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Aphrodisiaque - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Ratings: 1,064
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 128
Gots: 114 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Also known as Aphrodite or Aphrodisiac in the USA.

(Cacao Et A La Vanille)

(Beer added by: Popsinc on 06-10-2003)
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Two finger creamy looking mocha colored head. The body is perfectly black.

The aroma is heavy with the vanilla with notes of toffee and chocolate. This smells nice and sweet. Yum.

The flavor starts out with a nice dose of sweet vanilla, and follows with nice bitter roasted flavor to dry it out. Nice balance.

The mouthfeel is on the light to medium side with a good crisp carbonation.

This is really delicious. I've come to expect super high quality from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 03:39:28 | More by andrewinski1
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Jparkanzky

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had 4 or 5 goblets on tap in the last week, and a couple of bottles at home. Currently drinking from an 11.5 oz bottle poured into a balloon-style stemless wine glass to allow temperature to rise quickly.

Drank at 60-65 Deg.

A) Pours very velvety.... has a creamy under-body to it with a reasonably dense mocha head.

S) Faint vanilla tones that actually remind me of 'sweet coconut' . Chocolate not very apparent.

T) Immediately the vanilla is present, and very pleasant. The after-taste of rich, bitter-sweet chocolate is the big pay-off though, as if being teased by the smallest drop of warm chocolate milk.

M) Seems to "foam" inside the mouth, as if being activated, but only chocolate flavors linger.

I have been enjoying this beer at every possible opportunity while one of my favorite local bars, The Tremont Tap house in Cleveland, has the handle up.

The beer must be enjoyed quite warm however, and it is entirely too cold, with too much of a 'booze' taste directly from the tap.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2011 01:33:56 | More by Jparkanzky
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headbucket

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black with a nice, light tan head. The head was minimal with a soft pour because of the small glass. Spotted patches of lacing left on the glass.

S: stong smell of powdered hot chocolatee, with a bit of vanilla towards the back.

T: chocolate, starts off dark and bitter but sweetens up in the middle mixing with the vanilla, dark and slightly roasted malts. A dark bitter flavor lingers with some sweetness.

M: thick and smooth.

O: pretty tasty and unique. Wasn't too into it at first but the more it warmed, I felt the flavors worked together well. A great dessert beer and I'm sure it would be great with some kind of chocolate or brownie. The price. And sweetness would limit me to one at a time, but could see picking this up from time to time for a chocolatey treat.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 03:25:54 | More by headbucket
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. A deep chocolate brown, almost black with one half finger of dark tan bubbly head.

Smell. Vanilla, coffee and milk chocolate.

Taste. Roasty dark malts, vanilla bean, espresso and cocoa with a little grass.

Mouthfeel. Medium bodied with good medium carbonation.

Overall. All the good stuff a stout should be but still sets itself apart from the rest.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 03:58:49 | More by Rutager
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zoso1967

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aphrodisiaque pours an almost opaque inky brown color with a very small head that fades quickly but leaves moderate lace. The head has an attractive hue that is somewhere between tan and mocha.

The aroma is fairly sweet with generous amounts of bitter cocoa. Roasted coffee bean character is present, but subtle. As the beer warms the vanilla really comes on giving the aroma a wonderfully decadent character.

The vanilla cuts through even more in the flavor. This brew almost has a Wendy's Frosty sort of vibe to it with vanilla and cocoa fighting it out for supremacy. Following up the chocolate and vanilla is a nice roasty coffee flavor and rich malt sweetness. This beer manages not to be overly sweet and has a bit of earthy character in the finish.

The body is medium with a smooth mouthfeel that is not exactly silky, but does improve the overall rich and dessert like aspect of the brew. The finish is full on vanilla and cocoa with a nice balance between sweet and dry.

This is quite drinkable and I would recommend letting it warm up a bit before drinking. It really shines when the vanilla comes through. This is definitely a dessert sort of brew and now one I would have all the time, but it is quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 01:38:59 | More by zoso1967
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Fallon, NV of all places. That's about the best/most rare beer I've ever come across there. Anyways, black, dark brown appearance, beige head, clumpy and clingy. Aroma was heavy roast, vanilla, all the nice things from a stout.

Great taste, a decent bitter hop counterpart I wasn't expecting, these guys can't make their ipa hoppy, but then the stout is? Velvety smooth after you adjust to the apt bitterness, plenty of vanilla feel to it, paired with sweetness, this beer gives you a good amount of everything I tend to hold 'good' in a stout, and never seemed boozy. Only downside of this was that it was about $5 for a 12oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 23:36:40 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a light brown head. In the aroma, dry chocolate, hints of roasted malt and vanilla. In the taste, cocoa and hints of vanilla. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small, dry cocoa aftertaste. Big chocolate/ cocoa presence, nice hints of vanilla, a bit thin but nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 15:43:55 | More by OWSLEY069
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Naugros

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to The Duck for procuring this one for me.

The label says "Aphrodite"...11.5 ounces of pitch poured into my Old Rasputin nonic.

This pours very dark, as expected and has a high-standing head, as expected, but the structure is very loose with large bubbles that don't support the mass for long and it quickly falls to about 1/4", holds for a little and then leaves behind a top film. Some streaks that somehow don't pass as lacing.

The smell is stronger on the roasted coffee or espresso aspect indicative of the style than it is of the added cocoa. But the cocoa is there and gives of bitter chocolate tones in the nose.

As in the nose, the first impression on the tongue is of strong coffee, over-roasted...like Starbucks. But the difference here is that the cocoa comes through near the front of the tongue and outlasts the coffee, carrying through to the finish. The bitterness from the roasted malts follow. Subtle, but detectable, the vanilla comes out just before the wash and the aftertaste takes over.

Silky, silky smooth with slight viscosity. I had wanted more body, but that is personal preference and not needed to satisfy thee style so I'll shut up now. Real nice body with perhaps an overstaying aftertaste.

So how does the overall score exceed the average of the other four? Well, since BA changed the name of the Fifth Element (I think they should have called it Leeloo) I have taken it to mean that subjectivity is now allowed to be a factor. Although this did not warrant a 4.5 across all the technical criteria, I really enjoyed this one and it deserved in my humble estimation.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 02:16:10 | More by Naugros
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Brabander

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Today Sietse (apophis666) paid me a visit. He loves the IPA beers so i cracked a few open. I got this bottle in a funny way in my posession. The guys from the Struise took two bottles of Pliny the Elder with thme from the Zythos festival for me. I had got the bottles from Beerenauslese. I went to the Struiae last week to pick up these bottles. Urbain had drunk one of the Pliny's with a visitor. For this pliny i got this beer.

This beer is normally not my style but this beer was a good one.

Deepdark fluid with almost no head or carbonation. Cocoa and vanilla in the nose and some olives???.

Because of the low alcohol this is a very good beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 19:40:28 | More by Brabander
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a flat black color, and after seeing little head activity as I was pouring, decided to go straight down the middle a little early. As I turned to put my bottle opener away, I turned to see that a gigantic, voluminous head was almost erupting from the glass. The late-blooming head is rather light in contrast to the body, and it appears as dark tan-colored, 2.5-fingers in height. The retention is pretty good, lasting around halfway of the drink. The lacing is great as well, giving a solid coating to the glass.

S - The smell of this beer is excellent, providing in my opinion a great similarity to Founder's Breakfast Stout and Terrapin's Wake-n-Bake, but the added vanilla brings an extra depth to it. The vanilla is not overwhelming as in Goose Island's Bourbon County Vanilla Stout, but adds a sweetness that complements the fresh coffee smell in this. The main components are huge coffee, vanilla, and some roast. I'm not getting a lot of chocolate here, and the alcohol is nowhere in sight.

T - The taste follows-up nicely to the nose. Here, the vanilla seems to fall out a bit compared to the coffee, and I am getting a somewhat bitter chocolate that wasn't so apparent in the nose. The overall taste is much more roasty than the smell would let on. Again, the alcohol is expertly disguised. In my opinion I feel the smell was a bit better than the taste, as about midway through the taste, the flavor kind of drops into a watery feel as the coffee diminishes but the roast and chocolate doesn't take hold yet. I would've liked to taste the vanilla more here as well as the nose promised a great mixture between it and the coffee. At the end there's a slight hint of hops, but seconds later it's gone...

M - Mouthfeel is relatively light-bodied with good carbonation. Pretty smooth all-around and feels great in the mouth. My only gripe is the slight watery taste that comes through in the middle of the taste that disjoints the continuity of the flavors.

D - Drinkability is moderately high. The nose is easily the best part of this beer, but that's not to discredit the flavor rather than to praise the aroma. I think if the taste matched the nose in complexity and composition, this would be one of my favorite stouts, but as it is now, I think FBS and WnB are overall better beers at a cheaper price-point.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 03:01:09 | More by nhindian
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uturn

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.5 oz capped bottle poured into a De Struise Brouwers glass

A: It poured a dark brown/ black with a fluffy 2 ½ finger beige head leaving a minimal lacing on the glass.

S: The nose was mostly cocoa and coffee and a hint of vanilla, nothing in the nose was overwhelming.

T: The taste was of mocha, not on the sweet side but more of a bitter sweet mocha made with a deep roasted coffee. As with the nose, the vanilla was well hidden and blended in well.

M: The mouthfeel was a medium body with a nice carbonation level.

D: The drinkability was excellent, as this wasn't a "sweet drink", nor was it too bitter & was more like drinking dessert, one which you would want a second helping.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 23:00:27 | More by uturn
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Overlord

California

3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a surprisingly dark tan head (almost RIS in appearance). Body seems surprisingly thin/watery on the pour ... hurm.

Smell is the best part of the beer by a country mile. Some light powdered cocoa, rich malt, a bit of vanilla (but not too much), it's a surprisingly light, but rich, aroma that greets the nose.

Unfortunately the flavor is a let down. And the biggest culprit is the slightly chemical, almost ... burnt metallic?? ... vanilla edge to it. It is not a natural, organic vanilla aging (think Bourbon Vanilla County Stout), at all. The chocolate also has a strained, almost bitter/slightly acrid note to it. What happened to the nuanced, layered cocoa in the aroma? Well, it's not a bad beer, just kind of let down flavor-wise.

Mouthfeel was, thankfully, thicker than I was fearing. Decently robust.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 20:52:57 | More by Overlord
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OddNotion

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I did not want to rate a beer a 5 so early on in my Beer Advocate reviewing career but honestly there is nothing about this beer that isnt perfect (in my opinion of course).

Poured into my Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary bulb glass.

Appearance: A semi rough pour produces a one and a half finger mocha colored head which recedes a little but stays at about a quarter of a finger for the rest of the glass. The beer itself is pitch black and when held up to the light even the beer at the edge of the glass allows no light through.

Smell: Wow the nose on this beer is so radiant. Every time I smell it, it brings a smile to my face. My nose is pummeled with a delicious mixture of chocolate and vanilla. The scents meld together so well. I could smell this all night.

Taste: Smooth chocolate and some vanilla at the end of the sip. This beer is so smooth and creamy, which really enhances the flavors previously mentioned. There is minimal bitterness present and a fair amount of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, exactly what I desire in a stout. I find most non imperial stouts to be thin and over carbonated, not this one. The carbonation is light and perfect given the thickness of the brew and each sip is as smooth as the last.

Overall: This has been one of my favorites since the first bottle I consumed. This is probably the fifth time I am experiencing this beer and I have yet to have any disappointment. Easily in the top 5 beers I have ever had and far and away my favorite American Stout. I have been looking for a clone recipe for this brew, due to its limited availability, for while but to no avail. This beer is amazing and certainly worth seeking out. A little expensive at $6 for an 11.2 oz bottle but I will be replensihing my stock soon, before my store runs out.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 05:23:39 | More by OddNotion
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comfortablynumb1

California

3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.5 oz bottle into an Old Raspy pint glass...

A - Pours black with a one finger brown head on a fairly aggressive pour. Head retention is decent and there is a little bit of slippery lacing to be had...

S - Lots of sweet scents come through. Vanilla and chocolate being the most prominate of those...

T - Chocolate and roasted malts followed by a good dose of vanilla. Finishes on a bitter cocoa note. Bitterness becomes a little more apparent as beer warms. Abv well hidden...

M - A little light for my likings, and I wasn't really antisipating a viscous mouthfeel. Moderate amount of carbonation...

D - Could easily put a few of these back in a sitting. Good tasting brew, but was expecting a little more considering the price. Probably not something that is going to be in my rotation, but who know? This is my second one in the last two weeks...

Cheers...

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 03:21:26 | More by comfortablynumb1
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Vdubb86

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter

This beer pours a onyx black with a generous portion of creamy tan foam on the surface. The gorgeous appearance is complemented nicely by the wonderful coffee aroma. You can smell the roast on the coffee beans in this beer. A touch of vanilla adds a velvetiness to the aroma that is always welcome. The taste of this beer is black coffee at it's finest. There is a touch of the vanilla bean, but mostly the dark roast (almost to the point of charring) of the coffee is the star of this show. It does imbue a decent bitterness to this beer that surely doesn't come from hops. Though in spite of the strong bitterness the head retention helps with the mouthfeel's extreme creaminess. It's an interesting contradiction in both flavor and mouthfeel, but I must say that I truly enjoy it. This was a pretty fantastic beer, one of the better coffee stouts on the market. Surely this would be most favorable for those individuals who like their coffee strong, though.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 06:03:26 | More by Vdubb86
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.5 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer bears thenname "Aphrodite" rather than the French-Canadian name referencesd above. The label otherwise is identical to the bottle pictured above.

Pours a dark, dark brown, almos black, with a dense tan head that stands 1/2" high and slowly reduces.

Smells of dark bitter coffee, so bitter smelling you get a hint of sour. There's a faint toffee smell, and perhaps a hint of vanilla.

Taste is bitter coffee and chocolate, with a decent amount of malt. The chocolate is like baker's chocolate, with an almost chalky quality to it. Notably, the bitter is not a hop bitter; the bitterness barely lingers, and is more forward than you'd get with a hoppy beer.

Medium to full bodied, with the chalky bitterness mentioned above. Aftertaste is rather smooth.

This is a nice tasting stout. Although it is advertised being made with vanilla beans, the vanilla is so muted as to be mostly in it's smell, and not in its taste. Of course, it could be the bitter chocolate that is crowding out the vanilla taste. I'm glad to have tried this beer, and have liked everything I've had from this brewery so far. However, the exchange rate must be killing the price, because an 11.5 oz bottle cost almost $5.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 21:21:44 | More by TheHoppiest
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vande

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Midnight black w/ a light shady brown lace clinging to my New Belgium goblet

S: Roasty, chocolaty powdery cocoa...hints of vanilla

M: Not as full/thick as I'd like... kinda runs through your mouth

T: Pleasant. As it warms, it opens.. the cocoa and vanilla beans roll off the tongue... Not bad for being in the cellar for a year...maybe longer - don't remember!

D: Of course! If I could find it. Until then, I'll have to work through some of the Peche I picked up :)

Definitely worth hittin' up again though.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 04:13:21 | More by vande
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djaeon

California

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an almost pitch black. Very little light gets through on the edges. No head or lacing.

S: Dark roasted coffee & almost burnt malt. Vanilla as a obviously present undertone.

T: Tastes just as the description says. Black dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla. Very tasty.

M: Thin yet slightly sticky. Little carbonation.

D: This is moderately drinkable. The only thing that hurts it, is the bitterness from the dark coffee & chocolate flavors.

Liking this one a lot.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 01:07:20 | More by djaeon
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beerpirates

Belgium

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

Poors oily black with a nice dense brown head. Aroma wasnt too powerfull at first, but as it heated, lots of sweet milky chocolate and cocoa came forth. The flavor was dominated by the coca, giving it a sweet desert like taste, afterwards the roasted malt have bitterness as balance.
a nice and highly drinkable stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 20:00:10 | More by beerpirates
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aphrodite is black and opaque at its core, while its side let a little bit of light through to show a dark brown color. The head is two fingers tall and made up of small bubbles. The retention and the lacing are both top notch.

The aroma is split evenly between vanilla, cocoa, and roasted malt. Very pleasant and stouty.

The three main flavors are the same as in the aroma, but they express themselves in a fairly interesting manner. It seems that they pop up one at a time, and they move abruptly to the next one, which isn't all that bad, but it's a little bit different. Vanilla is first, but before it can become too powerful or cloying, cocoa comes in to the even things out, adding just a touch of bitterness. The roasted malt flavors finish things off. The background of this beer also has a bit of hop character to it, with a little bit of a piney flavor. The hops really come out in the finish and provide a lingering impression of citrus and a little bit of pine. I would say vanilla is a little more powerful than the other prominent flavors, and really sticks around in the after taste. Not bad at all.

The body could use a little bit more punch to it, but the carbonation does a good job of making this one smooth.

Aphrodite is damn easy to drink despite the fact that it has a good bit going on. Pretty good stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 02:33:05 | More by Hojaminbag
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generallee

New York

4.93/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle (with cool artwork) into a tulip glass. Info on the label includes its abv (6.5%) and a nice description of the beer.

Appearance: Its body has a very dark brown burnt wood color which only allows light to seek through at the edges. The pour produces a tall and thick chocolate milkshake like head. This tall head slowly settles to a thin tightly packed cap of foam that makes lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is deep and full bready yeast notes, toasted grain, powdery cocoa, wet leaves and damp earth.

Taste/Palate: Its medium to full body has good mix of roasted malt sweetness with hint of bitterness from both roasted malt and hops. Up first are chocolaty cocoa powder notes on top of toasted bready grain and earthy yeast with the slightest wet old woody presence. In the middle I pick up light vanilla bean notes as well as a light cream soda like flavor notes. This moves into the finish which adds dark roasted coffee and earth leafy hop bitterness. On the palate it has a smooth creamy feel with mellow carbonation.

Notes: This beer packs a ton of complexity into a wonderfully balanced and drinkable 6.5%abv package.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 17:28:45 | More by generallee
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

According to my bottle, the beer named Aprodite pours pret-ty, pret-ty black with a nice two finger head after a rollicking pour into my snifter. This head is a beige-brown color in which my girlfriend swore she saw a pinkish hue (I don't see it). The lacing is quite sticky and forms a strinking snow covered mountain look.

The smell is lovely with aromas of roasted malt, cocoa, and vanilla melding together effortlessly. When swirled vigorously in my glass, the roasted malt flavors open up a lot. I pick up other aromas of dark fruits and caramel in the background. There is just enough of a toasted aroma to make this smell a bit like a S'more.

Mmm, the flavor is just as well balanced as the smell. The roasted malt provides just enough bitter astrigency on the sides of my mouth and tip of my tongue to counteract the sweetness of the cocoa and vanilla flavors on the flat of my tongue. Really, the balance between sweet and bitter is just about perfect. The finish of each sip is nicely bittersweet and tastes like a good coffee.

The mouthfeel of Aphrodite is just on the lighter side of medium bodied. The roastiness on the bitter receptors of my palate does a good job of balancing the sweetness on my tongue. The carbonation is low; this is just about perfect for the flavor and body.

Aphrodite is very, very drinkable. I could certainly have a couple of these in a sitting, and it is a beer that I will seek out again. The price is a bit of a deterent, so it is not one that I will buy often, but the quality of the product overpowers the price tag for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 22:30:02 | More by TCHopCraver
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown with a tan skim ring around the glass. No true lacing.

Amazing aromas. Nothing off-balance or overpowering. Dark chocolate, french-roast coffee, and sweet vanilla bean blend wonderfully together. This one smells sweet and rich.

Surprise! This one is not sweet at all! Some dry dark malt, dark bitter chocolate, hints of vanilla (no sweetness). Some smoky edges, and some good depth of flavor. Wonderful transitions from malt and charred bitterness. Finish is long and very pleasant. You get just a slight hint of alcohol, and it brings it all together. They could have easily ruined this one by making it boozy -- they didn't and it shines.

Full bodied, but not mouth coating. Some slight prickliness on the tongue from carbonation as you hold a sip in your mouth.

Got some rare 5's in here for me. Loved this brew. Steep price for 12 oz. ($8), but well worth it. You will wish you had another.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 12:59:03 | More by OtherShoe2
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Darkness snifter. The label propaganda: "Aphrodite is a black ale expressing aromas and flavours of vanilla, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. The vanilla and cocoa marry nicely, without out-competing each other, to produce a surprisingly well balanced beer. This beer is mildly hoppy, but the cocoa introduces a touch of bitterness. Never too sweet, this highly appreciated dessert beer is brewed with first rate cocoa and vanilla beans".

It pours dark dark brown, more chocolatey than black, with about 1 finger of tan foam. Very opaque too. Strong vanilla bean in the aroma, definitely the leading component but not overbearing. Some cocoa too but it takes a backseat.

From the first sip this is delicious, plenty of vanilla in the flavor as expected. Also plenty of roasted malt, this comes across more as a roasted and slightly bitter stout than a sweet stout. Thick bodied for a beer with such low ABV, a lot on unfermented malts maybe. Very very good for the American stout style, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 20:05:17 | More by TurdFurgison
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Stoneyrok

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pour inscribed glass. 6.xx per bottle, DAMN!!

A= black and light is inpenatrable through this beer. Mild head, nice lacing, carbonation bubbles flowing up from Aphrodite's pool of passion!

S= insanely awesome, really the best part of this beer IMHO.. Milky chocolate, pure vanilla bean, deep but mildly malted, a desert beer ready to be enjoyed!

T= first the milk chocolate, then your brain perceives creaminess, but wait... The vanilla pops in, the the beer goes a little thin, and the bitterness walks up to the front stage! strange that I felt creaminess, but then thinness all in the same swig. Finishes off slightly dry and slightly bitter, but leaves you with the impression of a deep richness since that is what is first perceived.

M= give the mouthfeel a 4.5 since it is two different things in one sip. Not bad pulling that one off. Creamy smooth, then thins out followed by slight bitterness at the end, if you know hops, then maybe you will pick some up here... drink slowly and get mild prickly on your tongue.

D= 4.5 this is great, excellent, creamy, thin, bitter, dry, chocolately, vanilla~y and finishes with a roast bean flavor. I have to say though, the aroma before each sip IS the best part of this beer. They nailed aroma, and even if this beer sucked, the aroma would make you think your taste buds were fucking with you. You'd think "how could something that smelled so good suck"???? It must be my taste buds are off.... Haha that is how awesome this aroma is! I could easily drink 3 of these in a night, followed by a peche mortel, then a black raven IPA, then hit the sack!

Serving type: bottle

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