RKanis (152) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark, almost black with a thick tan head. Aroma is strong sweet vanilla, coffee and roasted malt. Taste is sweet vanilla, chocolate and coffee with a dry bitter finish. Very good. Can’t wait to try it after it ages a few years.
apshah99 (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost black pour with tan head. Complex aroma of roasted malt and spices. Subtle taste of banana and clove gives way to a wave of roasted chocolate malt and some vanilla; the finish is yeasty and nicely bitter. Very enjoyable.
v8powered (146) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark black with a white head. Good aroma of coffee, vanilla, and some traditional Belgian aromas. Slight banana on the aftertaste. Strong heavy beer that has some burnt, woody characters with a good balance of hops. The first glass was rather heavy but started really enjoying it on the second glass. Great relaxing sipper, maybe with a nice cigar to finish it.
foosnbrews (145) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer poors black with a full tan head. Aroma has sweet fruity esters with a strong vanilla aromas and a slight bubblegum note. Flavor is a slight roast bitterness with a nice mild sweetness. Great creamy palate with a smooth finish. No real great beer. Wish I would have bought more!
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark burgandy witb diminished head. Malt with coffee and thin body.
shotgun1431 (138) - franklin furnace, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a very dark, dark brew with a brown head. Aroma is of slight malt. The flavor is really complex with chocolate, malt and it is very smooth and drinkable. Very nice.
harbuck76 (134) - El Cajon, California, USA - DEC 13, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. Pours very dark brown with reddish hue with medium brown head. aroma roasted malts, smoke , dark chocolate . taste is smokey ,vanilla . seems like they mixed smoked porter with belgian yeast. i really enjoyed it .
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a dark brown head. Aroma of hops and roasted malt, with some bitter chocolate. Flavor is mostly hops and dark chocolate, with black coffee and some citrus. Thick and bubbly. A good beer that will no doubt improve with age.
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - OCT 15, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I dig this beer. Had it a couple years ago, but I have decided to pop open one my last two remaining bottles! Why not? The nose on this is delicious. Smells like a wonderful chocolate dessert. Nice chocolate and vanilla notes. Pours a pitch black with a retreating offwhite foam head that leaves beautiful lacing. There is a lot going on here flavor wise. Up front is your typical hefty stout flavors but these are quickly followed by delicious fruit notes and a bit of oaky spice. The finish is quite nice as this beer coats the tongue well and leaves you with a nice spicy vanilla flavor. Tastes like I remember it and unfortunately I can’t pick up on much change in this one. If you are lucky enough to find this I recommend you buy it. An excellent beer. Probably my favorite of the series.
BeerGuyTWMore (128) - Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours near opaque black, with brown froathy head - I poured this one just right, laced nicely. Aromas of chocolate and dark fruit with yeasty undertones. Flavors transfer with the addition of mild coffee and some spice (might just be the roasted malt vanilla). Got some banana but not much orange overwhelmed with chocolate; alcohol well hidden. Overall, fantastic!!!