StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transparent amber-chocolate in color with soda bubbles on the edges and a tan saliva galaxy oval on top. Madagascar vanilla launches out of the nose with sweet brown sugar and caramel crusted sugar grahams. Sweet cocoa wheat is comin’ atcha with a hint of lactic acid. Full flavored, boozy vanilla beans pool in a brown sugared chocolate port sauce. The Madagascar vanilla bean gets good distance as the flavor weaves through. Mocha beans surface under the sweet sugar coating. Medium to fuller bodied with remnants of Hershey bars melting in a lunchbag for both flavor and texture. A hint of café mochas and lactic cream glide with white chocolate mouse filling in the end.
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyed out of the bottle from Jeff’s Spirits on Main. Beautiful light vanilla nose, hints of roasted malts. First sip is kind of surprising, tastes sharp, like vanilla-infused vodka. I didn’t like my first sip at all. Once the beer warmed slightly, the vanilla flavor merged much more gracefully with the roasted malt flavor (burnt and smoky). 10 minutes in, I found this to be a very good albeit nontraditional porter from Breckenridge. Good stuff.
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass, black with a thin tan head. The color is deep amber when held up to a light. Smell is sweet with a strong dose of vanilla, of course, and a hint of coffee. The taste -- remember when you were a kid and when mom was baking she let you smell the vanilla extract bottle and it was great and later you snuck into the cupboard and tried drinking some. Well, actually it’s not quite that bad. There is a strong taste of vanillla up front as one would expect, with hints of coffee and chocolate. Very sweet to start and then it finishes with a just a touch of bitterness. Probably worth a try if you’re a vanilla fan and definitely worth it if you liked the vanilla extract as a kid.
MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slight head cold, but I tried this one anyways. Even though I couldnt breath very well, all I got was vanilla! Tons of vanilla flavor and then the roasted qualities. My friends all agreed, so my sense of taste could not have been far off. A tad thin for a winter beer.... needs some more malt to beef up the body and alcohol percentage. Really just an average porter with an unaverage ingredient.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle. Deep Brown, with a thin white head. Aroma is weaker than i expected; vanilla is most prominant, with notes of cocoa and roasted malt. Tasty up front; the vanilla balance out the roasted malt nicely. However, i found the finish a bit sour and unpleasant. Good potential; I’d try it again.
StLsportsfan (56) - Hazelwood, Missouri, USA - JAN 31, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
It should be a vanilla, vanilla porter. Some roasted malt in the nose when the vanilla isn’t there (hardly ever).
Unfortunatly it is too sweet...a shame because the porter is decent.
rsauermann (38) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2007
2.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Puored dark brown w/ light tan head. Vanilla hits you like a brick up front. Tastes like a Vanilla Beer Float. Vanilla is a good flavor, when it’s just a hint, like Anchor’s Our Special Ale.
cathcacr (636) - Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I thoroughly enjoyed this for what it is, and what it is is something that would make for a great session beer. Love the sweet aroma on this one. Does get a bit watery toward the end like an English Porter.
I see that this rating isn’t much out of line with what I gave Stoney Creek’s Vanilla P. either (3.7). So I just like this style more than the average user, that’s all.
theisti (3297) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JAN 30, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2009 Bottle. Aroma and taste are creamy vanilla. Vanilla is not overpowering, nicely blended in with the beer character. Overall, a very interesting drink, though I am not sure when I would have it again. If you like vanilla, try this one.
alexanderj (3339) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 27, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Interesting idea, just didn’t like the end product much. Aroma and flavor were both very heavy on the vanilla (seemed artificial), some caramel malt. Not overly disgusting, but not very good. Seemed to like it less and less actually.