FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A reasonably vigorous pour only produces a thin finger thickness, lightly browned, tan colored head. The beer is a deep brown color that is almost black, but it does show a clear, concentrated, ruby hue when held up to the light. Light aromas of vanilla mix in with roasty dark malt notes. The nose has a slight burnt acidity to it, some well toasted bread aromas, a touch of blackened espresso notes and perhaps a touch of malty chocolate. The vanilla is fairly restrained, though easily noticeable, but the base beers aroma does not seem to match the vanilla notes very well.
Not as thin as I was expecting, this has a soft creaminess to it and a certain fullness to it that helps to lightly coat the mouth. The vanilla is much more noticeable in the flavor than it was in the aroma. The vanilla definitely dominates the flavor profile, but there is still some roast grain character that pokes through especially towards the finish were bitter, burnt flavors kick in a bit along with a touch of roast acidity. The vanilla is accented by sweet malt flavors that are note really noticeable underneath the vanilla notes, but are definitely here. This has a very low hop presence, as expected, with perhaps a touch of bitterness being all I notice.
This is definitely a vanilla focused brew, this would not be such a bad thing if the base beer was a bit more noticeable underneath. Instead all I really get is an overly burnt malt character, that doesnít really seem to contribute positively. Though I really like the texture and mouthfeel of this brew.
Purchased: <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Tucson AZ
General66 (203) - Streator, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 ounce bottle. Poured a brown color with a very small tan head, The aroma consisted of a malty vanilla smell with a somewhat strange burnt smell in the background. The taste was very strange. I could pick out the vanilla, but there was also a slight nut and chocolate taste. It was a strange combination. Finished with a very bitter taste. This was an interesting porter to say the least... I would not seek this one out again though...
Speedle (266) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
malty aroma .... creamy vanilla taste .... thick milky mouthfeel ... vanilla frappe without any porter qualities I expected ..... good kinda like a McDonalds milkshake, but not great
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bubbly brown in color with nice foamy off-white head. Smells somewhat of burnt malt but mostly just generic vanilla and malt tones. Flavor is strange vanilla cocoa. Really becomes a hard beer to drink as the flavor is just unenjoyable and overly vanilla. Mouthfeel is average - a hint on the thin side.
Kands (40) - Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2010 We have a split decision: I like it a lot, K doesnít care for it at all. Rating is based on my opinion -- if it were hers, it would be much lower (about a 2.3, or so.) We both agree that itís a very attractive beer -- it pours from the bottle a rich, dark brown with a creamy tan head. The aroma is fair, but the vanilla is so predominant that it almost gives it a somewhat "off" scent. Chocolate and coffee tastes are both definitely there, but the taste is definitely all about vanilla. This is where my wife and I diverge: She finds the texture "syrupy" and the vanilla far too overpowering and sweet. I canít really argue with either (the texture is much more Stout-like than Porter-like, and the vanilla IS strong) -- but it works for me and I like it, though I canít really explain why. Itís a beer that you will either like a lot or really dislike.
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2009 Brewed in the USA... Courtesy of the Capt, thanks mark !! Pours brown in color with a thin beige head. Aroma of vanilla beans, chocolate and malts. Taste is much of the same, but still pretty drinkable.
garretjax (103) - Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2008
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Dark chestnut brown color, light brown fading head. Some vanilla, but more of the roasted malt is in the aroma. Full body and low carbonation. The vanilla is so overwhelming and sweet that the chocolate and nutty flavors are muted. Spicy vanilla finish that lingers too long.
moseslikesbeer (183) - conestoga, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2008
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
had this at a Devonshire tasting. this beer smelled bad, like it was past itís prime. it looked wonderful for a porter. very dark and robust looking. the flavor was bad and I didnít taste any vanilla at all. It was just skunky and no vanilla. very hard to finish.
pineypower (3011) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out black with a moderate tan head. Aroma is of vanilla and slight roasted malt. Taste is vanilla, roasted malt and a touch of other sugary sweetness. Sweetness lingers a bit too long on the finish, but otherwise this isnít a bad beer.
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a dark black with a nice tan head. Aroma of strong vanilla and malt. Taste started with malt and had an aftertaste of a vanilla extract type taste which lasted a little too long. Not bad at all but different. Had a medium to full body and had an atypical flavor and body for a porter. Again, liked it a lot and would probably buy again. Nice brew.