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.
grundsow (81) - 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.
Danny1217 (81) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2013 A somewhat typical porter, but with a strong taste of vanilla. The vanilla gives this beer an interesting taste and a nice aroma.
joverton85 (80) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
where is the vanilla? really just tasted like any other generic porter. small head and weak body. smell nice.
Grizzle (80) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - AUG 27, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle -> Imperial pint glass. Great aroma: sweet and malty. Pours a deep, rich mahogany, with a 1/2 to 3/4 inch khaki head, which disappears perhaps quicker than a porter head should. Zero lacing to speak of. The vanilla is successfully infused with the chocolate, caramel, nut, and malt notes, producing a roasted sweetness. The body is a thin-medium, with an oily slickness as it rolls off the tongue and down the hatch.
nmoskop (79) - Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
An admittedly deliecious thought, this brew seems to have crossed into stout territory. I wasn’t able to detect the hop that would separate this beer from stout and porter. Strong coffee and light vanilla aftertaste. Bad batch? Will try again...
moseefus (79) - Little Rock, Arkansas, USA - NOV 12, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I remember this being better on tap than out of the bottle, but I may just be fooling myself. Flavor is a very light vanilla, only caught it at the very end, the coffee, malt and hops covers it up quite well. Flavor was average, the hops left it bitter on my tongue, perhaps putting it in at the end of the boil would have helped.
nothing remarkable and I definitely wouldn’t buy this again, would get Youngs Double Chocolate.
fsquirrel29 (79) - Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2012
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very disappointing. I really like porter beers and I typically like vanilla flavored things, but I found out I don’t like "flavored" beers. It looked really nice in the glass and maybe that got my hopes too high. Of course I finished the beer, but I will not buy this one again.
joesf35 (78) - Margate, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2013
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
No apparent aroma stands out. Pours light carbonation and reddish black with a beige head. Taste is vanilla, caramel, chocolate, sweet.
ShawnC (76) - - SEP 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium dark caramel color no head. Rich caramel nose with a little oak like sweetness. Very sweet molasses oak vanilla finish with a respectable porter in the background. Very light on the hops. Sweetness outlasts the hops on the finish. Good. Worth drinking.
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