Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a dark hazy brown color with dark orange/copper tints along the side of the glass.
The smell had a decent bready to roasty coffee notes with a light smoke and vanilla.
The taste was lightly sweet and semi-roasty with a light vanilla rolling underneath here and there.
On the palate, this sat about a light on the body with a semi-sessionable quality to it. The carbonation was actually fairly smooth with the same finish
Overall, this was just okay because the flavorings in the aroma and taste didn’t really seem to show a real depth. Almost as if it was just thrown in and not necessarily blended that well. If anything, I do like the idea that they put out with this one. ganache (6031) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Bottle, ungainly screw-top. Faint nose of portery chocolate, pours light brown with a fizzy tan head. Taste sweet with medium vanilla and light chocolate, closer to cola, really. Fizzy medium body, faint bitterness, lightly sticky. Touch of unclean earthiness, mouthfeel a bit off-putting. Just dump a shot into your Pepsi next time. [2015.12.25: 2.4] thornecb (6020) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Pours mahogany into a shaker. Tan head with good retention recedes leaving spot lacing to coat surface. Vanilla and roasted nut aromas. Medium bodied and dry with upfront vanilla turning to crisp nutmeat in the lasting earthy finish. Cybercat (6015) - Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Pours a barely translucent chocolate brown with a nice light tan head. Aroma has notes of roast malt, coffee, caramel and vanilla. Flavor is mainly caramel and vanilla, rather sweet. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and not too fizzy. OK if not outstanding. cheap (6009) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2013
Vanilla gives it a smell of vanilla laced old aged lager. Nice and black in the glass and had a decent quick fading head. First taste is mostly vanilla, reminds me for some reason of another vanilla porter drink. Difficult at times to get down. Yes, perhaps if they let up on the vanilla a little it would be more civilized. Finish is vanilla flavored dark beer. Could perhaps use some more distracting co2.
snoworsummer (5959) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Draft. Pours dark brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is strong vanilla, roasted malts, light earthy notes, and plums. Flavor is dry malts, some vanilla and dark fruit sweetness, with light ash. Feels thin throughout with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation. superspak (5880) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2015
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/17/2014. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light nuttiness, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and vanilla notes; with decent strength. Taste of milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light cocoa, light nuttiness, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Minimal roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light cocoa/nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance, complexity, and solid robustness of dark/bready malt and vanilla flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is okay. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a solid vanilla porter. All around good balance, complexity, and solid robustness of dark/bready malt and vanilla flavors; and very smooth to drink. Definitely very toned down for a porter, but the flavors were quite nice and balanced. A pleasantly enjoyable offering. hayduke (5619) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 12, 2015
Shared with Strkzone on Facebook Chat Pours a red brown with a tand head and good lacing rings. Nose of vanilla and roasted malts. Body is a thin for a porter. Mouthfeel smooth. Flavor is vanilla and chocolate malts. Finishes bitter. Decent. burg326 (5594) - Florida, USA - APR 17, 2014
Poured a brown color with aromas of light vanilla, some roast and a touch of earth. Flavors are the same, thin mouth feel. rumproasts (5573) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2012
bottle. brown with small head. vanilla is more subtle than I expected. somewhat thin flavor profile overall. some smokiness and faint chocolate. not bad, but inferior to other vanilla porters I’ve had from Atwater or Breckenridge.