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RATINGS: 194   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Truly a one-of-a-kind. We balance coffee-like, dark roasted malts with the sweet, seductive flavor of vanilla beans. The result? A deliciously unique flavor.

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rando7 (779) - Iowa, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Had at a restaurant - bottle pours a fairly clear dark brown with minimal off-white head. Aroma hints of vanilla and dark malts. Taste caramel malts with a nice touch of vanilla, nuts and roast. Improved as it warmed. Medium body. Pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ads135 (4319) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 15, 2012
Ive had two of these and one was oxidized and tasted metallic. The vanilla was almost non-existent whereas the fresh sample was sweet and rich. Tried at the Green Room in KC in 2012.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
idedek (157) - USA - JUN 26, 2012
light hints of vanilla in the aroma. a light body for a porter it contains some vanilla flavor but it tastes fake. a light clean finish. nothing great.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boozedude (2228) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Aroma of coffee ..burnt nuts.. pours black..light head...taste is coffee and hints of prune..not bad..

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arminjewell (9423) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Pour on tap at HMLS, dark brownish pour with thin tan head, aroma brought notes of caramel, vanilla, sweet chocolate and biscuity malts, touch of roast, coffee as well. Taste is on the sweet side, some vanilla, coffee and a bit too much caramel, slight coffee and roast, finishing fairly sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10919) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Clear dark brown pour. Fizzy tan head. Aroma is a mix of vanilla, roast and a hint of a raisiny note. Flavor is chocolate, vanilla, roasted nuts and a slight hint of a metallic finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2012
On tap in Ames at Es Tas. Pitch black, thin off white head. Aroma is quite vanilla-y with a bit of chocolate. Flavor is a bit of a let down, however.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zebra (1899) - Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2012
the best vanilla beer ive had (that hasnt been barrel-aged). smoother. i wonder what their secret is.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gregwilsonstl (2245) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 13, 2012
This is a good looking beer. Dark black. Smells of vanilla and chocolate. Very thin head. Tastes very vanillay, which is good because I like vanilla. Not bitter...very roasty. Thanks Ryan Arp!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
seymour (1929) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - APR 10, 2012
Thanks, Ryan, for my first Nebraska rating! Tasted from bottle into nucleated pint glass. Cool design: I like these short and stout pry-top bottles, mysterious naming and graphic design, cool box, too. The bottles are unfiltered and unpasteurized, making them as close to brew-pub "real ale" as possible. The little things do make a difference. Poured an opaque dark reddish-brown color with a small tan head, short-lived with lace. Aromas of bread, toast, caramel, roasted grains, faint chocolate, strong coffee, raisins, English-style flowery and earthy hops, some fruity ale yeast esters. Flavor was tart and toasty, malty-sweet but nicely balanced with tangy hops and grain bitterness. Fresh-baked brown bread with dark fruit spread. Subdued smokiness, sourness, very light vanilla and nutty hardwood tannins suggestive of bourbon barrel aging (though I dont think it was.) Light-medium body with a slick, easy-drinking mouthfeel, lingering fruity and roasty mouthfeel. A very fine, true-to-style porter.


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