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Great Lakes Brewing Harry Porter & the Bourbon Soaked Vanilla Bean

Brewed by Great Lakes Brewing (Ontario)
Style: Porter
Etobicoke, Canada


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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
It’s been said that a great sorcerer with a single magical vanilla bean can infuse the intense depth of flavour and aroma that is found in this ale.
Unfortunately, we are hideously short of such wizards at Great Lakes so instead we simply used 1001 vanilla beans.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tranquillity (1581) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2015
Cask at barhop. Very dark, small beige head. The aroma is subtle, a bit of smoke. The taste is exploding, it’s bacon, smoke, malt. Just beautiful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Whatup14 (1210) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2015
Bouteille 660ml, gracieuseté de msjpearson, Thanks Mike! Couleur noire opaque, mousse moka crémeuse laissant une légère dentelle. Arôme de vanille, chocolat, guimauve, biscuit Graham. Goût de malt torréfié, vanille, café, chocolat, légère acidité. Carbonatation moyenne, corps moyen-faible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (1001) - CANADA - SEP 16, 2015
(Project X version: 6.5% ABV and 30IBU) Appearance: opaque brown-black with one finger of rocky tan head, excellent retention and lacing. (5/5) Aroma: vanilla bean, dark chocolate and coffee, bourbon. (8/10) Taste: moderately strong sweet, moderately strong bitter. (7/10) Palate: full body, moderate-low carbonation, moderate lingering bitter and warming finish. (4/5) Surprisingly bombastic for a relatively restrained ABV - it swaggers like a double-digit but is fairly successfully in punching above its weight. I say “fairly”, because the finish ultimately gets a bit unbalanced towards the bitter once the sweetness subsides, and you’re able to taste it since the taste buds haven’t been pummelled into submission by the booziness. Still, very much worth a try, and the lower ABV means you won’t be limited to just one - whether of this, or something else! (16/20)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Helsdon (319) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2015
Big bottle from the brewery labeled on a project X neck tag. (As per usual.) Pours as back as Lord Voldemort soul (...ah the bit that’s stuck in that locket I guess) with a little more head that q-ball L.V. has hair. A sweet nose of vanilla, and chocolate, malts that come off burn and a little dusty. The taste is a decent hit of roasted malts, a little dust and ash. (What is the malt out there that does that. It keeps coming up.) Fairly sweet with a strong presents of that vanilla, the bourbon hiding for me. Overall sweeter than I was hoping for, and not the bourbon flavour either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pictoman (827) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
Poured from 473mL can. Black with tan head. Lots of vanilla with a dark chocolate and coffee backing. Bourbon aging is almost completely hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Randy4Beer (399) - - JAN 1, 2015
Pours very dark brown with a mocha head. The vanilla bean aromas waft off of this one. Quite lovely. The palate has the vanilla bean, coupled to something akin to cherry cola. This beer isn’t an in-your-face beer, but it’s subtle nuances need to be slowly ruminated on, and doing that will reveal that this really is quite complex, not to mention delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 1, 2014
Pours a very dark opaque brown with a decent sized light brown head that leaves good lace. Aroma is vanilla, roast malt, bourbon and rich toffee/coffee/chocolate mixture. Flavour is roasted malts, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, coffee, chocolate, mild bitterness, moderate sweetness and almost lightly burnt malts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reimer96 (1644) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 1, 2014
Thanks to cfrancis for this one... I’m a sucker for vanilla! Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy brown head that dissipates and leaves good lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate and coca. Taste is vanilla, roasted malts, light toast and caramel, bourbon and a nice bitterness from the roasted malts and a light bozziness from the bourbon... Excellent complexity!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperTiti33 (819) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2014
Noire. Beau collet beige et dense. Riche et crémeuse. Café. Très et même extrêmement vanillé. Chocolat au lait. Légèrement anisé. Boisé.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfrancis (2789) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2014
Pours dark brown with a light brown wisp of a head. Aroma is vanilla, small bourbon and roasted malts. Taste is dry roast with vanilla and some sweet bourbon. Really nice.

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