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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2012
(Growler, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a black body with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. Flavor of vanilla, roasted malt, and light chocolate.

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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9465) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2014
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (7682) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2012
growler, dark brown color , burnt popcorn aroma, flavor is creamy chocolate, soft body

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (5569) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2013
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5505) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (4964) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 13, 2013
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4353) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 18, 2014
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4065) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2012
Pleasant fresh stout aroma. Dark, thin head. Simple, but elegant flavor profile. This is the way a vanilla beer should be -- not cloying at all, just enjoyable. Medium light body. Very good.


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