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Hop Valley Vanilla Infused Porter (V.I.P.)

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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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Vanilla beans are added to the conditioning tank in this robust porter, giving the bittersweet chocolate notes a well rounded finish. Style; Vanilla Infused Porter


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
antonstoop (237) - - MAY 27, 2015
650ml bottle. Murky dark brown colour with average thick, frothy to creamy, off-white head. Roasty dark malty aroma with hints of vanilla, marshmallow, a not really smoky, somehow diffuse roasty-smoky touch. Thin body with a average carbonation. Taste is dry, roasty dark malty, artificial vanilla and thin. Aftertaste is vanilla and light roasted malts. Just to thin... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DYCSoccer17 (3461) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 19, 2015
22 ounce bottle purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa. The aroma is a weird, fruity, estery floral one. Almost like there is some Northern Brewer or something. A bit strange. Quite transparent dark mahogany body with a large, creamy, frothy, cream-colored head. Starts with a sweet, sugary vanilla flavor, before this becomes a bit harsh, and astringent in the middle. Lots of metallic flavors, followed by burnt ashiness later on. This is thin, and lacking body. No sense of balance or subtlety. Just not my thing.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mgajdaczewa (822) - Katowice, POLAND - MAY 16, 2015
Aromat zdominowany przez wanilię i nieco sztuczną czekoladę, trochę jest to casus znany z jurajskiego świątecznego. Podobnie w smaku, czekolada i wanilia, mimo że względnie przyjemne, smakują jakby miały lekki "plastikowy" posmak. Do tego piwo dość wytrawne, brakuje pełni i kremowości. Finisz cierpki, nieco palony. Tragedii nie ma, ale dobrze wcale...

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
atrox (371) - Kraków, POLAND - MAY 7, 2015
Dark brown colour with nice beige head. Aroma of dark malts and some dried fruits swetness. Taste is much better. There are roasted malts, vanilla, some ash and dried fruits. Low carbonation and gentle sour finish.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
peponi (657) - Krakow, POLAND - MAY 3, 2015
Aroma: roasted dark malts and nothing more. Appearance: brown color, thin white head. Taste: low bitterness, vanilla, roasted malts, semi-sweet, chocolate. Palate: low body and medium carbonation, vanilla finish. Overall: Hard to say, intensive vanilla notes and a weak basis.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leepe_steven (201) - Lede, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2015
Pours a dark brown beer with little beige head. Aroma has vanilla and coffee. Taste has coffee, some roastiness and is also quite bitter. Medium to light body.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zoucrew102 (794) - - APR 26, 2015
Bomber. Roasted malt aroma with nice vanilla and chocolate undertones. Pours dark brown with a thin light brown head with decent retention and lacing. Starts with quite a bit of roasted malt to go along with the medium body. Finishes smooth with the chocolate and vanilla flavors joining with the roast to balance it out with sweetness with all of the above flavors lingering on the palate. Very nice porter.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
melush (1207) - SPAIN - APR 12, 2015
UPDATED: APR 13, 2015 Bottle 66cl / Botella 66cl. @ Cervezorama 2.0. A: Black / Negro. T/S: Roasted malt, sweet, chocolate / Malta tostada, dulce, chocolate.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (8288) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 28, 2015
22 oz bottle. Bomber tasting at Timo A.
Dark reddish brown colour with a tiny light tan head. Vanilla, vanillin sugar and roasted malt in the aroma. Roasted malt, mild sourness, mild hops, vanilla and vanillin sugar in the flavour. Thin.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwelldeux (4131) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Draught. Pours a very dark brown color with a fairly small head on there. Nose is roasty with lots of vanilla coming off this one. Taste is a bit sweet with a fair amount of roasting and heavy amounts of vanilla, but drinks extremely smooth. Not bad at all.


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