JoePeesie (923) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a thin black with big brown head. Taste and smell is sweet with vanilla. Body melds nicely with the Bean. A tad thin, but otherwise delightful.
UrbanCaveman (193) - Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
1 pt can, poured into a snifter at approximately 50 degrees F.
Appearance: Pours a deep, dark, bordering on black brown, which pools into the glass as black liquid shot through with carbonation. It forms a thick, fizzy head of tan foam, which rapidly dies away completely, leaving no trace. The surface of the beer bubbles continually in much the same way as a soft drink.
Smell: Chocolate and vanilla well out of the glass, wreathed around a backdrop equal measures roasty and sweet with lactose. There’s just enough of a coffee hint to make one think of some ice cream parlor’s go at a cappuccino flavor.
Taste: The flavor opens with a twin rush of cocoa and vanilla, buoyed by a remarkable sweetness. Some subtle notes of light coffee emerge through the middle, bringing just a hint of bitterness, and dark fruits swell out of the background towards the finish - raisin, plum, and black cherry. The aftertaste has a mixture of lactose sweetness and something almost ashen, with quickly fading echoes of chocolate and vanilla.
Mouthfeel: For a stout, this is rather thin, almost tempting me to use the term "watery", though it never quite gets to that point. There’s definitely an overabundance of carbonation, with attendant fizziness and sharpness.
Overall: Thus far, I’ve been in areas where this beer sees distribution twice, and I brought some home both times. It’s a rather refreshing adjunct milk stout, almost what one could term a "session dessert beer" as far as drinkability is concerned. I’m a fan.
Travlr (19571) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can sample. Brown color, thin tan head. Aroma of vanilla, cookie dough. Taste has sweet cocoa, vanilla, light body. Decent.
charule (2057) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can from local trade. Poured black with thick white beige head. Aroma of oats ripe banana. Light carb med bod. Taste of choc banana. Maybe some vanilla comes out.
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JAN 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a three finger, chunky mocha head that has great retention. Aroma is dark caramel, vanilla, roast, woody smoke, lactose, toasted nuts, milk chocolate, a hint of earth and floral, spicy hops. Flavor is sweet caramel, chocolate syrup, roast, vanilla, faint char, oaky smoke, a little light roast coffee, cooked apple and light fruity and spicy hops. Light to medium body, very creamy entry, light, blanketing and somewhat sharp carbonation, and increasing char dryness to the finish. Really tasty stuff, nice mix of smoke, char, sweet vanilla and chocolate. It could use a bit more heft to the body, both for feel and to tone that carbonation down a bit.
AbbeyRoade (514) - Missouri, USA - JAN 10, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Absolutely delicious vanilla stout!!! Deep smoky vanilla flavor. Wonderful smooth thick creamy body. Excellent.
jahshuwuh (556) - USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fairly dark color with half finger of creamy light khaki head. Smells of chocolate milk, vanilla, lactose, slight earthy coffee. Taste is just like the smell, good amount of vanilla with the chocolate milk, somewhat creamy, lot of lactic. Sweet but light, enjoyable.
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mphopkins99 (2) - Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours very thick with a nice 2 finger head. Vanilla smell comes through immediately with a hint of alcohol burn. Goes down very smooth and the vanilla dominates the taste. At 5% this is a rare session stout that I will definitely go back to.
kambei70 (900) - - DEC 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014 can. Pours a dark brown/black with a dark tan head. Aroma is vanilla and chocolate milk shake with brewed coffee. Taste is chocolate milk and vanilla with roasted ground coffee and a pleasant bitterness. Slightly sweet but it's well balanced with the roast and bitterness. Medium mouthfeel.
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Bif (1889) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
16oz can. Pours a dark brown with a foamy tan color. Aroma of malt, vanilla and dark chocolate. Taste of roasted malt, dark chocolate and vanilla. Nice bitterness with a dry finish. Full body, smooth and creamy. Has a nice rich chocolate feel without being overly sweet. Enjoyable beer that fits the winter season quite well.