Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JUL 3, 2008
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2008 Bottle from Corral Liquors in Granite City, IL. Pours an opaque dark brown with a creamy tan head. The nose is of stale coffee, vanilla and a harsh astringency that reduces the nose to a muddled mess that smells a lot like cigarette butts floating in old coffee. The mouthfeel begins light to medium bodied and creamy slick, but it quickly transitions into a severely astringent sourness that obliterates any pleasantness that you might have been experiencing seconds beforehand. The flavor is a disturbing sour note, cold week-old coffee and something that must be vanilla trying to assert itself into the mix...gack! This beer is a complete mess. Destination: drain. Well...at least it looked nice.
bu11zeye (12256) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) Pours a dark brown body with a med tan head. Aroma of vanilla, roasted malt, and coffee. Flavor of toasted bread, vanilla, coffee, caramel, and chocolate.
EithCubes (5238) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Strong roast coffee bean aroma, one of the stronger out there, with vanilla, yeast, ash, and stale air. A huge, creamy, rocky, dense and lacing tan head rests atop the dark brown body. There are notes of roast malt and chocolate in the taste, but they’re hard to get to when that nasty vanilla extract hovers above them and smothers everything it can. Light tartness and a nice dirty, ashen, herbal earthiness (tobacco before drying and after burning). Faint woodiness. Light body but lasting, overly crisp carbonation detracts a bit. Was expecting much more from this.
Funknmilla (727) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2008
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
12oz bottle....dark dark brown , appears black at first...smells burnt--burnt watery coffee like 2-3 days in the pot...flavor is very similar to the aroma with some added vanilla extract and perhaps some soured cream...all this tastes liker it was served out a rusted copper coffee cup....body is unbalanced and even acidic and tart, which is something I don’t like in my porter...price on the shelf was $4.95!!!...but It was given to me for free...thank goodness!!
notalush (5351) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark ruby beer, with a moderate frothy lace - rather bland aroma of artificial vanilla, odd tartness, and some roasty notes - thin-bodied and flavored - mild vanilla and weak-ass coffee - some ash/tobacco - not much else - blah.
Skyview (5310) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle from Flanagan’s Liquors in Appleton, Wisconsin. Pours a near opaque dark brown brew with a thin tan head that slowly dissipates to a thin creamy head and some spotty lacing ring. Aroma of toasted dark malts, a touch of vanilla, chocolate and some coffee. Taste is semi-sweet, light carbonated with flavors of roasted dark malt, chocolate and just a touch of vanilla beans. Finish has a nice balance of vanilla and roasted dark malt that slowly disappears to a mild vanilla aftertaste.
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUN 5, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/massachusetts/w target=blank>Julio’s Liquors) Pours very dark brown with four fingers of tan head. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, perhaps light vanilla. Mouthfeel is smooth, nearly creamy, but a bit thin. Flavor is coffee and very light chocolate. Vanilla is barely detectable. Light bitterness overlays and provides a little pinch through the finish.
anthlovesbeer (67) - north grafton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice vanilla aroma and flavor to begin, then finishes like a vanilla soda, almost rootbeer with a hint of vanilla. A very interesting and unique combination. I detected very little coffee flavor; more towards the vanilla, which was surprisingly not overpowering.
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pour is black with a fast fading med-sized tan head. Aroma is dominated by coffee, the malt and vanilla are present, but very subtle. In the taste, the malts are mild, and the coffee is watery tasting at best which makes the whole beer lighter then I wanted it to be. The vanilla is not to strong, it is a good highlight. The finish is slow and lingering. The carbonation is a bit too much for my taste too. This is a good beer, but it could have been a great beer.
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a tan, moderate, fine head. Aroma is coffee and vanilla. Flavor is coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. Very good Vanilla Porter in my opinion. Rivals that of Breckenridge’s Vanilla Porter.