DrnkMcDermott (2870) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampler at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/illinois/frankf Liquors, Frankfort. Light vanilla nose that for once does not overwhelm the base style. Color, though, tends to the light part of the porter spectrum. The vanilla taste does outdo the porter malts for attention, though. But at least it’s pleasant and not overwhleming. Bitterness at the end seems to come more from the vanilla beans.
NJBeerman013 (1052) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. I rather enjoyed this porter. The Vanilla adds a nice extra layer of flavor, imparting a touch of sweetness to an otherwise bitter style. The beer itself is a midnight black with an off-white head. It smells of sugar and vanilla with a touch of roasted espresso. The flavor is smooth and sweet vanilla with just a bit of hoppy bite. These guys definitely created a solid quality brew in this one.
Canadianlush (169) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I thought this was going to be a bad joke, vanilla in my porter? Quite the contrary, it was a fine brew. Poured a rich black with an aroma of white chocolate that lead to well balanced porter where the addition of vanilla is niether under or overwhelming. Nor is the beer to sweet which is always a concern when unusual ingredients are added. Manages to finish smooth and even a little bitter. Perfect after dinner beer.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ the Breckenridge brewpub: Poured a clear very dark chestnut brown with an off-white head. The aroma is of milk chocolate and vanilla with a light roast. The flavor had some roasted malt with an artificial vanilla taste. Semi-sweet finish with a light-medium body.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Dark body with porter red edges. Very white thin ring of bubbles and a thin film of bubbles. Looks weak and thin. Nose-“brewery” smelling-malt extract, sanitizer, husky. Taste-big tome tootsie roll especially in the after taste, very candy like, good medium bitter, low alcohol, clean crisp finish, a slight hint of vanilla on the finish, leans slightly to the sweet side, medium lactic like malt powder, just a hint of very sweet coffee, overall clean and sweet. I like the overall flavor profile but it is a bit too sweet. Wouldn’t be my everyday drinker, but I wouldn’t turn it down.
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots and lots of vanilla. Unfortunately, not much else. It was good at first, but the more I drank the less I liked it. Needs some more dimension.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The pours a somewhat opaque brown with red highlights, the head is light tan, creamy and 1 inch in height, as it rapidly dissolves, the lacing forms a thin but complete covering of the glass. Nose has a nice malt sweetness, backed by burnt toast, caramel, and the unmistakable aroma of Vanilla, quite pleasing to the schnozzle. Start has a nice malt profile; the vanilla adding a bit of sweetness and a touch of bitterness, top is light to moderate in feel. Finish has a benign acidity, the hops and vanilla adding both sweetness and a bit of bitterness, a drinkable beer, pleasant to the palate.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I liked the balance of the flavor of the porter and the nuances of the vanilla...I would recommend this beer.
joverton85 (80) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
where is the vanilla? really just tasted like any other generic porter. small head and weak body. smell nice.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - OCT 14, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle. Clear, very dark brown with a small beige head. Roasty choco-malt nose, vanilla and milk chocolate (read: cheap milk chocolate). An initial bitter bite trails off quickly, replaced by sweet milk chocolate and vanilla extract flavor. Body is firmly on the thin side, which kind of leaves an impression of Nestle Quik. Overall, I award this a resounding "eh".