luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2006
From a bottle. Beer pours a very dark, nearly opaque brown with a small, off-white, quickly and mostly diminishing frothy head. The aroma is full of dessert, maybe a little short on the beer part of the show ... Lightly malty with a note of roasted grain and caramel and bursting with miscellaneous notes of vanilla, chocolate syrup, root beer, and brown sugar. The flavor, on the other hand, is not so sweet. It starts off moderately sweet, moderately acidic and slighly unclean and salty. Gives away quickly to an average-length, moderately acidic, lightly bittersweet finish with a faint roasted note in the retronasal return. The body is medium, the texture is watery and the carbonation is soft. I didn’t care much for the subtleness of the "Porter" part of this "Vanilla Porter" in the aroma and the strange juxtaposition of the sweet aroma and the sour/salty flavor. Not horrible, by any means. Just a bit odd. YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2006
Being a big fan of Soney Creek Original Vanila Porter, especially on tap, I was anxious to try this. Deep brown with a frothy tan head, it gave off aromas of vanilla wafers, chocolate malt, some caramel. Too much carbonation for a porter and a bit on the thin side. The vanilla flavor was not cloying. This was a nice drink. OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2006
12oz bottle pours dark brown with a film of an offwhite head and no lacing. Aroma is of vanilla and not much else. Flavor is a bit of roasted malts but mostly overpowering vanilla with a touch of chocolate worked in. Palate is medium bodied without much carbonation and a rather thin mouthfeel. Drinkable but I expected much more. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2006
12 oz bottle, via Secret Santa PhillyBeer2112. Pours a clear dark brown colored body under a one finger foamy beige head. Aroma is of chocolate malt and strong valilla essence. Some light roasted notes and a light huskiness. Flavor is just all vanilla extract. Some lesser notes of chocolate, roast, and alcohol. Finish is all vanilla again. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cloying on the finish. Carbonation is fizzy and active. This just went too over-the-top with the vanilla. It comes off as artificial tasting and overly cloying. NachlamSie (3507) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Bottle during my Great Lakes region brew tour. This porter is extra-dark brown, looks black, with a tan head. The aroma is slightly sour with thin hops and roasted coffee. Vanilla hits the palate big time. It’s pretty much cream soda with a beer finish. I don’t think it’s quite cloying, but it is without a question one-dimensional. The finish is slightly earthy and drying.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Bottle, light roasted malty aroma. Deep dark reddish color with medium tan head. Initial bitter metallic flavor. Mellows to a roasted malty flavor. Slight nutty quality, vanilla is not overly evident. Body is fairly thin. Sharp acidic tinge when it hits your mouth. Taste is best on the end of the duration. An ok porter. Metalhead (644) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2006
Poured dark brown with minimal head. Aroma of mild malt,hints of vanilla. I’m not a big fan of porters in general but this caught my eye. It’s "ok". The vanilla is not as upfront as others have noted. Body is thin and somewhat watery. Won’t buy again. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Interesting idea, just didn’t like the end product much. Aroma and flavor were both very heavy on the vanilla (seemed artificial), some caramel malt. Not overly disgusting, but not very good. Seemed to like it less and less actually. Padron4KM (810) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2007
12 oz bottle. There’s a place on the lable for the bottled on date to be notched, but it’s not. hepburn82 (143) - SCOTLAND - APR 3, 2007
Dark brown with ruby hues. Thick tan head and nice lacing.
Aroma is vanilla cake and a touch of molasses.
Flavor is a lot like vanilla coke with some blackstrap molasses thrown in.
Ok, but I don’t think I could drink more than one.
Draught at ladies night at the brewery - only $1 a pint!! Not the most inspiring porter but perhaps one of the most unique and interesting i’ve tried. Dark, but not black, apperance with light head. A light vanilla aroma along with the dark malts. Initally tastes like a weakish porter them BAM there comes the vanilla which i found slightly overpowering. Not the greatest combo of flavours in my opinion but an interesting beer. Not one i will return to in a hurry.