visionthing (2095) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle from Vinmonopolet, Valkendorfsgate. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt and vanilla with notes of dark chocolate, dark fruits, hops and citrus. Sweet and roasty with nice coffee flavour and a well balanced bitterness. Full bodied and quite smooth with well integrated alcohol. Tasty, flavourful and surprisingly nice. I’m not a huge fan of vanilla in beer (except Southern Tier’s Creme Brulee Stout) but it’s well integrated and fits quite well with the other flavours. Nice!
kermis (3667) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sampled at Fermentoren. Pours black black with a beige head. Aroma of milk chocolate, vanilla, coffee, toffee and roasted malt. Flavour is moderate sweet and light heavy bitter. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.
Aaron68 (396) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle @ "Øltorget Mathallen" Oslo,Norway,April 27, 2013
Beer from a tulip glass
Black in color.
Aroma is coffee,chocolate and vanilla.A fine thin white head.
Quite easy drinkable beer and very hidden ABV.
A bit vanilla and coffee in taste.
LicoriceKing (48) - DENMARK - APR 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black with a tan head. Aroma: Chocolate, pretty fruity, sweet, coffee not noticeable. Taste: Chocolate, coffee, licorice and roasty. The taste is way more bitter than the aroma. The palate is pretty smooth. I don’t get any notes of alcohol. It’s extremely drinkable for it’s strength. Great beer and pretty affordable. I imagine it would go well with desserts..
Rune (6905) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from Vinmonopolet bestillingsutvalget (nettbutikk). Huge, bubbly fawn-coloured head with a solid stand, leaving artwork to the glassware. Body is just as dark as black coffee. Very good looking, indeed. Aroma of coffee, burnt sugar and vanilla chocolate. Coffee to the fore followed by the taste of dark vanilla, and a gentle touch of roasted, dark malts. Bitter coffee grounds to the finish. Velvety mouthfeel. Nice sipper on a Saturday eve (Tromsø, 20.04.2013).
HoppyBudgie (566) - SOLA, NORWAY - APR 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a longlasting tan head. Has a roasted malty coffee and vanilla aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and coffee flavor with weak hints of vanilla. Has a roasted malty coffee and bitter chocolate finish with hints of vanilla.
Skvader (107) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is not particularly interesting, even a bit rough like mud. But the taste is interesting, clear presence of vanilla and a good ammount of acid. The texture is smooth and the enduring thin layer of foam is a plus
yngwie (11750) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2013 Bottle. A black one, topped by a small, dense, finger-thick tan head. The aroma has coffee and some vanilla, chocolate and then even more coffee. The same goes for th flavor, it’s coffee that runs the show, helped by some sweetness and notes of vanilla and chocolate. Soft on the palate, with a tad too much carbonation. Overall, very, very nice, although a bit one dimensional. Rating: 7-5-8-4-16-4.0. 121116
Bottle. A more or less black one, with a reddish hue, topped by a dense, dark beige head of two-finger head. Nice lacings. The aroma has coffee, some vanilla, a touch of coffee and some chocolate. Some alcohol notes. It’s super soft on the palate, semi-sweet, nice carbonation. Coffee, chocolate and some vanilla in the flavor. Sure nice, but not extra ordinary. 130327
tfredvik (799) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep brown body with a small, creamy to frothy, medium brown head that laces the glass well. The aroma is strong and pleasant, although not very complex: this is mainly strong coffee and roasted notes. Also some light yeast in the back. I actually don’t get any vanilla. The taste is moderate sweet and moderate bitter. Strong roasted flavours of coffee, and the beer opens up somewhat as the temperature increases, and reveals vague hints of vanilla and fruits. Full bodied, creamy and smooth texture, soft carbonation, well hidden alcohol. A nice one.
[33 cl bottle, enjoyed 16 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Online]
mcberko (4809) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1.5L magnum, pours black with a small beige head. Aroma of coffee and vanilla upfront, and medium roasted malts. Flavour brings out coffee upfront, vanilla secondarily and moderate roast. Quite a thin palate, but fairly robust enough with flavour. Nice porter, but nothing special.