Bean counter is a perfectly balanced and traditional English Porter, "completely ruined" by the addition of Tahitian vanilla!
While our traditionalist friends cringe, we celebrate the way the vanilla gently binds the chocolate and espresso notes present in the base beer and adds a warm creamy note. Think a coffee laced creme brulee, and you won’t be far off. The vanilla is subtle though, we didn’t want to offend those traditionalist mates of ours too much after all! It’s there to bring out the underlying flavours of the beer, and complement them with subtlety.
It’s not supposed to be a vanilla bomb. We’re sure you’ll get it once you try it!
Jimthechap (1885) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had the distinct pleasure of having a pint of this beer this evening. Indeed, myself and my off-sider were pleasantly surprised by a nice nutty, vanilla aroma that carried chocolate, some coffee and vanilla again through the palate. Not the most handsome brew to look at as it seemed dark, cold and had very little head (had off tap at Pomeroy’s). For a beer that carried an unusual flavour this was remarkably sessionable and we went for seconds quite readily. Mention is made in the preamble of milk chocolate and it was definitely there, but once the big, desserty biscuity flavours mellowed the beer still carried enough flavour mid-pint to make the beer remarkable. One I will definitely return to. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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