TBone (17442) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle at San Juan. Dark brown color, small beige head. Aroma has rye bread and soya sauce. Light to medium-bodied. Cola-like sweetness, ryebread, hints of chocolate and vanilla. Quite light porter for this abv. bhensonb (15096) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours ruddy dark brown with a creamy/foamy light tan head. Fairly faint chocolate and vanilla aromas. Arguably medium body. There’s smooth burnt malt, and some chocolate, and a heavy dose of vanilla which dominates the not quite dry finish. Drinkable. Velvety? Arguable. It is smooth. Ratman197 (14692) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of roastiness, cocoa and light vanilla. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of vanilla, cocoa and light roastiness with a crisp lingering vanilla finish. Tmoney99 (14381) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle. Poured dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate roasted sweet malt and soft vanilla aroma. Medium body with a creamy texture and flat carbonation. Medium toasted vanilla sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations were met.
Drake (13654) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2013
12 ounce bottle from a Kroger. Pours a clear dark red color with a medium sized frothy brown head. Decent head retention. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts and faint hops. The taste is big chocolate and vanilla notes, roasted malts, faint coffee, caramel and a mild bitter hop finish. Medium bodied, fairly drinkable.
BeerandBlues2 (13214) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear dark brown with a small, frothy light tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is vanilla, roast and dark chocolate malt, prune and date esters with faint earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with vanilla notes, dark fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation. crossovert (12667) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Thin mouthfeel. Almost vanilla minty aroma. Doesn’t taste natural, if it is aged on real vanilla beans there is also vanilla added. And i doubt it is aged on vanilla beans. Brewed with the house lager yeast which is a bad choice for this style though some lager yeasts can be used. hopdog (12451) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2012
12oz bottle. Poured a brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of roast, burnt and charred grains, and some coffee grounds. Tastes of vanilla, chocolate, and lighter roast. slowrunner77 (11930) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 4, 2014
"Very disappointing aroma...little roast and even less vanilla. A little dusty. Look is ok, nice ruby tinged dark brown color. A little thin on the feel, and a little prickly. The flavor is more vanilla and roast, but slightly artificial. The aroma eventually opens but is the same. Let down."
shrubber85 (11324) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Bottle. Light vanilla and chocolate malt aroma. Dark chestnut brown with large tan head. Mild chocolate malt flavor with a hint of herbal bitterness. Pleasant enough - just extremely light.