stabzmcgee (72) - Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is of a vanilla and hot chocolate. Appearance is opaque black with a tan leather head that stays for the experience. Taste is that of vanilla bean, coffee and hot chocolate. Palate is full bodied, creamy thick texture with a soft carbonation. Long tasty finish.
radioscooter (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Got this in my first BIF (Thanks Lambic lady) and was so excited to try it I popped it in the fridge and 4 hours later - here I am. Just came off of a Founders KBS which i did NOT like. I love me some sweet vanilla stout (STCB) so let’s get this show off the road.
Appearance is perfect. Pitch black body, staggered cafe au lait head that sits about a finger up after an aggro pour.
Smell is some flowery vanilla and hops. Hmm. It’s a porter so I’m good with it. But it is claiming EXTREME vanilla so - I am unconvinced.
Tastes surprisingly dry and the vanilla is right there, but floral. I’d love to have this on tap. A bit dry, the flowery vanilla lingers on after the dry porter goes down. Tastes more floral than beans would suggest.
It is what it says it is - a vanilla porter. But I think vanilla needs some more sweet to go with it. Just like cocoa does. Coffee can stand bitter on its own. Vanilla and Chocolate NEED more sweet. This needs more cream and sweet.
Also too carbonated. A bit too bubbly for the style and for me.
It’s an odd choice for a porter. I love vanilla mixed with the creaminess of a milk stout or stout. But with a dry porter it is a rough fit.
craftbeerdesign (2140) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bomber thanks to ratman197. pours a murky brown / burnt red with some red highlights and a 1 finger tanish head. vanilla nose with graham cracker, oatmeal raisin cookies and light chocolate chips. medium body - smooth throughout... with layers of chocolate, light coffee, vanilla, dark cherries, figs, oatmeal, and cookie crumbs. sweet finish with some darker coffee notes along with a crisp bitterness and a dry malt driven roast.
mhurley (5) - Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2011 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of my favorite beers from Dry Dock. A dark porter with a med-heavy mouth-feel. In the aroma you pick up definite vanilla and chocolate. The flavor is very balanced and not over the top with vanilla so that you can still taste the chocolate and roast.
DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 17/09/2010
Big vanilla aroma. Dark coloured a little rich on the palate and strong in alcohol. Hoppy with a hint of dryness and bitterness in a full vanilla finish.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown-orange, tan head. Aroma is tons of vanilla beans, chocolate. Taste is lots of vanilla, chocolate, whole vanilla bean.
Suttree (4908) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
OK, it says "Vanilla" right there on the label, so you know pretty much what you’re getting. And it does not disappoint - great aroma of vanilla (duh) and chocolate and coffee. The flavor doesn’t live up to the aroma, but it’s still very tasty. Really enjoyable beer.
NielsenRatings (8278) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap @ brewpub. Black appearance with a fairly smally brown head. The nose is a very intense hot chocolate packet smell with added vanilla syrup. Mouthfeel is pretty flat and quite uncarbonated. Did they seriously pour Swiss Miss packets into their porter?! Slightly cheap cocoa flavor with vanilla syrup. The dark malty flavor is almost missing after all the added ingredients. It’s not necessarily an unpleasant flavor and I’m sure my girlfriend would drink this by the liters but it’s too much of a kitchen concotion for me.
BrewDad (4632) - Olympia, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer Bloggers Conference 2010 – Boulder, CO - The Night of Beers…
Dark brown in color, clear with a thin head. Vanilla and dark chocolate aromas. Flavor was a subtle vanilla along with the chocolate and roasted malt. Nice dry finish this was a tasty beer.
onceblind (3674) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2010 On tap @ the brewery’s taproom on 11/12/10. The chalkboard claimed a 5.5% ABV and 33 IBU. Pours out a nice creamy black with a dissipating beige head. Though it leaves great lacing. Smells like a homemade cookie with more vanilla extract than the recipe called for. Some chocolate in the nose as well. Great medium-full body. Taste hits with roasty malt chocolate, quickly leads into vanilla extract flavoring without the strong alcoholic punch. In all, it tastes like the nose; a very vanilla’d homemade-from-scratch chocolate chip cookie. Sweet and very lovely!