MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased today at Rozi’s in Lakewood. Eric said I will be back for this one, and given my affinity towards Southern Tiers big beers, he might be right. This one smells to high heaven! Christ, I open the cap and wham, it smells like vanilla extract. It is about as subtle as your dentist using a sledge hammer, while hanging out the passenger side of a race car. The flavor is not as completely-fucking-ridiculous. It tastes like a stout, sweeter, with a good vanilla backing. Where the smell comes from, that must be alchemy.
dnstone (2373) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This one was a little over the top on the on the flavors...reminded me of a wawa caramel latte. Caramel and vanilla dominate this extremely sweet beer. Definately a desert beer; would make a great beer float with a scoop of ice cream.
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a small light brown head. Wow, strong aroma of vanilla, caramelized sugar, and a bit of coffee. Duplicated in the flavor quite well with vanilla bean spiked coffee and sweet cream, with just enough piny hops towards the finish to even out the sweetness. Palate is full and smooth like semi-bitter vanilla ice cream.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - JUN 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. drank a whole one to myself, believe it or not. blakish-brown color but lighter ruby-mahogany at the edges. darkish tan thin creamy head. aroma is like butterscotch schnapps, with vanilla beans and toffee, some chocolate malts. smelled like a creme brulee left on a stovetop overnight at the low setting - carmelized to the point of just carbonizing. flavor was denser but more one-dimensional - sticky syrupy burnt toffee malt, some licorice and coconut, a little alcohol heat, and on the verge of cloying. some lactose in the malt, a bit of coffee and chocolate, but just too much condensed sweetness, somewhat artificial tasting. probly meant for 12oz bottles to be shared.
jrob21 (2960) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty interesting and unique. If you want some sweetness this is your thing. Aroma is like the toasted brown sugar of a creme brulee. The flavor is slightly chocolate and very sweet. Some roasted malt on the finish. Pretty creamy texture. Perfect dessert beer but I’m not sure I could reach for this on a regular basis based on all the sugary lip smacking I have done with this one this evening.
matt7215 (2267) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber from a local nonratebeer trade. pours black with a fizzy tan head. aromas of caramel, vanilla, some hops. flavours, very sweet, complex, burnt sugar, caramel, hops in the middle, vanilla, very sweet. overly sweet but still enjoyable. a bomber is too much.
KimJohansen (10396) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black with a tiny off white head . Very sweet aroma with toffee, coffee, caramel and chocolate notes. Flavour was very sweet with coconuts, cocoa, vanilla and toffee notes. Finished very sweet.
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown, almost black colour with carbonation bubbles present. Practically no head. Yummy aroma of crème, vanilla, caramel, toffee, malts, and sugar. Smells like Ben and Jerry’s Crème Brûlée ice cream. Flavour of chocolate, vanilla, lactose, sugar, toffee and caramel. Lightly carbonated. A bit sweet but pretty delicious.
Beerdedone (3003) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a creamy thin tan head that left spotty lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel, butterscotch, vanilla bean and notes of chocolate. flavor was extremely sweet with intense vanilla, butterscotch candy, sticky caramel, chocolate cake and a touch of toffee with a creamy texture and has a rich sweet and boozy finish.
italarican (1526) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
On first sip, there was a delicious blend of caramel, vanilla bean, chocolate, and cream. Soon the taste buds get saturated with too much sweetness. By the end, it is overly sweet caramel and barely palatable.