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RATINGS: 218   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Brewed with organic roasted barley and chocolate malts for a rich, dark and robust flavor with an infusion of organic vanilla beans and coffee from the Dominican Republic farm community Alta Gracia.


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2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerscout (298) - New Windsor, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown with reddish tint color. Thin coffee brown head. Aroma of coffee, caramel, burnt toast, and ash tray. Flavor was coffee, nutty, sugary, and burnt vanilla. I get what they were trying to accomplish. I just didn’t mesh with this one. Good try, give ’em credit for that.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1234) - - JUN 18, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 5-30-12- Poured from bottle into pint glass Appearance – Pours a deep brown color with a nice billowing tan head. The head has very good retention, but eventually fades to give a lighter level of lacing. Smell – The aroma is overall rather light. It is heaviest of roasted malt and a nice dark coffee/ espresso aroma. These are the dominate aromas but there is also a very light vanilla aroma that mixes in with the other two rounding out the roastier/darker aromas well. Taste – The taste starts out smooth and bready. The bready is of a roasted malt/dark bread in nature. This flavor quickly mixes with notes of coffee flavor and a lighter vanilla flavor. The vanilla loses some ground as the coffee gets more intense toward the end. At the end of the taste you are left with a mildy sweet and very pleasant coffee flavor on the tongue. Mouthfeel – A medium bodied medium carbonated brew. A bit more body would have enhanced some of the nice coffee and light vanilla aromas, but overall it was pretty appropriate and good. Overall – Not overly intense in coffee, but it acts as a nice addition to a porter base. The little bit of vanilla sweetness does well for balancing the roasty flavors. Well worth a try.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kerenmk (2371) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 17, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at our place. Thanks zvikar. Very dark and opaque brown. Dry, coffee, sand, cayenne pepper aroma, coffee, slightly bitter with hints of vanilla syrup in the mouth. Full-bodied with a little ashy finish. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvikar (3383) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUN 4, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting at kerenmk’s place. Pours brown with a beige head, aroma of coffee, chilli, vanilla some roasted malt, flavor of coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted tones, alcohol, medium bodied. Nice

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
williamstome (889) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Very dark brown / black pour, minimal head. Great aroma of chocolate, vanilla, chocolate, and a hint of licorice. Flavor is sweet, with milk chocolate, mocha, vanilla, and roasted malt. Very smooth, if a little thin.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (5799) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 19, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at kerenmk’s place. Thanks zvikar. Dark brown to black with a small tan head. Pleasant coffee beans aroma, a bit vegetal. Bittersweet roasty flavor with coffee, a bit "green", and a mild vanilla note. Medium-bodied. Good.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmm635 (860) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2014
Poured cola colored with a quickly fading head. On the nose is dark roast coffee, some chocolate, charcoal, little in the way of hops. Taste is lightly sweet and bitter but not really in a hop-bitter way. Bitter like burnt coffee. Just OK.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sturmthis (439) - Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2014
12oz bottle. Coffee aroma. Dark brown with ruby tint. Beige and thick head. Bitter coffee taste. Enjoyable porter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (1826) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Almost opaque, oily black pour with mahogany fringes and a non-retentive head. Nice coffee and cocoa nose. Flavors have coffee, well done, alongside chocolate malts for sweetness and a nice roasted finish. Clean and well put-together, this is substantive and smooth on the palate. Extremely drinkable and soft. Delicious.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ed5388 (2089) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Sampled at Big Brew Beer Festival (Morristown). Poured a dark brown color with a small creamy tan head. One of the best smelling coffee beers I've had. Aroma of a fresh robust cup of black coffee. So good! Taste of roasted coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malt, and vanilla.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (6175) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark brownish black pour with thin tan head, aroma brought notes of dark chocolate, roast, lots of acidic coffee, espresso, some slight vanilla in there. Taste is a mix of nice coffee, roast, espresso, some slight vanilla into dark cocoa, cocoa powder, earthy, spicy notes, finishing fairly bitter, dry.


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