brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2003
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Yuck. This just doesn't taste like beer to me - something unpleasantly artificial about the flavor that doesn't let you through to the more beery ingredients. Probably becuase the emperor has no clothes. Pay no attention to the man behind the syrupy curtain!
Hcgiii (30) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
adrian910ss (2317) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep cola color with a small beige head. Aroma of sweet malt, vanilla beans and milk chocolate. Taste of sweet malt, vanilla beans and milk chocolate.
jtclockwork (7897) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very impressive black pour. Nose and taste has distinct vanilla bean in it. Very good beer. Rated 3/22/03
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 15, 2008
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2008 While Iíll readily admit that my memory of this beer carries a heavy amount of sentiment -- this was THE beer that I kept in the fridge in Michigan every time I went home. Itís malty chocolate and vanilla combination neared pefection from a porter that was readily available at the gas station. The fact that the brewery went out of business is beyond my comprehension.
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - APR 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a dark crimson walnut color with a large tan head of fine foam. The nose was a pleasant swirl of cocoa and vanilla. The taste started with melted milk chocolate then was nearly overcome by the vanilla beans. Even though chocolate and vanilla are dominate there is some decent malt structure with a sweetness and a smoothness in the mouth that comes through. The finish has a tiny bitter bite that turns the sweet into a bittersweet end. The feel was medium to low but still pleasant. flavor isnít overwhelmed by the vanilla, but itís close. This beer combines one of my favorite styles with one of the most pleasant flavors on earth (vanilla). I normally like my porters with deep and roasted flavors, this not that and I loved it anyway. Itís a shame this is no longer available. I was quite found of this porter.
UofFkid (108) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured rich black with a small brown colored head. Very little lacing. Strong sweet aroma of vanilla and cocoa. Very smooth. I was holding onto this bottle for quite some time, finally decided to pop open my last one. This beer is in my top 5, letís hope someone recreates this recipe.
RSRIZZO (1850) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had this beer on 11/5/1998. Color is a deep black, with low carbonation and head. Aroma is rich and sweet. Taste is smooth and light. It starts with a medium / light body that goes down smooth with a creamy feel and a gentle sweetness. The finish is very light for a porter with mild roasted malt flavors and a bit of sweetness, though I wouldnít call it a vanilla taste in the sweetness. Although I feel a porter should be a little more robust than this it is a very drinkable beer.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown with a light brown head. Big, sweet aroma of cocoa and a ton of vanilla. This one is way on the sweet side for a porter (though I donít find overly sweet beers as detestable as most) - lots of vanilla, but not as overpowering as the aroma suggested. Notes of chocolate and nuts, mildly roasty.
12 oz bottle, sampled May 2005.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bcack, big tan head, rich chocolate malt aroma with a hint of vanilla that becomes more pronounced after warming, velvet smooth, rich malt flavor, just a touch of bitterness
Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 13/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
Skyview (5150) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up the last single 12-oz bottle from Cellarís Wine & Spirits in the Twin Cities. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a thick and pillow puffy light tan head that has excellent retention and lacing. Aroma of toasted dark malt, a hint of vanilla, milk chocolate, and sugar wafers. Taste is smooth, creamy, very light carbonation, medium bodied, with a chocolate/vanilla flavor that is quite sweet and no bitterness. Finish is smooth, light and creamy with a slight vanilla aftertaste. Actually, this vanilla porter is quite a treat. Sorry to see this brewery close shop.