ChainGangGuy (4653) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Very dark brown body with glimmers of garnet, clearish, with a head that’s just shy of being white in color.
Smell: While there is a bit of roast and dark fruitiness contained with the nose, it’s like sniffing a standard edition Tootsie Roll and a Vanilla Tootsie Roll at the same time.
Taste: Dark maltiness with a chocolate, coffee (light) vibe to it with a fast hit of vanilla. Lesser malty accent of toast and caramel. Medium-plus sweetness. Faint dark fruit. Nil hop character, bitterness. Sweetish finish with the chief flavor, vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. There’s an incredibly minor stickiness to the mouthfeel.
Overall: It’s good, but, it’s just a hair too sweet and strong on the vanilla. Still, I suppose it’s better to err on the side of a bit too much vanilla as to failing to deliver any appreciable (and appreciated) vanilla flavor, like the Breckenridge iteration.
Bob_Boudahili (14) - - MAY 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark porter. Has a short tan head leaving a bit of lacing. Taste is obviously vanilla with malt and a hoops finish. Vanilla was not as overpowering to me as it was to many reviewers.
BeerandBlues2 (11471) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Mellow Mushroom Oxford. Pours opaque black with a large, creamy tan head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is roast and coffee malt, vanilla, dates, earthy and herbal hops. Flavor is dark malt dominant, vanilla, dark fruits, light hops and medium bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
Malaclemys (421) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Taproom, draft pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma of coffee, grain, chocolate, and light vanilla. Taste is coffee, toasted grain. Medium body with a slightly dry finish.
Nero55 (919) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2014 Draft at Avondale. Black with very small tan head. Light aroma of coffee and roasted malts. Medium body with some bitterness and notes of chocolate and coffee. -- Picked up on the vanilla in both aroma and taste this time around.
Errl (2400) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
growler..Pour is dark with a light tan head..Nose is ince chocolate, roast, peanut butter, sweetness..Taste is spices, roast, chocolate, peanut butter, faint vanilla,
decaturstevo (5696) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour with creamy off white head and lace. Aroma is black coffee and roasted malt. Flavor is sweet chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Nice finishing malt like bitter. Medium bodied and a tad fizzy.
Vestlake (254) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUL 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Bonefish Grill. Dark brown color, vanilla aroma, no head on this glass. Nice smooth taste. Excellent, really enjoyed this one.
1stRndDraught (10) - Birmingham, USA - APR 30, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A downright impressive porter! I’m always skeptical of porters that have flavorings in the deScription, but this one nails it. The "Vanillaphant" as it has been termed, is always my go-to beer when I stop in the tap room. Additionally, it is one of the best dark beers that J Clyde offers.
Mora2000 (6132) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this growler. Dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is full of vanilla and chocolate. The flavor is similar with a few added notes including roasted malt, sugar and light smoke. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.