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Church Brew Vanilla Bourbon Porter

Church Brew Vanilla Bourbon Porter
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Formerly brewed at Church Brew Works
Style: Porter
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA


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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 2.92/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Our next addition of our rotating Blast Furnace Stout series is a Vanilla Bourbon Porter . Porter is a style of beer which originated in London, England in the 1700’s. It became very popular there until it’s decline in the 1930’s. A separate style of beer evolved from a porter, called a stout. Now a porter is typically the step between a brown ale and a stout in both color and body. Our Vanilla Bourbon Porter is a brown porter. The color is very dark but not black. You may notice some dark red color. The aroma is full of chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla with a complex ester (fruit-like) quality. The body will be quite full and rich with caramel notes and more roastiness. When the beer finishes the bitterness from the hops nicely balances the caramel maltiness, vanilla, and bourbon then lingers for a moment before it’s gone. The addition of the bourbon and vanilla was done in the serving tank. We achieved this by adding bourbon soaked oak chips and whole vanilla beans into the serving tank.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 07/23/2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub

black, fine tan head, scattered lace, light sweet vanilla and chocolate aroma, lots of sweet vanilla flavor, dry chocolate shows in the second wave, bourbon follows in the finish and adds a bit of bitter oak, the oak really dries it out a lot, a bit of sweetness sneaks in on the very last sip

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (5370) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2007
Certainly Vanilla all the way. Bitter and slightly sour. Almost Baltic porter in nature but not quite as strong or dense. Virtually flat. Good stronger oppressive porter. I thought this was a mild imp stout before I saw the name.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Rating #800! Draft, Church Brew Works. Pours a murky brown color; off-white head with patchy retention. Light brown sugar and vanilla extract in the aroma. Medium mouthfeel: very weak rendition of a barrel-aged beer; decent roasted malt porter character, but with oak chips making themselves apparent (cardboard) and an overuse of something that seems like vanilla extract (although it’s evidently actual vanilla beans). Not exceptional. Medium, toasted oak and vanilla finish; slightly roasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 4, 2007
On tap at the Church. Black brown, thin off white head. Aroma is grass, pine, molasses, graham cracker. Flavor is pine, grass, molasses, graham cracker, vanilla, chocolate, slight smoke and oak. Pretty good.

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