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


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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.

DerWeg's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DerWeg (1538) - Toronto, Ontario, - JAN 19, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2014 RE-RATE - mmediate vanilla flavors that blend in well and a hint of richness from either the bourbon or more likely the dark toffeeish malts. No unbalanced astringency // ORIG RATE. Wish there were points for a silly title! Cask at Only. Great dark brown look with dark tan head, faint nose of dark fruit, taste is surprisingly bitter - thin hop bite. Struggling to detect toffee, chocolate... is there any vanilla here? All the hinted-at mellow richness seems clobbered and defeated by the weird almost metallic astringency. Excessively bitter hop palate - why? = 3.2

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pictoman (708) - 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
andrewturba (1133) - 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 (1426) - 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 (712) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3177) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2014
Brown bottle, 650 ml, purchased at the LCBO, savoured on March 9 2014; eye: black, opaque, tiny sheet of khaki head, light lacing; nose: roasted barley, coffee, light burnt, light dusty, vanilla; mouth: roasted barley, coffee, light burnt, light dusty, slight soy sauce, light ink, vanilla, finale in roasted barley with dusty presence, medium body, average carbonation, a bit thin; overall: correct FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 650 ml, achetée à la LCBO, savourée le 9 mars 2014; œil : noire, opaque, petite couverture de mousse kaki, légère dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, café, léger brûlé, léger poussière, vanille; bouche : orge torréfiée, café, léger brûlé, léger poussière, très léger sauce soya, léger encre, vanille, finale en orge torréfiée avec présence de poussière, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, un peu mince; en résumé : correct

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
myrda (73) - - MAR 4, 2014
Vu: Noir profond, mousse beige qui se dissous rapidement. Nez: gousse de vanille fraiches, cacao, café moca Goût: mince, d’abord vanillé puis graduellement torréfiée. Une petite astringence me grince les gencives, sans être désagréable. On dirait qu’elle goute un peut l’eau, par moment... Pas aussi bourbon que je l’aurais cru.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frothmeister (612) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2014
650ml bottle. Pours dark chestnut brown with a thin tan head. The nose is heavy in very roasty dark malt notes, vanilla, light caramel, Tootsie Roll, and light butter. Medium sweet with coffee notes, vanilla, a note that makes me think "dust", mineral hop bitterness, light fruity notes, and nice dry coffee notes in the finish. The pieces don’t quite seem to integrate well, but it’s decent. It’s also becoming very apparent I don’t like vanilla in beer. Boo-ooo vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Randy4Beer (305) - - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RhetoricalAns (462) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2014
Bottle. Black pour, nice tan head with good retention. Nice roasted malt aroma, vanilla, bourbon. Taste, is sweet, vanilla, some roasted malt, chocolate at the end. Body was a bit thinner than expected but still really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfrancis (2612) - 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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