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Vanilla Bean Brown Ale - Landmark Beer Company

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Vanilla Bean Brown AleVanilla Bean Brown Ale

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 21.52%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Landmark Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 05-31-2006)
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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A medium mouthfeel brown freshly tapped at Kelly Cole's Improper, with the Landmark rep. A claim that it's pure vanilla, it could be. First sample off the tap was sour, so we will ignore that. A bit milky at first and then carmel body and full carbonation felt in the finish. Decent for what it is.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2007 03:50:37 | More by Sammy
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.18/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a brown color with a beautiful creamy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a complex array of malt scents ranging from pale and crystal to roasted along with a mild vanilla aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a nice roasted and crystal malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a really flavorful vanilla character. The taste is well balanced with sweet and dry components. It's also not overly vanilla in nature, but it's sure noticable. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tremendous beer. It's highly drinkable and is a fine session ale.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2008 22:29:52 | More by WesWes
Photo of weeare138


3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog...
Appears a hazy, dark amber with a fluffy, off-white head that quickly fades into a small cap. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla extract up front with carmel, and light citrus with caramel malt standing out.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas. Good idea but not overly complex. The vanilla and caramel seems like it's a tad heavy on the sweetness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, light, thin finish, with sweet, sugar cane, and stickiness on the lips.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 01:42:27 | More by weeare138
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Pours the expected brown ale brown, minor light tan head, leaves very minimal lace bits. Malty nose and I dont get any vanilla. Thin body wise, sweet and fairly off putting stuff. Malty, with more sweetness, vanilla wafting around in the rear, some chalky dryness late. Unimpressive and unenjoyable. Was gonna drain it, but added it to my marinating chicken instead...pass this one by IMHO

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 01:16:56 | More by Billolick
Photo of ppoitras


3.98/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at either Party Source or Brilbeck's, Syracuse, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" beige head over the clear orangey copper brew. Head is promptly down to a swirly layer of uneven bubbles, with average to good lacing. Aroma is vanilla and grain. Taste starts nutty, with a touch of vanilla in the middle, and a balanced to bitter close. Caramel notes as well. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, and drinkability is good.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 22:51:42 | More by ppoitras
Photo of Brad007


3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice dark brown with a small brown head into my glass. Very light for a brown ale.

Just a trace of vanilla bean among sweet molasses and a very dull hop presence.

Vanilla bean essence (read: essence) dominates upfront, followed by a malt profile that seems more at home in a red ale.

Lingering trace of vanilla bean followed by traditional malt. Nothing really special and the carbonation level seems too high.

Not bad but not as great as I had hoped.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 02:57:05 | More by Brad007
Photo of tavernjef


3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nicely tarnished dark brown with a smallish capping of light tanned creamy froth. Keeps a good skim and collar as it leaves minimal lacing in a few big spots.

Aroma is lofty of hazelnut and vanilla extract, slimmer ginger hints with a hint of sweet browned malt. However, it seems alot less then a brown ale aroma then it trying to be a whole mess of Anchor OSAs' that are made from preservatives and over processed bakery goods then the natural stuff that beer is made from. Kinda fakey smelling.

Taste is definately more of the same, extract vanilla weakness in flavor is actually the overbearing character of the overall taste. Too much vanilla here, root beer-like sweetness slacks up the remainder balance, but the vanilla stuff is too much for me.

Feel is clean and simple with a tender carbonation that helps keep the overly settling vanilla sweetness from being sharp. And thank goodness for that. Otherwise this would be over the top by another hurdle not wanting to jump over during the middle of a race. Body is slightly less then medium with a slight dryness in the finish with vanilla extract and cookie dough fluff very lightly wafting about.

For a Brown this just didn't do it for me. Overly vanilla in nearly every manner and not in a fresh, wholesome way. Not sure if extract is actually used in the making of this brew, but man it sure seems to be coated in the fashion that it is. Either that or its just too much of the real thing? Unfortunately, not to my liking either way I put it.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 01:21:47 | More by tavernjef
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep brown color, with an average off white head that settles into a light cap. A very strong vanilla flavor, smells almost artificial. Some oak/woody and brown sugar characteristics as well. Some forced vanilla flavor as well which is mellowed by some milk chocolate and bready malt. The added vanilla flavor seems to kill this brew. While not as fake tasting as Leine's fireside nut brown, it seems to go down the same path. Seems to be a bit grainy in the end with a slight hop bitterness. Moderate feel with tingly carbonation, pretty much starts sweet and finishes sweet. There is a nice earthy quality to this brew that bring some balance but the added vanilla presence tastes not natural. Kind of a gimmicky brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 04:00:26 | More by Gmann
Photo of tigg924


2.8/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: caramel brown with a one inch head and medium carbonation, clear

Smell: caramel and toasted malt--surprisingly no vanilla

Taste: faint vanilla, toasted malt then a roasted malt taste

Mouthfeel: smooth, high carbonation, semi-sweet

Drinkability: The vanilla here is super subtle and when it hits, it seems very candy like and artificial. The brown ale portion is ok. I have had better vanilla beers and brown ales. One is enough.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 14:10:32 | More by tigg924
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown body with a head that is creamy by cask standards and even leaves a bit of lacing.

The aroma has some slightly pale, sweet malts, a bit of toasted character and a good dose of vanilla.

The flavor has the pale, sweet malts that have butterscotch flavors, and the slight toasted character is very slight. One flavor that is strong is the vanilla. The flavor tastes like natural vanilla extract, which is basically concentrated vanilla.

Medium in both carbonation and body, nothing to comment on really.

This is drinkable, but I could see the vanilla getting cloying after a bit.

Serving type: cask

10-28-2009 22:44:58 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of sulldaddy


3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling a cellar temp bottle of this brew poured into a pint glass.
HOLY FOAM! Not a gusher but the first 1 oz of beer fills my pint glass 2/3 with creamy beige head. This could take a while.

The beer has a nice aroma, some roasty malt notes, maybe some almond nut hints and definitely some sweet vanilla. Could be hints of chocolate mixed in too.

First sip reveals a very fizzzy and tingly carbonation that dominates the texture of the beer. Body is a little thin but not really watery.

Flavor is mostly sweet malt with some chocolate and roasted malt mixing with hints of vanilla and brown sugar too. Flavor is not as sweet as expected as the roasted malt dominates the lingering flavor and leaves an almost bitter coffee note after each swallow.
there is no hint of ABV and the beer is very easy to drink. Slightly over carbonated IMO as this beer would be pretty nice on cask.
Worth a shot if you see it, but probably not something to hunt down.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 04:11:09 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +21.2%

11-18-2011 00:43:35 | More by tclapper
Photo of albern


3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This strikes me as one of those novelty beers that are worth trying so that you will know what vanilla bean in a beer ought to taste like; or perhaps this will widen your repretoire when coming across a vanilla like flavor that you otherwise wouldn't be able to pin down. It is a beer for the purposes of education. That said, I'm not sure that I would come back to this beer again, and having more than one or two would be rather difficult. A six pack of this? Unthinkable. The beer pours a nice tawny brown with some off white head and a bit of retention. The aroma, well you guessed it, vanilla and lots of it. There is also a coffee aroma in this beer too. The aroma of the two pretty much overpower anything else going on underneath. The taste is a bit more complex. The beer has a very strong and noticeable vanilla cream flavor in the mid section and this segues to a slightly less sweet, perhaps a bit harsher nutty flavor towards the finish. Things get a bit drier on the back end. I'm picking up a bit of hop in the very end as well. The beer is fairly light bodied, and hard to tell if there is much of a creaminess to the beer, because the vanilla gives off a vanilla creme de menthe texture throughout. I wouldn't say the beer is watery though. The mouthfeel is light and the aftertaste fairly mild. I'm not sure if the brown ale underneath all the vanilla flavoring is any better than average. This is worth a try for the novelty of it all.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 23:08:40 | More by albern
Photo of morebeergood


3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Ordered a bottle for a pre-Sox game drink at the Lower Depths. Poured into a pint glass. Muted brown color, hazy body, and not much head. Smelled like vanilla extract. Some people like that smell, others will not. Taste was interesting, but a bit too overpowering. I was looking for a brown ale with a hint of vanilla, but instead it's basically a vanilla ale. Brewer went a bit overboard with the flavor. It's an unusual beer to try, but it's a lot like sipping a Yankee Candle. Not a good beer to pair with a main course. Way too sweet, and there was no way I was going to have another.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 03:52:53 | More by morebeergood
Photo of MTNboy


3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- It has a somewhat deep hazy brown body. It had an average head that disappeared quickly to form average lace.

Smell- It was milder than I thought it was going to be. It has real vanilla infused with malt smell. Very nice without being overdone.

Taste- Vanilla like flavor hits you right off the bat but then it turns in to a roasted caramel malt flavor. It is sort of root beer like.

Mouthfeel- A little watery and light.

Drinkability- This is very mellow kick back and unwind beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2008 12:39:02 | More by MTNboy
Photo of sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.43/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep translucent brown with copper hints, thick tan head that took its time fading, minimal lacing
Smell nice heavy malt accent with a subtle yet very present vanilla hint, no hop presence
Taste follows the nose to a T, no hop presence
Mouthfeel medium to light in body, smooth a bit creamy even
Drinkability this is a wonderful beer and will be enjoying the growler and may be going back for another at only $9.50

Purchased growler at Flying Bison Brewing Company who contract brews this for Landmark. It is now contract brewed somewhere else, I believe Paper City Brewing Co. IIRC

Serving type: growler

10-29-2009 22:57:27 | More by sliverX
Photo of Beejay


3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks DmanGTR!

A: Reddish Brown in color and crystal clear. Nice very very full head on top. The head on this thing is huge and persistent. Leaving some lovely lacing. A gorgeous looking beer.

S: Porter, Malt, brown sugar and vanilla. Almost like a sweet oatmeal scent in there with the vanilla. Very nice and mellow, with a subtle roasty flavor at the end.

T: Nice an malty, creamy smooth with a nice vanilla kick in the end. Good but not ground breaking. Bet it would be awesome with ice cream or a float.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is nice. Nothing funny here.

D: Good. Not something I would drink all night. But a good change of pace beer, interesting and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 00:22:58 | More by Beejay
Photo of deonreds

New York

2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

03-18-2012 05:22:27 | More by deonreds
Photo of bluntedboywonder

New York

2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

10-15-2012 01:33:07 | More by bluntedboywonder
Photo of laxer8811

New York

1.5/5  rDev -54.5%

06-22-2012 23:13:56 | More by laxer8811
Photo of williamherbert

New York

3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is dark. Very dark. A brown, almost black. Totally opaque. Couldn't see the sun through this beer from an inch away.

The smell is very feint, almost non-existant. What I could smell was malty, but with a little sweetness to it.

The flavor has a dash of vanilla, but the more overwhelming flavors are of the molasses and licorice variety. It's a thick flavor.

It has a syrupy but surprisingly smooth flavor, but the aftertaste is dry and has a surprisingly nice finish. It's a nice beer to have one or, but too many in a row would be overkill. This would need something to cut through the thickness of it.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 04:13:59 | More by williamherbert
Photo of jneiswender


1.65/5  rDev -50%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Had a pint glass of this from the bottle.

A-gem brown, rocky beige head, very dense.

S-malty, metallic and some vanilla

T-smoky, malt front, snap pea flavor in the middle, and some hop bitterness at the end. Very little vanilla flavor at all


D-very little vanilla flavor to this brew. the other competing flavors were some what off-putting

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 03:47:55 | More by jneiswender
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Almost no head even with an aggressive pour. What there was vanished quickly leaving only small dots of lace. Slightly cloudy mahogany color. Fairly dark.

Smells really good. A little roasted with more chocolate than vanilla, and dried fruit. Like chocolate covered raisins.

All of that comes through in the taste as well. A little char in the back, fruit, and maybe a slight nuttiness, with a definite underlying vanilla flavor. Sweet with only a hint of the toasted malt bitterness to balance. Finish reminds me of a vanilla candle.

Mouthfeel is a little thin & watery.

Pretty tasty if your in the mood for a sweet dessert-type beer, but I don't think I could do more than 1-2.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 23:32:34 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of Lawl3ss


2/5  rDev -39.4%

01-02-2012 11:21:20 | More by Lawl3ss
Photo of iceball585

New York

2.93/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown/black color, one finger thick tan color head that quickly faded down to a thin layer

S- Nuts, dark malts, coffee, smokey, slightly metallic

T- Smokey, coffee, chocolate, dark malts, nuts, hint of vanilla beans

M- Fairly light feeling on the tongue, heavy carbonation

D- Worth a try but not something I'd buy often

Really fizzy for being a brown ale. Not as much vanilla taste as I was expecting but still worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 23:25:21 | More by iceball585
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Vanilla Bean Brown Ale from Landmark Beer Company
77 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.