brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
At DLD 11. Great brew with a nice vanilla addition. wish they made it mroe often
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On draft 4-30-11 at DLD in the brewpub. Pours black as oil with a small amount of tan head around the edge of my glass. Smells sweet like honey, also bourbon, vanilla, licorice, coffee, dried dark fruits, and chocolate really come through nicely. Dark roasted coffee and vanilla fills my mouth and coats the palate. Flavors of bourbon, chocolate, and raisins are also noticeable. The mouthfeel is wonderfully thick and oily. The finish of this monster beer is rather smooth and sweet with a subtle roasted coffee bitterness and no noticeable burn from the high abv. This beer for me lives up to all the hype and sets the bar for a ris!
wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted on draft at DLD2011, my friend Ben brought me a sample from inside the brewpub. Pours a murky oily black. By the time it got to me, there was no head whatsoever, but with agitation, it forms a thin collar of tan lace. The nose is dominated by vanilla bean, but there are also dark chocolate, lightly bitter coffee and molasses aromas as well. On the palate, this beer is cloyingly sweet with tons of vanilla and chocolate syrup. The coffee is more or less completely lost, but there is still a bit of the molasses, and just a hint of cinnamon spice, but vanilla is undoubtedly the strongest flavor, however. The body is super full and sticky with very light carbonation, and a long sweet vanilla and lightly spiced cinnamon finish. Overall, this beer tastes awesome, but due to the cloying nature, it would be difficult to drink much more than the small sample that I was given.
tkrjukoff (4172) - SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Apr 30 @ DLD, courtesy of bnutz. Great vanilla aroma on top of the regular. Alcohol, pungeant, acidy, alcohol, chcolate flavor. Nice medium palate. Finishes with great vanila and burning alcohol aftertaste.
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2011 On tap at DLD. I thought this and the Heaven Hill on tap were very similar. This poured black with a nice heavy brown head. One whiff and youíll never believe your nose. In fact, the aroma is completely other-worldly. Heavy vanilla with a strong bourbon back bone, coffee, sweet caramel, molasses, licorice, chocolate cake, and deeper more cocoa aroma. There are so many layers of complexity, itís incredible. The beer is almost soft and velvety yet entirely enveloping of the palate. Full flavors of bourbon and vanilla unequivocally dominate both the nose and the palate. Underneath are wonderful complexities of moist chocolate cake, roasted coffee - but not bitter roast. Molasses, caramel, licorice, even tobacco and oak. Yet dark fruits like raisins and plums, maybe some dates just really make this incredible. Thick, oily, and heavy. What a beer!
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at DLD. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is all vanilla with hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste is vanilla, bitter chocolate and a little bit of booze. Probably my top beer of DLD
arminjewell (8602) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
DLDí11. Finally got to try this, and boy did it live up to the hype. Oily black pour, thin espresso tan head. Aroma is thick of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, roast, some nice candied dark fruit, touch of the barrel in there. Taste is perfect, and not overly sweet like I thought it might be. Big notes of vanilla up front, but the coffee and bitter bakerís chocolate compliment it perfectly, some other sweet dark fruits in there finishing roasty and bitter, with a perfectly mouth coating body without being too oily. Doesnít get much better!
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
200th rating that should have been completed ages ago. Rating is too much work. Anyway, this treat was courtesy of adrian910ss. Pours a thick syrupy, muddy brown colour. Aroma of vanilla, dark fruits, and tootsie rolls. Flavour of bourbon, coffee, vanilla, dark fruits, malt, and a hint of bitter chocolate. Lovely stuff.
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Every once in a while I look around and think, "I am seriously drinking this?" Last night was like that for about 6 hours. Thanks ___, for this, you know who you are.
Served side by side with DL 2009 and Oak aged DL 2010. Served in a tulip. Beer is about as youíd expect a DL to look but this version had no head or lacing. The beer left some legs on the glass, pitch black, even at the corners. Beer coats the glass as I swirl. Super thick and pitch black. Amazing.
This beer has the most obvious aroma of any beer Iíve had in a long long time. STRONG vanilla, like baking vanilla. Some chocolate, strong, complex aroma.
Mouthfeel on this beer is huge and thick but the sweetness of the vanilla (super sweet) makes it seem lighter some how. This is an aggressively awesome beer -- my favorite out of the three by a lot. It tastes like a vanilla cake...or flan...or some kind of dessert with fudge and vanilla. I couldnít drink much of it without my insulin spiking but I canít wait for DL day 2011.
Serving type: growler
jrallen34 (3497) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
I had this on tap at dld. Thanks to Mario for getting in for us all... The look is nothing of note, black nice tan head...This beer is all about the aroma and the taste. Tons of awesome vanilla on the nose a little light coffee. The taste just brings the vanilla to the whole new level. Super sweet tons of awesome vanilla that is really nicely balanced. This is the best vanilla Iíve ever had. Only wish I could have more of this.