RSRIZZO (1876) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle poured into an English Pint at 43°. 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.
SudsMcDuff (6551) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost forgot about this, i liked this- most over do it with the vanilla, not this .. . light roast and vanilla, beautifully balanced! . . A cool little brewery .. . . i’m the head of the house, cock of the walk- i am the gate keeper.. .
Doodler (314) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Arts and Ales Fest. Pours a deep brown color with a small off-white head. Big vanilla nose with some cocoa aromas. Taste of vanilla, roasted malts and chocolate. The vanilla flavor was a bit overpowering for me and the mouthfeel was thin for a porter. My wife may like this, but too much vanilla IMHO.
notalush (5234) - 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 don’t like vanilla, it probably isn’t for you, but it is nicely done.
Dogbrick (9118) - 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 (2867) - 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 you’ll like this. BJCP 6/3/13/4/6
wchesser (1352) - 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 (3224) - 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 weren’t 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 (136) - 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.