Thornbridge McConnells Vanilla Stout
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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Stout
Bakewell, England


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (11874) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2012
UPDATED: APR 21, 2012 Cask at The Euston Tap, London. Pours brown with a tighy, creamy tan head. Definite nips of vanilla in the aroma, with subtle milk chocolate. Medium sweet flavor, some roasty cocoa, semi-sweet vanilla, mild burnt wood. Medium bodied with fine, smooth carbonation. Dries out a bit on the finish, with some modest tobacco, bittersweet cocoa, vanilla, mild roast. Lasting roasty bitterness. Nicely integrated vanilla in this one. Very good beer. (3.8)

Cask at CPK, London. Pours brown with a beige foam head. Nice vanilla and charred malt roast aroma with cocoa, too. Medium sweet flavor with lots of dry cocoa, light vanilla and chocolate syrup. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Dry finish with light, leafy bitterness, vanilla, earth, dirt and rich cocoa. Very nice. (3.8)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dynamiteninja (1590) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2012
Cask. The York Tap, York. Brown body. Tan head. Nuts, chocolate. Bittersweet. Dry, bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WASW (50) - - FEB 11, 2012
Cask at The York Tap. Really quite special. Smooth, rich, dark and oh-so-easy to drink too much off. Nice candy-vanilla flavour to it that doesn’t get too cloying. More than just a novelty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markas101 (1903) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 11, 2012
Cask, The Sheffield Tap, Sheffield. Black, tan head. Vanilla and coffee aroma. Milky smooth smooth, with cream soda flavour. No carbonation, very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (11489) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 15, 2012
Cask at The Rake, London. Black beer with a small lasting beige head. Coffee and chocolate aroma, licorice, roasted, some smoke. Chocolate flavor, vanilla, licorice, coffee notes, hoppy. Bitter chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (3924) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2012
Hand pulled at the Post Office Vaults, Birmingham. Licorice aroma. Jet black with ruby shafts. No head. Initially light and smooth choc, but moves thru the gears on the roasted finish. Good bitter finish, but didn’t really get the vanilla.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - JAN 13, 2012
Dark reddish brown, bubbly cream head. Nose is roast malt, dark chocolate, hint of vanilla. Drinkable but slightly thin palate, coffee roast followed by sweet vanilla/chocolate, with a resinous yet ashy bitter finish. Not bad, but perhaps I expect more from Thornbridge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SaintMatty (5536) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2012
Cask (Cask Pub & Kitchen, London) - Very dark brown, almost black, with some red tinges when held to the light. Chocolate, coffee and vanilla in the aroma. Roasted and chocolatey taste with notes of coffee and vanilla. Smooth and very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2011
On cask (handpump) at the Markey Porter on 27 January 2007. Very dark brown colour - nearly black but not quite. Not much head. Restrained dark malt aroma. Much more roasty on the palate with some burnt bitterness. Distinctly dry with a firm, but relatively light bodied mouthfeel, which made for an easy drinkability. Not weedy though. Rather enjoyable, if fairly straightforward. Can’t say I picked up much vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 24, 2010
Cask at the Cask Pub & Kitchen, Victoria, 3rd May 2010. Black with little head. Very smooth with a slight meaty/salami aroma. Less hoppy than the Raven and very little sign of the vanilla!

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