Davros (3362) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2010
Pours pitch black with a large, persistent, dark tan head.
Nose is not as complex as I expected, showing mostly charred wood (almost oaky) first up. Later on notes of milk chocolate and very subtle hints of vanilla are noticeable.
Chocolate is much more noticeable as a flavour, very creamy. Charred oak still present along with the subtle vanilla.
Good rich body, quite creamy. Carbonation is too high. SlovakSniper (5561) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 8, 2010
UPDATED: APR 14, 2011 Le liquide est profondément noir. La tête mousse est foncée et résistante. Une dentelle se dessine au contour du verre. Le nez est très doux, délicieusement invitant: de la vanille et de la crème brulée s’affirment à travers un malt chocolaté touché par les parfums succulents d’un café glacé vietnamien. Au goût, l’attaque est directe de grains torréfiés amers qui se laissent subtilement enrober par des gousses de vanille et par un cacao pur. En bouche, le liquide est étonnamment fort pour un stout. L’effervescence, qui pique la langue, permet une parfaite diffusion des saveurs. La finale est marquée par la torréfaction, par des saveurs asséchantes de café et de chocolat fin. Est-ce déjà un classique? (Revisité le 14 avril 2011) phaleslu (10992) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2010
11.5 oz. bottle from Wine and Cheese Place. Pours a dark opauque brown with a tiny tan head that doesn’t leave much of a trace. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, molasses, cocoa beans, toasted brown sugar, coffee, and maple syrup. Flavor of roasted malts, coffee, cocoa beans, dirt, burnt toast, and metallic and mineral notes. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a mineral mouthfeel. Somewhat watered down feeling on the palate. Bitter. This starts off promising enough but falls kind of flat; disappointing. Still a great aroma and not bad overall, but this has a really unusual mouthfeel that disguises the notes and is too thin. Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 7, 2010
SO YUMMY, SO VERY YUMMY!!!!!!! Dark brown almost no cap really just a thick bubble skim floating on top. Mmmmmmm….the aroma is a bakery combined with a coffee shop. Sweet vanilla, dark chocolate and rich coffee fill the nose. Oh man my drool glands are working aver time on this, I can’t stop smelling it, I could just sit and smell this all day long and be happy. Taste is much of the same, smooth and sweet. A noticeable sweet alcohol that has a rum butter like taste turns bitter and ash like in the back of the throat. The vanilla is awesome in this brew it’s so sweet and creamy with a perfect bitterness. The malts are awesome just the right amount of burnt flavor to them. More spices are showing up now with raisins. The long lasting after taste is very coffee like but not a coffee bomb like some beers. I want to stock this as my every day stout but it’s too pricy but so dam good.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 7, 2010
On tap. Poured basically black with a thin layer of brown bubbles. The aroma was tons of chocolate and vanilla with coffee coming out as well. The flavor was mostly chocolate and vanilla and sugar. Very little bitterness from hops or coffee. Lacked balance. The mouthfeel was full and silky. Pretty good.
hawthorne00 (4239) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 7, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2018 [5/10] Bottle, 12C. Aroma is dominated by vanilla and its wild overtones. There’s dark chocolate and a bit of roast too. Very smooth texture with a bit of lightness added by remaining carbonation. No particular sweetness, but layers of coffee/ cocoa/ singed malt fattened up by vanilla. Finishes with refined roasty bitterness. I was half expecting to have to pick the vanilla seeds out of my teeth with this - it’s just a little over the top. Really good. [4.3]lukin013 (230) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2010
Still like this but not as much. The chocolate is good and not too sweet. It's silky. There's a fair bit of roast. I'm not sure the vanilla is as good as once it was. But it's still very good.
Pours jet black with decent tan head. Appears rather oily along the sides of the glass. Aroma initially dominated by sweet vanilla with more subtle hints of cocoa and toffee as it warms. Palate is nice and full bodied and not oily like the appearance suggested. Flavors of roasted malt, burnt wood, and bitter chocolate. Finish is rather astringent with long lasting bitter cocoa flavors. Pretty good beer but kinda disappointed that the vanilla beans add little except some aroma. bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 4, 2010
Very dark brown body with short lasting but good looking tan head. The aroma is lovely, chocolate, cocoa and hints of coffee. Taste follows the aroma pretty well, some burnt notes help it along, roasted bitterness. Something I could drink plenty of. Parksy (128) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 3, 2010
From a Bottle. This is a phenomenal stout. Dark pour, with a beautiful mix of mild hop bitterness and sweet vanilla and chocolate. Mjollnir (418) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAY 3, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2010 341mL bottle. Pours opaque black with a chunky brown head that settles down somewhat. Aroma of roast, chocolate and vanilla, just like it says on the box. The flavour is dominated by the roast but otherwise balanced nicely. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, silky smooth with a burnt bitter and slightly astringent finish.