vtafro (6252) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Dark brown pour with tan head. Vanilla and roasted malt aromas. Light vanilla bean, some darker malt and chocolate flavors.
kkleu357 (634) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a tallboy into a glass. Nice dark body. Sweet slightly roasted aroma. Tasty beer. some notes of coffee and chocolate with a lot of vanilla flavor.
snoworsummer (4378) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours dark brown with a fizzy tan head. Tastes like sweet vanilla, chocolate, toasted malt. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malt.
GranvilleTim (1840) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour with a dark brown head. Aroma is vanilla, oatmeal, roasted malt. Taste is creaminess of oatmeal, vanilla finish. Roasted malt in the finish. All flavors combine for a tasty treat. Nice lacing.
sonnycheeba (4874) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours deep, dark brown creamy beige head. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malts, and very noticeable vanilla. Flavor is creamy with rich chocolate and vanilla notes that blends great. Medium body and carbonation.
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 (20302) - 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 (2108) - 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.