MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - JUL 11, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very light golden yellow in color. Completely see through with a very light head present. Aromas are of vanilla and light malts. On the attack you get a lot of vanilla up front. Oddly enough the big vanilla fades quickly mid palate and then turns into a plain jane cream stout.
anders37 (23012) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft @ Hickory Hops 2011, Hickory, NC. Pours a clear pale golden color with a white head. Has a fruity malty grainy creamy aroma with hints of vanilla. Fruity and slightly sweetish malty creamy vanilla flavor. Has a fruity malty creamy finish with hints of vanilla.
horto008 (181) - Alabama, USA - MAY 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rocket City Brew Fest. Easy to drink with a definite vanilla kick. Thin and bubbly for the style or it would have been outstanding. Loved the flavor and could have easily had a few more. Tasty stuff.
iabeerguy (392) - Iowa, USA - APR 19, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Faint smell of vanilla on the nose. Yellow pour with a nice white head. For me the vanilla flavor was subtle and not overpowering. A refreshing brew on a hot day.
wlajwl (5775) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2015 Vanilla and sweetness mostly, decent session but rather thin as a whole otherwise.
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very mild flavor as expected, but not overly watery. Light bodied, high carbonation and ultra drinkable. A touch of vanilla in the finish. Lightly sweet hay flavor and clean tasting throughout.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: slow steady stream of carbonation amidst khaki-gold hues under a meringue white head. Clings to sides, lingers as a solid blanket.
Nose: vanilla bean meets French baguette meets meringue freshly whipped. Super soft essence much like fresh whipped vanilla cream meringue and vanilla tinged dough. Soft inner circle of white bread dough, cooked, no crust. Crispness is an outer layer which circles the nose but never enters; fresh grains, golden, natural.
Palate: smooth and creamy, vanilla bean strikes first in the middle all the way through the back, lingering long after each quaff in my breath. French baguettes emerge from the brick oven. Vanilla bean, vanilla cream. Bright atop the tongue; like sunshine on a spring day amidst fields of golden grains. Wisp of dryness in the finish keeps her from growing to cloying in vanilla and dough. Tasty.
Final Thoughts: personally, I dug it, but then I’ve wanted to try a true cream ale for years. Years. While it won’t set the complexity scales a-screaming, she was exactly what I expected, hoped, and wanted out of a vanilla cream ale. I’d gladly drink another and another…
EithCubes (5618) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Nose is very light and lightly sweet, a little hay and grass, a little honey on weak pale malt. Light yellow body edging toward the limits of golden, with a large and jiggly sudsy/rocky whitish head. Taste is initially very sweet, as if some corn syrup had been added, with a little dusting toward the back, some floury grain notes. Medium-bodied and a little medicinal tasting, aftertaste is misplaced grain. Made reasonably well, but why?
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2010 Bottle.
A - Light sunflower golden color. Average sized, foamy, creamy, smooth, pearl white head. So-so retention leaving just a little ring of lace.
S - A little faint, but sweet corn and malt are strong along with a definite hit of vanilla. A faint spiciness with pretty much no hops present.
T - Similar to the nose but a little stronger. Sweet corn and malt provide the backbone and there is a strong kick of vanilla. The vanilla doesn’t taste artificial either (not the best vanilla flavor I’ve had, but not bad/artificial). Again a very faint hint of spice as well as a touch of breadiness. Somewhat reminiscent of a cream soda.
M - Light body with average carbonation. Thin but slightly smooth.
D - Goes down very easy and not too sweet, in a cloying way at least. Would be able and willing to put down a couple in a sitting.
Notes: Not a bad beer and what you would expect in a vanilla cream ale. Definitely sweet and reminds me of cream soda. Not a lot else going for it though. I enjoyed it, but I don’t really know when I would want to drink it.
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft sample at KBJ2010. Poured clear pale golden color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate sweet malt and hop aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.