Harbour Vanilla Imperial Stout

Brewed by Harbour
Style: Imperial Stout
Bodmin, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (12506) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2015
Cask at the Hanging Bat. Pours black, nose is chocolate and vanilla, taste is similar, roasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (8358) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2013
(Cask at Euston Tap, Euston, London, 20 Nov 2013, as "Harbour Imperial Chocolate Vanilla Stout 8.0%". I guess this is the one.) Black colour with brief, brown head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of dark chocolate, cocoa and vanilla. Malty, roasted taste with dark chocolate, vanilla, creamy coffee and a generous cocoa bitterness in a fairly vinous finish. Almost full body, fairly sweet. Solid, well made and fairly well balanced for its complexity. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (18704) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2013
Cask at the Euston Tap, 22/11/13. Light black with reddish streaks when held to the light, good sized bubbly tan headwork. Nose is earthy cocoa, vanilla, light booze, tar/leather backnotes. Taste comprises a little more depth, rich chocolate fudge, dark toffee, dark feruit tang, chocolate fondue, fairly decadent stuff. Medium bodied with a pair of balls dangling in there, soft carbonation, smooth on the palate, light warming booze in the closure but kept well in check. Decent cask impy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
teorn88 (7632) - Rimini, ITALY - NOV 12, 2013
Tap at Euston Tap 3rd anniversary party. It pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is mostly vanilla and chocolate, quite intensely. Flavour is mostly sweet with more vanilla and chocolate. Some roasted malts. Thick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Overall, tasty but a bit too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 10, 2013
Tap at Euston Tap. Pours black with a small very firm foamy white head which lasts the duration leaving no lacing. Nose is very vanilla bean focused with lemon rind and some dirty earthy undertones which work in a balanced fashion. White chocolate, almost chocolate syrup like as in the cheap kind, vanilla, nutty. Very sweet and quite thin. Almost no finish to it. Not my kind of stout

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (11413) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2013
Tap at Euston tap. Opaque black with a short lived tan head. Some lace. Aroma is choc, woody, earthy hop. Touch of sweet vanilla. Served a bit cold. Needs to open up a bit. Flavour is choc smooth roasted coffee. Wood and oak tanin and present. Finish has a weird spicy veg hop quality. Medium full body with a substantial carbonation. Big and bold, but malt and hops are not in unison.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Leini (1931) - SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2013
Sample at a tasting. Black, with a thing beigeish crown. Chocolate and vanilla, obviously, along with notes of roasted malt and dark coffee. Dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (24187) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2013
29th March 2013
Euston Tap. Opaque dark brown beer, little pale tan head. Palate is soft with fine carbonation. Lovely sweet vanilla ice cream! Mild dark malt with a light touch of chocolate. But this really is a vanilla sweet treat! Crispy minerals. Way too drinkable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (3276) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2013
Keg at Euston Tap, London. A black coloured pour with a medium beige head on top. Massive sweet vanilla aroma. Tastes of vanilla, chocolate, slightly malty, sweet, smooth and very rich. Almost dessert like. A very nice stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (20596) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2013
Keg at the Euston Tap, London. Pours black-brown with a moderate, creamy beige head. Truck loads of vanilla in the nose - its almost like aniffing vanilla extract - with other notes of subtle roast and dark chocolate. Big sweet flavor, rich but I wouldnt say cloying, with chocolate cake, saucy vanilla, chocolate frosting, mellow burnt wood, nipe of alcohol, toasted brown sugar, some fruitcake, suggestions of ripe fruits, raisins, plums. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation, and lightly chewy. Lightly warming to finish, lots of dark sugars, decadent chocoate, cuts of maple syrup, hefty chocolate cake, further vanilla, perhaps syrupy vanilla, rich bread, mellow burnt earth bitterness. Quite an indulgent beer overall. Nicely balanced and layered.

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