bigtaster (969) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Pours black with red-brown hues and a small tan head, some lacing. Weird warm malty aroma with banana, vanilla. Quick hit of alcohol even though it is only 4.7% then a quickly receding flavor of smoke, vanilla and, caramel. Leaves a undesired aftertaste hindering my yearning to keep drinking. Altogether not bad. Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Bottle. Poured a deep clear black with almost no head, sans for a small layer of film on top. Nose is mild coffee, mild chocolate, mild malt and just a hint of vanilla, though you really have to search. Palate is much the same – mild everything - though the vanilla comes through nicely in the finish, especially as it warms. Nice creamy mouth feel with ok lacing. A decent “niche” porter. texasbartender (160) - Sugarland, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2008
The beer pours a dark brown to a black with a thin brown white head. The nose is a mix of Carmel coffee and vanilla. The taste is as deep as the beer is dark it is a great mix of roasted malts and an underpinning of vanilla with a clean sweet vanilla finish. ScoWRee (421) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head, looks like a cola soda. Aroma has a slight hint of vanilla with a touch of malt. Taste is creamywith vanilla, roasted malt, coffee. A nice porter. Flavor is a little thin. scooterbub (1064) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark red-brown with a thin, creamy, tan head. Taste is of caramel, roasted malt and vanilla. The aroma is the same, except the vanilla really shines through. Pretty easy to drink as it is smooth, but it was at its best when it was ice cold. Overall, this is not a bad seasonal brew, but for the money I’d rather go with something else.
SirSlarty (68) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2008
Pours a cloudy darkish brown with a hint of red, I suppose you can call that amber. Smells smooth and slightly sour.Tastes just like it, too! Nice vanilla, though subtle. Decent malty flavor. For some reason, I can really taste the alcohol. Good thing it has low content. gabbama (203) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Aroma is not very strong but is dominated by vanilla with a good chocolate malt background. Vanilla is the first flavor with the chocolate and toffee malt coming through slightly later. Finish is all vanilla with a nice aftertaste. kpresley77 (147) - Jackson, Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2008
Bottle pours dark amber/brown color with vanilla and malt aroma. Taste starts vanilla then sweet toffee and vanilla finish. Wish the vanilla wasnt the dominant flavor. Suttree (6358) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2008
Black, thin tan head. Vanilla fudgey aroma, as one might expect. Flavor is like an Oreo cookie in a glass - nice vanilla flavors mix with chocolatey malts. If anything, it verges on being a bit too sweet. Enjoyable, though. Sampled at the Flying Saucer, Raleigh. BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2008
Can definitely taste the sweet, familiar vanilla coming through. Same color and thickness of pure vanilla extract. Wish the other flavors were more dominant. One dimensional.