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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3567) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2013
On tap at the brewery. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of vanilla, lactose, chocolate, graham cracker, and roasted sweet malt. Flavor of sweet malt with roast and vanilla in the finish. Some roasted coffee and nuts too. A touch sweet but it’s good and has a complex flavor profile for a porter. Good stuff! 8/4/8/4/14 (3.8/5)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwood04 (4963) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 7, 2015
12oz can in a tulip. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of light vanilla, light roasted malts and chocolate, pale malts, and some light dough. Flavor the same with a nice blend. Average texture. Not bad, but sort of boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocJitsu (1375) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Dark brown pour with a dark tan half finger head. Coffee, roasted nuts, and sweet vanilla nose. Flavors don’t deviate much from the nose. Gets pretty bitter at the finish in spite of the sweetness in the nose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3500) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2015
Growler from Hop City poured into a sweet Marriott cup. Great dark brown pour with a nice brown head that lasts. Aroma is bitter coffee and chocolate with some malt sweetness. Flavor is mostly bitter espresso but a hint of Mexican vanilla. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (6535) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2015
Thick dark black pour, sticky mocha colored head. Vanilla and chocolate chips in the aroma. Roasty flavor with some nice espresso notes, sweet vanilla., dark chocolate, Thick, rich mothfeel. Thanks to whomever brought this to Proof tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ibrubeer (222) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Draft @ Mugshots, BHM. Nice aroma of roasty and a little vanilla. Dark and opaque, with a touch of reddish brown on the edges. Tan head, but quickly dissipates. Nice balance of vanilla and chocolate malt. Full bodied. Overall a really good vanilla porter! Tastes very similar to mine, but maybe a touch less vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (7111) - Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2015
1/28/15. On tap at Cooter Brown’s, Jacksonville, AL. Black pour with a small tan head, mild lacing. Nice aroma, good porter aspects, malty, nutty, smooth chocolate, a little roast, subtle vanilla. Good flavor, vanilla shines a little more, milk chocolate, roast pops a little more with a hint of hop bitterness to balance it out. Maybe a little light bodied, could be silkier, but it actually suits it and goes down well. Much better than the wheat can I tried.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (17715) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Draft. Dark maroon briwn color, brown head. Nice aroma of vanilla, dates, plums. Taste has more canilla, coffee, dark fruit. Tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (5194) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Tap. Pours deep chestnut, medium tan head, great lacing. Light aroma of roasty, Ashes. Flavor is medium sweet, light bitter, Ashes, roast. Medium body. No real vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
ttroha (443) - Americus, Georgia, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Tap from brewery. Pours dark black with white head. Aroma of vanilla and roast. Taste of vanilla and chocolate. Medium bodied. Not too shabby.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (3769) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 26, 2014
From a bottle purchased in Huntsville. Pours very dark brown with a fizzy tan head. Tastes like mild coffee, dark cocoa, toast, roasted malt, and dry vanilla. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like cocoa and vanilla, burnt coffee, and toast.

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