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Thornbridge McConnells Vanilla Stout

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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Sweet Stout
Bakewell, England

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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Sweet, vanilla and coffee aroma. Tastes similar with vanilla, coffee and a hint of chocolate. Malty and quite smooth.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Garrold (4100) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2016
Cask. Sheffield Tap. Clear, dark ruby red. Bubbly, lasting, pale tan head. Nose has light roast malts. Some coffee. Some lactose. Taste is light, milky sweet, turning mild, roast malt bitter. Light body, verging on thin. More milky sweetness on the finish, with a light bitter close. Ok.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sir__v (1982) - Lille, FRANCE - MAR 1, 2016
On cask @ The Rake, London - UK. Color: deep dark black beer with no carbonation and small white foam. Smell: roasted malt and caramel with vanilla hint. Taste: medium palate with roasted malt and good caramel taste balanced with vanilla. Really easy drinkable. Good attenuation. Aftertaste: roasted malt and vanilla. Good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (13032) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2016
Cask conditioned at Greyfriars, Reading, Berkshire. Dark brown with cream head. There is a fruity, vanilla character to this, pretty sweet and fullish on the palate. Sticky chocolate notes, smooth and creamy. Itís fine.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wheresthepath (2097) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2016
Cask at The Greyfriar, Readinf. Brown-black with a thick off- white head. Odd grassy notes mixed in with roasty malts in the aroma- really wasnít convinced by the smell on this one actually. Flavourwise itís alright though- smooth milk chocolate with light vanilla and just a hint of roastiness. Very smooth- almost too smooth in fact, lacks any real edge or distinctiveness. Possibly my expectations were too high what with it being Thornbridge, but it wasnít as good as I hoped. Still pleasant enough though.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lonick (1143) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 2, 2015
Cask @The Hanging Bat, Edinburgh. Pours black with a slightly off white bubbly head. Slight whisky, slight coffee, ever so slight vanilla you have to go looking. In fact the aroma is not at all big. Great taste, coffee, chocolate, dark chocolate, slight orange kick at the end, v.nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nihtila (2832) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 2, 2015
Cask at The Bat. Dark brown. Nose is roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla. Taste is dryish bitter roast, dark chocolate, sweetish vanilla.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Smithld1 (191) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2015
Pint at tap east. As the last reviewer say, smells nice but not a particularly robust flavour. A bit bland, promised more.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (5930) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2015
Cask at CBC Clerkenwell, thanks to Fergus for the share. Dark brown / black / cola colour, still, very little head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, soft smoke. Body is medium to light, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is light malts, chocolate syrup, twiggy finish. Nice smell, taste is a touch weak.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (8870) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2015
Cask at the craft beer co. Aroma is woody roast, creamy vanilla, choc, tangy choc. Dark reddy brown coloured pour with a lasting mid tan head. Flavour is composed of woody toasty, roast, vanilla. Palate is milky, low carbonation. OK. Weird varnish tamg in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theprof (472) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2015
Aroma is more vanilla and coffee than chocolate, although others detect it. A black ale with little top to speak of. But some lace persists. Festival ales from barrel tap have a flatness which may accentuate what might be there anyway. For a vanilla stout this tastes pleasantly balanced with the roast malts holding their own. This even allows a nutty quality to creep in at the back edge of the palate. Overall better than most which is high praise for a man who is more bitter/porter/mild than stout inclined. And good to se Thornbridge doing rather than relying on the pale profits.


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