Kands (40) - Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2010 We have a split decision: I like it a lot, K doesnít care for it at all. Rating is based on my opinion -- if it were hers, it would be much lower (about a 2.3, or so.) We both agree that itís a very attractive beer -- it pours from the bottle a rich, dark brown with a creamy tan head. The aroma is fair, but the vanilla is so predominant that it almost gives it a somewhat "off" scent. Chocolate and coffee tastes are both definitely there, but the taste is definitely all about vanilla. This is where my wife and I diverge: She finds the texture "syrupy" and the vanilla far too overpowering and sweet. I canít really argue with either (the texture is much more Stout-like than Porter-like, and the vanilla IS strong) -- but it works for me and I like it, though I canít really explain why. Itís a beer that you will either like a lot or really dislike. BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2009 Brewed in the USA... Courtesy of the Capt, thanks mark !! Pours brown in color with a thin beige head. Aroma of vanilla beans, chocolate and malts. Taste is much of the same, but still pretty drinkable. garretjax (103) - Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Dark chestnut brown color, light brown fading head. Some vanilla, but more of the roasted malt is in the aroma. Full body and low carbonation. The vanilla is so overwhelming and sweet that the chocolate and nutty flavors are muted. Spicy vanilla finish that lingers too long. moseslikesbeer (183) - conestoga, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2008
had this at a Devonshire tasting. this beer smelled bad, like it was past itís prime. it looked wonderful for a porter. very dark and robust looking. the flavor was bad and I didnít taste any vanilla at all. It was just skunky and no vanilla. very hard to finish. pineypower (3291) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Pours out black with a moderate tan head. Aroma is of vanilla and slight roasted malt. Taste is vanilla, roasted malt and a touch of other sugary sweetness. Sweetness lingers a bit too long on the finish, but otherwise this isnít a bad beer.
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Poured a dark black with a nice tan head. Aroma of strong vanilla and malt. Taste started with malt and had an aftertaste of a vanilla extract type taste which lasted a little too long. Not bad at all but different. Had a medium to full body and had an atypical flavor and body for a porter. Again, liked it a lot and would probably buy again. Nice brew. Derek881 (1272) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2008
Drank poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The aroma was good, a mixture of roasted chocolate, coffee, nut, and caramel malt, with a slight vanilla tone. It had a dark color, basically black, with a fairly small, short-lived, off-white head. Itís flavor was predominantly sweet, with a vanilla tone, a touch of nut, and slight sourness. The palate was pretty wet and it had a very full, creamy mouthfeel, but only average to light carbonation. I liked this beer, it had good character, and was very drinkable. jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2008
not a great beer, not a bad beer either. the vanilla is a little overpowering, and kind of kills the flavor of the rest of the beer. very smooth, bit a little to sweet. TheCaptain (613) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Dark pour with minimal head and nice carbonation. Pleasant aroma with hints of vanilla. Nice and smooth on the pallet, malts and some roast but the vanilla is on the lowdown. A little thin for a port so I wouldnít sat it was very rich. Lightly sweet and smooth finish. So far the Best from the batch of this sampler case. johndavidj99 (125) - Dallas, Maine, USA - FEB 22, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2008 Pours black with big rich off white creamy head. Aroma is bad. It smells cheap and macro. Very strong vanilla in nose and taste. Pretty smooth taste. Pretty good texture with slight bitterness. Bittersweet mouth feel that starts sweet, but the burnt bitterness lingers (like the cloying sweetness). The balance and cohesion isnít perfect, but not bad overall. My favorite part of it is the vanilla experiment.