BrettTaylor (539) - Radford, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2014 Poured from a bottle. Typical porter coloring, rich brown color. Aroma is surprisingly light, but hints of chocolate and faint vanilla. There is an unusual tang on the taste, hint of vanilla but surprisingly faint. Some cocoa and malt. This bottle is definitely flawed and I had to pour it out. Will re-rate once I get a hold of some more.
Re-rated 10/30/14. Better but still not really loving this. Vanilla is very subtle. Lots of nutty and chocolate and coffee.
Stoned99 (105) - 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 (106) - 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 (76) - 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 (46) - 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 (2828) - 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 (194) - 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.
jsmanigold (20) - - DEC 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice smooth feel. Not much of an aroma. Good chocolate roasted flavor with the vanilla taste hitting you on the back of the tongue. It is a good porter, would drink again if available.
Barnoloid (259) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a eminently drinkable porter, a real ’go-to’ light choice when my palate is worn out from hoppier offerings. A smooth, malty and almost creamy porter with that delicate touch of vanilla on the backend which gives this a little sweetness.
rjwhite41 (53) - osceola, Iowa, USA - NOV 20, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint. Dark brown to black although light can get through. Very little head, slight lacing. Smells of roasted malt and butter. Tastes of vanilla, milk chocolate, roasted malt and light generic hop bitterness. Body is a bit thin. Overall, unremarkable, not bad but will not buy again.
Tessic (906) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This porter poured a deep amber/red colour with minimal, tan coloured head. Scents include vanilla, roast, caramel and toast. First swig is roasty with flavours of light vanilla and caramel. A little sweet with low carbonation. Finish is sweet with malt flavours lingering.