MetalNHopHead (1424) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - SEP 25, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark beers with vanilla tend to showcase it in a way that shows off the raw spicy side of vanilla or the hedonistic sweet side. Imperial Tanilla hits it right in the middle. You can definitely detect some in the aroma along with cocoa and mild coffee notes (which makes for a nice brownie-like nose). This beer has velvety rich feel but only a partially sweet flavor. I do have a sweet tooth and would like a little more vanilla, but this beerís balance is perfect in a technical sense. Nothing gets overshadowed or is given the chance to overstay its welcome. Itís classy stuff for sure.
HuskerTan (1699) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - SEP 24, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A- Vanilla ice cream, subtle alcohol, roasted malt.
A- Black color, black liquid, tan head.
T- Vanilla sweet cream, roasty, bakers cocoa.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, balanced finish.
O- For having double the vanilla, the vanilla didnít necessarily come through that much more. Pretty subtle actually.
BuckeyeBoy (5963) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 15, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle pours out dark brown almost black topped with a small tan head. Nose is a nice roast malt some ash smoke and vanilla. Taste is more of the nice roast malt some coffee and chocolate.
dfinney23 (2822) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Similar to the regular Tanilla in that itís a little disappointing and not very complex. There is coffee and chocolate backing up the vanilla but it just doesnít mesh into what it seems like it could.
NikkTwist (2714) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2016 Draft at Bru Craft. Glossy black pour with khaki foam. Modest show of lace. Strong vanilla bean flavor. Hints of coffee and dark cocoa but mostly a dark roasty vanilla brew back to front. Good for what it is but not very complex. Kudos though for doing a pure vanilla brew and not having it feel like a milkshake.
tillmac62 (685) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
BOD 12/4/15. Pours pitch black. World class head volume, lacing and retention.
Very good nose of chocolate, coffee, light roast and vanilla plus a hint of char.
Medium body that is quite smooth and has creamy hints from time to time on the finish. Quite outstanding carbonation / body balance with an effervescent middle and a nice, but not quite rollicking, prickly finish.
The flavor profile lacks a bit of complexity (due to poor separation) but does cover the 10% ABV so I consider it outstanding. Intensity is adequate while balance is world class. The heavier flavors (coffee, roast) lead then flow to a nice moderate molasses like sweetness in the middle. Here dark, slightly bitter, bakers chocolate emerges against a mild roast and hop bitterness backdrop. Vanilla gains in prominence from the middle through the finish. Quite drinkable but lacks the intensity and separation to really WOW you.
seehaferb23 (205) - - FEB 3, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rated by Cannery Row Beer Club. Tasted out of a 1/2 Growler. $9 for a fill.
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DSG (11600) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. Thanks Alon. Very dark brown to black. Aroma of roast, a bit of vanilla, coffee, chocolate. Sweet flavor with nuts, caramel, chocolate, a bit of vanilla, some coffee, and a bitterish finish. Rounded mouthfeel. Very nice.
trapped (2237) - New York, TURKEY - NOV 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ Albion. Opaque dark brown with small foamy tan head, low carbonation, slightly sweet mocha taste, long mocha finish. Quite a smooth and fulfilling brew.
Benzai (14074) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 20, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle [from trade with mista if Iím not mistaken] @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus and Ansjelaah. Opaque dark brown to black color with a dark red glare coming through when held into the light, medium sized light brown head that lasts for a decent while. Aroma is malts, dark malts and vanilla. Taste malts, dark malts, liquorice, firm vanilla, soft sweetness, light bitterness, coffee amd espresso lightly, some chocolate, slightly some hops come through as well. Medium to full body, suitable soft yet sort of medium carbonation. Very nice.