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A robust Porter made with chocolate malt. This malt Beverage is brewed with coffee beans with Natural Flavor added (Vanilla Extract), and we balance it with U.S. Golding Hops. Our award winning brew is sure to please! Open it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nejhleader (1259) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2008
pretty yummy starts with a vanilla taste then blends into a chocolate java bean type taste. seemed thin though which was a drawback

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Braudog (5873) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Bottle: More brown than the black I expected, with a rolling top of tight foam. The aroma is sweet and smoky all at once. This drinks without any real standout characteristics. I donít get much of any vanilla in this, despite the moniker. There is a hint of coffee, but not much, either. Itís just moderately ashy and roasty, but one that would be easy to drink for anyone. (#3279, 1/12/2008)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2008
Poured a very dark brown with a beige head. The aroma is used coffee grind with a hint of vanilla. Coffee flavor a touch of vanilla and sweet malt. Medium smooth body. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2008
Bottle from Beer Club: Poured a dark dark brown with a light brown head. The aroma was that of coffee, caramel, and chocolate. The flavor was alright with a strong coffee flavor...it was a very smooth beer but I couldnít really taste or smell the vanilla. Iím still looking for that vanilla. Decent beer overall.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
awautlet (45) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2008
Coffee in color with almost no head that fades to a ring around the glass. Aroma is like a punch in the face. It hits you with vanilla, malt, coffe, and hints of toffee. On the palate there is a rich coffe flavor which mingles nicely with the vanilla and malt. There is definately a ton of flavor but it doesnt feel super heavy. Lingering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
crazyvin (1977) - New York, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Typical porter appearance, dark body thin tan head. Aroma was very rich with vanilla along with some roasted coffee. Flavor seemed a bit lacking in the vanilla dept, it was present but very mild. Aroma led me to expect more. Water feeling on the palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
llyons37 (23) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Microbrew of the month issue. Sweet smell of vanilla, strong taste of vanilla and sweet aftertaste. Small white head with a dark, medium to full body. Microbrew of the month club sent this to me. Itís too sweet for my tastes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2008
dark dark brown with carmel head. sweet aroma with some roasted coffee. flavor is similar with a hint of vanilla and some dark fruits. oily mouthfeel with a medium finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
JustinFromAL (125) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Bottled. Dark chocolaty brown with a brief light tan head. Mouth feel is a bit foamy and not as strong as I expected. I canít seem to find the vanilla taste at all, the malty chocolate and slight burnt coffee flavor overpowers any vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Pours a dark dark brown to black (looks like a stout) with a decent tan head, fizzling away rapidly. The nose is very fruity with a tart acidity. Reminds me of Bells Cherry stout. Perhaps a hint of coffee, but mostly fruity roasty acidity. Vanilla? I canít smell it. A bit light on the tongue with higher than average carbonation and average viscosity. The flavors are very acidic. It reminds me of cola, which is unfortunately a beverage I donít enjoy too much. Very fruity roasty acidity. Cherry coke? A small hint of chocolate and a suggestion of vanilla, but this beer is overwhelmingly sour, ala some jolly pumpkin beers... in fact, thereís something that is very reminiscent of Madrugada Obscura. A long lingering not terribly clean roasty acidity in the finish. A bit of diacetyl irks me. I need some Tums.

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