maslupulos (39) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep brown with plenty of tan head. Smells of cocoa nibs, roasted malt, and of course vanilla. Not a completely pungent vanilla taste, actually a good bit of smoke, roast, and hop to balance things out. Definitely a sweet beer, but not in an annoying way. Not bad at all.
dinkle50 (875) - 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 (28) - 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 (20) - 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 (443) - Monterey, California, 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 (1408) - 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 (838) - 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.
jayzz (127) - Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer almost has it all for a porter... Aroma is strong chocolate and vanilla. Appearance is dark with a lasting cream colored head with significant lacing. Taste is as advertised with chocolate and vanilla forward and throughout. What’s lacking is mouth feel and complexity. But it is a Porter and not a stout... So the lighter side of mouth feel and leaning towards simplicity may be what’s expected. Good easy drinking beer.
dliberto (71) - Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Drank from bottle. Taste has nutty, coffee, and vanilla flavors to it. Sweet, medium carbonation, medium bodied. Not bad easy drinking beer
jstonerock24 (77) - Englewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours back with a white head. Aroma is of chocolate. Flavor is of roasted vanilla. Lacks a malty backbone to finish.
Pizz5116 (17) - Bayville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on draft. Pours a dark brown. Finger head heavy lacing. Vanilla and nutty aroma. Taste starts with vanilla and a dark chocolate.. finishes with a nutty flavor that lingers on the palate. Overall not a bad porter.