justabeergeek (192) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a beautiful ruby/brown with a khaki/brown head. I don’t detect any discernible vanilla in the nose, just milk chocolate. The prevalent flavors are milk chocolate and a sort of mocha/french vanilla coffee element. It is smooth/silky in the mouth, a respectable chocolate/vanilla porter.
samsmith33 (187) - - NOV 24, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
the faintest of the vanilla aRoma. Dark black pour. Small head. Not much vanilla or anything else in terms of flavor. Weak carbonation. Light and a bit creamy. Not a good Porter but easy enough to drink.
DMLINAZ (184) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
One of the better offerings from this brewer, which I generally find to be below average. I’d say this is about average. From a bottle into a port-style glass, it’s the color of root beer and has a fizzy head the disappears almost immediately. Slight aroma. Flavor is good, with the vanilla complementing the porter well, though it’s a bit thin-bodied and weak for a porter. Slight bitter finish that is not unpleasant. I’d have this again.
beaz1591 (180) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
English pint. Pours a dark fizzy chocolate. Hints of chocolate and vanilla. A very tasty beer with just the right combination of chocolate and vanilla.
airrick2003 (172) - Louisiana, USA - APR 14, 2013
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Appearance: deep dark maroon color, clear, practically black, thin tan head that fades quickly, laces poorly
Aroma: chocolate, coffee, kind of faint for a porter
Taste: coffee, chocolate, perhaps a hint of plum, not much bitterness, but there is some
Palate: lively carbonation, very faint bitter aftertaste that lingers for a bit
Overall: not much to this beer, it’s kind of a weak and uncomplex version of a porter, nothing too great about this beer
jmcgavin12 (167) - Madison, USA - JAN 15, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours medium brown with almost nonexistent head. Aroma helps to make up for the appearance with aromatic hints of vanilla and roasted malt character. Hints of chocolate are also present accompanied by a bit of caramel or coffee. However, the taste doesn’t follow the aroma. Very thin sweet taste. Only a hint of bitter notes. The body is thin, carbonation is not lively and the finish doesn’t leave a stellar impression. I wouldn’t say no, but I wont be having a lot of it.
uvajed (165) - Ravenna, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Holy goodness, I love this style of porter! Roasted coffee and vanilla aroma. Taste is similar, with the addition of vanilla and chocolate. Very dark with off-white head, some lacing. Very well done, and my favorite vanilla porter, perhaps with the exception of Atwater Block’s Vanilla Java Porter. Lots of breweries make attempts at this but most of their offerings just don’t seem to nail it, in my opinion. Complex but easy-drinking and downright delicious.
sodakotakid (161) - Belle Fourche, South Dakota, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a nice dark amber with a small darker head, This porter has a nice roasted coffee flavor with a bit of sweetness, a mild vanilla flavor folloewed by a bitter chocolate flavor. There is also a bit of earthyness to the porter.
akoeninger (156) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Looks like a porter should. Smells sweet. Has a roasted taste, with hints of vanilla. Robust for mainline leinenkugels.
Rotbart (154) - - JAN 12, 2013
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color with a rapidly dissipating head. Slightly bitter with a vanilla, coffee finish. It was not as full bodied or as rich as I expected for a porter.