phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Another nice beer from Breckenridge. Pours a deep dark brown colour with a full vanilla head. Nutty, roasted malts, cinnamon and vanilla in the aroma. Mouthfeel is genuinely creamy, well balanced. Taste is enticing, sweet, not too sweet- vanilla, hints of coffee, toffee and butterscotch.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2011 Bottle. Pours a deep brown-ruby with tan head with medium retention. Aroma was obvious vanilla with dark roast....flavor was the same, with vanilla being dominate. Medium carbonation with medium body. Good porter!
Drake (11791) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2008 Someone told me I should try this, so I am. Bottle from Westpark Wine and Beer in Richmond. Pours dark brown to black iwht a medium head, good lacing and low retention. Aroma of leather, tobacco and caramel. Vanilla is barely noticeable at first in the taste, but grows on you. Also, a taste of caramel and tobacco. Medium body. Astringent. 6/4/6/3/12/3.1
Rerate 7/13/08. Bottle from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Dark brown pour with excellent head retention and lacing. Roasted malt aroma with hints of vanilla. Taste is roasted malt, vanilla and a tart fruitiness. Full bodied. Must have gotten a less than stellar bottle before, because this really hits the spot. 6/4/8/4/14/3.6
Nate (4187) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled. Light vanilla aroma with some metallic chocolate and coffee. A bit of hops and papery carbonic gaseousness. Some sweetness. Dark brown-black clear with thin foamy off-white head. Medium-light body with medium-heavy carbonation. Starts with malty chocolate sweetness, light Tootsie Roll. Bit of acidic coffee-tang and carbonic burn. Light vanilla notes. Mild nutty-papery bitterness in the finish, with dusty chalky after. Not a very good porter, kinda watery.
thoramel (55) - Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at Stimmel’d in BG, OH. Good head (for a five ounce sample) and somewhat aromatic. The first thing that jumps out at you is the vanilla, proving that they are using real vanilla beans. But otherwise the beer is weak and lacking in other disticntive flavors. The tasting host said it struck her as an alcohol flavored soda and I think I have to agree.
sloth (2809) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small tan head with a bunch of spotty lace, teeny spotty lace. Clear, chestnut colored brew with a red glow. Nose is vanilla and vanilla with a hint of chocolate. Body is lightly medium, sorta creamy. Sweet malts, not cloying though, light roast, cocoa and vanilla of course and some faint cherry notes. Lightly sweet finish, vanilla extract like. Thanks to jake65 for the bottle!
jbuzz (811) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Rich deep looked almost purple. I really didn’t tastes the vanilla. And i founf this lighter then most Porters
jgb9348 (5686) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a frothy and dense tan head. Aroma of strong vanilla, fragrant oak and malt, a bunch of coffee and even a bit of milk. Medium-bodied; Potent lactic qualities with sour milk and cream more noticeable than anything else. Roasted malt showing through with some caramel, along with a bit of nuts. Aftertaste potent and strong, but the sweetness is definitely there. Overall, a decent porter - more of a sweet stout to me, but the lactic qualities are strong as well as the vanilla. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 03-April-2008.
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2008
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle aquired from a trade with The_Captain. thanks Mark. pours almost exactly like Coca-Cola, a very deep brown with a bubbly off-white head. smell is mostly malt with a little bit of vanilla and maybe a hint of oatmeal. flavor is hard to describe , a bit of toasted malt with some vanilla and a bit of some unidentifiable chemical. finishes with a bittersweet chocolate flavor. it is decent but it is nothing to write home about.
kidmartinek (4676) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours drak brown with a 1.5 inch light tan head. Smell like sweet malt and strong vanilla. Taste is kinda weird, like a good beer and a scoop of vanilla ice cream float. Finish is sugary and malt. Mouthfeel is medium. Pretty good, but not something I would probably buy again.