NachlamSie (3534) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2005
bottle. Pours a fine deep, deep red with a nice tan head. The aroma is sweet, full of vanilla and burboun. The flavor is quite savory, more burboun and a nice woody finish. Nice stout, fairly unique for this style. csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 20, 2005
It’s cold out, so it’s stout’s tonight. This has been sitting in the cellar for a good amount of time, probably 6-9 months. Bottled 28Oct, 2004. Served in an english pint glass right from the cellar at a touch over 55°. The color is black with some red tint along the edges with a small khaki colored head. Aroma is roasty, somewhat sweet, with a hint of vanilla and oak. The initial taste is sweet, roasty malt followed by coffee, there is a touch of bourbon on the finish, but it doesn’t manifest itself on every drink, it just shows up every now and then. The bourbon barrel flavor is certainly not overdone, the vanilla is non-existant. The finish tends to be astringent, but with some nice, lingering flavor. The body is average, at best. Wonder what the tap version is like ... maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Dark black stout with a thick creamy tan head. This is an acceptable stout, while a little watery overall. cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2005
On draft. Well, my wife liked this, and I did not. I found it much too sweet and strongly vanilla flavored. I love stout and in general repect Dominion beers... htis is niot flawed, but not to my taste. Too much oak and vanilla, too little stout. But obviously this is a well liked beer, so try it and see. hershiser2 (3591) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2005
Paid 1.50 for a 12-oz bottle. Pours black with an inch of brown frothy head. Sweet vanilla aroma, which is extremely appetizing... underneath the vanilla is a hint of smokiness. Flavor is full of vanilla and some smoked oakiness. Very tasty. This one needs to be distributed all over... it’s damn good.
can8ianben (1577) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2005
From a bottle, surprised to find this in the midwest after never seeing it in VA where it is brewed. I like this - deep dark brownish red in colour, very thick and dark. Aroma is sweet and smoky with tons going on. Cherries, cinders, toffee, chocolate, vanilla. Flavour is sweet, almost sour with some nice subtle hoppy tones. Its syrupy but also smooth. Well crafted. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2005
Pours black with a nice tan head that fades to thin hue. Aroma is oak, stale smoke and chocolate. Flavor is lots of oak and vanilla, with a weak chocolate taste. Thin to watery texture. This has a really fake taste and is quite unenjoyable. Nuffield (4189) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Clear dark brown, cream head. Vanilla, roast, chocolate, caramel notes. Thinnish body, free flowing in the glass and mouth (not oily), but frothiness gives it interest. Bitter edge in the finish. Not great but interesting enough. TaktikMTL (7921) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2005
Bouteille donnée en cadeau par une amie qui était de passage en Virginie. Arôme: Odeur de café et de vanille. Apparence: La couleur est noire presque opaque. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux avec une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café, de vanille et de céréale. La durée de l’arrière goût est courte. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture minérale. L’effervescence en bouche est moyenne. Présence de torréfaction en arrière goût. (Rating #328) radagast83 (8301) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2007 Rich flavor. Vanilla and oak aroma and flavor with a bit of a roasted coffee flavor. Not too heavy and has a nice finish. I just had it again after some time and can only imagine that my palate has increased since I had this 16 months ago.