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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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Avondale’s beloved Miss Fancy the Elephant’s favorite pastime was to guzzle bootleg beer and whiskey. We share Miss Fancy’s affinity for tasty brews, which is why we were inspired to add a twist to one of our favorites: with hints of exotic vanilla extract, we think the Vanillaphant Porter would have been one of Miss Fancy’s favorites too!

The Vanillaphant is a superb vanilla porter, an ale which is surprisingly light bodied for its robust flavor and has all the chocolate and roasted nut flavors you would expect in a porter but with a special vanilla twist at the end. We use the worlds finest hand selected vanilla beans from the bourbon islands of Madagascar in our recipe. The malty and vanilla sweetness are perfectly balanced with hoppy bitterness.

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bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2012
(Growler, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a black body with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. Flavor of vanilla, roasted malt, and light chocolate.

AndyW68 (1541) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 29, 2016
Near black pour with thin tan head. Aroma is cocoa. Taste is light dark chocolate, roasted nuts and a little vanilla. Not much bitterness. Pleasant and a tad better than average. Not one of my top though.

kerenmk (4722) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 23, 2016
On tap at Avondale, Birmingham, AL, 3.5.16. Brown. roasty, caramel and a little bit of coffee aroma. Bitter, roasty, some vanilla in the mouth. Medium-to-full body, roasty and vanilla finish.

Nsanders (1136) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2016
Can. Deep brown with light brown head. Deep roasted malt aroma with hazelnut, vanilla bean and tree bark. The flavor is a balance of light sweetness and a dry malty aftertaste. Medium body with a slick feel.

tnkw01 (1753) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 13, 2016
Can. Dark brown, with a tan head. Aroma is malty vanilla with hints of whiskey. Taste was slightly malty sweet upfront with a vanilla whiskey finish.

oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Pours a very dark brown with beige head. Chocolate aroma, as well as vanilla. Sweet taste with notes of caramel, vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts.

CrazEase (7) - Alabama, USA - APR 19, 2016 does not count
Pretty good tasting beer. Vanilla is present, light coffee roasted flavor, fairly dark. Good dose of hops present but not an ipa. I kind of whish it was a little higher gravity, it kind of was thick on the palate, possibly due to the vanilla. I would recommend it, its quite the treat.

shadey (2125) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2016
12of can. Pours black with a thin head of light tan cream and minimal carbonation. Aroma is strong roast, but not harsh. There is some bit of chocolate, but I could be confused with the vanilla. Body is a little sharper than I expected. Here the roast is more bitter and there is less sweetness than I had expected. Easy to drink and well put together.

sawbuck (724) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2016
Nice complex aroma of vanilla, some coffee, and fresh brownies. Nice ebony color with a tan head. Rich sweetness up front. Sweet roasted malt, some dark chocolate, with vanilla in the background, not overpowering. Bitterness is a Smokey bitter chocolate punch that balances the sweetness nicely. Medium mouth feel, finish echo’s smoke and bitter chocolate. Nice porter.

asheft (3062) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2016
On tap at Dreamland, Birmingham, AL. Toasted hazelnut, coffee, and chocolate aroma transcended by sweet vanilla. Opaque black under a lacy, tan, flannel blanket. Flavour is bitter and dry up front, but becomes a chocolate fudge brownie with vanilla ice cream. Clean finish. Medium body, medium carbonation.

MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2015
[ bottle ][ 1oz ][ @Tasting ][ $ ? ][ snifter ][ 12.06.15 ]
sepia with thin cream head, spotty, ring after it dies fast. Soft brown malt nose, light green metallicity from high co2. Thin, slick profile, heavy on chocolate, light sugar.

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