klk343 (43) - - MAR 18, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very dark, clear Christmas red color. Fruity aroma. Citrus, raspberry flavors. Bitter, drying palate.
cazort (514) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I did not like this one much at all. It is fairly sweet, lacks bitterness, and is dark in color but has only a weak roast in the aroma. The vanilla combined with the sweetness makes it taste a lot more like cream soda than a typical beer. Pretty disappointing. I love vanilla when it’s paired with a drier beer, or a richer, more bitter and complex beer, but this one was just too simple and sweet, and too much like a soft drink.
BLADT (505) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark, reddish brown. Smell is milk chocolate. Taste is sweet, maybe raspberries. Ends with bitter cocoa.
CelticJohnny (73) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz poured into pint glass. Appears dark brown with finger of off white head. Smells of chocolate and caramel, no vanilla, roast coffee. Tastes of caramel coffee with a hint of sweet and a bit of vanilla. The palate is thin and smooth. Not bad! I just wish for a more vanilla flavor.
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dinkle50 (943) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red pour with a single finger head. Creamy mouth. Aroma is full of grain and hints of vanilla. Taste is bready. This is kind of like sucking on a vanilla candy. Slightly medicinal. Tons of lace.
grundsow (64) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2014
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Had high hopes for this beer, but very disappointed. Way too light for a porter, where is the flavor? And the vanilla seemed out of place. Not for me.
ZacM612 (93) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma has a little vanilla, but there’s something else in there that is not so pleasant. Medium body, a little chocolate, subtle vanilla flavor. Okay, but not great.
GIJOE (587) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cola brown with a thin off white head. Nose is very faint vanilla, mostly malt. Taste is moderately sweet. Medium body, lively carbonation. Pretty good.
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coldbrewky (1418) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Straight from the bottle at my Aunts 80th birthday party. Nose of vanilla on light cocoa. Vanguard is dark malts followed quickly by the sturdy vanilla flank. Warbles a bit at this point and goes a tad watery then vanilla continues to finish.
rangerred (897) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a clear deep, dark brow with a thick one finger light tan head. Extremely good head retention and it also has a nearly solid layer of lacing all the way around the glass.
Aroma has loads of vanilla along with caramel, some light roasted coffee and just a hint of smoke. Not bad but it is a little bit on the weak side.
Lots more vanilla in the flavor bordering on too much. There is almost a bit of a medicinal note to it that is off-putting. More lightly roasted coffee, caramel, and a bit of smoke. Mouthfeel is pretty light but silky with a pretty good dose of stickiness on the finish.
Overall, this beer is definitely drinkable and not bad but is just lacking that something to make it great. Glad I got to try it but not really something I will be seeking out.