Oakes (17685) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 23, 2005
Funny appearance. It looks dark brown but there’s not a whole lot of light getting through regardless. The aroma mixed oak, vanilla and coffee. Very sweet flavour with lots of vanilla and oak, to the point where it overwhelms the stout character it ought to have. Those coffee notes go so far back in the background and you won’t find much hop here at all. A bit unbalanced but okay if vanilla is your thing. elcig (37) - Oliver Springs, Tennessee, USA - OCT 22, 2005
From the bottle. Pours very dark with a thin off-white head. Intense smoky aroma of roasted coffee lingers with the glass. Flavors of chocolate and toffee with a bit of hazelnut/vanilla towards the end of the glass. Palate isn’t heavy but very creamy with a bit of a hop finish. Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - OCT 19, 2005
VERY dark brown, almost black, with a thin brown head. Nose of roasted coffee and nuts, traces of vanilla. VERY rich, with flavors of smoked coffee, light tobacco, sweet malt and vanilla. Malted milkballs! Very tasty, although a bit heavy. Satiny smooth mouthfeel, and just a touch of smoky, burnt coffee and hop bitter in the finish. Does not wane, true to the last sip. What an interesting VA porter! Proud to be a Virginian! Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 19, 2005
GABF 05- Pours a dark brown, off white head. Aroma is roasted coffee, butterscotch, dark chocolate. Flavor is more barrel, chocolate and roasted malt, slight hop kick towards the end. SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2005
Bottle Labeled March 31, 2005. Pours thick and dark, little brown head that disapates quickly. Aroma of Vanilla. Taste rich, oaky, vanilla, Coffee and hops. Does feel smooth. Sweet aftertaste. Not heavy at all, easy to drink.
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2005
from the bottle (06/09/05) a deep brown/black body with a medium-tan head. smells chocolate and malty. tastes of chocolate, malt, coffee and vanilla. the consistency on the palate is like syrup except lighter and more fluid. a really interesting texture thats hard to describe. slightly sweet aftertaste. i think its great. 9er (92) - Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2010 There is a sweet and sour sensation on the paIet and there is a noticeable coffee flavor without any essence of vanila or oak as advertised by the label. This beer is mild Noting overwhelmed me at all. The after taste is actually bitter-sweet but the sensation is normally pleasant just not lasting nor memorable. Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 4, 2005
(many thanks to goldtwins for sending me this.bottle reads jul. 15 200...and the rest is cut off)the d.o.b. poured a black body that shown a bit of brown around the edges when held to light.as far as head the only thing it had in this department was a tine brown ring around the snifter glass.the aroma was very tempting and made my eyes light up at the first sniff.chocolate,coffee,oak,vanilla,and raosted malt all made up the complex aroma.the first sip brought on loads of vanilla,then some oak,and roasted malts to follow.the mouthfeel was a little on the light side and i could taste a bit of oxidation.but this is still a very nice stout indeed. DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2005
Pitch black without head.
Coffee aroma with notes of chocolate, vanilla, licorice, malt and cookies.
Vanilla flavor with notes of coffee, chocolate and smoke. Thin, and where is the stout? You can either hide a bad beer or spice up a good one with barrel aging.
This being the former. wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2005
Bottle. Poured dark brown with a solid tan head. Pretty good retention. Aroma had vanilla, coffee bean, chocolate, caramel and courant. The vanilla was quite effective in the taste. This was really good but didn’t wow me.