jhp40219 (449) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Pint can into tulip glass. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head that disappates almost immediately and leaves no lacing. Big vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, coffee. Full body, creamy and smooth texture, average carbonation, long finish of malt, vanilla and chocolate. Absolutely delicious! Thechasm442 (1005) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2016
Can pour to nonic pint. Black with a creamy tan head and decent lacing. Aroma is vanilla, oats, roasted malts, and dark chocolate. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, oats, and lots of roasted malt flavor. Thinner and well balanced. Good beer, Patrickctenchi (6586) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 27, 2016
pretty much black....with a slight ruby tint....small tan head.
Fresh roast vanilla bean and coffee aroma.
Flavour is sweet vanilla bean, vanilla cream, coffee malt, cocoa powder.
Cola-like carbonation at the beginning.
Really wonderful....a delight to drink as a dessert, or otherwise. weitz15 (581) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Dark brown pour. Aroma is of strong coffee and sweet malts. The nose matches the taste, but has a vanilla hint that adds a very nice twist. Obfuscate (571) - Minneapolis, - JAN 29, 2016
Very good. Rich and creamy with vanilla, oats and chocolate. I like it better than the original.
Drake (13728) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2016
16 ounce can thanks to Secret Santa crajun! Dark brown, large fizzy dark brown head that fades to nothing fairly quickly. Aroma of vanilla, roasted malts, lactose. The taste is sweet lactose, vanilla bean, mild roasty finish. Medium bodied. saltyseadog (66) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JAN 8, 2016
AROMA Brown sugar, coffee, sweetened condensed milk, whipping cream, a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. No alcohol smell to speak of, in contrast to several other heavyweight stouts I’ve sampled recently.
APPEARANCE Big voluptuous caramel colored head frothing up like it wants to overflow the beer glass. Dark oily liquid with perfectly balanced carbonation, keeping it light on the palate without being fizzy.
TASTE Sweet, roasty without the intense coffee notes of many of its peers. Nice balance of malt, sweet, acid, bitterness and creamyness with a well integrated lingering hint of vanilla. Not so much like vanilla ice cream as much as a nilla wafer.
PALATE Light, creamy, smooth, viscous and mouthcoating. Well calculated carbonation lightens up the weight of the beer admirably. Very refreshing as dark stout beers go.
OVERALL Even better than expected. A highly drinkable, exceptionally balanced sweet stout. The vanilla expression is subtle but shifts the flavor profile just slightly in a way that keeps the beer lighter and more refreshing. Seeking this one out again next year. ozzy70 (1148) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 26, 2015
1 pint can. Pours near black with small tan head. Aroma was roasted malts, coffee, some vanilla and cocoa. Taste was vanilla, roasty and sweet. SpringsLicker (3638) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 8, 2015
Black with a creamy tan head that subsides quickly.
Aroma of coffee, cocoa powder and vanilla.
The flavor is lightly sweet, following the aroma with some roast malt bitterness giving balance to the sweetness. Kroney (255) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 4, 2015
Can to pint glass. Appearance: black with a porous tan head. Aroma: big coffee, dark chocolate, light vanilla.Taste: mocha coffee forward with mild vanilla. Palate: good carbonation, easy drinking. Great dessert stout.