RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.37/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   IBU: 43   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Pure vanilla paired with our Custom Porter perfectly balances sweetness and bitterness. Think, "liquid chocolate cake"!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmschefke (583) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2009
Pours a pitch black with medium white head. Aroma of vanilla, slight coffee, roasted malt, and a bit of dried fruit. Flavor matches, but vanilla is so very dominant in this. Not overly sweet though, making for a very pleasant drink. Happy I decided to get this. And please, if you don’t like vanilla porters/stouts, don’t bother drinking or rating this.

bpar73 (1180) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2015
Sample at MBG U. P. Fall Festival. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Dark roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate vanilla and coffee in the taste and aroma. Nice.

arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark brownish black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of big milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malt into a bit of cocoa, vanilla, sweet brownie with a hint of fruit. Taste was a mix of toffee, vanilla, dark fruit almost into some sweet chocolate, lactose type notes, some roast, finishing sweet.

OPIE788 (336) - Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Draft at the brewery. Poured black with little head that went away quickly. Little thin for a porter in my opinion but the taste made up for the lack of body. Lots of vanilla with hints of coffee. Best one I had there.

chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
I had this on tap at the WAB. This is the custom porter with vanilla added...The beer pours a dark brown, with a light tan head...The aroma is light sweet chocolate, actually sweet throughout but no vanilla...The taste is the same,very sweet chocolate, is this is a cold hot chocolate? You get a little vanilla on the finish but its very generic, you can tell they totally just added a vanilla extract on the finish into their regular custom porter...The feel is light and hard to drink because of the sweetness. I was told this is there best beer, way, long way to go here.

j12601 (13114) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2010
Pouring at the Michigan Brewers Festival during RBSG. Pours a chocolate brown color with a thin beige head. Smells faintly of Reese’s Pieces, chocolate, malt, and cocoa. Just on the thin side of medium bodied, chocolate, toast and a bit of peanut butter. Soft chocolate on the finish, long and sweet.

RyanMM (416) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2009
Just love this stuff. Others complain that the vanilla is too prominent, but I think that’s what really makes it special. It is unabashedly a vanilla porter; there are no vanilla ’notes,’ the entire song is played in key of vanilla. Yum. If only the WAB allowed cigars, I’d truly be in heaven.

campmonster (9) - USA - MAR 27, 2008 does not count
Chocolate cake. Dark espresso notes. A rich sour bite. It’s not the best thing I’ve had but it’s one of my favorites.

drfabulous (8590) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 25, 2007
Not a favorite style. I just don’t get the vanilla in your dark beer thing. Btw: that "commercial description" doesn’t look very commercial.

SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 1, 2005
draft @ brewery. Pours a dark color with a off white head. Nose is chocolate cake, with hints of vanilla and light roast. Taste is pure vanilla extract, overpowering and takes away from a decent nose that offered promise into something delicous. Mouth is syrupy and heavy, finishes with a stickiness in the mouth.

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