fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Aroma:Hot chocolate with a little bit of alcohol.
Appearance:Black, Tan head, good head retention, poor lacing.
Taste:Delicious! Tons of dark chocolate, a little bit of vanilla. The flavor is the same from the foretaste thru the aftertaste.
Palate:Smooth and creamy with just a little carbonation.
Overall:Chocolaty and delicious, this beer is quite a treat. riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2010
Dark chocolate, roast, and a good deal of vanilla. Light earthy woody hop notes as well. Pours dark brown, more or less black with not much in the way of head or lace. Flavors of dark chocolate - bitter, cocoa, roast and vanilla with an earthy mild hop bitterness in the finish. Balanced and well done, but not world class as I had expected. manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2010
Bottle from Taphouse liquor store in Park Royal, West Vancouver. Pours nearly black with a super thick, cascading head, beautiful looking beer. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, roast, coffee. Flavour is chocolate, vanilla, coffee, roast, burnt sugar. Palate is full bodied, medium carbonation finished sweet towards the front then bitter. A great stout for sure, one of the most beautiful looking pours, great flavor, world class. AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - JUL 4, 2010
Pours an opaque black with a very small brown head. There is a strong aroma of chocolate. The beer is very smooth but does have a bite of alcohol. Chocolate flavors are muted with vanilla, which lingers on the tongue. Very well blended. trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2010
Sampled at SIBF 2010. Pours a deep, dark brown, with very little head. Velvety smooth, absolutely packed with vanilla (and we’re talking real vanilla beans here, not the milkshake vanilla you normally find in brews. It’s a very gentle brew - I expected a bit more punch - but very tasty. Almost like a candy.
thedm (6186) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2010
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized brown colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind an opaque black colored body with no visible carbonation and a thick foamy lacing. The very nice aroma was of strong cocoa and dark malts. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The wonderful flavor contained notes of nice toasted malts, mild hops, strong cocoa and dark malt. A wonderful best in class brew. I really enjoyed this one and decided it was worthy of my 4000th entry. Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2010
Bottle Pours a good black with a small tan head. The head last okay and produces spotty lacing. Aroma is vanilla, cocoa, and coffee. Has a light carbonation. The flavor is good. Nice amount of coffee. A solid bitterness of dark chocolate. The body is medium. A slick texture. Real good mouthfeel. A strong finish and a real oleasing aftertaste. I touch light on ABV but very easy drinking and just real good. mkel07 (5995) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2010
341ml bottle. Pours like engine oil, thick and black with a slight tan veil of foam that disappears pretty much straight away. Coffee and vanilla bean aroma with a strong bitter flavour that sits well in the mouth and is quite pleasant. Silky and smooth in the mouth and very enjoyable. Crit (4011) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2010
Black, small brown head. Nose is sweet,vanilla,chocolate,dry roast.Sweet vanilla profile,smoky & fatty. Light alcohol heat, medium roast bitter end GlenLorGalore (2) - CANADA - JUN 24, 2010 does not count
Initial pour is opaque, capped with a light head which dissipates relatively quickly. Flavours of vanilla in the aroma, but the taste is dominantely black coffee. The vanilla comes through more as a smoothing agent which battles for the finish with what comes across subtlely as blue cheese.
Bottom line: This beer is a treat and one to be savoured. Dominated by black coffee, the vanilla acts as a smoothing agent while a nice dry cheese-like flavour finishes it off.