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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.74/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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Unfiltered dark ale with large doses of chocolate and roasted malts along with five other barleys round out this once a year treat. Sealed with a kiss of vanilla. It's a BEER! NO.. It's a DESSERT! NO.. It's YUMMY!!


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 22, 2007
Pours brown with a tan head. Smells of vanilla, chocolate and earthy with some peppery splashes. Tastes of vanilla which almost smacks you in the face before giving way to some chocolatey undertones. A little over the top on the sweetness even for the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Draft at the brewpub. Pours a mostly black body with an off white head. Sweet with vanilla coffee beans, some lactose, and milk tones. A mild roast and light chocolate tone. Nice sweet stout.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Tap at willi. Pours a deep dark brown almost black with a big beige head. Aroma is vanilla bean- good full chocolate roasty coffee, toast, and earthiness. Flavor is chocolate vanilla, roast, minty earthy hoppy northern brewer like hoppiness, smooth sweet- more vanilla- but nicely done- not artificial-like. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 9, 2003
Powerfully sweet aroma; milk chocolate and caramel. Dark, but not opaque body with very thin quick-dying head. A little too much carbonation; comes off like a chocolate/caramel/licorice soda. Which ain't necessarily a bad thing mind you.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernesto987 (3926) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 14, 2013
on draft at brewery, NOOOOOOOOO that beautiful just stout is ruined! But a "touch" of vanilla, way too much vanilla, maybe im just too sensitive to it but this one was overwhelming vanilla that unfortunately sweetened the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DYCSoccer17 (3355) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 16, 2006
The description of this beer on 2/15/06 is "A dark unfiltered stout brewed with seven malts and gently sealed with a kiss of vanilla. 5.5% ABV" 4 oz sample, then pint ordered--Sweet, sugary chocolate milk aroma with vanilla notes present as well. This aroma is beautiful and is reminiscent of the aromas of Dieu Du Cielís Aphrodisiaque and Kuhnhenn Creme Brule Stout. Nearly opaque dark brown color with a small, flat, listless off-white head and no lacing. Sweet vanilla-like start, turning milk chocolatey in the middle. Finishes a bit roasted with more chocolate in the finish. Very pleasant, candy-like. A pleasure to drink. This rivals Dieu Du Cielís Aphrodisiaque, except it is a bit thin and the head retention is poor compared to DDCís beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAR 15, 2008
On tap at the brewpub. Black with a brown head. Sweet chocolate flavors, a touch of coffee and mellow vanilla. Excellent texture, silky smooth, just a shade thin. Bittersweet milk chocolate flavors, light vanilla and sweet coffee. Awesome stuff!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAY 13, 2008
notes from 3/10/08: on tap at brewpub. Pours a dark brown. Aroma is of intense vanilla, maybe some roasts but not much more. Flavor is sweet of vanilla, cream and sugar. To be honest, this tasted like a light-bodied stout mixed with vanilla coke. I didnít appreciate the one-sidedness of this brew, nor its soda-sweetness. I suppose that if you are looking for a DESSERT drink this could be the right play, but certainly not what I was expecting from a stout, sweet or otherwise.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dogfish120love (1000) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 26, 2009
It figures I loose my notes on this one., but I had it only a few hours ago so here it goes. Pours black, with a brownish of white head. Aroma is primarily dominated by chocolate, with some coffee, and a touch of vanillla. As with the aroma the flavor is dominated by chocolate, with some hints of coffee and a slight vanilla taste. I can see where it may be too sweet for some,but for me it was delicous

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 11, 2002
Opaque. Thick tan head. Huge roasted chocolate flavor with notes of barley and a smooth vanilla essence. Medium bodied. Luscious and rich, although not too filling. Perfect dessert brew.


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