dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Dieu Du Ciel
Pours very dark with almost no head. Oily with some lacing on the glass. Slight bubbles are always present on the surface. Aroma coffee, cocoa, soy sauce and molasses sweetness. Slight alcohol on the aroma. Taste is very smooth with a woody presence. Hints of vanilla and coffee. Nothing stands out, and that is why I am not enamored. It is really good, but it left me wanting more.
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - FEB 19, 2010
Bottled at Tipu. Black, firm cappucino head. Nose is very mellow, soft vanilla, some honey, dry roasted malt, hints of lactose. Flavor has honeyish bourbon vanilla, whipped cream, little sugariness, dryish burned malt, hints of yeastiness, a bit hollow coffeeish finish, little hard water. Medium bodied, could still use a tad smoother carbonation, reasonably. A good, harmonious stout, I’d love this see this on tap. hayduke (5209) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 17, 2010
From a 12 oz. bottle with Aphrodite on the label courtesy of Strykzone. This poured a dense black with a large fluffy dark tan head with light lacing and not much retention. The nose is dominated by the vanilla with some chocolate. Medium body and rich mouthfeel. The flavor is also strongly of the vanilla with toasted malts and chocolate. The finish is long and bitter. This would be a really outstanding beer if is was better balanced, but there was just a little too much vanilla and it threw off the balance some. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Bottle; courtesy of my sister for Xmas. Poured a dark brown color with an almost creamy looking brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, cocoa, with light coffee, smoky and earthy notes. Vanilla added a nice balance. Flavor was as equally delicately balanced. Vanilla and roasted/coffee/smoky notes. A little bit of earthy hops in the finish. Would have liked a longer finish, or at least a more pronounced one. Worth the praise it receives. VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Bottle/12 - Poured a very dark black/brown in color with a small thick-bodied tan head that settled to a thin covering over the beer. Really nice lacing. Aroma is of dark chocolate, vanilla and cocoa powder. Flavor is very chocolate with a nice amount of vanilla. Some hop bitterness, but not much of their flavor. Finish is lingering, chocolaty and slightly bitter with a bit of astringency. Really nice... don’t drink this one too cold as you’ll miss much of the flavor!!
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Bottle on Valentine’s Day, shared with my wife. Pours deep, dark brown with a ring of tan foam. Aroma is a gorgeous blend of vanilla and chocolate brownies. Taste is rich chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Lingering bitter chocolate finish. Mouthfeel is rich, but a wee too carbonated. Would love to try this sexy beast on nitro someday. JackT (71) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Pours dark brown / black with a thin tan head. The nose is faint roasted malt and cocoa. The flavors are heavy vanilla and cocoa with some dark fruit. The bitterness is just about right. The carbonation is a bit too much, though overall the beer has a nice creamy mouth feel. A nice stout. gator2683 (199) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 12, 2010
black pour with a big chocolate cocoa aroma. The flavor has some dark chocolate and vanilla that balances it out nicely. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 11, 2010
THOUGHTS: Wonderful stout. A little heavy on the vanilla, but that’s what makes it unique. It also works well with the other flavors here. The cocoa is there, but the vanilla is the true star here.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was an opaque black in the glass with red highlights at the very edge and an average tan to light brown head that kept a thin sheet and left fair lacing. The aroma was moderate to heavy roasted, milk chocolate and cocoa malts; and vanilla. The initial flavor was sweet, lightly bitter and acidic; while the finish was bitter, rather acidic and sweet with a long duration. There was vanilla, cocoa, coffee, bitter chocolate and roasted malt. The medium to full body was silky with carbonation that was a bit soft with a chalky and slightly metallic finish. Bonesey (33) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2010
Bottle. Pours a luxurious black with a rich tan head that laces nicely down the glass. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malt, no vanilla. Taste is bitter chocolate with a finish of cream soda. Very nice. Sweet but not cloying On tap this is a 5/5 beer