CanIHave4Beers (4184) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2009
Reading the other reviews here I think I might have gotten an off bottle. But Iíll rate it like I see it. Olives. Olives in the smell and Olives in the flavor, green olives sans pimento. With some mild coffee and vanilla flavors, and some pronounced roastyness, but mainly olives. This is absolutely ridiculous. skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2009
12oz bottle into my díaddario pint glass. The vanilla and coffee flavors are so strong that I have vanilla beans and coffee grounds stuck in my teeth. I like it, but I understand why others do not. It has a thin mouthfeel and the vanilla and java flavors are the only flavs present. MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 22, 2009
12oz bottel poured into a tumbler. AVJP pours very dark brown with a quickly settling head. it smells like coffee and vanilla. The vanilla is pretty over-the-top and the coffee tastes more like grounds than beans or the drink itself. This is a perfectly fine beer to drink in a hotel in a strange city (like Iím doing now) but it isnít something Iíd want to have around the house on a regular basis. kassner (1655) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2009
On tap at Magoos. Nice straightforward, not much head or lacing, dark amber, vanilla is present and a roght balance, a little sweet but fairly clean finish. RyanMM (416) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2009 Incredibly sweet, almost too much so. The vanilla is more subtle than I expected, and Iím not entirely crazy about the coffee aspect. But itís pleasant and not bad, and it does smell pretty awesome.
The lacing looks good and is thin but grippy. The thin mouthfeel was initially a little unexpected, since all the porters Iíve had in the past were thicker, but Iíve since found some good ones that were thin too. Iíve warmed up to the flavor balance on my second tasting. Although very sweet, itís good, and the coffee notes really work. Itís like the vanilla coffee equivilant of Youngís Double Chocolate Stout.
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2009
What the hell went wrong here? Vanilla Java porter, pretty run of the mill drink here, but did they use sour milk? Strong in appearance and palate but really below average in every other regard, down right terrible tasting. Block (2688) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2009
Dark red-black pour with a tan head. Weird spicy aroma, almost hot sauce like. Flavor of wood, roasted malts, and spices. Slight sourness. Strange flavor with light body. Gets worse as I drink it. Acidic finish. ClarkVV (6642) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 10, 2009
Bottles and draught at Sunset Grill mid-2008.nuplastikk (6220) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Filtered/force carbonated and Iím not sure whether they pasteurize or not. Regardless, these are some truly washed-out, lifeless beers that are no doubt sterile filtered and full of insipidly sweet, artificial flavors and underfermented sugars. Tastes like candy in a bottle. Sweeter than breckenridge vanilla porter and though it advertises java, itís certainly not a particularly dainty flavor. The vanilla flavor sits heavily on the palate, mixing in with the chocolatey-sweet sugars and coffee is just an afterthought, adding nothing more than sourness. Little to no roastiness, poor balance, watery mouthfeel. Theyíve taken the Stoney Creek Vanilla Porter and made it worse.
12oz bottle. Thick brown-black color. Sweet chocolate aroma. Sweet and medium bodied, with a slight sour quality to it. Very drinkable and smooth. The roasted malt, vanilla, and coffee flavors all. An interesting Black Ale, but not exactly world class stuff. DSG (14685) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 4, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2011 Re-rate 5/4/11: Bottle. Beer of the month club. Black-colored with a small bubbly beige head. Aroma of vanilla, milk chocolate and coffee notes. Sweetish flavor roasty graininess, vegetal hints, vanilla, coffee, a bit of lactic sourness and a drier finish. Light-medium-bodied. Not great, but drinkable unlike last time. 6/3/5/3/11=2.8
Bottle. Beautiful black-colored beer with a magnificent big, stable, beige head. Aroma of roasted coffee, vanilla, some infected yeast acidity notes. Flavor starts sweet and a bit chocolatey with hints of vanilla and very unpleasant sourness, mostly towards the finish. Light-bodied. If it wasnít for the nasty infection this would probably be a decent beer. I wouldnít have rated it if I didnít see in other ratings the infection seems to be a consistent thing. 5/5/3/2/7=2.2