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RATINGS: 592   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our American-style stout aged on organic vanilla beans. Intense notes of coffee and dark chocolate lead way to subtle notes of natural vanilla. Flaked oats generate a silky mouthfeel.

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3646) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Pint bottle from beer run. Another solid smooth beer from these guys. Roasty coffee nutty and faint vanilla aromas. The vanilla comes in big in the flavor. Red fruit and a bittersweet finish. Nice chocolate malt notes working throughout. Nice meld of flavors and textures.

4.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christpuncher (3075) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2013
A supe smooth stout that is really coffee flavored. Lots if vanilla bean flavor and smells caramelly. Had this at my brother in laws ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gruberm (329) - - DEC 21, 2013
Lots of roasted notes. Very dark beer with nutty roasted taste which is probably where you come across the vanilla notes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
puboflyons (3365) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 21, 2013
From the 650 ml. bottle dated 12/10/13. The pour is jet back with a long lasting soft tan head that leaves lacing as it slowly dissolves. Although it never dissipates completely. What an aroma! I get chocolate malts, vanilla beans, coffee, and even the slightest hint of dark fruit. Lovely. The body is medium and incredibly smooth. The taste also brings out that baked chocolate character with a drop of vanilla and a low but slightly biting bitterness. Dryish finish. Really an excellent beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (4221) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Shared 17 oz. bottle at Johns Buffet in Winfield, IL., and poured to fluted glassware showing a black/brown color, with a frothy, persistent, brownish tan head, and clingy dots & dashes of lacing. The nose was roasty, soft grain, smooth malt, bakers chocolate, and marginable coffee. Hop bitterness was moderate but lingering, and the taste included woody/nutty hints, some finishing dryness, and tanniny astringency. A hearty stout, but light on the touted vanilla bean, or flake smoothed mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (2929) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2013
500ml bottle from Antioch Fine Wine. Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a brown head leaving a lot of lacing that clung all the way down through the glass. Rich and lovely. Aroma has fresh ground coffee, nuts and chocolate. Huge raw coffee bean nose; very rough smelling. Taste is of bitter cocoa, heavy roast, and nuts with faint some sweet caramel late. Mostly bitter and dry. Medium to full bodied and dry. Finishes nutty roasty with faint sweetness. The rawness stopped it from being too bitter. An interesting one. Pleased to see Maine stuff in Chicagoland.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tympanic (168) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Delicious, as usual. Maine Beer always delivers, and I love that their label was made with MS Word 2003. Yummy warm alcohol and vanilla.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3650) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2013
650 ml bottle
A passable stout does not make me want to rush to Maine to check out the source. However it is solid enough that if it were my local Id have few complaints at the right price point. If a few more releases make their way to northern Ohio I would definitely be willing to give Maine Beer another chance.

Aroma / Appearance - The reddish black base is capped by a fizzy brown head. Hints of carbonation escape but given the color it is hard to tell how much. Vanilla ice cream, coffee, dark fruits, and more remind me of a specialty Starbucks espresso slightly diluted.

Flavor / Palate - Vanilla and coffee tickle the tip of the tongue. A wave of maltiness clings to the throat like sticky tar paper. There is not that much depth but the evident flavors play well with each other. Overall this is a generally unremarkable release that is worth checking out if you happen across it.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
RyanK (275) - Rhode Island, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Pours a thick impenetrable black with a small brown head and the pour shows some carbonation. Smells of roasted malts, yeast and vanilla but also a discomforting metal drum smell. Thankfully the last does not effect the enjoyment of the actual beer. Roasted coffee gives it a mostly bitter flavor, the vanilla beans more come at the end to balance it out. Thick bodied but too much carbonation. Doesnt have a very strong taste mostly the bitter coffee malt shines through. Is still good but not as special as I hoped.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ROBC3366 (148) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Pours a dark black with medium tan head. Smells of dark chocolate coffee and malt. Tastes like chocolate roasted coffee and vanilla. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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