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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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We use over two pounds of real vanilla beans in each seven barrel batch to infuse this brown porter with amazing complexity and a smooth rich flavor. There is nothing subtle about this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4417) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2012
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Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, roast, and vanilla. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights and a small beige head outlined by a slightly thicker ring. The flavor starts with a quick dose of MILK chocolate and caramel. The finish has moderate vanilla and a touch of roast. Itís medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat thin mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2356) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2012
Pours unclear dark amber brown with a almost a deep ruby hue. The aroma is pleasant natural vanilla with just the right sweetness in the nose and almost a tinge of booze at the end. The flavor of the vanilla is the same, rich and naturally sweet on top of a body a bit too carbonated for my palate, but light and smooth overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (4665) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Borwn pour with tan head and lace. Roasted malt, brown sugar, and vanilla aroma. Sweet vanilla, chocolate, and light sour malt. Swet finish and much vanilla. Medium bodied with good carbonation just a hinto thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
robertjm (737) - Albany, California, USA - FEB 25, 2012
(trade w/adnielsen) 22oz btl - Single finger thick tan head. Dark brown body. Very distinct aroma of vanilla. Same with the flavor. Nicely blends with the chocolate malts. Not overly bitter. You can tell the difference between a real vanilla, and extracts that some places use. Vanilla does fall off in the aftertaste, allowing a light bitterness. Nice extra in a trade!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11004) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2011
@Dad&Dudes-on tap-pours a light brown head with black color. Aroma is chocolate-dark malt, mint. Taste is sweet chocolate/cocoa-dark malt, some mint, some spice hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours dark chocolate brown, pretty close to black, with a big active tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is excellent and dominated by fresh vanilla aromas, not extract smells but real vanilla beans. There is roasted malts and some cocoa powder as well. Taste is almost as good as the aroma. The initial taste isnít all that impressive with a lightly roasted malt and chocolate flavor, but as it warms the vanilla really starts to shine and each sip ends with a nice vanilla finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with decent carbonation and less roasty and sweeter than most porters. I really like this beer as the vanilla is distinct and flavorful without becoming too sweet. Excellent porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (5718) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2011
Pour is dark black with off white almost tan head, aroma has big notes of vanilla, touch of roast, chocolate and toffee in there. Taste is big sweet vanilla, hints of bittering coffee and roast, but more sweet toffee and vanilla round this out. I admit, Iím a sucker for vanilla, so this one hit the spot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
missdev (18) - USA - NOV 6, 2011
Love that they donít wuss out on the vanilla. Leans to more of a stout than a porter, a little thick. Holds on to its beer identity buts still lets the adjunct shine. A friendly beer for those that "donít like the dark stuff." Definitely sweet, with just a little dry roast in the back.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (4479) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Sampled at an esbls tadting. From Tyler. Very dark but some red. A tan head. A roasted nose with some chocolate and vanilla. This could be a dessert beer. Big vanilla and chocolate. So sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RSRIZZO (1847) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2011
22oz bottle poured into an English Pint at 43į. Color is black with good carbonation and a thick tan head that falls to become thin and tight. Aroma of roasted malt with a sweet overtone of vanilla. It as a medium body with a smooth mouth feel. Flavor is a light roasted taste like a mild coffee, then a bit of chocolate and a nice vanilla comes in fallowed by a light bitterness. In the after taste the vanilla stands out a little more with a dry feel. Overall its a tasty brew, its a bit light for a Porter but the vanilla comes out nicely.

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