arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2009
This was definitely more brown than black which surprised me since the naked porter was indeed black. The smell was vanilla but the taste was so much vanilla that I thought I was drinking a cream soda (Big Red!). This was interesting but I much preferred the naked porter.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 11-15-2009 04:44:56 elihapa (1554) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - OCT 4, 2009
2009 GABF Saturday session. Color is predictably dark brown. Mouthfeel is smooth initially, but finishes very dry. Flavor is a mild blend of milk chocolate, vanilla beans, and soft roasts. Quite easy to drink, though I’m sure the “vanilla” aspect could have been better used. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2009
On tap at the brewery. Pours a very dark brown body with a thin, creamy, beige colored head that dissipates slowly and remains quite lacy throughout. Aroma is loaded with vanilla. Hard to pick anything else up, but there is some sweet cocoa and lightly roasted malts. Very sweet. Flavor is also loaded with sweet vanilla. Bits of roast and chocolate creep in at the end, but the vanilla is definitely the frontman in this. Palate is medium bodied and very smooth. Overall, a nice tasting beer, but maybe a little too vanilla dominated for me. A little more roastiness would help IMO. Still glad to have tried. NachlamSie (3570) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2009
on tap at the brewery. Whoa. This is near black. Whoa. Lots and lots of vanilla. Thankfully it is a natural and not overly sweet vanilla smell. . .but there is definitely a heavy use of the spice on this one. This is basically a tasteful vanilla cream soda with a hints of roast and chocolate in the finish. Unfortunately a drinkable soda and an awesome porter are two different things in my book. This is quaffable, but the use of vanilla is overdone indeed. bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2010 (Draught) Pours an opaque dark brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt. Flavor of vanilla, baking cocoa, roasted malt, and toasted grain with a dry finish.
PghBrewer (11) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2009
If Dry Dock would lay off the vanilla by about 50% this may be a very good beer. I really like Dry Dock, but this beer is all about vanilla. You can recognize any of the complexities the beer may have because its all vanilla.I got a growler and it was hard to get through by the 3rd pint...and that’s not to say it’s a bad beer...just a bit too much vanilla for me. If you love vanilla then try this beer! Ernest (7820) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2011 Bottle.
Head initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, caramel), with a very strong note of vanilla.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
They still haven’t toned down the vanilla in this since my GABF sample in 2008. Overwhelming vanilla odor to the point of being nearly disgusting (and I love vanilla). Ridiculous. tilldeath (109) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2008
One word Awesome! having had this at the GABF 08, I wasn’t expecting much because I really hadn’t heard of the brewery, but wow was I suprised. If you’re looking for a vanilla porter this is #1. Seriously if they end up bottling this it will be in my top 10 for sure. If you can fins someone to trade for this do it you won’t regret it. waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2008
tap at brewery. dark pour. thin head. big vanilla aroma. nice full body. vanila oak dominate over a nice porter. very nice. agillespie81 (315) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Black in color......opaque. Very thick, creamy head. Sweet vanilla aroma. Very sweet, somewhat creamy taste up front. Smooth mouthfeel, with just a hint of crispness. Finishes with a strong vanilla flavor, and a bit of maltiness.