mymaestro (32) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black and thick with a thin brown head. Starts sweet and then the vanilla kicks in, followed by the chocolate bitters. Very nice!
glennmastrange (2145) - 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 (1672) - 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 (960) - 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 (23) - 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.
rangerred (864) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep pitch black with a one finger medium tan head that fades away rather quickly leaving a thick ring around the top of the beer.
Vanilla is strongly present in the aroma along with heavy roasted malt. There is a touch of coffee and dark chocolate along with a whiff of dark fruits.
The vanilla is even more present in the taste along with plenty of nuttiness and more dark fruit. The coffee is more restrained but lots of roast is still there. Mouthfeel is thick and silky with a lingering sweetness. There is a quick note of alcohol towards the finish.
Overall, this beer is not quite outstanding but it is pretty well put together. What it lacks in depth it makes up for in drinkability. I probably won’t pick it up again but I’m glad I got to try it.
bmoosey (79) - Richmond, Indiana, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pour from 12 oz. bottle at home. Great beer. Smell was of vanilla and chocolate. Great smelling beer. Poured dark with a light tan head. Taste was of chocolate vanilla with a bitter finish. Highly recommended. one of my favorites.
AWISLguy (1058) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Stuart served at cellar temperature. Pours a rich, very dark brown with a tan head leaving a lot of spotty lacing. Aroma has hershey’s chocolate, some roast, caramel and vanilla. Rich, sweet and luscious. Taste is of sweet milk chocolate, oats, vanilla, some caramelly malts and some roast. Medium bodied and "fully rolled oats" smoooooth. Almost no alcohol presence - would have classified as a porter. And a good one! Finishes sweetly, but held back from cloyingly so by the roast and the oats over the top. Very nice, solid, tasty brew.
markwise (4347) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Trinity Liquors. Pours a deep porter brown with a tan head. Nose is chocolate, slight roast, cocoa, and some candy bar/ nougat qualities. Flavor starts off chocolate and vanilla, then moves to slight roast and chocolate, then finishes off-dry with lingering memories of vanilla. Definitely nicer as it warms, and the finish is a bit dry and strange for this one.
BoostIPA (1110) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Homer. Marshmallow. Cheese. Vanilla. Roast. Not great. Sorry, I’m mobile bro.
ExpendableHero (728) - Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown beer with a slightly off-white head. Aromas of mild coffee and vanilla. Tastes of bittersweet coffee, some earthy flavors, nutty notes, sweet chocolate, and nice touches of vanilla. Sweet vanilla finish. A bit smoky too. Sweeter than I thought it would be. Very smooth and surprisingly medium bodied. Good job on not letting the vanilla flavors get engulfed by the coffee ones. Tasty.