AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2003
On tap at Breck brewery in Breck: I think they served it a little too cold off the tap. However, even when I let it warm up substantially the vanilla and typical porter flavors (chocolate, coffee, hops) never really revealed themselves. The color and head were good despite the lack of character in flavor and palate. Silphium (3269) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2006
Dark brown body, thin light tan head. Roasted malt aroma with strong vanillin. Strong artificial vanilla flavor which I liken to the creme filling in Cadbury eggs. I love Cadbury eggs, but I’m not exactly blown away by that flavor in a beer. Otherwise chocolatey. Still, a pretty good sipper. entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2006
The vanilla presence was artificial and slightly cloying in this rendition of a porter. Roast and char notes, although present were not enough to make up for the one dimesional flavor. Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2006
Dark cola color. Virtually no head. Nose of Vanilla, of course, and a little malt. Great dark vanilla mouth feel. Creamy and lingering. Solid, but I’ve had much better. KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2007 Tap at Flying Saucer, Houston
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2006
Pours rich and black with a nice aroma of vanilla, cinammon and chocolate. Flavor follows suit, with hints of hazlenut. Palate is a tad watery. Very enjoyable and approachable.
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry and Beigaman, Harry’s bottle. Pitch black with red hues, small bubble brownish head. Wow, very strong vanilla aroma - but not real vanilla, more like a vanilla candy. Lots of hard candy, sugar, in this aroma, which I liked. Taste has a decent porter base, but then the artificial candy vanilla comes in and dominates. I thought it was neat at first and then a bit annoying and then by the end almost undrinkable - tough one to call really. Watery. A fun beer that I appreciated, I just might not have one again. noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2006
Typical porter pour, nearly black with a short-lived foamy tan head that leaves just the tiniest thread of a ring atop th still liquid. The aromas include roasted malt, vanilla bean, chocolate, coffee and yeast. Taste is interesting -- quite bitter for a porter, with the usual smoky malt, peat, dark fruit, coffee and dark chocolate and biscuit, but without the usual sweetness associated, to me, with porter. The vanilla is rather medicinal, more reminiscient of vanilla than actually vanilla. Then there is a quite herbal bitter hop finish. Good to try but nothing I’d drink regularly. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 6, 2006
In the bottle from HyVee Council Bluffs. Pours a very dark brown with a dark beige head. The head is at first very fluffy, but disappates rapidly. Has a chocolate pie aroma. This beer is Hershey’s chocolate syrup milkshake sweet. Finish has a bit of a tingle. All that’s missing from this beer is the pie crust. The residual vanilla remains on your tongue for a long time. This is fairly unique in its strong sweetness, but by no means disgusting. I couldn’t drink more than one of these at a time. jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2006
Pours very dark, nearly black, with a tan head. The aroma is overpoweringly filled with vanilla. The taste provides some other subtleties - some malts, some chocolate - but mostly more vanilla. Hop presence is virtually nil. The after-taste is sugar and vanilla. TheBeerGod (6292) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Draft at Capital Ale House - Downtown. Nearly opaque mahogany. Small tan head on this. Nose is big vanilla and light chocolate. Some light roastiness. Taste is vanilla, some cola notes, light roasty notes and sweet malts. Body i sticky and sweet with light carbonation and a light overall feel. Ends with sweet malts, vanilla, cola and light brown sugar.