jhogan4 (225) - El Cajon, California, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap in a restaurant on Park Ave in Rochester. Pours an amber-brown color with small white head. Nose and flavor are dominated by vanilla - a bit much. Some maltiness with medium body. Just ok.
JesseinVT (11) - BurlingtonCtB, Vermont, USA - JUL 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I've had this on tap at Dinosaur BBQ in Rochester & from growlers. Dark pour with modest white head, noticeable malt & vanilla smell. Very light carbonation, almost like a nitrous carbonated beer. Very smooth mouthfeel, w/ strong maltiness, mild smokiness, & noticeable but not overwhelming vanilla taste. A hint of chocolate, too. A very tasty porter.
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mabel (5043) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[4179-20111203] Tap. Chocolate cocoa bean malt roast aroma. Clear, black red-hued body with quick foamy off-white head. More chocolate sugary cocoa powder flavour has a nice sweet malt throughout. Medium-full body. Tasty. (8/3/7/3/13) 3.4
(@ Mr. Goodbar, Buffalo, NY)
shadey (1756) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewery. I think I would have rather tasted the porter without the vanilla extract. I understand the attraction of such a beer, but unfortunately the vanilla dominates the aroma and the finish - completely disguising, what is a well-bodied and probably flavorful beer.
jercraigs (6477) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011-12-03. Black body with a small beige head. 3+ Interesting flavour, bit of a tang to it, very light roast. 6+ Aroma of light alcohol, light vanilla and roast. 6+ Average bodied palate. Okay, its pretty decent but underwhelming. Tap at Goodbar, Buffalo
nyindiansfan (435) - rochester, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pours almost black.caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasty, vanilla. clear, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, slick feel,average carbonation. Really nice beer. If the scotch ale is out this is my go to. Very nice great beer with food.
pete4999 (840) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub in Rochester. Poured a dark, opaque brown with minimal head. Vanilla was present in both the smell and taste, but wasn’t overpowering. A bit of chocolate in the flavor as well. Very smooth and silky. I enjoyed it.
DiarmaidBHK (2278) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Big vanilla notes on the nose as well as the tongue. Pours dark lehigh brown with a minor head. Finishes clean. I think the vanilla is nice for a time but it soon overpowers everything. You couldn’t think of seasoning with this plus the 6.5% doesn’t help.
jmulv (336) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had at Tap NY. This is a really interesting combo and it works well. The smokiness of the malts mix nicely with smooth vanilla character. Neither taste really dominates and they go together well. Very good brew.
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Presentation: It was poured from tap and served in a pint glass at the Rohrbach brewpub.
Appearance: The body has a dark brown, almost black color with a small one finger tan head. The head hangs on well and makes some lacing on the glass as I drink.
Smell: In the nose I pick up a nice roasty, toasty character with a pleasant whiff of vanilla.
Taste/Palate: On the tongue I pick up the roasted sweetness and toasted semi-bitterness from the malt. There are hints of toasted bread, dark chocolate and coffee with a nice level of sweet vanilla creaminess running through the center. The hops are not much of a noticeable factor but do held with balancing the malt sweetness. The palate is smooth but well carbonated with a solid medium feel.
Notes: To me vanilla can be a dangerous thing in a beer. If it’s not done right it can come of as tasting like Vanilla Coke. This beer is done right. It still has enough bitterness and body to remind you that you are drinking a beer. Well Done Rohrbach!!!