DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2012
On tap. Nice, lighter brown head. Dark brown color. Decent lace. Strong vanilla nose and overall aroma. Big body, light crisp carbonation. Some bitter chocolate. Little bitter, but more sweet taste (maybe too much). Lightly sticky texture. I’m told this batch may have more vanilla flavor than intended. Dogbrick (13018) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Sample at Jackie O’s as part of Ohio Brew Week. Pours black with a thin beige head that recedes to an outer ring. Thin rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla and a bit of coffee. Rich, smooth body with a vanilla and white chocolate character along with some coffee and malt. The finish is like a vanilla mocha. Good beer all around. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2011
On tap at Jackie O’s during their Anniversary Extravaganza.
Pours near black with a thin light tan head and just a bit of spotty lacing. The nose brings a very, very strong vanilla presence. Behind that was some chocolate and a small amount of roasted malt.
The flavors blended together more in the taste than all the same components did in the nose and the vanilla wasn’t quite as strong, blending in really well. The roast and chocolate both played through and complemented one another nicely. Mouthfeel was nice with good carbonation levels and a smooth finish. Quite tasty and interesting, but not something I would drink a ton of.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 12-17-2010 chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
On tap at Jackie O’s, served into a tulip...Black pour with a light tan head, looks the same as all the variants...The aroma is really nice, dominated by really nice fresh vanilla, balanced with some nice chocolate notes...The taste has a backbone of vanilla which is just the right amount. A lot of times vanilla is too much or too little, this is perfect. If you like vanilla stouts this is one for you.
Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2011
This poured a black color with a lighter tan head. Aroma was of straight vanilla extract and barely any roasted character at all. Flavor was much the same as the aroma but worse. Just straight vanilla extract and booze, hardly any underlying impy stout and way way too much vanilla. Blah.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
A-Body is a very dark brown, nearly black hue. Served with virtually no head-but with a think off-white collar that remains thin but lingers on for awhile. Hints of vibrant red can be seen when this brew is held up to the light.
S- Nose is slightly sweet and offers a lot of vanilla, dark roasted malt, and coffee. The typical RIS components of DA are pretty well overshadowed here.
T- Lots of sweet vanilla upfront, with a nice deep roasted malt backbone to balance it out. Finish is consistent with the initial flavor and has a great sweet coffee balance to it. There is a hint of dark chocolate running through but is pretty hard to detect and well overshadowed.
M- Fantasic and exceptionall smooth and creamy. Low to medium carbonation and a thick, viscous body.
D- This is a fantastic brew overall. The addition of the vanilla makes this brew exceptionally smooth and drinkable-though somewhat sweeter. Really enjoyed this one and could probably drink it all day.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 12-05-2010 23:13:29
alexsdad06 (10434) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Draft @ Jackie O’s. Pours a very dark brown/black color with very little head. The nose is roasted malts, chocolate and subtle vanilla. The flavor at first was more about the roasted malts and dark chocolate with only minor vanilla present. I was wondering where the vanilla was since I had tried the GI Vanilla BCS days earlier. With warming, my wishes were answered. The vanilla started to come out. What is nice about this beer is that it is a very good imperial stout first that happens to have additional notes of vanilla. Medium plus body. JaBier (7973) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2010
On tap at the Jackie O’s 5th Anniversary Extravaganza. Darkest brown pour with no head. Chocolatey aroma with some vanilla and roast. Vanilla hits the palate first, then the chocolate comes with a creamy sweetness before a somewhat dry, roasty finish. deyholla (11605) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Sampled from the tap at the brewery during the 5th anniversary party. Poured near black with an opaque edge and a gray head that dissipated quickly to the edge. Aroma had a main vanilla note that was backed by dark chocolate and roasted malt notes. Flavor had a nice balance of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and vanilla with a hint of an alcohol finish. JStax (6505) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2010
On tap at the brewery into a snifter. Appearance is a deep, dark black with a tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and a bit of nuts. Taste is a big coffee flavor with vanilla playing a substantial role, but not so much so that it is overpowering. This is vanilla flavored Imperial Stout, not a vanilla beer that kind of tastes like an Imperial Stout. This one is quite filling, but that goes with the style. Too bad it’s a special release.