RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Like previous versions of Wreck Alley, this batch has additions of cocoa nibs and locally roasted Ethiopian coffee beans. But this time we didn’t stop there. Our brewers split whole vanilla beans from Papua New Guinea, added them to the beer, and left it to age in American oak barrels for an entire year. The result? All of the dark chocolate and espresso-like roast you expect from Wreck Alley, plus exotic vanilla undertones.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jjh19 (63) - California, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Appearance: Pours a rich dark brown, bordering on black. Smell: Wow. Vanilla and chocolate. I could not wait to taste this. Taste: Double wow. My taste buds love vanilla, and it was the first thing I tasted here. But there’s so much more. I got hints of coffee, chocolate, and a sweet warming effect at the end. Mouthfeel: Crazy smooth with a moderate body. Drinkability: This is an easy drinking, special occasion beer. Strong recommendation. Complex and outstanding.

swesson (453) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2017
On tap at KS in South Coast Plaza. Pours a dark brown and makes a thin head with some lacing. Smells like chocolate and espresso. Tastes like malt and roasted coffee and cocoa. Good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

kevinsenn (2215) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2017
On tap at Karl Strauss. Coffee and slight vanilla aroma. Grainy coffee taste. Vanilla in there too. Definitely good, but not the best B.A. impy around.

Blueshawk (465) - Bad Bellingen, GERMANY - SEP 3, 2016
- schwarze Farbe mit leichter Schaumbildung - schöne Aromen nach Kaffee und Schokolade mit einem leicht röstigen Touch - Carbonisierung ist mir eine Idee zu hoch - geschmacklich wird es dann irgendwie enttäuschend - das Ganze erinnert mehr an einen süßen Pflaumenkuchen als an ein Bier - selbst im Abgang erschlägt diese penetrante Süße einfach alles Fazit: Süß, süßer am seltsamsten.

dnstone (3418) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 24, 2016
Pours a black in color with a tan head. Roasty (almost burnt) flavor; like coffee meets sweet maltiness. Light bourbon vanilla/coconut/caramel and wood notes.

snoworsummer (5697) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Draft at the brewpub in RB. Pours opaque black with a thin, fizzy tan head. Tastes like rich roasted malt, dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla, oak, light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation. Smells like roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, dark fruits, and earthy hops.

BeerandBlues2 (13323) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 5, 2015
Tap at Karl Strauss - 4S Ranch. Pours opaque black with a small, fizzy tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate malt, vanilla, oak, bourbon, prunes and figs with earthy hops. Flavor is dark and rich malt, dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla, oak, light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

Marheb (5773) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2015
En cask avec vanille et cannelle à The Taproom sur Garnet, SD: Vanille et cannelle se chamaillent avec la vanille qui sort victorieuse sur le court terme...mais cannelle gagne en confiance au fur et à mesure. La base chocolatée est intacte mais les copeaux de chêne sont trop présents et asséchants. Très solide an cask, ça aurait été pire en force carbonation.

budznsudz (582) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Dark and roasted complexion. Roast and vanilla dominate which is good. Tasty beer.

blipp (9278) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours near black with a beige head. Molasses, roasted malts, dark fruits, and vanilla dominate. Very sweet, with mocha-like chocolate/coffee, rich dark fruits, wood, and lingering sweet brandy-like fruity notes. Nice.

JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JUL 3, 2014
On draught at Lake Arrowhead Sports Grille. Dark Brown pour with tiny off white head. This beer rocks! Tons of vanilla up front with some chocolate, bourbon and coffee in the finish. Great job Karl Strauss!

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