jrob21 (3661) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Very surprised this showed up at the local store, almost like magic. First non challant sip hits pretty nicely and lets you know you are in for a treat. A faint roasted malt aroma with a touch of wood working. Flavor is really nice with a toast malt and bittersweet chocolate flavor at first that fades very smoothly into a sweet vanilla flavor all finished off with a nice sweetness. Damn a fine beer with an evolving and smooth palate. mmmbeer (1418) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2009
12 oz. bottle aquired in trade from Daknole- holy cow, thanks!!! Served in shaker- poured non transparent darker than midnight in a heavy thunderstorm black, low carbonation, thin white ring around the glass for a head. Aroma of a dark roasted malt, vanilla, whiskey, and sin. Hits the mouth with a very wide body, malt has been roasted just to the cusp of burnt- but was quickly saved, light vanilla and baker’s dark chocolate come in the middle and stay until the finish- which does not seem to stop, heavy lingering. The perfect compliment to some cigars and a cool Texas evening. IrishBoy (4185) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Bottle shared by Odeed. Nose of chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. Black with a medium cinnamon tan head. Flavor was vanilla, chcolate, light bitterness, and a very light coffee note. fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Bottle pours black with thin tan head that whisps away immidiately. Aroma is vanilla bean and semi sweet cocoa. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Flavors are vanilla and cocoa dominating. Its a pretty solid beer. I thought there would be more depth to this as it seems 2 dimensional. Still a pleasure to drink. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2009
UPDATED: APR 18, 2010 bottle. thanks to 17thfloor for this! pours black with creamy tan head. a big vanilla forward aroma with espresso. flavors are a bit astringent roasty notes, sweet vanilla, coffee and baker’s milk chocolate. medium bodied with a silky mouth feel. i was expecting a fuller body which would help this and is probably why it is likely better on nitro. why am I just now finding out this beer is made with vanilla beans? so if you like vanilla a lot then this would be your thing. 3.6.
4/6/10, draft at local option, so i needed to try this on draft even though it was on nitro (what’s wrong with local option?) this one was still too vanilla bean forward for me to get into. also a little thin. if you’re a vanilla bean junkie this is for you. 3.4.
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2009
12 oz bottle. Poured dark brown/black in color with a thin tan head that left little lacing on the glass. Aroma of hot chocolate mix (powder), light vanilla. Tastes of cocoa powder mix, milk chocolate, vanilla. Finishes with a darker bitter chocolate. Very drinkable brew. Very nice. Nisse666 (7321) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2015 Bottle at Porterfestival 2015 cons 2015-11-14 Göteborg
old rating 4,8 - new rating 3,7 - go with new....
Portfestival, Göteborg, 2009-11-14, Bottle
WOW - this was the best at this festival tried 25 of the approx 70 (many of the rest I have tasted before the event)
AP: ebenholtz black with wee brownish head
AR: vanilla bourborn and lovely chocolate
F: vanilla bourborn and lovely chocolate, smooth, you can really seense the extremly high quality of the ingredients masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Big thanks to Kan for giving me a bottle of this. Pours opaque black with a nice tan head. Aroma was cocoa powder. Taste is more chocolate, a little vanilla, some dry roast, and a dry finish. Overall lots of dark chocolate and fairly dry. Nice beer. sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Bottle. Pours a solid black, touches of dark brown around the edges, small, thick chocolate brown head. Aroma is subdued touches of sweet chocolate, plum and licorice. Flavor profile is more of the same, but a little more pronounced chocolate, some roast notes and vanilla shows up at the finish. Really well done. halfonit (1356) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Pure dark color with hardly any head. Aroma is of malts, cocoa, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste is full of chocolate, vanilla, and cocoa. Has a milk chocolaty and cocoa aftertaste. Yum!