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RATINGS: 193   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Truly a one-of-a-kind. We balance coffee-like, dark roasted malts with the sweet, seductive flavor of vanilla beans. The result? A deliciously unique flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beaz1591 (238) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 18, 2011
Poured a deep dark chocolate black color with a creamy colored pillow top head. Moderate lacing and carbonation bubbles present in this beautiful beer. When I took a drink I first noticed hints of coffee and chocolate but it finishes with a bitter vanilla aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a black colored body with a thin, frothy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is slightly acidic roasts with some vanilla and bittersweet chocolates along with a few dark fruits. Flavor is similar. Bittersweet chocolates and sweet roasts up front with a bit of a dark fruit acidity and some vanilla. Roasts get a bit burnt in the middle with the vanilla adding a very pleasant sweetness. Finishes very smooth with vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, roasts with a touch of dark fruit acidity, and a hint of char. Dries with a light, roasty bitterness and fairly lengthy aftertaste. Medium-light body with a moderate carbonation. Overall, a decent vanilla porter. Well balanced and easy drinking with a pleasant vanilla flavor. Still maintains a nice, somewhat lighter bittersweet chocolate and a pleasant roast. Nothing special, but enjoyable enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmohno (1533) - Iowa, USA - SEP 18, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2014 Some roast aroma with chocolate a mineral like smell with a bit of stale yeast. Color is opaqueish heavy dark brown with a little reddish hue at the light.Ring of foam,touch of lacing.Bittersweet chocolate with a diet cola like taste and sweetness with roast and a clashing citrus thing with a diet vanilla chocolate flavor. ok,but not liking any of their beers so far,pretty mediocre.I really dont like flavored coffee beans and this has that kind of artifical synthetic diet like flavor with the roast/coffe vanilla. Rerated 2014, not bad for a vanilla porter but still average. decent. Not reall diety or artificial as much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 15, 2011
Pours black with a thin beige head that has great reteniton and leaves specks of lacing. Aroma is vanilla, light roast and sweet malt, mostly vanilla though. Some chocolate and roast nuts come out as it warms. Flavor is vanilla, lots of chocolate and coffee, roast nuts, a touch of char and burnt sugar. Palate is light to medium bodied, creamy on entry, has a light, but a little sharp carbonation and fairly neutral, slightly oily finish. Pretty tasty brew, could use a little less vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wlajwl (5833) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 21, 2011
Vanilla in both aroma and flavor, although it doesn’t overwhelm the beer. A bit different for a porter, the regular porter flavor is in the background but still there, a decent porter overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
northropfrye (3297) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 15, 2011
Bottle. Faint chocolatey aroma. Oily texture. Dark reddish-brown colour. Faintly sweet chocolate and vanilla mocha taste. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2011
[Tap] Part of a sampler at Lazlo’s in Omaha. Aroma of vanilla, hazelnut and espresso. The taste is of molasses, milk chocolate, vanilla and even some light bourbon. Chalky mouthfeel and lingering sweet vanilla notes. Very little hop contribution here. A bit watery and on the thin side. Not bad overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sthlm (1283) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2011
[Bottle] Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is very hard to pick up when cold, but when it warms, toasted malt and brown sugar come out. I actually really enjoyed it, except for the fact that there were also some vegetal notes that showed up from time to time. Taste is really weak, but there is vanilla, a very subdued chocolate, with some caramel like candy, and surprisingly restrained deeply roasted malt at the end. Medium-thin mouthfeel, finish length is above average. Overall, a difficult one to rate, because it doesn’t impress, but it isn’t bad either. It just is one of those middle of the road, to slightly below average beers that doesn’t stand out in any way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2011
On tap @ Great River Iowa City. Dark brown appearance with a brown head. Light vanilla and light toasty malts in the nose. Delicious vanilla bean flavor on a smooth porter body. The vanilla is done well which is appreciated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaltOMeal (1093) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2011
bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Nose is of coffee and vanilla. Taste is of coffee, vanilla and ash. Mouthfeel is thin. ok, but not great.

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