Chipalsa (1311) - Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice deep red with a sloppy head - body is full of bubbles. Aromas are mellow; plentiful of caramel and vanilla with a hint of hops. The taste is initially bitter of hops, but then comes down to a light toffee flavor. Finishes dry with a subtle, yet lingering vanilla aftertaste. The way it is described though, I expected way much more explosive flavors for a demanding palette.
dylandownsouth (12) - - OCT 26, 2011
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Man, was I disappointed with this one. I really expected a bigger, more flavorful turbodog style beer. For a 7% ABV beer is was kind of watery and had non-existent aroma. Color was murky dark brown with a hint of red. Not much head retention which was another confirmation of the lack of body and overal watery mouhfeel for a "big" beer. Seemed undercarbonated too. I wouldn’t have noticed any vanilla flavor at all except that it was labelled as having vanilla on the bottle. The aroma was weak. The overall flavor was out of balance and was very heavy on the roasty/ashy component but didin’t have much else going on besides some grassy hop in the finish. I drank it, but didn’t order another one. It was not worth the money and I was disappointed.
ChainGangGuy (4600) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with an initially tall, beige head that drops down fairly soon.
Smell: Toasty, nutty with slighter backings from roast, caramel, and unsweetened chocolate and the thinnest notion of one lonely raisin. Subtle hint of vanilla, which I’m hard to honestly fault, as I can’t really recall a vanilla-flavored beer that knocked my socks off when it came to the vanilla additive.
Taste: Sweetish tastes of roasty malts, toasted nuts, a small pinch chocolate powder, a whisper of caramel, and a bit of vanilla bean. Very lightly earthy hops with a low bitterness. Low fruitiness. Though "natural vanilla beans" are specifically mentioned on the bottle, it’s got a bit of harshness akin to a small sip of vanilla extract. Malty, vanilla extract-hinted finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied (just barely). Medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel.
Overall: Though the name is ’Double’ Dog, they kept it closer to the easy-going, drinkable roots of the standard Turbodog. Not that great, no, but as far as bomber prices go, I’m not about to get riled up over five bucks. I’m really not!
Drake (11156) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Beer Run. Pours a dark brown color with a large creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of chocolate malts, vanilla and a tart note. The taste is vanilla, chocolate, nuts a bit of roast and a hoppy finish. Medium bodied, smooth with low carbonation.
Butters (3991) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sampled from bomber at cah downtown. Pours a clear brown with chestnut highlights and decent khaki head. Smells and tastes like a tootsie roll. Don’t really get the vanilla, but lots of fake chocolate and bitter earthiness. Blah.
DSG (9343) - Tel Aviv, - OCT 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks beerandbeyond. Brown color with a beige head. Aroma of malt, somewhat roasted, nuts, some fruitiness and faint vanilla hints. Sweetish malty flavor with chocolate, vanilla, some nuts and bread. Medium-bodied.
haddon90 (1575) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark black color with a decent head. Nice vanilla aroma with a hint of hops. Nice combo. Solid vanilla taste. Kind of tastes like a vanilla lager. Not much hops, but good balance between malt and the vanilla.
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 21, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown pour. Aroma of vanilla, wheat bread, light molasses. Flavor is light buckwheat, vanilla, roast. Ok.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Vintage 2011.
Dark brown, black pour, thin off-white head. Aroma of vanilla beans, and chocolate malt. Smells like a dessert or a cheesecake shoppe. Flavor has a mouthful of chocolate malts, essence of vanilla. Thin texture. Finishes full of flavor.
My 3125th Rating.
Palidor19 (3096) - Brandon, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
starts off pretty well with a light tasty flavor and a subtle vanilla flavor. however it falls kinda flat with weak malts and low on the mouthfeel. the end is slightly metallic good but not great.