Leighton (18221) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home in NH, shared with Charlie. Pours brown with a foamy, light tan head. Slight roast and mild chocolate in the aroma, mild vanilla fo sho. Light to medium sweet flavor, heavy and almost sharp vanilla, rich bread. Medium bodied with average, smooth carbonation. Lightly sweet finish, sharp malts and vanilla, mild roast. The vanilla is too sharp overall, and the beer could stand to be a little sweeter (which might alleviate some of the abrasive vanilla). Otherwise, pretty decent stuff.
rlgk (17912) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Beer Authority, NYC. Very dark amber/Brown beer with à nice beige/brownish head. Malty chocolate aroma, vanilla, cream, bread, fruit notes, cocoa powder, some figs. Chocolate and vanilla flavor, fruity, creamy, milky, some licorice. Decent but lacking the roaatiness and hops I want in a porter.
Theydon_Bois (16635) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at the Royal Tavern, Philly - 26/05/12.
Very dark brown with a thin off-white head.
Roasted malts, chocolate and a vague whiff of vanilla. Perhaps only sensed it because of the name of the beer?
Roasted, slightly burnt malts in the taste, a little chocolate, not picking up vanilla.
A little thin and on the watery side. Average carbonation.
A tad disappointing!
yngwie (16482) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 12oz. It pours a reddish light brown body, clear, with a small, dense, light beige head. The aroma is mostly on the roasted side, with caramel, some chocolate and vanilla. Something strange that I can’t idenfity too. The flavor doesn’t have that unwanted strange thing though, just chocolate, coffee, caramel and vanilla, and some bitterness. Medium to full body, semi-dry, and plesantly carbonated. Not too sweet neither initially nor in the end. Still, not my favorite vanilla porter in any way, it lacks a bit on complexity, but then it’s only 4.7% ABV. 130819
TBone (16080) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 17, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled 12oz @Cambridge, 1
Dark ruby, almost opaque color, small beige head. Sticky aroma of cocoa and some vanilla. Medium-bodied. Flavor has cocoa and vanilla too. A bit like essance flavors. Nutty.
brokensail (15754) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Breckenridge @ The Ballpark. Sweet vanilla and cream on the nose. Mild roast, milk chocolate, and chocolate malt. Hints of coffee. Flavor is quite sweet. Lots of vanilla, chocolate malt, and milk chocolate. Creamy. Roasted malt, some coffee, and a hint of fruit on the finish.
Oakes (15483) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2007
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Medium brown colour. Fairly heavy vanilla nose...but not exactly evoking the ring-tailed lemurs of Madagascar. There’s some light chocolate notes in there as well. Heavy vanilla on the palate, with the slight toastiness of a thinnish porter. Not all that cohesive, either, unfortunately.
Theis (15119) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at the brewpub. Almost black - no head. Roasted, vanilla, grainy, dryness, lactose, chocolate, nutty, light hoppy. Thin body. A bit like vanilla-coke.
jtclockwork (14700) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2012 Light and smooth vanilla bean nose and mouth feel. Coffee is present also in both nose and taste. It’s light, but I like it lots. Rated 10/15/09
Bottle. Pours black with thin bone white head. Nose/taste of coffee bean, vanilla bean and light chocolate roast. Medium body. Rerated 7/27/12
bhensonb (13980) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Archer Liquors. Pours dark brown with a decent light tan head. Aroma of dark toast, but not sure about vanilla. Medium body with sharp, creamy carbonation. Now I’m sure about the vanilla. Pretty present. An interesting variant. Not a style of porter I would chase after.