CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2008
This beer looks pretty good. Has a solid off-white head, with a good looking black color. The head doesn’t fade away fast, which is good. The flavor is not what I expected. Everything is very subtle. I smell the vanilla a lot, but I wish I could say that for the taste. The vanilla is not as crisp as I thought it would be. I was expecting more of an obvious vanilla flavor, but that is not the case. The vanilla and the malt/coffee flavor are very mild. The beer has a decent palate. This is a decent palate but the malts and the vanilla and the coffee, all seem very muted. In reading the description this beer leans more towards nutty for me than it does coffee. Decent brew. Dandman629 (28) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2008
Dont judge a beer by its first sip! I saw this Vanilla Porter brewed by Breckenridge on the shelf and thought "damn that sounds good". Then I took the first sip and thought "this sucks". Good thing for my dedication to beer drinking, because after the third or fourth sip of this beer, the flavor completly opens up. Strangely the beer and no obvious aroma. The palate is so velvety smooth as it feels like a chocolate vanilla shake running down your throat. The taste the perfect blend not too overwhelming on the vanilla. smjohnst (203) - , Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2008
Nice aroma and a decent look to it, not alot of foam. It was refreshing but even though they say that they use real vanilla bean it kind of has a finish of vanilla extract to it. durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2008
Bottle from Dain’s in Durham. Deep brown pour, off white head. All the normal porter notes-- roasted malts, lactose, chocolate-- but with a shit ton of sweet vanilla. If you want a sweet beer, go for it. Not my thing. Glad my wife ordered it so I could taste it, but would not want more than a sip. Seems to accomplish what it’s going for, though. RIXbeer (102) - USA - NOV 28, 2008
Pours almost complete black with a tiny bit of light coming through. Almost no head. Overpowering vanilla with hints of chocolate and some roasted odors. This is a smooth porter with a large overtone of vanilla. A good pick up for someone not really into darker beers. Enough porter flavors without being to heavy or filling. Hint of burnt malt or roasted malt. Lingering vanilla in the aftertaste. Medium bodied with a lot of punch behind the flavors. I don’t know if you can have more than one. Its either the flavor or the heaviness or a combination of both. But just 1 thanks.
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Bottle - Poured a dark brown in color with a small white head that thinned to a light covering and a rim around the top. Some small lacing on the glass. Aroma is medium of roasted malts and definitely some vanilla. Flavor is initially roasty like you would expect any porter to be, but then the vanilla roars to the front and overpowers everything else. Hints of chocolate and slightly sweet. Finish is the lasting taste of vanilla and candy sugar with an odd chemical aftertaste. Not nearly as good as "Ravell".... a vanilla porter that Magic Hat used to make... I’m a bit disappointed... WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 12, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2009 They say vanilla porter and they MEAN vanilla. I was surprised to see how prominent in the flavor the vanilla was, here. Beer pours with a fairly typical porter color and a perhaps-a-bit-too-small head. Nose is mildly chocolate and roast. But the flavor is a surprise. I’m not quite sure what to think of it. At first it’s a bit overpowering, and the vanilla fades some as warming allows for the natural roastiness to come out a bit more, but the vanilla is pleasant, for the most part. The main concern is that it might be too much over multiple (a sixer) pours, and I can’t imagine wanting such a beer too often. Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JUN 18, 2009
Dark brown-color with a frothy head. Vanilla rich chocolate notes in the aroma. Creamy rich flavor. Has a light oily roasted character. I think the vanilla overtakes the other characteristics of a porter, more roasted, malts and chocolate coffee notes. A nice drinkable beer. beerchugger (716) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Pours a very dark brown color with a decent tan head that never left. THere were sheets of lace left behind from the head making this a very attractive beer. Smells of raosted malt are most noticeable. There are also hints of sweet vanilla and a tad chocolate. The flavor is mostly the same, but not very outstandish. Almost cloyingly sweet from the overload of vanilla. It has a rather thin mouthfeel. dmschefke (575) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2009
Pours a dark brown with medium tan head, decent lacing. Flavor strong of vanilla, roasted malt, and not a lot else. Flavor is bordering cloyingly sweet, but not bad otherwise.