justsayswell (243) - Mission, Kansas, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
16 oz can into a pub glass. Big head on this one, dark brown pour, but a little light shows in the bottom of the glass. I could smell the vanilla before I even picked it up. Aroma is vanilla, roasted malt, coffee, and some tobacco. Head isn’t really foamy, more fizzy, and dissipates fairly quickly. Body is pretty light, less carbonated than I would have guessed from the head, really smooth, little sweetness. Muted coffee and dark chocolate. Vanilla isn’t overpowering at all, really, and the coffee/vanilla thing is fairly balanced. Maybe I got a bad can, but my first impression was that it tasted kinda flat and very light bodied. I was excited to try this, but I’m kinda disappointed. That being said, it’s only 5% abv, and its pretty drinkable so it might be a fun session beer.
weitz15 (495) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 30, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour. Aroma is of strong coffee and sweet malts. The nose matches the taste, but has a vanilla hint that adds a very nice twist.
Obfuscate (391) - Minneapolis, - JAN 29, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good. Rich and creamy with vanilla, oats and chocolate. I like it better than the original.
Drake (11442) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 ounce can thanks to Secret Santa crajun! Dark brown, large fizzy dark brown head that fades to nothing fairly quickly. Aroma of vanilla, roasted malts, lactose. The taste is sweet lactose, vanilla bean, mild roasty finish. Medium bodied.
saltyseadog (17) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JAN 8, 2016
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
AROMA Brown sugar, coffee, sweetened condensed milk, whipping cream, a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. No alcohol smell to speak of, in contrast to several other heavyweight stouts I’ve sampled recently.
APPEARANCE Big voluptuous caramel colored head frothing up like it wants to overflow the beer glass. Dark oily liquid with perfectly balanced carbonation, keeping it light on the palate without being fizzy.
TASTE Sweet, roasty without the intense coffee notes of many of its peers. Nice balance of malt, sweet, acid, bitterness and creamyness with a well integrated lingering hint of vanilla. Not so much like vanilla ice cream as much as a nilla wafer.
PALATE Light, creamy, smooth, viscous and mouthcoating. Well calculated carbonation lightens up the weight of the beer admirably. Very refreshing as dark stout beers go.
OVERALL Even better than expected. A highly drinkable, exceptionally balanced sweet stout. The vanilla expression is subtle but shifts the flavor profile just slightly in a way that keeps the beer lighter and more refreshing. Seeking this one out again next year.
ozzy70 (357) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 26, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
1 pint can. Pours near black with small tan head. Aroma was roasted malts, coffee, some vanilla and cocoa. Taste was vanilla, roasty and sweet.
SpringsLicker (3322) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a creamy tan head that subsides quickly.
Aroma of coffee, cocoa powder and vanilla.
The flavor is lightly sweet, following the aroma with some roast malt bitterness giving balance to the sweetness.
Kroney (252) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can to pint glass. Appearance: black with a porous tan head. Aroma: big coffee, dark chocolate, light vanilla.Taste: mocha coffee forward with mild vanilla. Palate: good carbonation, easy drinking. Great dessert stout.
nearbeer (4481) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint on tap. Opaque ebony with a lasting thin covering of foam. Nose is dusty grain, vanilla and coffee. Tastes of semi-sweet chocolate, dark roast coffee, vanilla and a touch of green herb. Near-medium body has a medium, smooth carbonation. Highly drinkable with a light hand on the vanilla bean that complements, rather than overwhelms, the nice beer underneath.
lbianchi66 (224) - FRANCE - NOV 6, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Robe brune et opaque. Fine couche de mousse. Arômes vanille et café. Fumé, café et vanille en bouche. Texture crémeuse. Carbonatation fine. Final sur la vanille longue en bouche.
Une Stout originale.
kbudd19 (931) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can from Tim, thanks man!! Appearance is black with light mocha head. Aroma vanilla, lactose, light coffe roast, and chocolate. Taste is light roast, vanilla, and a hit of chocolate. This is pretty decent, nice amount of roast balanced with a hint of vanilla sweetness, nice!