thegreenrooster (2806) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a dark red with a small tan head. Aroma is chcolate, coffee and yes vanilla. Flavor is vanilla, vanilla, vanilla. Better tasting vanilla than most vanilla ice cream. Finish is very silky and smooth. A very good tasting brew. I prob could not have more than one of these b/c it is very sweet but this is sure tasty. I said vanilla 6 times in this review so that should give you an idea about this brew.
zsb19 (62) - Villa Hills, Kentucky, USA - JUL 13, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Pours deep dark brown with very thin tan head that disappears rather quickly. Aroma full of vanilla and a sweet malty character. Palate is medium in body with a light oily feel. Upfront taste is like roasted coffee. Follow through is full of vanilla sweetness and seems more like flat vanilla cola than beer. Vanilla kind of goes sour in the aftertaste and ends up a tad acidic. Overall, this is an interesting twist on a standard porter and worth a try for something different.
ToadMan (558) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very tasty. A smooth porter with light coffee-chocolate presence, and a very nicely done vanilla kick. Very smooth and drinkable, moderatly malty, and lightly bitter in the finish. Vanilla is noticeable but not overdone. I dont tend to be crazy about gimicky ingredients, but this is deffinatly one of the best porters I have ever had.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark brown, creamy light tan head. A soft nose of caramel, vanilla, mild chocolate, coffee, and toast. Flavor up front is all about French vanilla tones that are softly backed by more notes of chocolate, toast, coffee, and caramel. Medium bodied, soft smooth carbonation, vanilla-laden finish. Not nearly as bad as the average score here indicates. Best suited for breakfast time in my book...
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2006
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a blackish brown color with a small tan head.Has Very nice vanilla/chocolate syrup aroma with hint of coffe aroma.Noted a big chocolate syrup/vanilla blast upon first sip.Also noted the body seemed a little thin.Bitter alcholic aftertase.
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle: Pours a black brown color, small head, brownish. Very strong coffee aroma, some chocolate. Not very strong aroma. Strong coffee taste, watery. Not a strong coffee aftertaste. Just a good porter taste. Slight vanilla taste. But uery watery overall.
brentfeesh (1206) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - JUL 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Chestnut looking pour with a nice light head and plentiful carbonation. Coffee, vanilla and cake aromas abound. The flavor is vanilla through the roof! It’s like a vanilla cream soda with light licorice and very light toasted malts. It’s almost too much (but one is fine). Creamy medium body with pleasant carbonation that does not distract. Good stuff, but very powerful in the vanilla category (minus one in the overall for the overpowering character).
DocLock (6789) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Degarth for this one, one of my all-time favorite styles. The pour was deep brown with 1-finger khaki head. The aroma was roasty malty, with a solid vanilla and chocolate smell. The palate was medium, with flavors of vanilla beans, roasty malt, and chocolate syrup. It gets sweeter at the end, with more vanilla and chocolate notes as it warms, and to me, that is a good thing for this style.
Gorbalev (2823) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2006
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry and Beigaman, Harry’s bottle. Pitch black with red hues, small bubble brownish head. Wow, very strong vanilla aroma - but not real vanilla, more like a vanilla candy. Lots of hard candy, sugar, in this aroma, which I liked. Taste has a decent porter base, but then the artificial candy vanilla comes in and dominates. I thought it was neat at first and then a bit annoying and then by the end almost undrinkable - tough one to call really. Watery. A fun beer that I appreciated, I just might not have one again.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big vanilla aromatics waft out from first crack of the crown.
Pours out a deep, dark brown, with a sliver of crimson at the sides, a meager, but loyal cocoa / tan head. Good.
Roasty nose, swiftly dominated by sweet vanilla. Light hints of coffee below, glimmers of chocolate. Pleasing, yes, but not overpowering, nor especially outstanding.
Chalky, flaky cocoa feel from the start, like a dusting of chocolate powder...rinses the mouth with a smattering of sweetness, then dashes away. Medium, at best, in body, a bit too light for me...vanilla bean flavor clings to the palate and pushes away the other flavors that may reside in the taste. Gets sweeter as we go in, a bit too much for me, actually.
Probably the best vanilla porter I’ve tried, but I’m still not crazy about the style.
I like more porter, less vanilla.