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Style: Porter
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

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RATINGS: 514   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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Also Known as Vanilla Porter. A 6.2% porter brewed by the Team from North Bar, Leeds as a special. But by popularity has become a permanent addition to the range.


thirstyrabbit's rating

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirstyrabbit (1079) - Tallinn, - OCT 30, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown body, medium tan head. Aroma has strange notes of rust and later some roast and hops too. Typical roasty/malty taste with medium hoppiness. Very average, perhaps even a bit thin. I don’t get the vanilla, maybe only in the other sense of the word.


3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
adster (164) - HUNGARY - JUL 20, 2014
Elsőre kissé visszafogott illattal lep meg minket, melyhez talán hozzájárul az a vastag és krémes habpaplan, mely hosszasan időzik a főzet tetején, mintegy gátját szabva a molekulák áramlásának. Kis időt követően azonban egy rendkívül elegáns, pörkölt, kávés aroma tárul elénk, mely a folytatásban sem tűnik el nyomtalanul. Kellemesen telt, krémes állagú, szinte harapható. Jegeskávészerű zamata, a lágyan pörkölt maláta, az erősen karamellizált cukrok kerekded hatása egy, a címkén olvasható leíráson már előirányzott régmúltat idéző, klasszikus és igazán nemes ízélményt produkálnak. Hajlamosak vagyunk azt feltételezni, hogy az efféle alkotások a stílus alfái és omegái, a főbb jellemvonások ugyanis, melyeket egy ilyesfajta italtól várhat az ember igen remekül vannak illusztrálva e főzet személyében.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (160) - BELGIUM - JUL 18, 2014
Originally an occasional (’Vanilla Porter’) brewed for the North Bar in Leeds, but Brewdog apparently adopted this as a year-round brew in the meantime. Advertised as a Baltic porter, but clearly top-fermented and in that respect more of a ’typical’ porter (if such a thing exists altogether). Yellowish beige, creamy, near rocky head, colour a very opaque ruby brown, bordering on black. Complexely perfumed aroma of candi syrup, molasses, port wine, soy sauce, pear, dates, liquorice and tobacco, taste kicks off slightly acidic (with even a hint of citric acid), quickly overpowered by a well-rounded, ’dark’ fruitiness, bit syrupy and powdery mouthfeel, deeply malty foundation, in the finish lightly toasted bitter (some coffee), the drying acidity from the onset again appearing. Not the best beer I’ve had from this progressive micro, but an interesting porter nonetheless.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (9789) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2014
A dark brown porter with a thin brown head. In aroma, sweet fruity chocolate malt with caramel, dark fruits, smooth resinous coffee, very nice. In mouth, a nice peated chocolate malt with light smokiness, dark fruits, light coffee, very nice. BB Dec 2012.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (1590) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2014
The vanilla’s not all up in your grill like with some vanilla porters but it’s definitely there, balanced nicely with roasted malt and chocolate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
csiriba (4) - - JUN 10, 2014 does not count
Szép barnás hab, sötét, de vörösen áttettsző, malátás illatú. Pörkölt jegyek visszafogottak. Markáns komlókeserűség. Nagyon kellemesen iható porter.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sissio (543) - Orsenigo, ITALY - MAY 11, 2014
Clear black ruby with red highlights, brown head Malts, licorice, caramel, hops, some toffee Very bitter, some ashes, rich malts, raw licorice

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mjp12 (295) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2014
Sweet malt and vanilla aroma. Very dark brown, with a thining tan head. A very drinkable porter, but doesn’t have any real intensity.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (1183) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a really thin beige head that leaves some lacing. Nose is of caramel, fruits and roasted malt. This isn’t a roast bomb, it’s more a background noise than anything, at least judging from the aroma. Vanilla is definitely in there also but it is well controlled. Taste is lightly sweet, not really bitter. Flavors revolve around roasted malt and this roasted malt also bring a slight acidity to the game. No ash but coming quite close I think. Light chocolate. Finish has a bit of astringency also from the roasted malt. Body is medium, carbonation moderate and fine. All in all a nice porter, with a few tweaks it could be world class I think.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
guzgorog (224) - FRANCE - APR 8, 2014
Noire avec des reflets rubis, assez plate, peu de mousse. Nez de cacao, café, pruneaux. En bouche, sur le cacao, prune et arričre bouche de vanille. Amertume moyenne. Bonne porter mais pas exceptionnelle.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
northropfrye (2148) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 7, 2014
A nice porter, but in a back to back sampling the weaker of the options we tried. Voluptuous yet pert.


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