KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz Bottle. The pour was a muddy jet black with an average (1-2 finger) light brown frothy head that reduced to a scattered film and medium collar with good spotty lacing.
The aroma was of burnt malts, light resin hops and a leathery yeast with notes of vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted coffee and a touch of smoke.
The taste was lightly malty sweet with a bit of vanilla at first, and then a bold bitter roastiness settled in along with hints of chocolate, coffee and a touch of smoke towards the end. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow with a bitter coffee taste left lying on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was a few steps past medium in body with a dry, oily texture and a soft carbonation.
Overall this was a robustly tasty Porter, with a strong vanilla presence that you could actually taste for a change. It also offered a good balance of flavors with a smooth and easy drinkability...
Fatehunter (1514) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAR 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a half finger of head on a black body.
The aroma is muted vanilla, roasted malt and coffee.
The taste has a background bitterness, cream, vanilla and roasted malt.
The texture is soft, slight fizz, but still creamy. Great..
The taste is a bit off balance with the bitterness, but the texture is excellent.
Bulk_Carrier (2499) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks Diana for sending.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a pure dark brown color with a slim film of an off-white to white head with some bubbles here and there as what is of there just glimmers and settles.
The smell started off with a light roast leading to a semi - sweet /smooth chocolate. Vanilla seems to balance.
The taste was slightly roasty and semi - sweet letting the vanilla enter in nicely. Slight roasted coffee and vanilla - esque quality is in the aftertaste. The finish is slightly dry.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Low carbonation leads to a decent smoothness rolling over my tongue.
Overall, I say this was a decent porter. Everything’s balanced. I’d probably have it again.
maxwelldeux (4079) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a smallish tan head on there. Nose is pretty heavy with the vanilla, and moderate amounts of roasting complementing the vanilla. Taste is a bit sweet and skewed too heavily towards the vanilla for my tastes.
slowrunner77 (6546) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
would likely be small in body without the vanilla, but as is it smooths things out quite nicely and leaves this a lightly roasted vanilla cream ale that went down easy. likely their best.
vadie (921) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Marron/rouge très foncé, presque noir, avec un tête marron dense et stable. L’arôme douce du chocolat, malt torréfié et un peu de vanille. Le goût est dominé par la vanille avec du malt torréfié et une finition assez amer. C’est bonne mais un peu trop sucré avec trop de vanille pour moi. Je trouve que ses goûts masquent un porter médiocre.
baraciisch (2203) - California, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown in color... Aroma is huge vanilla, chocolate notes... Flavor is smooth, chocolate and vanilla dominate... Amazing
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skoisirius (1818) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Apparently is now named the ’Backroad Vanilla Porter’ with a much different looking label. I’ll change the name here in a second. As for the beer: big vanilla’d nose, hints of sweet roasty malts as well. Flavors are well blended notes of vanilla, and soft notes of coffee, roast, and bitter hops. Smooth, could be a bit louder.
heinesands (10) - Salem, USA - APR 23, 2014
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Vanilla is the overpowering taste. Not very balanced very lite roasted notes. Better vanilla porters out there.
cwald (91) - Oregon, USA - OCT 12, 2013
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
HQT Night. Growler. Holy vanilla! Over kill. This beer had lots of potential, but just didn’t live up. I’ll try it again, as it was complex and had alot going. Just a bit thin and over hyped. Perhaps the next batch...
Still... if you like porter, with some sweet hints... go for it.
Mora2000 (5893) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown pour with an off-white head. The aroma is full of roasted malt and chocolate. The vanilla comes through in the flavor and compliments the chocolate notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.