musinj6 (377) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark, opaque black with white 2 finger head that lingers leaving heavy lacing. Roasted malt flavor with subtle pine hops and prominent vanilla undertones. Sweet beer throughout, but tempered some by the hoppy finish. Full bodied, moderate, but not overwhelming carbonation. Moderate finish that is mildly sweet and hint of bitter. Fantastically balanced beer. This is so good!
beernovice39 (3079) - Montana, USA - AUG 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a deep clear red when held to the light. Thin tan top. Scent is vanilla, roasted malt and smoke. Taste is roasted grains, coffee and big vanilla.
Ober (2806) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - AUG 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A black colored beer, with a beige head. The aroma of a little smoked malts some coffe and vanilla. The taste has notes of smoke, vanilla sweet with bitter coffee and nutes. The aftertaste is sweet with bitter and hints of vanilla.
Drake (7945) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on draft at Whole Foods Market Short Pump. Pours a very dark brown color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Good
head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, honey, smoke, nutty notes. The taste is roasted malts, vanilla, smoke, chocolate
and bitter hops. Medium bodied. Nice beer.
ReggieDunlap (2927) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a huge tan head...great retention and lacing. Aroma has nuttiness and vanilla...very faint smoke. Flavor follows suit...very nutty with subtle vanilla...light smoke creeps in late and reminds me of smoked almonds. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with a roasty/burnt finish that lingers.
ryecatcher (651) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a jet black, tan head with decent retention. Smoky and chocolatey aroma but like just about every ’vanilla’ accented brew I’ve tried, my damaged palate just doesn’t detect the vanilla (I’m positive it’s my tongue and not the beer). A quality porter all the same.
Terminus (3146) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUL 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle-WOW!!! pours dark brown almost black with a nice kacki head that was fizzy with some lasting lacing. nose is crazy vanilla bean and chocolate-very lovely! i could smell it the second i opened the bottle. flavors exhibit that vanilla bean with a nice roasted and burnt component underneath it all. this is very tasty! long roasted finish with lingering sweetness from the vanilla bean. Some light woody notes in there as well during the mid palate. great porter here! Im usually not one for additives in beer however, vanilla bean into a big porter works everytime!
zach8270 (3219) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Dark black pour with a creamy tan head. Smoky and roasty aroma but with a really fantastic vanilla undertone. Flavor really lets you taste that vanilla. The smoke and roasted chocolate malt of the porter is really enhanced by the vanilla. Has almost a chocolate milkshake quality to it. Really smooth and sweet.
KyotoLefty (5906) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Black with a nice head. Big vanilla aroma, some chocolate, coffee, not a lot of smoke. Sweet vanilla flavor, though not over the top. Not too thick. A nice sweet nightcap, but with decent balance, though the smoke kind of got lost—just a bit came through.
TheBeerGod (5048) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark cola colored brown with a dense, frothy brown head. Aroma is roasted malt and heavy doses of vanilla and smokiness. Taste is smoked malt, roasted malt, burnt coffee and strong vanilla. Soft chocolate as well. Body is smooth and creamy with a dense carbonation. Ends with more vanilla, roasted malt, smoke, coffee notes and dark chocolate. Nice 5.9% sessionable porter.