CrankyYankee (1) - USA - SEP 27, 2009 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Few beers that I’ve tried transport me. This is one of them. I would have thought it unlikely that I’d so enjoy this beer so much, given its ambitious name, but it’s well worth the high price per 22oz bottle. Generally, I’d consider this somthing of a dessert beer, but it’s more of an "experience beer." After trying this beer while on vacation on Cape Cod, I made a point of sharing it with beer enthusiast friends. It’s something everybody should try. Some might not like it, but amidst the flavor bonanza that is this beer, the vanilla is so over the top that it makes it very distinctive. The descriptive notes described in other ratings are all there. This is an orchestral suite of flavors. Unlike another evaluator, I do think this beer is something to write home about. My mom and dad like some really good beers, and they would like this one, at least to try.
MOboy (504) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yeah, it tastes like creme brulee, I guess. Caramel, chocolate and alcohol both in the aroma and flavor. Nothing too complex or worth writing home about.
gnoff (9569) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Haket, Göteborg, on September 26, 2009
Clear dark brown color, smallish tan head. Fudge, buttery, sweet, sugar, caramel, ice-cream scent. Caramel, fudge, butter, coffee, dry, ice-cream taste. Coffee, roasted, dry aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Ice-cream with toffee this one, though more fun than good, a small glass is enough, a bomber split on two is a bit too much.
thedm (5667) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 26, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This bottled brew from a rating party poured a small sized head of foamy fine to medium sized tan colored bubbles that were and left behind a semi-opaque dark ruby red brown colored body and a poor lacing. The very nice WOW! aroma was butterscotch and toffee. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish with a strong hoppy aftertaste. The very nicely yummy flavor contained notes of strong hops dark malt and was mildly vinous. A wonderful best in class brew.
Dedollewaitor (15536) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Thanks to Stobbe74. Pours pitch black with a small creamy head and lacings. Very sweet nose and taste. Vanilla, buiscuit, chocolate, syrup, kahlua. One dimensional and somehow synthetic. Smooth and full palate. Interesting desert!
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
pours pitch. aroma is AMAZING vanilla, caramel... sooo much a creme brulee it is scary. mouthful is more just amazing creme brulee. this is like a creme brulee smoothy. so wonderful and great with any desert! amazing beer
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown black pour. Frothy, sticky tan head, temporary lacing. Aroma is mostly caramel, but with a decidedly burnt undertone to it. A lot of strength and longevity to the nose. Flavor decidedly sweet, caramel, dulce de leche. Syrupy, but more complex than that, also abundant roasted elements, dark fruit, cola. If you mentally subtract all the sugar there’s a really nice dry stout hiding here. I like it, but not unreservedly so. At moments the sweet and the burnt harmonize together, something like a great cream soda. At others the two sides clash, and the burnt seems acrid against the sweet. On the whole through a positive impression. Very full body, borders on syrupy.
ekstedt (6512) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2009
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2009 From a bottle at SB&WF. Dark brown, tiny beige head. Strong fudgy and caramelly aroma with notes of vanilla and coconut. Medium bodied and very smooth. Sweet and cloying.
redtechnj (309) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A deep dark beer with big vanilla and burnt suger flavors. Could be an overly sweet beer if that isn’t your thing. Very different from any other beer I’ve ever had. Almost like a keg dessert.
nerdrocker101 (102) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 17, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. This is a very unique beer. Black pour with a tan, creamy head. Notes of vanilla, burnt sugar and chocolate malts. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Certainly full bodied. Take the time to enjoy this one, because there just aren’t a lot out there like this one.