Juelze (1135) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color is an opaque black with off white head. Aroma of vanilla wafers, brownies, chocolate and some slight roasted malt aromas. Wow, if there was ever a dessert beer this would be it. Taste is like a liquidfied vanilla frosted brownie. Nice roasted malt flavors balances this brew quite nicely.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught sample at the brewpub, early October 2006. Completely opaque with a bit of lasting head topping the inkiness and good lacing (exactly the same as the regular stout, they both sat for an hour before I got to them and looked identical)....gorgeous, well-nigh transcendant nose for vanilla lovers, the sweet beans deepen quickly into a caramel-nougat character with milk chocolate, faint hints of licorice and subtle underlying toasty malts giving joy to all sweet-stout lovers....the flavor profile is nearly as full and complex but not balanced as well I think, the roastiness quickly taking over the soft spicy vanilla-oaky tones, the touches of licorice anise and orangy citrus are quite muted....at the finish a severe espresso burn hammers me, at that point I wonder, balance, who cares about balance? Carbonation is low to moderate, very natural, never forced or fatiguing. Overall, terrific.
Kevin (2037) - Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2006
4.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
pitch black pour that seems to absorb everything with a dark brown lasting head. the aroma doesnít hint at what wits here, just a bit of chocolate and light vanilla. flavor jumps out all over the place. roast at first then the smooth vanilla and chocolate all over. vanilla finish. very silky, another decadent gem on my mini vacation. a little buttered danish flavor to this too. there is a lot working in this. brownies and hershey syrup. iíd freebase this if i could. great coffee notes, nothing subtle about this. damn.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler ala Jason. Dark brown body with a moderate light tan head. Certainly vanilla in the aroma. Mild cocoa and caramel also in the scents. Flavors seem to match the aromas. Fairly light in feel. This one grew on me the deeper into the growler we delved. The vanilla was strong, but the mix of chocolate and malt seemed to cover things up after a while. Fairly weak in the finish.
DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler! Clear dark brown body. Big vanilla aroma along with chocolate and caramel. The flavor features dry baking chocolate powder and roast. Not terribly sweet, could use some more of that.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler courtesy of Ughsmash - thanks, Jason! Moderate viscosity and opaque with mahogany edges when put to light. A creamy tan head recesses to an overlay of icy, grayish-tan sheafs. Lovely, intoxicating aroma of Madagascar vanilla, and wholesome vanilla beans dancing with cocoa beans. A hint of an acidic breach and a hop profile thatís too accentuated show their true colors early on when itís time to assess the flavor. Outside of that, thereís a medium-roasted coffee characteristic. Vanilla beans intermingle with natural vanilla extract. Fairly medium-bodied and controlled carbonation. Brownie mix powder brings up the read with a mundane iced coffee aftertaste continuing in its wake.
1FastSTi (3283) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler. The beer pours to a dark brown body with a creamy tan head. The aroma is vanilla beans, dark malts, nice. The flavor is black malts, light chocolate and subdued vanilla. Nice palate. Good, interesting beer. A touch cloying.
Ughsmash (7005) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Brewpub. Beautiful deep mahogany pour with a very well-retained yellowy-beige head. Aroma was a fresh vanilla bean explosion & very sweet, with light chocolate and oats if you dig deep down. It was hard to get past the vanilla in the flavor, too... but some roasty milk chocolate and lactose were there to be found. Exceptionally smooth and creamy across the palate. Well-crafted brew... but too sweet and vanilla-ey to drink very much of it.
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells like vanilla cream soda. Deep black with a thin tan head. Rich vanilla taste that, while dominant, does not overwhelm the subtle cream and coffee tastes. It is a little thin and watery, but the flavor compensates for that. Still, if it were a little more full bodied I might give a .2 boost.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2007 Black Coloring with Espresso Ring. Nice Light Roasts and Rich Vanilla Aroma. Wonderful Promise for the Tastebuds. Mouthfeel Thin to Start - Then Rich Malt and Dark Chocolate, Bit Dry Like Bakerís Chocolate, Light Roasts and Wonderful Vanilla Overlay. Finishes with a Dry Afteraste. WONDERFUL Winter Stout. Please Make More!
Retried in Winter of í07...Vanilla and Roast Notes Are Still There, But the Malty Body You Would Want to Balance Out the Vanilla Just Isnít There.. Still a Nice Brew But a Beefier Version Would be Nice to Try.