ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - FEB 24, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed this on tap @ the Smokehouse in Cowlumbus for my friend Aaron’s birthday (in Novemeber I think). It was one of the brewpub’s "guest" offerings. Nose of vanilla, malt, and molasses. Vanilla becomes dominant as brew warms. The brew is dark brown with ruby highlights. The creamy tan head leaves light lace. The front is roasted malt with light acidity. The grainy toasted finish is bold. The full body is soft & dry. The finish feels clean.
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown, with a thin tan head. Farly heavy malt aroma, with sweet vanilla aroma. Very heavy, almost syrupy. Sweet and malty, with a definite chocolate and vanilla flavors. Very smooth and rewarding. Too heavy for more than one though.
charliehemlock (14) - fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drinkable, plenty of vanilla flavor but not overwhelming. Would highly recommend, and would try again.
Padron4KM (790) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. There’s a place on the lable for the bottled on date to be notched, but it’s not.
Dark brown with ruby hues. Thick tan head and nice lacing.
Aroma is vanilla cake and a touch of molasses.
Flavor is a lot like vanilla coke with some blackstrap molasses thrown in.
Ok, but I don’t think I could drink more than one.
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 10, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Kahootz: Dark brown with no head. It doesn’t have many of the familiar characteristics associated with porters like the charcoal, deep roasted flavor. This was akin to having a vanilla coke. It leaves an extemely sweet, sugary flavor in your mouth. In my opinion, it isn’t robust enough to be called a porter.
PGA324 (86) - Savage, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dissapointing, expected more vaniila flavor. Another average Breckenridge.
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.