Brewed by Box Steam
Style: Porter
Trowbridge, England


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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (5500) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 28, 2013
500 ml. bottle split by 2 @ Delirium Hoppy Loft. Pours very dark wooden brown with lots of mocha bubbles for a head. Smell of sweet chocolate bubblegum, chocolate syrup, mocha, chocolate, simple & sweet but very enjoyable and the same really goes for the taste. Tastes like mocha, sweet milk chocolate, chocolate bubblegum, lots of chocolate syrup, sugar, cocoa, huge vanilla, this is like drinking chocolate milk (incl. body), simple, easy & very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cattaneopapa (233) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2013
Aroma: Roasty&vanilla Appearnace: 1 finger head with uniformed fine bubbles, opaque black in colour Taste: well balanced mix of citrus, toffee and vanilla with a medium carbonation

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (8062) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 13, 2013
Bottle - Raisin and chocolate. Jet black, rich beige head. Slight sourness, chocolate and dark fruit. Big flavour for a light sessionable beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Canmoore (331) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2013
Pours an opaque black, with a thin mahogany head. Aroma is of intense malts like roasted coffee, dark Chocolate, espresso, and vanilla. Tasting notes include more vanilla, with a rich coffee mouth feel, and intense chocolate and mocha notes. This is an excellent Porter! I had it with my homemade pumpkin pie, and it was delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3397) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2013
Bottle - 500ml. Pours a very dark brown body with average carbonation and a thin beige foamy head. Wonderful malty aroma with hoppy, chocolate, and some subtle woody hints. Its robust, complex malty/hoppy taste carries chocolate, oaky, coffeeish, and plummy notes. Ends with a good bitter/woody finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sudomorph (928) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2013
500ml bottle. Pours a very dark ruby brown with a tan, one finger bubbly head that dissipates quickly to a thin film and ring. Some nice legs and very mild lacing. Aroma is noticeable with big notes of vanilla accompanied by hints of roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is slightly bitter with a medium, drawn out, slightly roasty, vanilla aftertaste. Low-medium body and carbonation. Slightly thin in the mouth but with enough carbonation and flavour to keep it tasty. Very drinkable and not overly thick or oily. Almost refreshing. Overall pretty good. I think I would have liked it a touch more of a roasted/chocolate flavour but still well-balanced and very drinkable. The vanilla is noticeable but not overpowering. Would get again if I was looking for a vanilla porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Freaky_tiki (792) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2013
Pours from bottle dark & stormy with a razor thin tan cap that fades into a memory. What makes this porter stand out is the duet between vanilla & chocolate malt. A nice balance. This porter is smoother than a tenor sax & this may bother some who want the chunky power chords of a more aggressive porter. A nice sipper for a Toronto Sunday afternoon reading Pynchon’s new novel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniel0017 (410) - Yukon, CANADA - SEP 28, 2013
Dark body like cola with a medium tan head. Heavy malt and sweet vanilla aroma. Flavor is tart, slightly bitter with hickory smoke and a light vanilla finish kind of like cream soda. Almost flat mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ComradeK (1071) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2013
500ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a small light beige head, which neither lasts all that well nor leaves very much lacing. Mild black coffee bitterness and vanilla notes mix with roasted malt nuttiness to create the aroma. Fairly mild citrus hops up front give way to black coffee and roasty malt in the mid-palate. Latte and very mild vanilla notes make up the finish. This is not a bad beer, but it’s all a little too restrained. It really needs something to give it a little bit more of a kick.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
BarossaLuke (549) - 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.

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