DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Sample, on tap. Super dark brown color. Nice thin light brown head, with a good thin amount persisting on the surface. A scattering of lace. Very nice vanilla aroma. it’s a great addition to the walnut and typical bittersweet dark chocolate light coffee flavors, but it’s awesome that it manages to not be too sweet (I come across a lot of vanilla brews are held back because they’re oversweetened, but that’s not the case here). Satisfying amount of vanilla, yet the good bitterness is retained. Light, crisp carbonation, good dry texture. Amazing vanilla / nutty aftertaste. One to savor. Very interesting brew. Tmoney99 (15120) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Draft sample. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy vanilla, chocolate and alcohol aroma. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Heavy bittersweet roasted black malt and vanilla flavor with a heavy bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.
Macegan75 (856) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Pours black with slight head. Nose is black strap molasses, vanilla and roasted malt. First sip is great with coffee, vanilla bean and dark chocolate. Finish is nice combination of coffee and hop bitterness. Very nice. alexsdad06 (11223) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Draft sample @ 8/27 bottle release. Pours dark brown/black with a medium sized creamy tan head. The aroma had the usual roasted malts, chocolate, char, and nuts with the addition of a nice shot of vanilla. This was not overdone like in some beers. The flavor incorporated the vanilla nicely with everything else. It seemed to add an additional creaminess to a beer that already had a great mouthfeel and body. This was one of my favorites during the release. ucusty (2693) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2011
On tap @ Jackie O’s. Dark Pour with a thin patch of beige head. Aroma is light vanilla and creaminess added to the mix of the normal Oil. Very nice treatment that adds a new level of complexity. I enjoyed the vanilla and it was there especially late but, it was not as aggressive as I am used to in the Jackie O’s treatments
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Had this at the August 27th bottle release. 4 oz pour from a tasting snifter. Since all of the variants of Oil were quite similar to the regular, I’m using my review of the regular as a base and supplementing when necessary.
4.5 A: Black. Came with just a touch of light brown head that left lots of lacing.
5.0 S: Rich, sweet malty base. Plenty of bittersweet chocolate and caramel. Moderate roastiness, toasty, with touches of coffee and molasses. The nuttiness from the walnuts makes this a special, truly unique beer. The candi sugar adds a final layer of complexity. The only difference is that there is now a strong vanilla component, which works all too well with the walnuts.
4.5 T: Full flavored chocolate, caramel, molasses, and a general neutral maltiness. A touch of coffee with a moderate roast. Again, the walnuts add a toasty nuttiness that I cannot get enough of. Vanilla is strong again. Pretty much the same as the regular in terms of quality. I like intense vanilla more in the nose than in the taste generally.
4.5 M: Heavier medium body. Vanilla adds a bit more creaminess than the regular and a touch more body. At least it seems this way.
4.5 D: Love the Oil. Love it on-tap. Love the variants. Perfect beer for a vanilla lover.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 09-02-2011 03:10:00
JaBier (8396) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Sample at the bottle sale on 8/27/11. Pours darkest brown with a thin tan head. Nose is chocolate, vanilla and some nuttiness. Flavor is strong vanilla, chocolate and coffee, like a Starbucks mocha. F’ing delightful. I know I said Spumoni was the best of the bunch, but this one actually edges it out. chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2011
draft at the release... of the variants this was the best, the vanilla comes off really clean and true, so it adds some really creamy sweet depth to an already complex beer... worth getting for sure Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2011
The beer pours deep dark brown in color with a small caramel head. The aroma of vanilla hits smooth, not overpowering with soft roasted malt notes. The flavor is smooth but prevalent vanilla notes on a medium to thick body that is so tame in carbonation from what you normally expect, that it goes down so smooth. The soft notes from walnuts and Belgian sugars complement so well. Dogbrick (14316) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Sample at the Jackie O’s Bottle Sale on 08/27/2011. Pours black with a medium thin light tan head that diminishes to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla coffee and nuts. Full body with flavors of roasted malt, vanilla bean, mild chocolate and coffee. The finish is sweet vanilla and lingers awhile. Good beer overall.