fidelis83 (2396) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 13, 2014Westy1130 (87) - New York, USA - MAY 18, 2017
Clear, dark brown, near black pour with a 2 finger, creamy beige head that fades to a thick skim then has excellent retention and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is toast, chocolate, nutty notes, nice sharp and smooth vanilla notes, toast, dark caramel, smoke and a hint of earthy wood. Flavor is smoke, roasted nuts and vanilla liqueur up front, then roast, a little char, earth, light Englishy fruity esters, bittersweet chocolate, light resinous hops and mineral notes to the finish. Palate is pretty light bodied, creamy to slightly watery on entry, medium strength, blanketing and sharp carbonation, dry minerally crisp and slightly chalky finish. Really good stuff overall, but dry and mineral are not great palate finishing descriptors for this flavor profile, I’m not saying I need some syrupy gloop for 10x the price, but a little more body and less carbonation would be nice. The flavor starts off great, but the carbonation and seemingly over heavy mineral content blow it away pretty quickly. Still, if this were available at a better price (it was a good price for a bomber, but still crappy $/oz. ratio), I would probably drink a ton of this.
Rich dark color with foamy white head. Very subtle vanilla aroma/taste (got more coffee, dark chocolate) with sweet smoky aftertaste. john44 (3048) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2017
Draft Third of a Pint at GBBF 2010 (Day 1), Earl’s Court, London Aug 2010 - Mahogany in colour. Lots & Lots of Vanilla. Very Malty; roasty malts, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, peat smoked malts, oak, more vanilla, caramel. Fruity; dark fruits. Hoppy; some balancing hop bitterness. Very smooth. Tasty. Subtler than a rauchbier. Lovely Beer! (2010-08)
SG111 (1747) - New York, USA - NOV 7, 2016
Bottled. 2014 release. Pours dark brown, almost ruby tinged. Off white head. Aroma is very smoky, vanilla, some toffee, dark fruits, chocolate roasted malt. Flavor is smokey, roasted malt, chocolate, some vanilla. Body is a bit thin, but it’s less than 6% so it’s fair. Very good. Desverger (11091) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2016
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, Copenhagen (Stone TTO 27/11/2016) - pours black with a beige head. Sweet and medium roasted malty, slight burnt dark malty notes, with chocolate, coffee, caramel, cocoa, vanilla nuances into the finish.
Pours a nice dark brown with a tan head. Heavy aromas of chocolate and tobacco. Flavor of smokey chocolate and some coffee. Big flavor on this beer.
rocbyter (2118) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Sweet robust malt aroma. Dark amber color with a small white head. Sweet beginning with a moderate bitter finish and vanilla flavor in the end. TaktikMTL (7733) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2016
Bouteille de 22 oz achetée chez Killington Market (Killington, VT). Arôme: Odeur de fumée avec une pointe de café à la vanille. Apparence: La couleur est noire. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de fumée avec une pointe de café à la vanille et de chocolat. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement fumé. (Rating #6643) markducommun (1095) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2016
Opaque black, minimal light tan head. Strong vanilla, light smoke and molasses. Plenty bitterness, less prominent sweetness. Medium heavy body, long finish. Excellent. Lonick (1864) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 11, 2015
Bottle @home tasting General Election 2015 (rating backlog) Pours brown almost black with a brown/tan head. Nose is vanilla, toffee, slight smoke, roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts there is a touch of smoke its finish is slightly sweet, its also a touch thin. This beer is almost amazing. mathieuc (3941) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2015
Pours a dark brown with a medium offwhite head that leaves good lacing. Nose is of smoke, wheat germ, vanilla, coffee. Taste is dry with some bitter coffee grinds. Grapes (light acidity), vanilla, chocolate, coffee and smoke flavors. Body is light, carbonation moderately high and mouthfeel is weak/thin. Slight acrid and ash-y. Underwhelming, I somehow expected a bigger beer.