gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Got this one bottled at the Binny’s Oktoberfest in St. Charles, Illinois. Dark brown pour, nose of chocolate and vanilla, taste of tapioca pudding. This one was unusual.
Arnie (274) - Chicagoland, IL, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample from a bottle at Binny’s "Fall Festival of BEERS." Pours dark, opaque brown. Very stronmg vanilla bean flavor, but I don’t think it was too much. This is what I’ve hoped all of those Vanilla Cream ales out there tasted like.
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a medium-sized tan head. Aroma of wood, chocolate, and vanilla extract. Flavor of vanilla and chocolate. Palate is a bit thin.
Slurricane (15) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle...The aroma was very inviting, however the vanilla was as advertised...strong. It almost tasted artificial. Very light and smooth. I would have like the vanilla to be more subtle. a de cent beer though
hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft... GABF ’06... Clear copper ale with a small, fizzy, off-white head. The nose is a medley of chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon. Well-balanced flavor with chocolate, vanilla and mellow bitterness. Light-bodied and thin with easygoing carbonation. Lots of sweet vanilla in the finish.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2006 I hear this beer is available where I live (WI), but I had it for the first time during a recent visit to CO. I liked it so much the first time I had it, I brought some home.
Pours dark with a rich tan head; looks like a porter should look. Smells nice, and you pick up the vanilla from the aroma.
Mouthfeel is what definitely makes this beer. Sometimes when mouthfeel/palate seems like a totally inappropriate question for a beer - but this beer stands out on this dimension.
Flavor is definitely vanilla, and upon multiple trials, maybe too much so. This is not the world’s best porter that the good folks at Breckenridge merely added vanilla to. Rather, the vanilla seems to really finish the base beer. Good, but after having a few times, I get how other reviewers have criticized the vanilla flavor as having a chemical taste.
snwbrder0721 (5) - USA - OCT 4, 2006 does not count
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Seemed like a good idea at first. First few sips were good. Flavor got worse the more I drank. Vanilla seems off, too artificial tasting.
swanmann (665) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 4, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured an inch of suds with a dark tan, creamy composition. Aroma doesn’t disappoint with chocolate malts and vanilla. Colored like Coca Cola. I think the palate is right on; velvety and smooth, but could be a bit thicker perhaps. I would have rated palate 4.5 but went with 5 because I like it :P I would enjoy the vanilla flavor a bit more on the backside, with a sweeter porter, but I think it’s a straight up delicious beer. Easy finish.
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown body with a good head. Aroma is nice with chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is bold, but tastes more like vanilla flavoring has been added to the beer, than like vanilla porter. Not a bad beer, but I like it less the more I drink.
aracauna (3252) - Georgia, USA - SEP 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a darp brown with a good, creamy tan head. The aroma is a good mix of chocolate, vanilla (a bit heavy in the flavor), and nuts. The flavor has a slightly unpleasant plastic-like flavor in the finish.