arminjewell (8626) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
missdev (18) - USA - NOV 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Strykzone (5535) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
RSRIZZO (1899) - 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 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.
SudsMcDuff (6850) - .....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 .. . . iím the head of the house, cock of the walk- i am the gate keeper.. .
Doodler (316) - 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 (5360) - 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 (9456) - 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 (2970) - 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 (1482) - 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.