HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2008
1.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
Pours dark with a MASSIVE head. Nose isn’t too bad - mostly coffee. Flavor is disgusting - way too sour and bitter for "vanilla java". Down the drain!
blipp (7631) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 25, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours deep brown with a tan head. The aroma is all coffee beans, maybe a hint of vanilla. The body is much thinner than I expected. The flavor is again, all coffee beans, very artificial tasting. Not bad, it’s at least drinkable.
BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this in the bottle at Ashley’s in Westland, MI. I was unimpressed with this brew. It was watery, and the flavor wasn’t even close to the description. I’ve ranked it low, just because I expected a lot from this beer, and I was disappointed. Oh well, you win some, and lose some. Cheers!
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I was pretty stoked about this one when I grabbed it, but was pretty let down. Vanilla Java Porter sounds awesome, but both the vanilla and java are weak, and the porter is thin and watery. Basically just weak, dry, and slightly bitter. Almost like a Guinnes, and not in a good way.
fordest (2137) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 9, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle shared at Lost Abbey Release. Not very good. Brown color with not much aromas. Flavor was watered down cardboard. Blah.
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2008
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
I should really start looking up reviews before buying things with interesting names. It looks nice, with a creamy head, lacing and dark brown colour, and the coffee in the nose is promising, as is the smoke, vanilla and cloves. But it takes like BBQ sauce made with stale coffee, sour, lactic and unpleasant. "Like cologne for my balls" says my non-rater friend. It’s as apt as anything you could say about this.
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 5, 2008
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
12oz. bottle. Trash can and ashtray greets the nose, with spoiled fruit, old coffee grounds, smoke and dirt. Dark brown-black color with a lasting, fine, light tan head. Flavor is roasty, ashy, tart and sour, with a bit of sweetness in the background and an odd bitterness rounding out the dry finish. No real vanilla or coffee to speak of, otherwise. Mouthfeel is thinly effervescent with a medium body. A few sips to submit the rating...ah, there we go. And down the drain the rest of it goes.
patrick767 (3843) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 24, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle - This beer pours very dark brown with a tan head. It smells of dark roast malt, vanilla and coffee as one would expect from the name. The flavor is mainly roast malt and vanilla. It’s milder and lighter bodied than I expected. While the flavor is alright, it’s too light all the way around.
bhensonb (13233) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 24, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Vintage Cellar. Opaque black color with a 2-finger tan head. Aromas of coffee and vanilla. It’s mostly frothy carbonation, so the body is difficult to pin down. Flavor is primarily coffee with some vanilla. Towards the finish some chocolate shows up. Almost tart, almost sour, the finish is not sweet, but it’s not exactly bitter. Rather different brew.
BillWyce (916) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Grey Lodge, Phila. Dark black
with a deep tan head. Aroma was
mostly vanilla. Had an almost oily
mouthfeel. Flavor was pretty good, with
notes of coffee, but the vanilla was a
bit overdone. Undertones of malt to
round it out. Solid but could have been
better with more understated vanilla.