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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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Avondale’s beloved Miss Fancy the Elephant’s favorite pastime was to guzzle bootleg beer and whiskey. We share Miss Fancy’s affinity for tasty brews, which is why we were inspired to add a twist to one of our favorites: with hints of exotic vanilla extract, we think the Vanillaphant Porter would have been one of Miss Fancy’s favorites too!

The Vanillaphant is a superb vanilla porter, an ale which is surprisingly light bodied for its robust flavor and has all the chocolate and roasted nut flavors you would expect in a porter but with a special vanilla twist at the end. We use the worlds finest hand selected vanilla beans from the bourbon islands of Madagascar in our recipe. The malty and vanilla sweetness are perfectly balanced with hoppy bitterness.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
blutt59 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2012
growler, dark brown color , burnt popcorn aroma, flavor is creamy chocolate, soft body

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (8126) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Sample at GABF 10/11/2012, thanks to Bluemeow76 for assistance with note-taking. Dark brownish-amber color with a medium beige head and a top ring of lacing. Aroma of vanilla and roasted malt. Medium-bodied with flavors of cocoa, slightly stale malt and a bit of coffee. The finish is short and chocolatey. Slightly above overall.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5544) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2012
(milk jug thanks to blutt59) clear dark brown, tinge of red, soapy edge bubbles. Nose of vanilla, milk chocolate, fudge. Taste of lactose, oats, light chocolate, watery, uncarbonated.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
magsinva (878) - Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2012 Growler from liquor express - pours dark with a tan head. Aroma is toasty malty. Taste is bitter. Overall, I’m not getting the vanilla, which is disappointing. Average, I guess. Updated tap at J Clyde’s - I’m getting more of the vanilla and less of the bitterness. I like it more, in glass than from plastic growler.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DiarmaidBHK (3393) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Draft from liquor express. Pours black with a thin khaki head that leaves no lacing. Nice roasted malt notes on the nose. Not getting much of the vanilla on the tongue. I do get the a bit of a smoky chocolate quality. Finishes clean. Solid!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Growler. Poured black with a frothy brown head that settle to a ring and left light lace. Aroma of roast, nut, and hints of smoke. The flavor found chocolate with a background of vanilla and roast. Light to medium body.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
drostj (105) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Keg - RC Brewfest. Dark amber, slight head and not much aroma. Fairly strong malt flavor but weaker than I expected for a stout. I caught a bit of chocolate and roasted nut, but not enough. Felt thin in the mouth. A bit of a disappointment. A stout should be stout .

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2012

Date: March 24, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, HMOG
Appearance: opaque dark brown, fine tan head
Aroma: sweet chocolate and roasted aroma, vanilla sweetness
Flavor: sweet roasted flavor, vanilla sweetness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfinney23 (1656) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Rich caramel/vanilla aroma with nutty and coffee notes. Flavor is more tame with a nicely bitter finish. Good show!

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IRBent (10) - Alabama, USA - APR 29, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2012 On tap at J Clyde. Dark brown with creamy tan head. Smell is an initial vanilla with roasted coffee hints. Taste is a lightly sweet touch of vanilla with a good malt finish. Almost too easy to drink. One of my favorites.


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