justsayswell (21) - Missouri, 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 isnít 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 isnít 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 Iím kinda disappointed. That being said, itís only 5% abv, and its pretty drinkable so it might be a fun session beer.
Nsanders (242) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2013
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Deep brown with a medium bubbly tan head. Malt powder, light vanilla, light coffee, slight earthiness. Flavor is lightly sweet. Body is watery and thin, which washes down quickly without supporting potential flavors.
Trev (1661) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can: Pour is very dark brown opaque pour with a thick foamy tan head.
aroma is vanilla, cocoa.
Nice light creamy body.
Flavour is chocolate, roasted coffee, lighter vanilla than the aroma suggests.
markwise (3803) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can courtesy of RobertDale. Pours a hazy stout brown with an off-tan head. Nose is big vanilla bean, chocolate, some light cocoa, earth, and roast. Flavor follows with cocoa, earth, and big vanilla. Excellent stout overall- light in body, alcohol level is under control and chocolate and vanilla flavors dominate. Whatís not to like?
DCLawyer (687) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pounder->English pint. Deep brown with tall light brown head. Aroma is nutty with roasted malt. Taste has chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla. Thin but good.
cbfobes (1671) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can shared at a local tasting, tasted blind, pours black with a really thin tan head, the aroma has a little bit of chocolate and some sweet vanilla, not as much as I would have expected, the flavor has some chocolate on the front end with a slick mouthfeel, flavor was lacking compared to what I was expecting, not bad by any means, just didnít blow me away.
BiggOnion (30) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Canned. Large bubbled head that disappears quickly, chocolate and coffee aroma. Vanilla on the finish.
ElGaucho (2033) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Dry roasted coffee aroma. Hint of hops. Not getting the vanilla. Opaque black body. Thin tan head. Really lightly carbonated; almost flat. Nice vanilla finish. Needs more carbonation.
jandd1983 (1566) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at DLD 2013. It poured a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of coffee and nuts with faint vanilla hints. The taste was of coffee, chocolate and slight vanilla flavors. Very good.
1stRndDraught (10) - Birmingham, USA - APR 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An improvement to an already good beer. The vanilla edition tastes like it should in the first place imo. The added vanilla really brings out the sugar note that make cream stouts so enjoyable. Still not quite at 5 star status, but if you run across a 4-pack of these itís well worth the buy.
Ashandari (4) - - APR 16, 2013 does not count
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly astringent aftertaste. Very good aroma but it smells much heartier than it tastes.