alexanderj (3264) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - AUG 25, 2007
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle; pours a dark brown with a smallish, short lasting light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. This was a good idea, but tasted quite strange. Palate was off; too thin. Flavor was similar to the aroma, with some slight milkiness. Could have done without the vanilla; just not a big fan of the use of vanilla extract.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz. Bottle: Medium sweet, but astringent, aroma. Smells of chocolate, vanilla, alcohol, and astringent. Poured black in color with a large, foamy, tan head that diminish, but lasted throughout. Flavor is heavily sweet. Tastes of chocolate malts, a little roasting, dried dark fruits, sourdough, glass bottle, cardboard, astringent, and more malts. Light to medium body. Thin, watery texture. Soft carbonation. Sweet, salty, malty finish. Overall, way too sweet and malty, and thin to boot.
RolandTower (26) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared pitcher at Capone’s. Dark brown with a quickly-dissipating tan head. Chocolate, vanilla, and coffee are all present in the smell. Body is surprisingly thin and watery considering the color and aroma of the brew. Creamy vanilla-mocha flavor that, again, is not nearly as assertive as the smell would have led me to believe. Definitely a pleasant enough brew, but the flavor needs to be cranked up to match the smell.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark rusty brown body with a fast-fading, noisy, light tan head. Aroma of cocoa powder, stale roasted coffee beans, and light vanilla cream. Lactic sweet, chocolate mocha flavor with moderate vanilla character and very low bitterness. Coffee flavor emerges slowly, but the vanilla extract interferes. Smooth, medium body, mostly from residual sweetness. A fair beer, but seems a little too safe and mundane. Not one of Michigan’s finer offerings.
kramer (4573) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle, via WeeHeavySD. Pours a dark mahogany brown body under a large fizzy brown head that slowly receded leaving minimal lacing. The nose is more burnt malt with a light lactose note that doesn’t especially say Vanilla Java Porter to me. Moderate coffee and a little hoppiness. The vanilla and coffee are in full effect on the flavor though. A strong vanilla extract note overlays the roasted and chocolate malts with a lightly sweet coffee laved finish. Mouthfeel is slightly oily, but finishes a little thin. Soft fizzy carbonation. Overall, this was more gimmick than a truely flavored Porter. Why couldn’t they have just stuck with the Java?
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz botttle. Black opaque color with large, creamy tan head. Aroma is strange and I had to look at other people’s ratings just to be sure, but it seems that it is the consensus that this beer smells funky, personally it was fruity, some dark grains and coffee. Oh my goodness the taste is tart and sour like a sour brown, maybe they mislabled or bottled this, some milkiness (like a milk stout) that could be the vanilla, some dark chocolate grains, but overwhelmed by the cherry-sour flavor. Its funny I don;t neccessarily mind it, it kind of tastes good, but it is not in style at all. Body is fizzy and light bodied. As I said before, out of style for sure, but does not taste bad by any means.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2007
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown body with a small tan head. The aroma is light vanilla, chocolate and light coffee. The flavor is coffee, chocolate, slightly off (infected), tart end. Medium/light body is thinish and fizzy.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark brown appearance with sweet nose. light carbonation, flavor is sweet to a fault, strong vanilla flavor with some roasted malt finish. leaves a dry taste, not very good
dmac (3701) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle purchased at Capone’s. Poured a deep dark brown with a fizzy average size light tan head. Aroma was a cross between vanilla flavored pipe tobacco and a coffee/ vanilla scented bathroom freshner. There was an odd soapiness in the aroma that just distracted me. Either the carbonation was a bit too much or the body was bit too thin but somewhere between the two this beer just didn’t have the right mouth feel. Flavor was better then the aroma with a nice lingering aftertaste of coffee, slight vanilla and possibly even a little tobacco. I see what they were going for with this beer and it’s not bad but some subtle changes and this one could be way better.
dpbhoosier (51) - USA - JUL 29, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Dark and toatsty. Coffee aroma. Thin mouth feel. Odd flavor like a cola.