Brewed by Binghams
Style: Stout
Reading, England


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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask; Regular.
This stout is infused with vanilla pods which complement the dark malts to create a smooth drinking, deliciously dark stout.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerbp (21) - - FEB 8, 2017
Considering this won CAMRA champion beer of Britain 2016, it sucks balls! Thin, mild flavours, not enough body, not enough vanilla, not enough anything.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vladivostok (472) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2017
Quite a sweet stout with most of the flavours you would expect. As others have noted, the vanilla can be hard to discern. Despite that, this is still a nice easy going stout with or without the vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ManVsBeer (9508) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2017
Rochdale Beer Festival 2016. Black with a lovely smoothness to its texture. the vanilla is light but flavoursome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SaintMatty (7172) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2017
500ml Bottle - Black in colour. Vanilla and chocolate in the aroma. Roasted taste with vanilla, roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (7429) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2016
Cask at the Wellington; dark black pour with a thin tan head, aroma has roast action plus hints of vanilla, taste has dark roast, hint of vanilla, some coffee, chocolate in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (7159) - Tau, NORWAY - OCT 26, 2016
Cask 1/3 pint, gravity dispense, at the 16th Twickenham Beer & Cider Festival. Black colour, beige head. Pleasant aroma of vanilla, chocolate and moderately roasted malts, hints of mild coffee. Very nice flavour, moderately sweet, again notes of vanilla (but not too much), chocolate and mild coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tombyars (1662) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 21, 2016
Tasted this at the Troon Beer Festival on the 7th October 2016. Cask, gravity dispense. Dull black in colour with a thin dark tan head. Malty aroma with chocolate malt and fudge in evidence - struggling to note the vanilla though. Thin but creamy texture to the mouthfeel and poor lacing throughout. Dark malt complex gives a rich depth of flavours with treacle fudge, dark chocolate and mocha coffee present in the mouth. Dry hop resins give a bitter bite to the balanced aftertaste. Finish is sweet and smooth with chewy treacle, coffee crme and a hint of liquorice. This stout is full of depth and flavour and tastes stronger than the 5% ABV implies. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (17848) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2016
Cask gravity at Firkin Alehouse Folkestone. Black beer thin tan head. Vanilla chocolate aroma. Dry stout. Good. Good balance. Lovely chocolate sweet vanilla ok but not the best beer in Britain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeardedAvenger (552) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2016
Bottle at home. Bought at Inn At Home, Guildford. Sweet coffee/malt aroma, with a hint of vanilla. Cola coloured. Very sparse beige head. Sweet at first, then bitter, especially in finish. Relatively light bodied for a stout. Carbonation is front and centre in terms of mouthfeel - the jury is out on this element. There is some vanilla there but as per the aroma am getting sour coffee and berries. Prefer it to their coffee stout. But its confusing me - sweet and sharp/bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Parmenion777 (223) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2016 Pours a deep dark brown with a foamy light tan head. Roasted malt and chocolate aroma with hints of vanilla. Smooth roasted chocolaty and sweet flavour, a little vanilla and a very light bitterness in the finish.

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