chucklemation (1721) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2017
Pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head. Aroma is vanilla, chocolate, and roast. Flavor is chocolate, roast, and vanilla, with some bitterness. Has some carbonation and a light body. Very good stout. michael_bb (121) - Barcelona, SPAIN - FEB 1, 2017
So often I’m disappointed by Ratebeer rankings, after I try one supposedly amazing beer and I end up thinking "well, I don’t get the hype". This is specially true when it comes to stouts and trappist beers, since I’m not such a huge fan of those as everyone else seems to be. Well, in this case I have to take my hat off and nod in agreement. The aroma is a bomb of chocolate with notes of bourbon and vanilla, just as it promises. Colour is pure black with a tanned, thick and consistent head. Taste, although not that complex, is very pleasant and mostly sweet, but it leaves fantastic bitter finish. The alcohol is noticeable and if feels a bit like liquor, but it’s not at all overwhelming. Soft carbonation and slightly creamy body. Somehow I wonder what this would taste like with some added saltiness. Still, the best stout I’ve tried so far without a doubt. JDBaker11058 (2256) - Maryland, USA - JAN 29, 2017
appearance: near black, short creamy tan head, minimal lacing. aroma: vanilla, milk chocolate, hint of saltwater (?). taste: chewy, sweet chocolate, vanilla, light caramel, hint of coffee. finish: full, silky, lingering sweet and bittersweet chocolate and vanilla. notes: Taste sweet dessert stout. Would drink again. Draft at Owen’s Ordinary in Rockville, Maryland.
ElManana (2079) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - JAN 24, 2017
Bottle at home, bought at Geers. Very roasty, some coffee, pretty light and drinkable. Lots of vanilla too. Nice beer but too much vanilla. Turboninja (787) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 22, 2017
Raistlin (414) - London, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2017
’Hara’s, Tampere, Finland. Medium aroma with dark chocolate and a hint of bourbon. Pitch black color with minimal light beige head. Strong balanced taste with great combination of vanilla, coffee and slightly roasted malts. A hint of fruits. Medium taste spectrum and medium aftertaste with slightly roasted malts. Medium body with low/medium carbonation. Overall, superbly tasty for the percentage and distinctive nuance of salty licorice.
Pour is deep brown, almost black with a small tan head and decent lacing. Big cocoa, vanilla beans, dark fruits, raisins, brown sugar, figs, lactose, and coffee in the aroma. Taste is dark chocolate, plums, raisins, sweet vanilla, dark fruits, brown sugar, toffee, and earthy hops. Slick mouth feel with soft carbonation. Sweet, yet balanced. Really tasty. Robeperse (88) - - JAN 14, 2017
On tap. Colore scuro quasi nero, schiuma beige abbondante mediamente persistente. Al naso vaniglia, cioccolato fondente, frutta candita. Al gusto la vaniglia esplode con tutta la dolcezza e la sua fragranza, seguita dal amaro del cioccolato che equilibra l’aroma precedente, malto tostato, note di bourbon. Nel retrogusto lungo note tostate di caffé. Birra decisa di corpo e sostanza. EdKing (2611) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2017
Bottle from Dranken Geers in Ghent. Pours opaque very dark brown with a nice chocolatey creamy tan head which dissipates to the edges after a couple of minutes. Nose is big milky chocolate, fresh lactic milkiness, creamy, roasted malt, lots of vanilla, very subtle bourbon, hot chocolate powder., little bit of black coffee Taste is big milky chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa powder, cold hot chocolate, vanilla, syrupy chocolate, black coffee. john44 (3133) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2017
Keg Half Pint at BrewDog, Clapham, London in Dec 2015 - Very Dark Brown / Black in colour. Thick foamy beige head. Excellent lacing. Aroma of chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Very Malty; roasty malts, lots of dark chocolate and coffee, caramel, nice vanilla, wood notes. Fruity; some dark fruits. Hoppy; balancing hop bitterness. Good malt/fruit/hop balance. Sweetish roast chocolate and coffee malty throughout. Enjoyed this a lot. Terrific Stout! (2015-12-16)
googleimage83 (168) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2017
Pours effectively black, slight cola head with nice mocha lace. Aroma has the usual coffee and chocolate notes at the forefront, then the smooth vanilla and dessert chocolate kicks in the middle. There’s a floral note mixed in as well so it doesn’t come across as syrupy. Taste is just freaking awesome. Roasted coffee foundation stays throughout each sip - well balanced vanilla, milk chocolate and dark chocolate. A little bit of a toasty hop finish rounds it all out. The palate, while somewhat creamy, has a bit more of a soda character than I’d like, which is the only true negative I can think of. Even so, this is top-tier and I’d buy this at every opportunity I could.