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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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Available year-round.

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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3663) - 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)


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (4888) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Pours a very dark brown with beige head. Chocolate aroma, as well as vanilla. Sweet taste with notes of caramel, vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CrazEase (7) - Alabama, USA - APR 19, 2016 does not count
Pretty good tasting beer. Vanilla is present, light coffee roasted flavor, fairly dark. Good dose of hops present but not an ipa. I kind of whish it was a little higher gravity, it kind of was thick on the palate, possibly due to the vanilla. I would recommend it, its quite the treat.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (2055) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2016
12of can. Pours black with a thin head of light tan cream and minimal carbonation. Aroma is strong roast, but not harsh. There is some bit of chocolate, but I could be confused with the vanilla. Body is a little sharper than I expected. Here the roast is more bitter and there is less sweetness than I had expected. Easy to drink and well put together.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
sawbuck (596) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2016
Nice complex aroma of vanilla, some coffee, and fresh brownies. Nice ebony color with a tan head. Rich sweetness up front. Sweet roasted malt, some dark chocolate, with vanilla in the background, not overpowering. Bitterness is a Smokey bitter chocolate punch that balances the sweetness nicely. Medium mouth feel, finish echo’s smoke and bitter chocolate. Nice porter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
asheft (2897) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2016
On tap at Dreamland, Birmingham, AL. Toasted hazelnut, coffee, and chocolate aroma transcended by sweet vanilla. Opaque black under a lacy, tan, flannel blanket. Flavour is bitter and dry up front, but becomes a chocolate fudge brownie with vanilla ice cream. Clean finish. Medium body, medium carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrChopin (3999) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2015
[ bottle ][ 1oz ][ @Tasting ][ $ ? ][ snifter ][ 12.06.15 ]
sepia with thin cream head, spotty, ring after it dies fast. Soft brown malt nose, light green metallicity from high co2. Thin, slick profile, heavy on chocolate, light sugar.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (6870) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2015
Vanilla and some roast. A dose of peat. Pours black with good head. Light bittersweet finish. Can thanks to iphonephan.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (5259) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2015
Can at the RateBeer DC Mini Tasting. Thanks iphonephan! Dark brownish black with light tan head. Aromas of roasty notes, nuts, coffee, dark chocolate. Tastes of roasted coffee, light vanilla, dark chocolate. Medium body with a dry finish. Pretty solid.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (5682) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2015
From a 33 cl bottle shared at the RateBeer mini tasting in Dec 2015. Pours a clear cola with a tan head. Slight chocolate nose. Flavors of vanilla and leather.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwood04 (5193) - 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.


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