freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Bottle pours dark brown with red hue, light tan head. Aroma is bready with thin coffee not much else. Drink is light and fairly smooth but also simple. the bready roasted grains are prominent with nothing else until the finish where some vanilla and sweetness show. Alright brew overall. drjay44 (3891) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium, short lived dark ivory head, with heavy lacing, over a reddish brown (SRM 27) slightly hazy body.....nose is heavy coffee, lighter chocolate, touch of vanilla....taste is coffee, light vanilla, finishing bitter coffee....mouth feel on the light of medium, carbonation adds pleasant foam. Although a reasonable drink, this is a rather simple Porter. It is utterly dominated by the coffee tones in the roasted malts with all other elements more hidden. BJCP 7/3/11/4/6 DiarmaidBHK (6143) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2011
bottle from Vineland liquor. Pours jet black with small khaki head and it leaves a ton of lacing in the class. I get some coffee notes but I don’t get a lot of Vanilla. Not my favorite example of the style. beaz1591 (238) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 18, 2011
Poured a deep dark chocolate black color with a creamy colored pillow top head. Moderate lacing and carbonation bubbles present in this beautiful beer. When I took a drink I first noticed hints of coffee and chocolate but it finishes with a bitter vanilla aftertaste. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a black colored body with a thin, frothy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is slightly acidic roasts with some vanilla and bittersweet chocolates along with a few dark fruits. Flavor is similar. Bittersweet chocolates and sweet roasts up front with a bit of a dark fruit acidity and some vanilla. Roasts get a bit burnt in the middle with the vanilla adding a very pleasant sweetness. Finishes very smooth with vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, roasts with a touch of dark fruit acidity, and a hint of char. Dries with a light, roasty bitterness and fairly lengthy aftertaste. Medium-light body with a moderate carbonation. Overall, a decent vanilla porter. Well balanced and easy drinking with a pleasant vanilla flavor. Still maintains a nice, somewhat lighter bittersweet chocolate and a pleasant roast. Nothing special, but enjoyable enough.
jmohno (1679) - Iowa, USA - SEP 18, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2014 Some roast aroma with chocolate a mineral like smell with a bit of stale yeast. Color is opaqueish heavy dark brown with a little reddish hue at the light.Ring of foam,touch of lacing.Bittersweet chocolate with a diet cola like taste and sweetness with roast and a clashing citrus thing with a diet vanilla chocolate flavor. ok,but not liking any of their beers so far,pretty mediocre.I really dont like flavored coffee beans and this has that kind of artifical synthetic diet like flavor with the roast/coffe vanilla. Rerated 2014, not bad for a vanilla porter but still average. decent. Not reall diety or artificial as much. fidelis83 (2535) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 15, 2011
Pours black with a thin beige head that has great reteniton and leaves specks of lacing. Aroma is vanilla, light roast and sweet malt, mostly vanilla though. Some chocolate and roast nuts come out as it warms. Flavor is vanilla, lots of chocolate and coffee, roast nuts, a touch of char and burnt sugar. Palate is light to medium bodied, creamy on entry, has a light, but a little sharp carbonation and fairly neutral, slightly oily finish. Pretty tasty brew, could use a little less vanilla. wlajwl (7210) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 21, 2011
Vanilla in both aroma and flavor, although it doesn’t overwhelm the beer. A bit different for a porter, the regular porter flavor is in the background but still there, a decent porter overall. northropfrye (3732) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 15, 2011
Bottle. Faint chocolatey aroma. Oily texture. Dark reddish-brown colour. Faintly sweet chocolate and vanilla mocha taste. Not bad. troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2011
[Tap] Part of a sampler at Lazlo’s in Omaha. Aroma of vanilla, hazelnut and espresso. The taste is of molasses, milk chocolate, vanilla and even some light bourbon. Chalky mouthfeel and lingering sweet vanilla notes. Very little hop contribution here. A bit watery and on the thin side. Not bad overall.