Shag (3047) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 15, 2017
A dark brown to almost black color with a white head. The aroma contains some chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. The flavor is quite sweet and boozy with plenty of chocolate and vanilla present. The aftertaste is also sweet. Overall this is a big ol malty beer great for winter. I like it in small amounts. hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2017
22oz bottle. Poured a mahogany color with an off white head. Vanilla, some caramel, chocolate, and lighter roast. smaynard6000 (1248) - Apopka, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2016
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a small beige head. Aromas of caramel malt, toffee, and vanilla. Rich dark chocolate flavor with vanilla accents, mildly sweet. Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Very nice. ordybill (1815) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2016
Poured from the tap into a pint glass at the Distillery Bar in Savannah, GA. The appearance is a dark brown color with a thick medium sized white head. The aroma is malt with a giant dose of vanilla. The taste mirrors the aroma. An excellent beer from Abita. emusche (209) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2016
Pours ruddy red with a tan head. Aroma is vanilla, some cola notes, toffee and malt. Taste is decent; the vanilla comes through but it's seems saccharin and artificial, some hints of the toffee/caramel. Mouthfeel is where this really falls apart. Thin, tinny, it takes any redeeming aspect and ruins it. Unfortunately I can't recommend this one.
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oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2016
Pours a dark mahogany brown with small tan fluffy head. Aromas of vanilla, malts, and some chocolate. Flavors the same vanilla, dark malts, and a touch of chocolate. GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 4, 2014
22oz bottle - slowrunner77 (12994) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
Abita should be very proud of this product. It’s very easy to create a trainwreck when making an American Strong, but what’s produced is almost like a porter with a lot of vanilla in it.
Aroma is mild vanilla (almost like smelling melted vanilla ice cream), woody, some toffee syrup and a touch of roast. Flavor has some major vanilla notes, but it’s a bit too much like imitation vanilla (think synthetic Vanillan). There’s also a good bit of chocolate/toffee, caramel and coffee. But the vanilla is what ties it all together. Good beer. Wish it had a richer flavor w/o the overly fake flavor.
"I like the vanilla aspect of the flavor, and even the aroma (it seemed a bit artificial at first but got nicer as it opened up) but this beer was a bit of a letdown with it’s thin, almost watery feel, and lack of any kind of finish or presence really except for the vanilla flavor. i love a good vanilla beer...this seems like a chick brew, not bad but definitely nothing special." Darkmagus82 (2303) - - MAY 23, 2014
From BA review on 3-11-12 - hotstuff (5272) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Poured from bottle into tulip shaped glass
Appearance- Pours a nice deep brown, nearly black color, with a large off-white head. The head has some nice retention and persists for some time to give some very nice lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell – Chocolate aromas are the most pertinent. These are mixed with a nice vanilla aroma, sweetening up the smell and overall creating a delicious smelling brew.
Taste – Chocolate tastes meet the tongue. The chocolate is a mainly cocoa in nature, but there is a bit of vanilla sweetnsss that is also present brining on a slightly milk chocolate flavor. There are notes of roastiness that come into play in the middle, giving a little bit more bitterness. Toward the end however, a light sweet vanilla comes into fruition rounding out the taste experience. While the vanilla is in the taste throughout much of the experience it is a little bit disappointing as it is very light, and not what the nose would lead on to expect. Even with a “lighter vanilla” it does have a good taste overall.
Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. For the style, the body is a little too thin and the carbonation is a bit too high. It never really lets the beer linger on the tongue and sooth, like a great chocolaty darker beer will.
Overall- It has a nice nose, look and a good taste, but the mouthfeel is a little off. It’s a nice brew, but one I would likely not drink with any real regularity.
Rated on 6-17-2012 (Bottle) The appearance is a large tan head that mostly diminishes, slightly hazy reddish brown body, very little carbonation, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is vanilla, caramel malt, chocolate and sweet. The flavor is sweet, lightly bitter, chocolate, malt, lightly roasty and has a dry finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and this beer is medium bodied. This is a quaffable beer with the ABV being hidden. It is worth trying and a beer I would consider drinking again.