bytemesis (8242) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Tap. Pours deep chestnut, medium tan head, great lacing. Light aroma of roasty, Ashes. Flavor is medium sweet, light bitter, Ashes, roast. Medium body. No real vanilla. ttroha (516) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Tap from brewery. Pours dark black with white head. Aroma of vanilla and roast. Taste of vanilla and chocolate. Medium bodied. Not too shabby. snoworsummer (5624) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 26, 2014
From a bottle purchased in Huntsville. Pours very dark brown with a fizzy tan head. Tastes like mild coffee, dark cocoa, toast, roasted malt, and dry vanilla. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like cocoa and vanilla, burnt coffee, and toast. sonnycheeba (5970) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle shared by snoworsummer. Pours deep, dark brown with creamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, lightly roasted malts, faint prunes, and faint toffee. Flavor matches the nose with chocolate and roast malts forward, light earthiness, and some vanilla and dark fruit sweetness. Medium body and carbonation. rondphoto (4383) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Thanks to Terry for bringing this back from Alabama --- Opaque brown/black with a bubbly brown rim head, light strings of lace. Taste is lightly toasted malt with a light addition of vanilla. It moves inoffensively to a light bittering in a short finish, adding some dark dried fruit on the way. A big brew, agreeable, but not great.
burg326 (5479) - Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Poured a dark brown from the tap with aromas of roast, light chocolate, some earth aromas and light vanilla. Flavors match the aromas light sweet vanilla in the aftertaste, creamy on the palate, nice overall. suprchunk (2994) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Black pour. Small tan head. Plenty of lacing. Chocolate and coffee aroma. Taste is mostly coffee. No vanilla. onceblind (9428) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Black pour under a sticky foamy dark tan head. The aroma is nice and roasty with a cool pseudo-minty vanilla tone about it. Not terribly chocolaty on the nose, more roasty sweet than anything else. The flavor starts out roasty sweet as well followed by a smooth dark earthy chocolate tone, followed by a herbal vanilla and pseudo-mint tone. Really comes together really well, has more mint tones than Iím used to (and thats a good thing), with a smooth sweet drinkability. ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Appearance: Very dark brown body with glimmers of garnet, clearish, with a head thatís just shy of being white in color.
Bob_Boudahili (14) - Alabama, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Smell: While there is a bit of roast and dark fruitiness contained with the nose, itís like sniffing a standard edition Tootsie Roll and a Vanilla Tootsie Roll at the same time.
Taste: Dark maltiness with a chocolate, coffee (light) vibe to it with a fast hit of vanilla. Lesser malty accent of toast and caramel. Medium-plus sweetness. Faint dark fruit. Nil hop character, bitterness. Sweetish finish with the chief flavor, vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Thereís an incredibly minor stickiness to the mouthfeel.
Overall: Itís good, but, itís just a hair too sweet and strong on the vanilla. Still, I suppose itís better to err on the side of a bit too much vanilla as to failing to deliver any appreciable (and appreciated) vanilla flavor, like the Breckenridge iteration.
Nice dark porter. Has a short tan head leaving a bit of lacing. Taste is obviously vanilla with malt and a hoops finish. Vanilla was not as overpowering to me as it was to many reviewers.