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!!!
Lubiere (9085) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A deep dark porter with a thin moka head. A lightly smoked peated chocolate with light vanilla beans. In mouth, a light bodied porter with lingering burned malt, light acrid points. On tap at brewpub, July 30 2010.
cjl6 (57) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my favorite porters of all time. It’s a very odd contradiction, usually beers with this much flavor I would get sick of after a little while. It’s a slightly heavy, chocolately porter with little vanilla aroma. Small to no hops at all. It’s like biting into a rich dark chocolate bar.
RickTStiles (629) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2010 pours dark brown with a thin tan head. vanilla exctract dominated aroma and flavor. thin body, sweet finish.
AskForJenny (1006) - Ontario, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler from Buffalo Rd - Oily brown with dark tan head. Vanilla and calcohol on nose. Not much on first sip followed by a crack of vanilla. Fades to smoke and cocoa after a few seconds. Hops at end. Nice.
ApisAles (1570) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Rorbachs in Rochester. Poured a nice deep brown color with a thin off white head. Aroma was vanilla and roasted malt. Kind of like creme brulee. Flavor was nice with some vanilla notes and carmel roasted malt undertones. This is what Southern Tier’s Creme Brulee imperial stout was trying to be, but ST cranked it up to 11. This, on the other hand, was drinkable.
Pyrozoid (361) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
En fut directement de la brasserie à Rochester. Dégusté avec french tickler et Agaguk. Bière de couleur noir avec un bon collet brun très collant. Arôme de vanille, chocolat, fudge, mélasse et un peu floral. Saveur de chocolat, fudge, café bruler, sucre et vanille.
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
3ieme dégustation en taster a la brasserie avec Agaguk et Pyrozoid. Apparence noir avec reflet cuivré tres foncé avec une belle mousee brune tres persistante. Aromes de Vanille bourbon intense, chocolat, café, avoine et malt chocolaté. Tres bonne amertume... encore une bonne biere tres bien balancé. Vanille intense reviens au gout avec un bon melange de malt fumé et lait au chocolat..
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rohrbach Vanilla Porteris a cola colored ale with a small beige head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. It has a dark roast coffee aroma with a note of chocolate. It is thick and creamy, pretty full bodied and smooth with a clean finish. The flavor has notes of vanilla creme, strawberry and chocolate. It’s fruity, slightly sweet, milky and roasty. It’s full flavored with a pretty clean finish. The flavor of roasted coffee lingers.