Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep ruby brown with a thin head. Aroma is vanilla creme, with egg nog, light chocolate. Very sweet flavor- some butterscotch- may be some diacetyl? Tons of vanilla flavor with cream, toffee and loads of sweetness. Slick and creamy mouthfeel. Too sweet and wierd for me.
highibus (747) - Vail, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep deep mahogany. Caramel and vanilla nose. Intense vanilla flavor, and that is a good thing. It seems just right. Very smooth and palatable. My favorite vanilla porter.
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft: This poured a dark brown with a small amount of thick head. It had the aroma of roasted chocolate covered peanuts. The taste was a thick vanilla coffee. This had a nice vanilla finish to. Not bad.
badinplaid (106) - USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wonderful coffee and chocolate undertones. Pours deep dark brown, workable head. Vanilla finish is interesting. Worrh a try.
dpjuart (1092) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rated 8/26/07. 12 oz. bottle courtesy of ’Naka. Pours dark black/brown with no head. Nose of coffe, vanilla, malt, and a hint of alcohol. Good porter taste. Not strong in the coffee department. Nice hops, and then a vanilla finish. Not bad.
maltdog (619) - Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown; no more than a halo of foam despite aggressive pour. Interesting aroma of smoked almonds. Shockingly non-roasty/porterlike flavor… toasted pecans, hickory smoke, sweet cherry… vanilla character emerges at the end, like freshly sawn green oak. Coppery finish with restrained bitterness. Chewy, buttery texture…”fatty” describes it best. Hazelnut/coffeeish aftertaste and an unusual, back-of-throat wasabi burn. Pretty lame as a porter, but fascinating as an uncategorized specialty beer. Total score would have been at least a full point higher had this been classified as a Scottish ale.
norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown beer with average tan head. Subtle vanilla aroma and flavor. Fairly dry. Has more of a bitter coffee flavor than the vanilla I was expecting.
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a cola like brown with a touch of red. Small tan head that disappeared rather quickly. Aroma is slight vanilla, maybe some malts. Taste was vanilla and malt, balanced, but I wouldn’t want another one. Not bad.
Hammster (187) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured deep brown in color with only a hint of red. Smaller off white head. Roasted nut aroma. Taste is INTENSE and authentic vanilla. This is like drinking straight vanilla extract watered down in some beer. The finish is more roasted malts and nuts but the vanilla stays strong, long. This beer is as close to cream soda as beer can come.
AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2007
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Part of a six pack porter sampler from Binny’s Naperville. Glad I didn’t buy the six pack. Dark brown color. Completely non existant head. Dont know if i got a bad bottle, but there was almost no carbonation. Small roasted malt and nutty aromas. Minor hints of chocolate and vanilla extract. Light bodied for a porter and just a pretty weak beer all around. I am probably being generous with the 2.3 rating.