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

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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (4129) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2016
On tap at the brewpub in Eugene, Oregon. Opaque, essentially black body with a good head. Limited lacing. Attractive aroma with hints of toffee, dark bread and vanilla. A bit too much vanilla with less complexity than expected. Smooth, medium+ body and overly light carbonation.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Klimaet (1610) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2016
Bottle. Pours dark hazy brown, blackish with a small light brown head. Notes of roasted malts, hops, bitterness, vanilla, chocolate, bread.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ha1ag (849) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 14, 2016
Bottled. Color is very dark brown with average creamy tan headChocolate nose. Almost no carbonation. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, dark roast. Flavour is overly sweet, sticky flat sweet. Tasted not right

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rouhlas (2629) - GREECE - JUL 11, 2016
650 ml bottle at Gueuze tasting 2016, Ulfborg. Unclear dark brown color with light beige head. Roasted malty aroma, chocolate, caramel, bready, light hoppy notes, spicy, vanilla. Sweet and light bitter taste like aroma, with milk chocolate addition. Light to medium oily body with soft carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (9651) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 7, 2016
Vanilla and chocolate notes are nice, but I get the impression this would be a pretty weak porter otherwise. Body and ,alt profile do not stand out. OK.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
back (1813) - Holstebro, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2016
Sort råhvid Vaijle chokolade brændt sukke tørv Sød lidt bitter lidt Oile blød

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bursprak (2305) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2016
Bottle @ Ulfborg gueze tasting. Weak blackish pour with a small head. Notes vanilla, light roasted malts, cacao powder and some light caramel.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrOrla (2126) - Odense C, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2016
Bottle @ Gueuze tasting 2016 ulfborg. Pours deep hazy brownish with a off white head. Aroma of sweet malts, molasses, honey, vanilla with a hint of choko. Taste is rather sweet with loads of molasses/honey like, light nuts, notes of vanilla. Rather thin body with. A light bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (17041) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2016
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Hazy dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, dark malt, vanilla, honey and dark sugar. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter. Sweet and light bitter finish. 240616

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jake65 (3353) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAY 15, 2016
Bomber. Deep brown color with a thick and creamy tan head. Decent bits of thick wavy lacing. The aroma is strong with roast, lighter in cocoa and vanilla sweetness. Taste is consistent with the aroma, a moderate level of roast and mild bittersweetness before finishing with a bit more sweet from the vanilla. The vanilla stands out more than the cocoa and compliments the level of roast. Good stuff, but not a stand out. I could just sit back and enjoy a few pints of this, especially given the $5.00 price point.


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