s_hartshorne (2815) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2017
Cask the fox house holmfirth. Black decent head. Nice vanilla aroma. Taste is amazing sweet choc loads of vannila with nice smokey roasty notes good lactose creaminess with a nice full smooth mouthfeel. Really good love it. ManVsBeer (10972) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2017
Cask @ Regal Moon, Rochdale. Black with a creamy off-white head. Easy-drinking and light tasting stout, but not thin. The vanilla dominates its character and lingers in its aftertaste. john44 (3429) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2017
Cask Half Pint – JDW Fest Autumn 2016 in Oct 2016 - Very Dark Brown in colour. Good creamy beige head. Malty; lots of vanilla, roasty malts, chocolate, coffee, caramel, more vanilla. Hoppy. Quite dry. Sweetish vanilla and roast malty throughout. Liked this. Decent. (2016-10-13) downender (8928) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2016
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms, Bristol October 2016. Near black in colour with a moderately sized, beige, head. Aroma of chocolate, sweet vanilla oak, and toasty malts, Flavour was sweet with milk chocolate, more vanilla and a gentle finish. Fine. R4N5H (1352) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 20, 2016
On tap (cask) ay JDW Stepney Green on 17-Oct-2016 as part of the JDW Real Ale Festival 2016. Dark brown with a small light tan coloured head. Aroma of vanilla, caramel and malt. Medium body and soft carbonation. Flavour of vanilla beans, roasted malt, chocolate and spices. Some dark fruit, but overwhelmed by the vanilla. Light sweetness and a smooth finish. Nice.
wheresthepath (2405) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2016
Cask at the Hope Tap, Reading. Brown-black with a thick cappuccino head. Smells and tastes like vanilla ice cream floating in an Irish coffee. No fake flavours or excessive sweetness here; it’s just right. Slight hint of treacle and fruit behind, and a light roastiness in the finish. Very drinkable by flavoured beer standards, I could happily have a few of these. By ’eck lass, it’s a Theakston brew that I really really like. Who’d ha’ thought it were possible? ! Leighton (22551) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2016
Cask at the Crosse Keys, JDW - London. Pours deep brown with a slight, creamy tan head. Definitely some vanilla in the nose, like vanilla pods, with light ashy roast. Light to medium sweet flavour with notes of chocolate, subtle scorched earth, baking cocoa, oily vanilla. Medium bodied, lightly chewy, with fine carbonation. Finishes with more oily vanilla, gooey chocolate, roasted malts. Enjoyable stuff. AshtonMcCobb (6953) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 17, 2016
On cask up the White Lady. berkshirejohn (6687) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2016
Appearance - opaque black with a lovely fawn crema head.
Nose - dominated by vanilla. A hint of chocolate, but more like smoke.
Taste - smoke, charcoal and liquorice, but again really dominated by the vanilla.
Palate - close to medium bodied with a creamy texture and a long dry finish.
Overall - so the vanilla is too dominant and the underlying stout is too dry. I think the base beer here would work better if it was a sweet stout or at least note a dry stout which I think it is in reality. It doesn’t really work as a complete package though there are elements in isolation that are good.
Cask at the Queens’ Hotel (JDW), Aldershot. An opaque glossy black pour with a tan head; aroma of vanilla essence; dry in the mouth with some custardy vanilla and deeply roasted chocolate malts; then a alctic finish with some fruity coffee. Seemed rather artificial over all. allmyvinyl (11073) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 16, 2016
Cask up the white lady. Pours near black with a thick beige head. Aromas of sweet vanilla, fudge. Taste is vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce. Far too sweet. Vanilla overpowered any stout character.