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RATINGS: 257   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
kidmartinek (5007) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Nutty brown pour with copious amounts of foam. You can’t see through it. So good so far. Yes, good before far. Sleeps like beer sweet malt sugar maple and nuts. Has flavors of tobacco. Well, that’s the main one. Perhaps some cocoa and cherry or is that the vanilla. Well, it tastes like cherry to me. The head is awesome. Its thick and frothy and stays around until you’re done drinking. The brew finishes a bit sharp and isn’t hides that 7%.

2.2
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Bottle.
Pours a thick mahogany with a smell of plastic cocoa. Flavor is plastic chocolate and cocoa powder. Average mouthfeel. Disgusting.

3.3
scotchzi (372) - Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Pour is an extremely dark brown nice light lacy head. Smell is not much slight hop coffee and vanilla. Taste is sweet not nearly as robust as turbo dog light coffee vanilla bean.

3.3
drowland (9175) - Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2011
10/7/11. 22oz bomber. Really dark brown pour with a nice tan head that cuts in half but laces plenty. Relatively subdued aroma of sweet malts, bread, and grainy bitterness. More promising flavor with sweet malts, nuts, chocolate and finally a sweet vanilla presence. Could be better, but not terrible.

3.5
degbert (1776) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2011
Bottle. Pours a cola-like body with a puffy, fine-grained head. Vanilla, caramel, and savory fight it out on the nose. Definite vanilla on the tongue, but not at all sweet; it’s still recognizably Turbodogish, but with a bourbon/vanilla/cafe au lait layer on top of it. Good, and not terribly heavy -- which I think would have been a mistake.

3.5
sherm1016 (1274) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2011
22oz bottle from Downer Wine & Spirits. Pours a deep brown color with an off white head. Aroma is malty, vanilla, chocolate. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is sweet, Maltu, vanilla, toffee, with a nice malty vanilla aftertaste that seems to linger. At $4 a bomber, worth the price of admission.

3.2
bluejacket74 (1995) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2011
22 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with about an inch light tan head that sticks around for a long time. There’s a decent amount of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is nice and malty, the brew smells like chocolate, caramel malt, toffee and vanilla. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like bittersweet chocolate, toffee, and some vanilla. There’s also a slight roasty coffee-like bitter finish. The vanilla isn’t all that strong in either the taste or aroma. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it’s a bit thin and watery, and it’s also well carbonated. With that being said, it’s easy enough to drink. I think it’s a decent overall beer, but there isn’t anything about this that stands out or would make me want to buy it again. But for $4.99 a bomber, I think it’s worth trying.

3.5
rougeau13 (3244) - Richmond, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2011
Dark brown with a moderate beige head. Aroma of toast, nuts, rice, and a minute bit of vanilla. Taste is toasty and sweet and a touch chocolatey and nutty. The vanilla is much more detectable in the taste than in the smell. It’s a touch creamy, with average carbonation and a medium body. Really, not a bad beer, nothing great, but quite good for Abita.

3.9
tigerbru (1) - - OCT 5, 2011 does not count
Great head, caramel in flavor, the vanilla is present and gives a smooth bite in comparison to the original turbodog. Not traditional for the style, but a great take on the dark beer...I’m really glad they bottled this one after participating in some of the cask events they held for this beer.

3.4
SSSteve (4006) - - OCT 1, 2011
bottle. pours a dark brown with a large beige head. toasty with a sweet vanilla overtone. very nice complex flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla, toffee and roasted malt in a delicate medium bodied brew.


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