HIGHB4LL (421) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle. Appearance: butterscotch, slight and light brown head, clear, dark red-brown color, average lacing. Aroma: chocolate, vanilla, caramel, roast, coffee, hazelnut, Palate: medium-full body, soft carbonation, short sweet finish, creamy texture. Taste: sweet the entire time with the slightest bitterness at the end. Overall, this beer has a nice taste to it, but really is not balanced and is overly sweet after only a few sips; just not enough hops for me.
dbhenry (116) - El Paso, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This vanilla porter has a very dark color and an average head. It has an undertone of sweetness, and the vanilla flavor is nice. Overall, it is a nice dessert beer, but not a great beer.
Craigshanahan (1) - - DEC 27, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is one of the best porters I have ever had. But you must drink it on nitro. I am having it at the Columbia ale house. I highly recommend this porter
subsonic (82) - Pataskala, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
"Deep brown with a light dusting of foam. Creamy caramel and fruity aroma, something like persimmon. Nice show there. The vanilla is also fairly subtle in the flavor compared to some other brews, more in the texture and deeper notes than up front, mellowing rather than charging-- which is to say, it’s more like *vanilla* than many "vanilla" flavors. There’s more emphasis on wood and cocoa, with a hint of coffee and smoke, in this taste. It’s like seeing the softer side of a good porter, and could become a good gateway to porter (and even other styles). Not complicated, not excessively bold: gently but firmly good. Just a little sticky, almost medium bodied, just the right amount of carbonation.
drtbrewster (40) - Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Decent porter, not very robust (more malt needed to round it out), vanilla aroma was present but not pronounced.
JustPlainLogan (51) - Galveston, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Disappointing. I’m a big fan of the porter variety, but this was too weak to be a porter and had far too many hops for my taste. There was a decent bit of vanilla and a good bit of malt, but the palate was very thin, and it was missing the gut-warming feeling that should be associated with a porter.
AndresTM (306) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - DEC 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. The nose has faint vanilla and malted barley -- not much coming from the roasted department, except perhaps a little chocolate. The taste is mostly malts and a bit of sweet vanilla, with some hops providing a bit of two-dimensionality. Not much of a mouthfeel for a purportedly dark beer. Weaksauce for a porter, but still a drinkable beer.
_zman (6) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 22, 2013 does not count
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2013 Poured like a dark porter but the appearance didn?t match the name, a bit weak although I could taste a hint of vanilla.
gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2013 Doesn?t really taste all that much like a porter. It?s got some hops and a little vanilla, but pretty weak.
BeerGuy84 (17) - - DEC 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is more subtle than expected. It is pleasant but missing some of the dark grain characteristics. It is a nice dark cola color with a small tan head that leaves uneven lacing. The vanilla was not as pronounced as expected but it is there. The rest of the taste is a little thin. Overall still enjoyable enough to recommend to people that might be wary of darker beers.