notalush (5077) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Dry Dock - murky brown/black pour - looks like French press coffee - intense, earthy vanilla aroma, without much else present, but the vanilla is quite pleasant - in the flavor, the vanilla is well-integrated with the nuttiness, coffee and roast of the malt - nice balance of dark malt bitterness and vanilla sweetness - some touches of caramel - if you donít like vanilla, it probably isnít for you, but it is nicely done.
Dogbrick (8813) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the brewpub. Pours black with a medium beige head that diminishes to an outer ring. Aroma of roasted malt and vanilla coffee. Medium body with a roasty malt character and notes of vanilla, mild hops and coffee. The finish alternates between vanilla and chocolate and leaves a lightly bitter coffee aftertaste. Decent overall.
drjay44 (2772) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
650 ml. bottle. Pours a thin beige head, over a clear, dark brown (SRM 35 body.....nose is heavy vanilla, light chocolate....taste is heavy vanilla, light chocolate, bit of toffee/caramel....mouth feel light, carbonation medium. The vanilla has been used with a heavy hand. The beers aromas and flavors are pleasant, but are more uni-dimensional than they should be to be. Mouth feel is light for a Porter. If you like vanilla youíll like this. BJCP 6/3/13/4/6
wchesser (1267) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma is full on vanilla. Beer is watery with no structure to carry the vanilla. Completely unbalanced. Vanilla is far to strong with no other character to reign it in. Lends the beer an almost cloying sweetness. Back to the drawing board guys...start with a good base porter recipe and then beef it up with something to hang the vanilla off of. Less is more.
SpringsLicker (3173) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with a tan head.
Starbucks chocolate and vanilla aromas and flavors.
tennessejed420 (927) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2011 pours black with a nice finger of creamy froth, very nice lacing. Aroma shows that they werenít kidding about the vanilla - this could be good or bad. There are big notes of vanilla beans, some coconut, with a tad bit of cocoa / roast barely showing underneath. The aroma almost reminds me of a vanilla rum. Medium bodied, kind of milky, with a lactose finish. Flavor initially is all porter, cocoa, chocolate, roast, but then finishes with an interesting lactose, vanilla finish. Vanilla is much more prominent in the aroma, the flavor is almost like a milk stout. The final verdict is that this is a pretty nice porter, and an innovative one at that. I would recommend this to anyone.
Angelmonster (128) - Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice one finger beige head. Body is black in color with auburn brown highlights. Head retention and lacing were above average.
Aroma is awesome. Similar to Southern Tier Choklat, smells like a banana split. Very heavy on Vanilla Beans with sweet chocolate also present. Hops and alcohol are not detected.
Taste is similar to smell, lots of vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts but this beer is all about the sweetness, like liquid desert.
Like smell, hops and alcohol are non existent.
Mouthfeel was rather light with a chalky finish. Beer is aggressively carbonated and head was gone halfway through beer.
Overall this was a good beer, pretty sweet but not cloyingly sweet like some vanilla porters. Kind of a one note beer but thats not necessarily a bad thing. Would buy again, definitely would buy one at a restaurant with some brownie a la mode.
Nikiel (878) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle with Carla. Pours a deep black with hints of red and a tan foam. Smells sweet of vanilla, chocolate and slight hint of roastiness. Tastes mellow with hints of citrus backed up by a light sweetness of vanilla and a little bit of milk chocolate. Feels very thin for such a rich porter.
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 letís 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. Itís a porter so Iím good with it. But it is claiming EXTREME vanilla so - I am unconvinced.
Tastes surprisingly dry and the vanilla is right there, but floral. Iíd 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.
Itís 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.