Beachmaster (435) - Oklahoma, USA - DEC 13, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint can into a pint glass. Pours a deep brown, with a medium mocha head that fades quickly. Some lacing. Nose is coffee, caramel, and chocolate, and the taste follows the nose, with a hint of vanilla added. Very smooth. Nice.
arnold931 (1254) - Iowa, USA - DEC 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Pours very dark brown with very little head. Nose and taste are caramel and vanilla. A little roast in the aftertaste. Nice.
jeremyh70 (1036) - Missouri, USA - DEC 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear chestnut with a nice tan head and decent lacing. Aroma of vanilla, mocha, cocoa and sweet tobacco. Taste is similar with an earthy vanilla flavor, mocha, cocoa, coffee and a bit of roast. Finishes with some mild roast and tobacco. A semi creamy mouthfeel, medium/full body and low carbonation. Easy drinking and flavorful.
M82 (469) - Kansas, USA - DEC 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A black body trimmed in mahogany supports a quickly fading, creamy to frothy, light khaki head which settles to a medium ring with a few arcing series of dots and islands
Rich, integrated aromas and flavors of vanilla infused chocolate cake badder, treacle, caramel, nuttiness, and faint accents of plumb preserves and cola on a light-plus body offering light carbonation and light residuals of the previously mentioned components with a greater emphasis on the dark fruit sweetness
Lots of flavor and richness in a sessionally appropriate strength and package, glad to have this brewery near by
16oz can code 11:37 drink by 04/03/15 served first week of KC availability this year at 45º into 14.7oz Zwiesel Cognac snifter
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can. Very deep in color, nice foamy head. Aroma is roast and vanilla beans. Flavor is mild roasted malts, sweet but not cloying. Milk chocolate and vanilla are prominent on the palate. Medium bodied. Delicious and well made.
Niko100 (2626) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black color; Medium body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, vanilla, cocoa, & dark chocolate; Flavor of roasted malt, milk/dark chocolate, some vanilla, hops, and coffee; Good.
WillRunForBeer (2200) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz can. Pours nearly black with a beige head that lasts. Aroma is mostly vanilla, some chocolate some roasted malts. Milky sweet stout with a hint of chocolate and lots of vanilla.
nimbleprop (7202) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
16oz can via the Local Why the Hell Not BIF. Pours a mostly opaque black with quite a bit of fizzy, sudsy beige head. Nose is kinda cool, lots of malt, some toast, quite a bit of raisin, some licorice too.. The vanilla bean is there, but in a very raw sense. Flavor sort of follows, chewy grains, malt, toast, there’s a fig jam thing happening too, some vanilla, brown sugar too. Slightly heavier carbonation leads to a bit of a heavy finish.
Stine (1746) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2014
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Borders on black, with a luminescent mahogany sheen around the edges. Velvety aroma of fresh baked cookie dough, chocolate, and raspberry. It’s quite straightforward, but the essence of vanilla here is deftly integrated into an ample malt structure; it never grows cloying or seems artificial.
The vanilla notes in the flavor are strikingly more herbal; they skirt the surface a bit more here. Sarsaparilla flavors blend with cinnamon bark. Here it’s clear that there isn’t enough malt flavor to support this level of flavoring, which is a disappointment given the promising aroma.
The thin palate accentuates this issue, of course; there is ultimately little to no body to support all this vanilla. Worse and worse it gets, unfortunately.
beersighted (134) - - JUN 26, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rich, sugary malts are complimented by a mild, but distinct vanilla undertone. Medium body and moderate head, this solid black American stout leaves a pleasant coat on my palate.