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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Like previous versions of Wreck Alley, this batch has additions of cocoa nibs and locally roasted Ethiopian coffee beans. But this time we didnt 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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4.4
   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 theres 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.


1.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Blueshawk (465) - Bad Bellingen, GERMANY - SEP 3, 2016
- schwarze Farbe mit leichter Schaumbildung - schne Aromen nach Kaffee und Schokolade mit einem leicht rstigen Touch - Carbonisierung ist mir eine Idee zu hoch - geschmacklich wird es dann irgendwie enttuschend - das Ganze erinnert mehr an einen sen Pflaumenkuchen als an ein Bier - selbst im Abgang erschlgt diese penetrante Se einfach alles Fazit: S, ser am seltsamsten.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2811) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (5179) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12479) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marheb (5290) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2015
En cask avec vanille et cannelle 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 mesure. La base chocolate est intacte mais les copeaux de chne sont trop prsents et asschants. Trs solide an cask, a aurait t pire en force carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
budznsudz (582) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Dark and roasted complexion. Roast and vanilla dominate which is good. Tasty beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (8532) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
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!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (14495) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 3, 2014
Tap at University of Beer in Davis, CA. Pours very dark brown with a beige head. Firm vanilla aroma. Full bodied or nearly. Flavor is chocolate vanilla. Or vanilla chocolate. Bourbon notes. Coffee arrives. The Alesmith throne totters a bit. Love the vanilla chocolate. Really tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (9556) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 3, 2014
On tap at University of Beer, Davis. Pours near black with a nice tan head and a chocolate and vanilla aroma. There is a hearty dark malt flavor with a lots of vanilla and a very warm bourbon trail.


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