Oly (54) - Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasty notes (vaguely chocolate) and vanilla in the aroma, but the in the taste the vanilla is stronger than the porter. Mouthfeel is thin. Solid session beer. Throw a scoop of vanilla ice cream in when you have about 4 oz left and enjoy an amazing porter float.
Maxbier (601) - Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with medium brown head. Aroma of vanilla and coffee light body very nice coffee roasted flavor and vanilla, but not overpowering. Nice clean drinkable porter.
AKORN (220) - Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber in color with a lacing of off-white mini bubbles. Roasted malt, sweet straw and mild chocolate aroma. slightly sour with mild roasted malt, mixed with vanilla and a small amount of bitterness taste. Very Good session beer!
BierMeHoos (273) - Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Park Tavern, Navy Yard DC. A dark brown, but clear appearance. Aroma of dark chocolate is most prevalent, but some coffee and vanilla. Taste is similar to aroma, but coffee fades by middle of the tasting. Finish is mildly bitter with all chocolate and vanilla. Palate, medium bodied. Overall, the vanilla sets this one apart from other porters.
Stoned99 (362) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Winooski Beverage Warehouse. Aroma: roasted malt, vanilla, pure black chocolate . App: dark brown with red tint, minimal beige head. Taste and palate: creamy medium body, medium carbonation, light bitter finish. Overall: An ok porter. I enjoyed the vanilla and chocolate taste. I also enjoyed the creamy taste. Could be way more bitter and maybe more complex.
TheCaptMatey (176) - Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a dark ruby/amber to brown colour with a thin white head. Aroma is of subtle notes of yeast, vanilla, and roasted malt. Taste is fairly sweet and smooth with elements of roasted, caramel, coffee, and herbal malt flavors with the titular vanilla quite present. Medium bodied malty beverage with light carbonation and little bitterness.
loubar (145) - Los Gatos, California, USA - DEC 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Best Damn Beer Shop. Deep amber/red with minimal, tan colored head. Nose of yeast and faint vanilla. Taste is pretty much as you would expect in a porter except with a little bit of added vanilla. It’s malty, light and smooth with low carbonation. Little bitterness. Nothing earth shattering. I like it because of its low ABV.
bennetporter (228) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2014
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours from a bottle with a dark red-hued color, a light khaki head. Aroma is a nondescript faint caramel. Taste is a nice, but a little overly subtle coffee vanilla combo. Mouthfeel starts off a nice round, full body, but thins out on the finish.
superspak (3167) - Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 7/6/2014. Pours crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, toasted bread, light coffee, cream, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/bready malt and vanilla notes; with solid strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, toasted bread, light coffee, cream, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, toasted bread, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice balance and robustness of dark/bready malts and vanilla flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a very good vanilla porter. All around good robustness and balance of dark/bready malt and vanilla flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Shanebrews (215) - Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer looks the part of a well crafted brew. Is this a great porter? Eh, not really. It is a good vanilla porter. The vanilla is present but balanced and really pleasant on a colder day.