Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
drjay44 (2968) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium, short lived dark ivory head, with heavy lacing, over a reddish brown (SRM 27) slightly hazy body.....nose is heavy coffee, lighter chocolate, touch of vanilla....taste is coffee, light vanilla, finishing bitter coffee....mouth feel on the light of medium, carbonation adds pleasant foam. Although a reasonable drink, this is a rather simple Porter. It is utterly dominated by the coffee tones in the roasted malts with all other elements more hidden. BJCP 7/3/11/4/6
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown with silky tan head. The aroma is fairly rich in the cocoa and vanilla department, with some slight raisin, ash, and earth notes. The flavor is straightforward vanilla, with a bit of an ash and roast tone to it. There is a faint earthy and resinous hop tone to keep that sweetness in check (though it’s still on the sweet side overall). Pretty good.
DiarmaidBHK (3733) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle from Vineland liquor. Pours jet black with small khaki head and it leaves a ton of lacing in the class. I get some coffee notes but I don’t get a lot of Vanilla. Not my favorite example of the style.
freeofthoughts (684) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours dark brown with red hue, light tan head. Aroma is bready with thin coffee not much else. Drink is light and fairly smooth but also simple. the bready roasted grains are prominent with nothing else until the finish where some vanilla and sweetness show. Alright brew overall.
beaz1591 (238) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
BVery (7961) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle. Very dark pour with a cream colored head that left great lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, slight coffee, and a touch of vanilla sweetness. Palate is a bit thin, hops and carbonation are a bit low, so it hits the tongue a little flat. Taste is spot-on with the aroma, smooth and pleasant, although a touch flat. This is good stuff, but just a close call away from being awesome.
jmohno (1262) - Iowa, USA - SEP 18, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
fidelis83 (2196) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
RSRIZZO (1899) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle poured into an English Pint at 40°. Color is a deep dark brown with good carbonation and a thin tan head. Aroma is slightly sweet with a roasted malt and vanilla scent. It has a lighter medium body that gives crisp mouth feel. Flavor of mild roasted coffee and a mellow vanilla that lets a faint sweetness come out. In the after taste the vanilla lingers for just a bit. Overall its a good brew, a nice light easy drinking porter.