Ratman197 (15612) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Bottle poured a clear dark brown nearly black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of milk chocolate, vanilla, light roastiness and light coffee. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla, roastiness and a hint of esspresso with a smooth dry lingering milk chocolate finish. Very tasty dessert beer would go great with a great chocolate cream pie. boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Bottle (thanks to Tweety for sharing this)... Black with a thin, light brown head. Chocolate and vanilla meshed nicely in the aroma with smoked, roasted, cocoa malt character too. Seemed heavier than the tame alcohol percent it contained. Chocolate and smooth malt presence and a touch of coffee-like tones. The vanilla shined through in the end. Really simple, but wonderfully complex at the same time. JorisPPattyn (10113) - BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2009
Black as sin, viscous, with just a small dark-beige head. Molasses, chocolate, very strong and sweet coffee, moccha filling with vanilla for dessert. Vanilla - definitely the beans, not the better pods - more prominent in the taste, like vanilla-aromatised truffles, bitter chocolate chocolates (pralines), with a slightly roasted hint. Café glacée cookies, retronasal some sweetish vegetable I can’t place - cooked celeriac or scorzanera? Very slick, very well-bodied, chewy, very nice texture, inciting to more. Initially the concoction seems a jumble of conflicting flavours and aromas, but stealthily, a balance creeps in, resulting in a wonderful beer. Which means that Aphrodisiaque is exactly the wrong name for it, as in love, it’s usually the other way round... Grand merci à Sylvain et sa bande, cette bière vaut vraiment sa réputation, comme la brasserie. Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Aphrodite bottle. Pours a rich black color with thick light brown frothy head. Aroma is of cocoa power, milk chocolate, vanilla, light coffee and mild hops. Taste is milk chocolate, vanilla, light roasted coffee and light hop taste. Finishes creamy and silky smooth. This is one helluva stout! joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Pours dark brown with a brown head. The aroma is sweet milk chocolate and anise. A touch of acidic black coffee. The flavor is very dry and roasted with notes of spices, licorice, chocolate, and coffee. A very distinctive and complex stout. Ashy finish. This would go great with some biscotti.
Tmoney99 (15116) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Bottle from Keg Liquor. Poured black color with medium creamy tan head that lasted with excellent lacing. Aroma is very complex with roasted malt, vanilla and bourbon. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy chocolate bittersweet flavor and moderate to heavy complex dark sweet bourbon finish of long duration. Standout complex beer for dessert or with a cigar.
RC8 (305) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2010
Fantastic aroma of cocoa and vanilla. Taste is not as impressive with an overwhelming bitterness, but it’s still a terrific stout with Belgian overtones. Great overall. emacgee (4711) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2010
Pours a rich dark black with mahogany edges and a two finger creamy chestnut brown head. Sweet vanilla bean and rich milk chocolate in the nose, very nice integration, mild sweetness, tinges of alcohol. Flavor shows vanilla bean in the forefront followed by bitter bakers chocolate and some grain roast, mild sweetness and notes of coffee. Palate is round with some roast bitterness. Awesome. durhambeer (2585) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Bottle from Sam’s in Durham. Nice to see we’re getting this one. Pours oily black with smallish dark beige head. Nose is vanilla and chocolate, with hints of nuts and ash. Smells slightly astringent and bitter, and some bourbon notes are lurking back there somewhere. Sweet milk chocolate hits first on the taste, but it ends more like baker’s chocolate: nicely bitter. Pleasantly dry palate. Lovely beer, and nice low ABV. I don’t know how many times I’ve written "I don’t like strong chocolate flavors in my beers," but this if any beer could convince me otherwise, this is the one. Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2010
12 oz bottle from TheBeerSommelier I think.Looks beautiful poured into an English pint glass. Rich deep black with a thick brown head. Head drops to a malt ball lace and abusive ring. Taste is coffee dipped chocolate malt balls. Deep alcohol sweetness. Taste is nicely bitter in front of the sweet nose. Not a gooey sweet vanilla chocolate thing. Taste is bitter and hay with the cocoa hiding up in my nose. It’s there, but it’s remarkably subtle. Lingers bitter for a long time. Light clean finish in the mouth, hides the growing gooey throat. It IS smooth, as the promo states, but it’s not creamy smooth and sweet like many of these types are. I like the bitterness on this one.