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Brewed by Box Steam
Style: Porter
Trowbridge, England

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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.
Formerly known as Vanilla Porter. Renamed in 2009.
Dark brown in colour, with a subtle vanilla aroma. The vanilla sweetness contrasts nicely with the slight bitterness from the roasted barley and chocolate malts


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
BarossaLuke (539) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 25, 2013
A lighter style of porter. The aroma certainly has the vanilla component but it is that kind of ’fake’ vanilla which I don’t enjoy much. The palate was lighter than expected and again the vanilla character was not enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorgeLee (1136) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2013
Bottle from Independent Spirit, Bath. Dark black colour, thin off white head. Soft mouthfeel, retrained roasty bitterness, come chocolate, quite a whack of vanilla. Smooth drinking stuff, maybe a bit too much vanilla to have more than one though.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (16250) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2013
Cask @ White Horse, Nicholson’s, Soho W1. Pours a dark ruby brown black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty strong vanilla aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and sweetish vanilla flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate and vanilla finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham (4295) - Halden, NORWAY - AUG 12, 2013

Appearance: Deep brown color with a small tan head that leaves some lacing.
Aroma: Vanilla, some roasted malt and mild dark malt.
Palate: Medium body. Mild round sweetness, and a moderate bitterness. Soft carbonation. Oily texture.
Taste: Strong vanilla, some roasted malt and mild dark malt.
Overall impression: Weird at start, then I just fell in love with it. Just like a symphony.
Personal stats: On tap at White Hart (Nicholson’s) in London, England.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOSSbrewer (1420) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Pours a dark brown with a creamy head. Wonderful notes of chocolate and vanilla. Had at Carpenters Arms Windsor.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (2875) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2013
On tap in Bath
This doesn’t look like much but somehow it grows on the palate over time. From a rather mediocre introduction comes a nice sessionable porter with flavor instead of the bland going-through-the-motions aspect of some I have tried to date.

Aroma / Appearance - The fluid black base and wispy mocha head tease the eye. This could be a winner or it could be a half baked attempt at a release. The nose does not help influence things either. With the smell of flat Vanilla Coke it is actually tempting to write this one off before you take a sip.

Flavor / Palate - Vanilla Coke with a dash of coffee changes the mind. Light on the palate yet not generic the mouthfeel works with this beer. The bitter finish retains the aspects of a nice porter without the palate fatigue that comes from making it bigger and higher gravity. It might not be the greatest but it is definitely worth the cost of a half pint.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dommod2011 (698) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2013
Cheers to the Bish for this, lovely gift. Vanilla, good stuff. Drinking in tribute to Simon.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Itzjerm (1140) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - MAY 4, 2013
A bit to fizzy in bottle. Nice vanilla aroma. Balanced in taste but to much carbonation. Mouthfeel bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomCouch (23) - Wiltshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2013
Pours dark brown with a rapidly disappearing head. Rich malty flavour with hints of smoke.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
czar (4110) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 18, 2013
pours dark brown with a low light beige head, little retention. no vanilla subtleness here. lightly roasted malts, some residual molasses, chocolate. soft carbonation, light body - slightly watery, short sweet finish. ok.


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