Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, - OCT 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Again from a bottle, but at just below room temperature. Appears dark with tawny port notes and a covering of latte colour head on top. I took a good snort and was rewarded with plenty of burnt caramel, chocolate, licorice and then amid the tumult Jim heard from far ancestral voices prophesying vanilla. I had a learned off-sider tell me today that they tried it but didn’t get the vanilla. I would suggest that this is because the usual appreciation is from essence or in ice-cream, candy or other artificial flavour. For me there is nothing like the smell of a vanilla pod in your hands, or sat in a bowl of sugar or left to macerate in a bottle of vodka. I get it here and it is evident, mellow and balances nicely with the coffee. Coffee becomes more apparent the longer it sits until it dominates, but this is a domination worth enduring.
For flavour it is silky and the vanilla is top of the pops. It isn’t a shrinking violet of a beer but gives of strong flavours of chocolate, vanilla and then lastly chocolate. It is like a big chunk of dark chocolate dropped into a small amount of coffee and left to melt. It is primal, delicious and good. It is indulgent, delicious and tasty without being thick and overpowering. It left a powdery vanilla and velvet on the tongue best cleansed by something fizzy after... old champagne? You’d have to be dulled to the point of insensitivity to miss not only the vanilla in this beer but also the charm.
The_Osprey (5783) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share at CBC Islington as ’Mike’s VCP Vanilla Coffee Porter’. Many thanks to Dave for the haul. Very dark brown, small tan head. Aroma is vanilla biscuit, custard, serious vanilla bomb. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste has the promised vanilla and coffee, a little twiggy. Quite nice.
mR_fr0g (8518) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at the big Dave tasting at craft beer Co Islington. Many thanks to bug Dave for this one. Aroma is sweet sickly vanilla, cakey. Stale cocoa. Flavour is composed of vanilla, coconut, cocoa, little earthy, sweet, cakey. Palate is medium full, semi. I sweet, moderate carbonation. Decent. little earthy in the finish.
Scopey (11993) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Craft Islington thanks to Big Dave. It pours darkest brown / black with a small tan head. The aroma is soft, sweet, toast, roasted malt, toffee, vanilla and cocoa. The taste is smooth, bitter - sweet, vanilla, toasted malt, earth, wood, cocoa, dull coffee and some creaminess. Medium body and fine carbonation. Pretty decent, if a touch sweet.
madmitch76 (21560) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
21st April 2016
Craft Islington bottleshare. Thanks to Big Dave. Hazy deep red - amber beer, good pale tan head. Soft airy palate, modest fine carbonation. Little creamy malt. Mellow but tasty sticky toffee pudding and salted caramel .Light airy finish. A tasty pudding beer!
teorn88 (6039) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
57cl bottle shared at Dave’s tasting @CBC Islington, London. Big thanks to Dave for this one. It pours a clean dark brown color with a small off white head. Aroma is sweet with some grains vanilla and chocolate. Taste is big sweet with plenty of vanilla. Medium bodied with OK carbonation. Overall, OK
Leighton (18074) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Dave. Pours rich brown with a frothy, beige head. The nose has light roast, toasted toffee, mellow coffee. Medium sweet flavour with creamy toffee, burnt butterscotch, soft earthy bitterness, light bitter coffee, berries, some oily vanilla. Medium bodied with fine carbonation and creamy texture. Sweet finish with more creamy toffee, vanilla, light earth, coffee, vanilla pods. Tasty beer.
Theydon_Bois (16465) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split at Islo, thanks to Wingmane, 21/04/16.
Light black with a decent tan covering.
Nose is sweet malt, toffee, light cocoa, vanilla essence.
Taste comprises vanilla fudge, light cocoa, toffee, light roast.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Ok ... not a huge depth bit drinks below the ABV.
Luvystypotables (1558) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2016
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
An unpleasant acetic acid nose with hints of coffee, and vanilla. Pours a dark brown color and short lasting tan head. An unpleasant taste tart vinegary with a hint of coffee and vanilla. A bitter coffee finish.
canadiankiwi (139) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 1, 2016
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is good. Taste like someone out bourbon in my coffee and a smile she of vanilla. Smells delicious. The taste doesn’t correlate with the smell which keeps your palate guessing. Poured from bottle. Small head.
Vannerator (23) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 3, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with minimal brown head which soon disappears altogether. Aromas of sweet chocolate, vanilla pod, coffee. Heavenly in the mouth, quite sweet but well balanced by the dark coffee. Vanilla is present but more as a general sweetener. Coffee is very strong, and the beer is far less bitter than I expected. More of a coffee bitterness than a hoppy one. Also relatively light mouth feel for a porter, with mild carbonation. Bittersweet mocha aftertaste. Delicious!