pushkinwow (1955) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the 2013 Capones Black Friday event. Dark mahogany with a creamy tan head. Vanilla, roasted malts, some caramelized brown sugar and bittersweet chocolate shavings. Mild carbonation and moderate body, smooth, slight bitterness but then becomes more sweet, enjoyable.
Theydon_Bois (7904) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gravity dispense at Capones, Norristown PA, Black Friday bash 29/11/13.
Mid black with a good sized tan covering.
Nose is rich roast, cocoa, vanilla bean, brown sugars, dark toffee fudge.
Taste comprises roast malt, light booze, rich cocoa, vanilla essence, chocolate gateaux.
Medium bodied with oomph, smooth on the palate, luxurious chocolate decadence in the closure with a little booze, perhaps a little harsh on this aspect.
Decent impy affair regardless.
ROGUE (2085) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Capone’s. Pours pitch black color with a very thin mocha head that quickly disappears. Aroma of sweet chocolate, lactic cream, coffee bean, caramel, toffee and a very strong vanilla presence. Tastes has a strong vanilla presence upfront followed by chocolate, roasty malts with a slight coffee bitterness. Smooth and creamy, low carbonation, medium body.
Sperine (283) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the firkin at Capone's in Norristown, PA. This may be the single best stout I have tried to date, with the possible exception of Southern Tier Choklat. Could've been the firkin. The vanilla flavor and aroma came through so nicely. If you have the opportunity, try this.
ReggieDunlap (3009) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma has roasty cocoa and soft sweet vanilla. Flavor is bold and roasty with a burnt note as well as dark chocolate and sweet vanilla. Mouthfeel is light and the finish is burnt vanilla.
DocLock (7701) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I believe this is the 2nd rating from Stoudt’s for me that caps off yet another C-Note of ratings (6,400 now). Draft at Capone’s. Pours thick deep black with tan head. Nose is roasty dark malt, cacao, vanilla, mild hops. Tasted on the sweet side, with an assertive vanilla bean component that matched well with the dark malts and cacao flavors. I’d call this a hefty dessert beer.
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Firkin at Capone’s. Poured a dark black color with no head. Aromas of vanilla, roast, chocolate, and some coffee. Tastes of vanilla beans, roast, coffee, and marshmallows. Vanilla present and very nice.
PhillyCraft (3071) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft, one of the sleepers of the Black Friday event for me. Poured a flattish black with zero head and no lacing. Aromas of coconut, marshmallow, and smooth roasted coffee. Full bodied. I am not a fan of firkins so this was way too flat for me, If it was carbonated it would be an easy 4.5 in my book.
Phillies08Champs (676) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Firkin at Capone’s. pours black with virtually no head. aroma is coffee, vanilla and black strap molasses.first sip is capachino, vanilla. the finish is smooth with lots of lingering espresso. very nice
Damico (2452) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours unclear coffee black with almost no head. On firkin at Capones, thank you Matt. Aroma brings generous coffee and muted vanilla, quite nice. Flavor brings dominant coffee bitterness and vanilla notes are still present after two years. The body is just thick enough and a bit of carbonation even though on firkin makes it smooth.