Suttree (5266) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, with a thick tan head. Smells like burnt toast and vanilla and coffee. Taste is Bailey’s in coffee, plus some red wine and dark chocolate. Some pine in the finish.
hopscotch (9559) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nitro… This beer rocks!… Pours clear and copper with a mid-sized, fluffy, khaki head. Great retention. The nose consists of nutty, roasty, chocolaty and vanilla notes with an undercurrent of espresso. Full-bodied with adequate carbonation. The flavor is loaded with espresso, roastiness, vanilla and chocolate notes. All are balanced nicely by a calculated measure of hop bitterness. Roasted, mocha finish with a sweet kiss of vanilla that lingers. Decadent world-class beer with a lot going on!
decaturstevo (5215) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown/black pour with tan head and lace. Aroma is sweet chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is chocolate milk and vanilla with an ok malt bitter finish. Smooth bodied with good carbonation. kbj
rondphoto (2297) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - SEP 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle @ Habersham Beverage / Savannah GA --- Opaque black color, thin tan head cover, bands of lace. Aroma of malt with chocolate, very pleasing. Taste is roasted malt that doesn’t show chocolate until the swallow, when light hops also appear. A very smooth, but chewy brew, big and satisfying. Recommended.
BelgianBeerGal (3247) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle grabbed in Knoxville on the way to FL hiding from tornados. Fantastic aroma of sweetened coffee and roasted nuts. Wow, great flavor too: sugar up front and coffee in the finish. Surprisingly nice.
novice101 (308) - - APR 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the better beers I’ve had, pours pitch black with a thing film of khaki head. Smells of vanilla and loads of chocolate up front, taste is a bit sweet some vanilla and caramel notes come up. Loads of chocolate, almost as thick as chocolate milk. Great beer by Red Brick
glennmastrange (2331) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Moderate dark chocolate and molasses for the malt, light dough for the yeast, no noticeable hop smell, with vanilla cake, alcoholic and bourbon. Head is small, frothy, tan with no lacing but good legs. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly bitter. Palate is full, creamy with a soft carbonation and a lightly alcoholic finish. Mellow in flavor and aroma, but this Imperial Porter’s mouthfeel is rich and creamy.
jcartamdg (2105) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours jet black with a thick light mocha head. Aroma heavy on malt, roast, with a touch of vanilla. Taste is bitter roast, milk chocolate and vanilla. Great balance between flavors. Medium body, solid beer.
tnkw01 (1195) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very dark brown with a medium, tan head. Love the aroma, hints of chocolate and vanilla with just a touch of coffee. Taste is the same as the aroma with a sweet upfront taste with a coffee-bitter aftertaste.
MrWomey (36) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Vanilla Gorilla falls on the side of pricier beers but offers a nice pour, some head, and hints of vanilla, and bitter chocolate/cocoa hints. Early on the taste is like any other vanilla porter but then finishes very bitter. In the end this beer has a nice medium body and fair taste but is not for those who like sweeter vanilla porters.