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RATINGS: 84   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nikiel (873) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2011
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stabzmcgee (72) - Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radioscooter (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2158) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mhurley (5) - Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2011 does not count
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Brown-orange, tan head. Aroma is tons of vanilla beans, chocolate. Taste is lots of vanilla, chocolate, whole vanilla bean.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 20, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TwoSipDip (8894) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (4772) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2010
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.

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