Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Odd nose of cream soda. Dark brown/black body with cream head--stout? Rounded nuttiness, vanilla, something lactic and a bit chalky in the finish. Thin around the mouth. Interesting anyway.
JK (4433) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Skyview for sharing. A black beer and on the thin side for palate. The aroma is nice, unmistakable vanilla, very pleasant and it is not like syrup or sugar. Flavor is mild, dominated by vanilla that is probably more from the aroma than the flavor. Lightly smoked grains as well. Not as sweet as Breckenridge, but quite nice.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to skyview for sharing. Dark brown pour with a nice vanilla and coffee nose. Coffee body with subtle vanilla hints.
Skyview (5208) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Last stop during Wisconsin Tour #2 was at the brewpub off Oneida. Pours an opaque very dark brown with an off white/yellowish head. Lacing is very good. Aromas picked up are multi-grain bread, baker’s unsweeten chocolate, oatmeal and (of course) vanilla to the extreme. Hop presence is hard to pick up but it was more sweet hops than bitter hops. Taste is smooth with some roasted grain finish. A very interesting brew but worth picking up a 64-oz growler.
Juelze (1138) - 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 (2078) - New Mexico, 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 doesn’t 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. i’d 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 (1747) - 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 that’s too accentuated show their true colors early on when it’s time to assess the flavor. Outside of that, there’s 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.