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RATINGS: 256   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Turbodog is the inspiration for this robust dark ale. It is brewed with generous amounts of pale, caramel, and chocolate malts and Willamette hops. Whole natural vanilla beans are added during the aging process.This combination provides a rich body and color with chocolate, vanilla and toffee-like flavor.

25 years ago Abita Brewing was founded on a pristine artesian aquifer north of New Orleans. For a quarter of a century, Abita has proudly brewed full-flavored ales and lagers. We thank our loyal customers for their support and pledge to continue the tradition of brewing excellence.

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3.2
Cavie (4775) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2011 Bottle. Pours a murky brown red color with a tan head. Aroma is woody, chocolate and light vanilla. Flavor is light vanilla, chocolate and wood. Kinda bland to be honest. 2.9
RE-RATE 12/28/11 Bottle. Pours a dark cherry red with brown tints. Beige head. Aroma is vanilla sweetness with fruit sweet notes as well. Brown sugar flavor with a big wood and vanilla mix. Better than the first time.

3.4
PorterPounder (8226) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2011
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 22 oz bomber. Very dark chestnut brown pour with a sticky off-white head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing. Aroma is not very prevalent - brief hints of toffee and licorice. Flavor is subtle and mellow. Some nuttiness, some dark chocolate, very brief mentions of vanilla. Back end has some licorice notes, and just a bit of toffee sweetness. Mouthfeel has a velvety smoothness to it. About average.

3.4
gringo332 (644) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Bottle, dark brown with tan foam, light chocolate aroma with flavor of vanilla, roast malt, finish is plain

3.6
bhensonb (15612) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Bottle from The Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis, CA. Pours very dark brown/black with a 3 finger foamy tan head. Aroma of dark not quite burnt malt with som chocolate and vanilla. Near med body. The vanilla and chocolate are pretty much dominant. Some roast malt follows, and there must be some hop in here, but other than some bitterness it’s hard to pin down. This is a very unusual beer. Like BA without the bourbon. Like stout without body. Damn drinkable tho.

3.3
tgncc (3140) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2011
The aroma is chocolate, nuts, earth. The appearance is brown, white head. The flavor is chocolate, some vanilla, nuts, slight molasses. The finish is pine and grapefruit hops, lingering vanilla sweetness. Medium in boy. Not bad. Mostly like a brown ale. Reasonable price, $4.99/bomber.

3.3
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Pours a nice deep red with a sloppy head - body is full of bubbles. Aromas are mellow; plentiful of caramel and vanilla with a hint of hops. The taste is initially bitter of hops, but then comes down to a light toffee flavor. Finishes dry with a subtle, yet lingering vanilla aftertaste. The way it is described though, I expected way much more explosive flavors for a demanding palette.

2.6
dylandownsouth (12) - - OCT 26, 2011
Man, was I disappointed with this one. I really expected a bigger, more flavorful turbodog style beer. For a 7% ABV beer is was kind of watery and had non-existent aroma. Color was murky dark brown with a hint of red. Not much head retention which was another confirmation of the lack of body and overal watery mouhfeel for a "big" beer. Seemed undercarbonated too. I wouldn’t have noticed any vanilla flavor at all except that it was labelled as having vanilla on the bottle. The aroma was weak. The overall flavor was out of balance and was very heavy on the roasty/ashy component but didin’t have much else going on besides some grassy hop in the finish. I drank it, but didn’t order another one. It was not worth the money and I was disappointed.

3.4
ChainGangGuy (4919) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 25, 2011
22 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with an initially tall, beige head that drops down fairly soon.

Smell: Toasty, nutty with slighter backings from roast, caramel, and unsweetened chocolate and the thinnest notion of one lonely raisin. Subtle hint of vanilla, which I’m hard to honestly fault, as I can’t really recall a vanilla-flavored beer that knocked my socks off when it came to the vanilla additive.

Taste: Sweetish tastes of roasty malts, toasted nuts, a small pinch chocolate powder, a whisper of caramel, and a bit of vanilla bean. Very lightly earthy hops with a low bitterness. Low fruitiness. Though "natural vanilla beans" are specifically mentioned on the bottle, it’s got a bit of harshness akin to a small sip of vanilla extract. Malty, vanilla extract-hinted finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied (just barely). Medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel.

Overall: Though the name is ’Double’ Dog, they kept it closer to the easy-going, drinkable roots of the standard Turbodog. Not that great, no, but as far as bomber prices go, I’m not about to get riled up over five bucks. I’m really not!

2.7
Drake (14059) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Bottle from Beer Run. Pours a dark brown color with a large creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of chocolate malts, vanilla and a tart note. The taste is vanilla, chocolate, nuts a bit of roast and a hoppy finish. Medium bodied, smooth with low carbonation.

2.6
Butters (4063) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Sampled from bomber at cah downtown. Pours a clear brown with chestnut highlights and decent khaki head. Smells and tastes like a tootsie roll. Don’t really get the vanilla, but lots of fake chocolate and bitter earthiness. Blah.


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