gilvanblight (818) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice smokey scent. Very easy to drink. Smells fantastic. Really enjoying the this. The vanilla is mostly in the aftertaste.
PhatB420 (714) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz into a coffee beer glass from magic hat. Pours a solid black. Medium head, white with caramel color, fades fast, moderate lacing. Aroma of chocolate malts, mild vanilla. Taste of more vanilla, dark tinny hop presence. Even keel drinker, not explosive, but decent for a flavored porter. Aftertaste is sweet vanilla, guess the type fits the bill. New year day 2015. Bring it
ARH (749) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2015 12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker. The aroma consists of lots of vanilla bean notes, a light coffee bean note, some chocolate, and grains late. The beer is a dark, nearly opaque mahogany with a tan, soft head. A medium thick ring is retained with a light, fuzzy surface, and a light runny lace on the glass. The taste is a medium sweet with a medium light bitter quality. The beer is slick and thin with a fizzy carbonation. The medium light body contains notes of chocolate, coffee beans, vanilla beans, and caramel late. The finish is gritty and a bit dry with flavors of vanilla and coffee. The aftertaste is brief and cleans up nicely.
Chudwick (2356) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 8, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I think I know how they got the name for this beer: coffee, vanilla and the style. A weak porter. I’m sitting here, staring at the beer and thinking what dogs must think when looking at their master who is watching TV instead of doing something obviously more fun. Look at master, look at fun thing, insert facial expression or adumbrations thereof, repeat.
kjc51478 (440) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Appearance is dark brown color with light, beige head. Aroma is slight cocoa and coffee notes but the vanilla presents itself more as the beer warms up. Taste is not as sweet as I expected, bitter cocoa, some coffee with the layer of vanilla coming out as the taste progresses. Smooth mouthfeel but thin almost watery which doesn’t balance the vanilla extract well.
superspak (3167) - Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled in 10/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, brown bread, vanilla, light nuttiness, light herbal, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and coffee/vanilla spice notes; with decent strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, light herbal, and toasted earthiness. Light coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, vanilla, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good complexity and solid robustness of dark/roasted malt and vanilla/coffee spice flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very solid spiced porter style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roasted malt and vanilla/coffee spice flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
arminjewell (7999) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour on tap, dark brownish pour with thin off white head, aroma brought notes of cocoa, sweet sugary vanilla, some slight roasted malt into a bit of coffee, slight caramel in there as well. Taste had a mix of caramel, toffee, some cocoa, slight dark fruity notes into a bit of coffee, lots of sweet vanilla comes through, finishing sweet, slightly dry. A bit too artificial.
MadRobin (2261) - Silver Spring, USA - JAN 26, 2015
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Poured from 12 oz. bottle.
Opaque, brown-black with a 3-finger khaki head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of vanilla, roasted coffee and chocolate.
Taste of chocolate, coffee and vanilla with a little roastiness and a faint, but somewhat unpleasant, buttery finish. A bit sweeter than a porter ought to be.
Medium body and medium/low carbonization.
This reminds me of a macro brewer's attempt to make a craft beer. While I have no objection to the unusual style (vanilla/coffee porter), this seems like a weak example.
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BrewKitty (2) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 20, 2015 does not count
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Nothing robust about this porter. Thin and boring. Why add extract to a porter anyway? Look out New Belgium, another slick marketeer in the market place.
MWMBeerguy (174) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 2, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma of chocolate and s bit of tobacco (reminded me of Redman chew). Thin head but then I served it a little cold. The taste was a bit like a raw vanilla bean.
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