Phyrexian (5) - ITALY - FEB 16, 2014 does not count
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Schiuma compatta e aderente, fine ma non troppo regolare, non molto persistente. Colore scuro, la luce fatica ad attraversarlo anche in un bicchiere piccolo. L’aroma è molto forte, si sente una prepotente vaniglia e molto cioccolato. In bocca si sente prima una certa dolcezza, ancora la vaniglia e cioccolato fondente, anche se più avanti vengono fuori appena accennati alcuni toni aspri e persino sapidi. L’amaro si sente dopo, ma il finale secco della birra lo rende molto persistente e un po’ fastidioso. Al retrolfatto dopo un po’ emergono dei toni affumicati non proprio piacevoli, anch’essi molto persistenti, che rovinano la vaniglia sempre presente. In generale una buona birra, che parte molto bene ma non finisce nello stesso modo.
AshtonMcCobb (2014) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 11, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap at the Bow Bar.
Appearance - opaque black with just the slightest orange chink in the bottom of the glass.
Nose - cocoa and liquorice with a chocolate biscuit thing lingering in the background.
Taste - sorry but I get cardboard. Then some malt creeping through but it’s like a corked wine.
Palate - light to medium bodied with a dry texture and a long dry finish.
Overall - this is from a fine ale pub so the fault must be with the beer not good.
ElectroMod (71) - - JAN 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle as part of a gift pack from The Royal Exchange, Stone. Pours completely black with a thin, off white head. Aroma is obviously chocolate and vanilla, but picked up a hint of coffee and treacle to boot. Taste is again chocolate, the vanilla waits until the aftertaste to appear however. Picked up malt on the backbone too; very sweet for a stout but it works. Slightly oily mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Moreish, but couldnt drink too much.
gegwilson (510) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask in the Admiral Benbow, Shrewsbury. Very deep ruby with a tan head. Sweet at first with plenty of chocolate and vanilla coming through. Finish is more bitter and a little earthy. A little too rich, but good.
witthatsbier (144) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - NOV 24, 2013
2.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
vanilla pods and stout don’t mix this beer is garbage, stout should not be sickly sweet and taste of a poor custard
jmgreenuk (3221) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the Birmingham Beer Festival 2013. Before I say anything else... let me say this was GOOD! Poured a clear dark brown with a bubbly light tan head. The aroma is unsurprisingly chocolate and vanilla with some roasted malt. The flavour is medium to weak bitter with a weak bodied slightly watery palate and weak bitter finish. This beer delivers up front and it’s oh so good but needs more in the body and a longer finish.
Connor66 (20) - - OCT 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pleasantly surprised by this, not sure what was expecting but it wasn’t,t this. There is a very slight sweetness to it but works well.
BlackHaddock (3159) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hand-pulled half-pint during the 35th Telford Beer festival: The Crown Inn, Oakengates.
Good, dark looking brew: black with a tanned head.
The aroma and taste were very chocolate and vanilla in nature: an ’after eight’ mint sort of feel but without the mint bit!
Really took to this: I like the sweeter brews and this was right up my street: rich, creamy and true to it’s name.
johndoughty (3692) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with a small head. Chocolate dominates although I couldn’t detect much vanilla. Quite strong chocolate and malty aftertaste. Different and rather excellent.
evergreen0199 (1748) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at GBBF 2013, Olympia, London. A dark brown/black coloured pour with a small beige head on top. Sweet, chocolate, malty, vanilla aroma. Tastes is similar, sweet, malty, chocolate, vanilla,