patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2010
Draft at Ginger Man with James and PJ. Pours obsidian black with a thin, constant, creamy tan head. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, espresso, roast, bitter hops, and milk. Medium bodied with a smooth, easy, cocoa buttery palate. Finished with classy warmth and spice. Outrageous stout. One of the best I have ever tasted. jarow (237) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with a nice big beige head. Nose is sweet with lots of vanilla, cream soda, caramel, cocoa, roasty malts, slight nuttiness. Beautiful. Taste is full-bodied, smooth, vanilla is there but not overpowering, lots of dark chocolaty roasty malts, some oak, very slight bitterness. Finish is dominated by a chocolaty malt flavor. Overall a very nice dessert beer. SudsMcDuff (8429) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2010
you like chocolate, this beer is chocotastic! .. . pours a dark brown, and has a very solid mouth .. . taste is pure liquid chocolate bar, quite sweet .. . the new extreme chocolate beer! .. . I don’t want to hear any more about anyone blowing anything out of their ass. .. zizzybalubba (1869) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2010
11.5 oz. bottle from Bruisin’ Ales in Asheville. Pours black with a luxurious light brown head. Aromas of chocolate and dark roasted coffee. Light espresso hits the tongue first but vanilla bean fills the palate with some dark chocolate on the finish. The vanilla has a lingering effect and is quite welcome in this offering. However, this is no doubt a coffee stout. And an excellent one at that. Yet another fine beer from Dieu du Ciel. brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Roasted malt,creamy bitter chcolate,lighter then I thought it would be,flavor is hersheys chocolate syrup saturated roasted malt, I do notice a little of that vanilla,some bitterness in the finish,smooth and flavorful, not sure if its quite a 100 rating
Darkover (1538) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2010
Dark black with a big creamy brown head. Big aroma of vanilla and roasted malts. Flavor of vanilla, roasted malts, and some smoke. Lightly sweet and bitter, medium bodied, soft carbonation. Pretty good. scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2010
Creamy dark roast over rich and vibrant vanilla, little chocolate. strong dusty dark chocolate and gritty texture. vanilla builds in the finish, becomes a touch sticky. yumyum (221) - barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 16, 2010
a beer worthy of its lofty rating. The aroma is great, vanilla dominates with cocoa coming through also. pours deep black with minimal head. Taste of vanilla on the forfront with cocoa malt finish. very smooth, perhaps a little thin. Very easy drinking. One of my favourite canadian brews. FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2010
A steady pour into my New Belgium much produces a huge dense foamy head that is a nicely browned rich, creamed cocoa color. The beer is a solid black color that shows some brown notes around its edges. Huge dark cocoa aromatics couple with aromas of darkly roasted coffee. The chocolate character is really quite decadent smelling here and is accompanied, or perhaps accentuated by a dark sweetness. If you really inspect the nose, ample toasted grain notes become noticeable towards the end: toasted, almost burn whole wheat cracker aromas, and rich browned bread crust aromatics become noticeable as does the Stout like roast malt aromas. I have just realized, after taking my first sip, that the sweetness that I am smelling is is actually vanilla; it is funny how the brain does that, associating vanilla with sweetness because that is usually were one encounters it.rcubed (35) - Vista, California, USA - JUN 12, 2010
My first sip has me noticing just enough sweetness to accentuate a big dark chocolate note, but the beer ends up finishing quite dry with a bitter cocoa and roast malt character; hops definitely play there part in the bitterness but it is the roasted bitterness that seems to be the more noticed up front. The vanilla flavors, and aromas for that matter, seemed to be missing, but then I realized the sweetness I had smelled and tasted really wasn’t sweetness, but was instead the vanilla notes contributing a perceived sweetness to this beer. Rich and somewhat viscous feeling on the tongue somehow, despite actually being fairly light bodied for something labeled as vanilla-chocolate stout; really though this is quite rich considering that this is not really malty-sweet. Some of the roast grain astringency, couples with the dark malt and the vanilla to even contribute a hint of induced Bourbon-barrel flavors.
This is quite a nice beer; rich and satiating without being heavy and the complexity that the vanilla and chocolate brings to the beer is quite appreciated. My only complaint is that the cocoa / roast bitterness can be a bit too much at times, though the beer definitely needs some of this to balance the up front rich chocolate and pervasive, though restrained vanilla notes. I could easily drink a lot of this beer if my wallet could afford it.
Appearance – Darks as night, unfiltered stout. No light is getting through. The light brown, Khaki colored head is about fingers and fades fairly quickly leaving a nice lacing.
Aroma – There is a very present soft vanilla bean aroma that falls to the background of the huge, chocolately malt smell. There’s a huge dark chocolate aroma from the cocoa and chocolate malt. It reminds of brewing up my own oatmeal stout. No hop aroma as is traditional with stouts.
Taste – The vanilla been is definitely present but no overwhelming – blends amazingly with the rest of flavors. Nothing worse than vanilla as a dominating flavor in a beer. The bitterness is probably a combination of the chocolate and hops and reminds of eating very high percent cocoa dark chocolate. A real solid dark malt flavor backs up the cocoa and vanilla and lingers around. The mouth feel is lighter than expected but very pleasant and as it warms up the flavors intensify and the hops start to make their presence. Carbonation is spot on for the style.
Verdict – Although I enjoy beers like this at any time of the day, Aphrodite would make an excellent desert beer. It’s a very balanced beer considering the adjuncts used with the stout base.