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RATINGS: 229   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Combines premium malt with aromatic specialty hops. Brewed with our special yeast, this beer has a vanilla like finish. A robust ale. Pair it with holiday meals.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BreWedge (529) - goose bay, Newfoundland, CANADA - OCT 28, 2012
On tap @ Churchills Ottawa. Pours a clear, deep chestnut brown, thin off-white head. Aroma is dark chocolate. Taste is like a Black Forest cake in a glass (semi-sweet chocolate, dark cherries, vanilla) and a little nuttiness on the back end. Very light body and mild/short bitter finish. Fascinating beer but definitely a dessert kind of beer, not for a session.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wanja (771) - GERMANY - OCT 26, 2012
Bottle from Granville Island Brewery, Vancouver. Nice light brown color, good head... Mild malt taste with beautiful vanila aftertaste... I like it...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (2764) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 21, 2012
Wow...something good by Granville. Quite good in fact. Smells like pure unadulterated chocoate milk. Very cool. Flavours are sweet milk chocolate and mint. What a refreshing beer. Really liked it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dreamflower (790) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 20, 2012
I really liked the chocolate and mint aroma of this beer, though the taste was not as strong. Very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye (3443) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 20, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2013 By far the best thing Granville Island has ever come up with. Dark brown/amber colour with white head, though fading quite quickly. Initially aroma of mint chocolate, vanilla, maybe some cinnamon. Taste is sweet and malty milk chocolate with a touch of a bitter aftertaste. GI should come up with more stuff like this in order to improve their reputation. Re-rate: I dont care what anyone says, this is a damn fine beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6563) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2012
12oz can courtesy of my niece, who is awesome and end of story. Clear and slightly bubbly amber with an average but long-lasting fizzy off-white head (3+). Interesting aroma - hugely grainy, with fuggles bitterness. Taste follows, cocoa and vanilla sweetness, very light - I really like it! Light body, slick, mild carbonation, quick finish - not what I think of a winter beer, but pretty drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blankboy (7583) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2012
Can [355] courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a clear deep orange-amber with an average size lasting frothy off-white head. Decent enough aroma of vanilla, caramel malt, lactic notes, nuts and milk chocolate. Flavour follows the aroma and also starts with vanilla followed by caramel malt, very light hops, grain, nuts, lactic notes and milk chocolate. Light, dry bitter finish. Average bodied. A little too sweet for me but better then I expected. -- Rated via Beer Buddy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 24, 2012
[355ml bottle, courtesy of Ashton McCobb] Amber beer with a very thin head. Pretty soon, totally flat other than a small ring around the glass. Smells exactly like Start - honey covered malt breakfast cereal. Some vanilla in there as well. On the taste, sweet vanilla honey and some brown sugar. The ultimate flavour is cream soda - which is really rather strange. Thanks for the bottle Ash, but its pretty poor [24032012]

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
garthicus (2920) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 19, 2012
Thanks to HogTownHarry. Appearance: Rusty brown, small off white head. Aroma: Vanilla, cream, eggnog, a little spice and a hint of sour milk. Flavour: Vanilla, like a vanilla candy, not very nice, lactose, eggnog again, bitter, a little sour milk. Long vanilla and bitter finish. Weird.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Listigovers (1086) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2015 RE-RATE: Tried again in bottle, it is still too sweet on the aroma but had none of the offensive flavours of before. Vanilla is very present, body is medium. Caramel aroma and flavours, pours copper reddish. I guess the tap I had was stale. A bit too sweet, alright as a dessert beer though. At first sip I hated this. It had the sweetness of rotting fruit and a dirty aftertaste. After a few sips the taste became slightly lless offensive. Some might like it but I would say avoid it.

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