marry with such a natural result...the vanilla predominates but does not "dominate" the aroma...Vanilla-toffee-cocoa-bready...wonderful nose to this.
Moderatly rich body, silky mouth feel, rich vanilla-cocoa semi-dry character.
Up front the malts pound the tongue as I never experienced in a porter, astringent "char" from black malt husks is subdued by the natural vanilla tones. Mid palate we get a swirl of cocoa, nuts, vanilla-toffee and a wonderful light bittering which supports the other flavors...finish is long and complex with light drying and bittering riding above the vanilla-caramel-coca tastes...light bready after taste.
A world class flavored porter.....from cask there is none better.
robinvboyer (4064) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at the Toronto Beer Fest
Wow, very nice! the vanilla really comes out, its subtle, but its there in a big way. very smooth, and the coffee, and smokiness of the porter are still very detectable, superb!