robertjm (898) - Albany, California, USA - FEB 25, 2012
(trade w/adnielsen) 22oz btl - Single finger thick tan head. Dark brown body. Very distinct aroma of vanilla. Same with the flavor. Nicely blends with the chocolate malts. Not overly bitter. You can tell the difference between a real vanilla, and extracts that some places use. Vanilla does fall off in the aftertaste, allowing a light bitterness. Nice extra in a trade!! jcwattsrugger (12525) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2011
@Dad&Dudes-on tap-pours a light brown head with black color. Aroma is chocolate-dark malt, mint. Taste is sweet chocolate/cocoa-dark malt, some mint, some spice hops. GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Pours dark chocolate brown, pretty close to black, with a big active tan head that leaves good lacing.
Aroma is excellent and dominated by fresh vanilla aromas, not extract smells but real vanilla beans. There is roasted malts and some cocoa powder as well.
Taste is almost as good as the aroma. The initial taste isn’t all that impressive with a lightly roasted malt and chocolate flavor, but as it warms the vanilla really starts to shine and each sip ends with a nice vanilla finish.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with decent carbonation and less roasty and sweeter than most porters.
I really like this beer as the vanilla is distinct and flavorful without becoming too sweet. Excellent porter. arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2011
Pour is dark black with off white almost tan head, aroma has big notes of vanilla, touch of roast, chocolate and toffee in there. Taste is big sweet vanilla, hints of bittering coffee and roast, but more sweet toffee and vanilla round this out. I admit, I’m a sucker for vanilla, so this one hit the spot. missdev (18) - USA - NOV 6, 2011
Love that they don’t wuss out on the vanilla. Leans to more of a stout than a porter, a little thick. Holds on to its beer identity buts still lets the adjunct shine. A friendly beer for those that "don’t like the dark stuff." Definitely sweet, with just a little dry roast in the back.
Strykzone (7659) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Sampled at an esbls tadting. From Tyler. Very dark but some red. A tan head. A roasted nose with some chocolate and vanilla. This could be a dessert beer. Big vanilla and chocolate. So sweet. RSRIZZO (2032) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2011
22oz bottle poured into an English Pint at 43°. Color is black with good carbonation and a thick tan head that falls to become thin and tight. Aroma of roasted malt with a sweet overtone of vanilla. It as a medium body with a smooth mouth feel. Flavor is a light roasted taste like a mild coffee, then a bit of chocolate and a nice vanilla comes in fallowed by a light bitterness. In the after taste the vanilla stands out a little more with a dry feel. Overall its a tasty brew, its a bit light for a Porter but the vanilla comes out nicely. SudsMcDuff (8496) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Almost forgot about this, i liked this- most over do it with the vanilla, not this .. . light roast and vanilla, beautifully balanced! . . A cool little brewery .. . . i’m the head of the house, cock of the walk- i am the gate keeper.. . Doodler (473) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2011
On tap at Arts and Ales Fest. Pours a deep brown color with a small off-white head. Big vanilla nose with some cocoa aromas. Taste of vanilla, roasted malts and chocolate. The vanilla flavor was a bit overpowering for me and the mouthfeel was thin for a porter. My wife may like this, but too much vanilla IMHO. notalush (5922) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2011
Tap at Dry Dock - murky brown/black pour - looks like French press coffee - intense, earthy vanilla aroma, without much else present, but the vanilla is quite pleasant - in the flavor, the vanilla is well-integrated with the nuttiness, coffee and roast of the malt - nice balance of dark malt bitterness and vanilla sweetness - some touches of caramel - if you don’t like vanilla, it probably isn’t for you, but it is nicely done.