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RATINGS: 723   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93/5   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crockett (1095) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2008
I’ve had a few of these odd porters which claim "they are supposed to taste like that" (Think kuhnen creme brulee). Nose of sour milk and sour cherries. Coca-Cola pour with a short lived tan head. Beer was quite spritzy with a very light body. No more coffee flavour than I would have expected in a regular old porter. Quite a bit of apple and some tangy tropical fruit which is odd. The Vanilla never really showed up for me in any pronounced fashion. Somewhat short mineral thin finish. Not quite living up to expectations. I was looking forward to this. It’s too bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2008
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
blipp (8284) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 25, 2008
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2008
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!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2008
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 9, 2008
12 oz bottle shared at Lost Abbey Release. Not very good. Brown color with not much aromas. Flavor was watered down cardboard. Blah.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2008
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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - SEP 5, 2008
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 24, 2008
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bhensonb (14178) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 24, 2008
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.

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