MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2009
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hmmm... Not getting what I thought I would out of this one. Pours a deep brown more than a black or even dark pour. Aroma is weak at best. I had to really get in there for anything and I still missed most of the vanilla and all the "java". Taste is an awful, but there is not much porter and even less of the vanilla or coffee I was hoping for. Seems almost to be watered down and to have too much carbonation, I like the idea, just not the outcome. Seems a bit of a mess.
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2009
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Vanilla Java Porter?? Yea it was somewhat sweet on the lips with a slight taste of vanilla, only if your really searching for it. Besides that I failed to detect any chocolate or java flavors. Its a bit flat and light for a porter. Taste like a boring bock. Really disappointing.
chandler0201 (650) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of vanilla and dark chocolate. Flavor is somewhat creamy and more vanilla with chocolate in aftertaste, no real hops present.
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with froathy offwhite head. Aroma is vanilla extract and baking chocolate. Flavor is very creamy and milky, of course tons of vanilla, and a sweet chocolately taste. Reminds me of some weird starbucks drink.
haddon90 (1587) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - AUG 15, 2009
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown with minimal head. Heavy vanilla aroma, with a hint of roasted malt and coffee. Very promising with the aroma. Goes down hill after that Soapy taste. Some vanilla notes, and a little bit of malt. But nothing close to resembling a porter. Disappointing.
JFGrind (1949) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2009
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Roasted aroma, thin bodied black porter with slight sourness, chocolate and vanilla flavors. I think all the ingredients are there to make a great vanilla porter, diminished body and flavors make it just an above average porter.
williamherbert (1423) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark dark brown, just this side of black. Brown at the edges. Head subsides quickly.
A hint of vanilla over a very stiff, bitter coffee aroma. Burnt with hints of dark raisin and licorice. Vanilla just and accent.
An initial bitter burnt coffee malt bite. A sweet hint of vanilla. Tobacco, dark raisin. A nice bitter, burnt base, with a sweeter, milder end. Pungent and pucker at the end as it warms.
Thick, oily, smooth. A solid stout. Bitter, then sweet, then sour. Quite nice.
deyholla (9265) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at the MBG Summer Festival. Poured black with a brown head. Aroma consisted of sweet vanilla and dark coffee notes. Flavor consisted of vanilla and chocolate notes, but it became overly sweet and left a ridiculously sweet aftertaste.
biznizness (1140) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 2, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this on tap at the Irish pub in Baxter. As he would say, F it, I liked it, I don’t care what everyone says. Lots of sweet vanilla flavor. Tasty brew, if not a textbook porter.
coyotehunter (695) - , Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2009
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Aroma is mild of coffee and very faint vanilla. Pours black with a fizzy head. Its more floral than coffee, with some vanilla extract showing pretty strong. Rather poor offering for a porter...very watery . It has a sweetness to it that ruins any hope for making this a good porter and leaves me unsatisfied. Theres some faint roastiness towards the end, but it doesnt save it. Bleh.