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RATINGS: 588   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bawelt (718) - Lyon, FRANCE - MAR 27, 2016
Vraiment pas mal tant donn le titrage. Mais mattendant quelque chose de plus moelleux, je suis un brin du (oui, cest pas une imprial stout...). Le nez est trs joli : trs bourbon, par mail de caf et de chocolat au lait, quelques notes de chocolat blanc. On sent un ct fum un peu porter, on sent un ct un peu vert, artichaut. Bel quilibre. En bouche, attaque trs lgre, assez chocolat et un petit caf lger. On part sur une amertume trs sympathique de torrfaction avec un fond houblonn assez floral et un fond fum bien quilibr. Les notes vanilles/bourbon sont beaucoup plus discrtes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (6213) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2016
Nitro at Dohertys, 3/19/16.
Huge, dark beige head tops an ebony body. Strong retention, of course. Indeterminable clarity.
Trying to smell through/around the thick nitrogenated head is annoying, but I do get some dough, plaster, dark, bitter chocolate and light vanilla notes. Smells pretty standard stout-like, with a bit of marshmallow or grassy character in there too. Light coffee and cola notes with warming. No alcohol or flaw.
Nicely attenuated with real vanilla flavor and deep, burnt, bitter roast providing rich coffee and cacao flavors. Vanilla beans add light bitterness as well (and of course the vanilla flavor), while theres some green, juicy, somewhat citric hop character on the end. I guess the nitro makes it more drinkable on account of it making it more watery/loose in texture, but I certainly prefer it much more not on nitro. Great beer, though. Hoppy, but not overdone there and very dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tfontana (857) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 24, 2016
On tap into shaker pint glass at Jimmys Culpeppers. Appearance is dark brown, almost black, pour with finger-width foamy light brown head, decent retention, fair lacing. Aroma is roasted malts with strong dark fruits, some cocoa, and milder vanilla. Taste is as aroma. Palate is medium bodied with light, creamy texture, average carbonation. Overall, not the most complex offering in the world but very strong at what it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ByTheirLimpin (310) - New York, USA - MAR 20, 2016
Super fresh 10 day old bomber. Bomber to chalice. Dark tan leathery head. Nose is toffee and malt. Palate is even keeled, slight char to the roast follows start to finish as a binder. Theres a tease of sweetness, but nothing more. Caramel silky mouth feel. Yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (6688) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2016
4 oz pour on nitro at Rustico Alexandria. Black with creamy light beige head. Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, cocoa. Tastes of cocoa, vanilla, chocolate, roast. Medium body with a dry finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nicki0329 (12) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2016
Deliciously roasty aroma & flavor atop a smooth, silky mouthfeel. Notes of chocolate. Wish vanilla was more prominent - hard to detect. Nice, smooth bitter/hoppy balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (4667) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2016
Random note from couple month ago. On tap at Giant Eagle in Grandview: black pour with off-white head. aroma of roasty, chocolate. tastes are cocoa, malty, little burnt, oat. sweet vanilla. thinnish palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinsenn (2090) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2016
Bottle from Beers of the World, Henrietta. Nice enough roasty and vanilla aroma. Tasty sweet taste; chocolate, biscuit, vanilla. Highly bitter finish. Good vanilla stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
migwell (292) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2016
Im not a fan of the ubiquitous coffee grounds/chocolate stout style, But, this one was on nitro at the Foundry, so why not. It is certainly smooth and goes down easy and of the various food product adjuncts, the vanilla was the most pronounced flavor. Creamy and with a good body and some hop bitterness as well, the nitro really helps this one out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nealblind (1770) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Dark brown some tan. Aroma smokey charred roast caramel chocolate. Tastes roasty, cocoa puffs, char. Dry, semithick mouthfeel. Very acidic bittersweet choco.

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