Einer's Folly Vanilla Imperial Porter (Holiday Wine Cellar's 45th Aniv Ale) - The Bruery
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4/5 rDev +4.7%
Thanks to AmericanBrew for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is fairly straight forward but is very nice. I get a lot of chocolate and some roasted malt, exactly what you expect in a porter.
The flavor is more complex. I get a lot of roasted malt and bitter chocolate, but I also get some light spicing. You can also tell the beer is barrel aged by the whiskey, vanilla and oak flavors that compliment the roasted malt and chocolate.
Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. Another winner from The Bruery.
02-09-2011 05:14:33 | More by Mora2000
3.78/5 rDev -1%
Midnight black pour with a thin light brown head. Spots of lacing left down the glass. Simple and as expected.
A very muted aroma, though what's here is very nice: roasted malt, lots of oak, a touch of smoke, and a bit of sweet vanilla. The only unfortunate thing about the aroma is that it's not stronger, because if it was, it'd be phenomenal.
I have a similar complaint, if you can call it that, with the flavor. What's here is nice (oak, earth, vanilla, roasted malt), but there just isn't a ton of flavor here. Perhaps the flavors have muted during the aging process...though it really hasn't been that long.
Medium to thick body with low carbonation--particularly appropriate for this. This is a joy to drink, and the alcohol is nowhere to be seen.
This beer was better than it's individual parts may indicate; I really enjoyed drinking it, I just wish all the flavors and aromas were far stronger.
10-20-2011 22:55:13 | More by ehammond1
4.33/5 rDev +13.4%
Thanks to Koufax21 for bringing this out for Christmas 2010. I picked 2 more up since then, we'll have to crush 1 in '11 or '12.
Anyways black pour, great tan lacing all around, great retention, doesn't get much better than this. Aroma was candied to a small degree, vanilla, cocao and a little bit oaky smoky.
Lots of oak in the taste, vanilla again, chocolate. Silky yet a big roast presence. What some might label a mess, I choose to label as complex.
No surprises, no letdowns (other than the hassle of jumping through the hoops to buy one from Holiday Wine Cellar, jeez, get over yourself).
05-17-2011 17:48:39 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.38/5 rDev +14.7%
On-tap at the Tap Room in Pacific Beach, CA.
Pours one shade from black with a two-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of lightly roasted malts with a good amount of smooth milk chocolate aromas. Also present are mild amounts of vanilla that intensify as the beer warms.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Soft roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by a combination of dark and milk chocolate flavors, the latter stronger than the former. Midway through the sip vanilla flavors make an appearance although they stay in the backseat. The chocolate and mild vanilla flavors carry through to a mildly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.
Drinkability is also very good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could easily have a few more.
Overall I was impressed by this beer - there's nothing too crazy going on, just a solid big porter skewed toward the chocolate side of things. Well worth a shot.
05-17-2010 12:20:12 | More by glid02
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
On tap at Holiday Wine Cellar.
Pours a deep brown. Very little head. Little bit of lacing. More of a thin layer of film as a head.
Aroma is mostly roasted grains. Slight bit of oak. Not alot of diverse aromas going on. Just roast mostly.
Tastes pretty much how it smells. Not alot of diversity. Don't get me wrong it's a pretty good beer but nothing to really set it apart as an anaversary beer. I was expecting a little more actually. A little hint of bourbon but not much.
Mouthfeel needs to be heavier IMO. Carb was good.
Overall I could drink a whole 750 of this beer because it is actually easy drinking but it's not very special IMO. Tastes like a really roasty porter. Needs more caramel malt. It's good and I would have it again I was just expecting more.
03-24-2010 00:37:33 | More by PeprSprYoFace
3.58/5 rDev -6.3%
On tap @ The Bruery (Plancentia, CA) on 3/20/10. Served in a tulip glass.
Pours just about black, maybe more of a deep brown with some ruby highlights coming out along the bottom, with a thin frothy covering of burnt looking dark mocha head. Solidly rich looking retention on this, which leaves back a lot of creamy foam and brown oils down the sides of the glass. Wow, LOTS of woody tannics and green citric notes are present, along with some lesser Bourbon character that is mixed in. Chocolate, vanilla, and dark roast add a dark tang to the back of the nose.
Much like the aroma, the taste is very heavy on that woody oak feel, which blends in with notes of toffee, chocolate, and burnt roast up front. Vanilla and bourbon add some extra sticky sweetness to the back of the profile. Very dry overall (especially the finish on this), which speaks to all of that oak presence. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a nice mellow creaminess to that keeps that big 8.5% ABV nicely in check. Just the right amount of alcohol warmth is present, keeping the profile big in the mouth but not overshawdowing any of the flavor.
I was expecting a little more from this Barrel-Aged Porter but I think that once this gets bottled, it could develop into something nice. Right now, it just seems a bit too young and muddled tasting. One to keep an eye on.
03-31-2010 16:41:54 | More by Kegatron
1.75/5 rDev -54.2%
Thanks to black13 for sharing this at a recent tasting.
A: Turkish coffee brown, good tan head, spotty lacing. 3.5/5
S: Definite oxidation, muddled fruits, weird wet pennies aroma. 1.5/5
T: Definite wet cardboard. No vanilla and more of the weird metal. Porter elements are virtually non-existent. 1.5/5
M: Moderate body with average carbonation. 3/5
O: This was a very bad bottle. It's perhaps past its prime. Two-thirds of the bottle split eight ways was drain poured. 1.5/5
06-20-2011 08:14:29 | More by hopsbreath
3.53/5 rDev -7.6%
Ditmier busted this one out at a tasting at his house a couple weeks ago... Very cool Eric!!
Pours with a dark tan head... deep clear brown brew... nice lacing...
Roasty malts and hints of chocolate with a pretty strong vanilla presence on the nose.
Flavor is a fairly dry big porter with way too much vanilla... strong cookie vanilla for my liking... the beans overpower what is a nice porter.... maybe some malty sweetness would help, but given the dry beer, I just don't appreciate it... oak shows with warmth, so does some piney hoppiness that seems out of place.... There is just too many things going on here that all come full circle to the vanilla.... multi-dimensional and muddy.
Body seems a tad thin and carbonation is a bit high for a big ABV porter.... I don't know what will improve this one except .... age.... and even then, I don't think I will like it any better.
Weird note with a big ole arrow toward the bottom of the page says "pretty well made despite my drawbacks."
Glad I got a chance to try this and damn glad I didn't order any.... Even more thankful that I have such a good friend and beer buddy like Ditmier.
05-26-2010 08:17:15 | More by JohnGalt1
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
Pours dark black with a fluffy khaki head that settles to a thin, bubbly haze and some soapy lacing clinging to the glass. Aromas of dark roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate, along with dark-toast oak and nice vanilla beans. Very smooth and integrated. Taste is pretty similar, more solid Porter flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and baked bread with more oak and vanilla bean. Smooth and drinkable, with a medium-full body and ample carbonation. Pretty nice beer, definitely enjoyable.
11-22-2012 04:12:42 | More by jsanford
3.6/5 rDev -5.8%
Pours deep brown with a 1.5 finger creamy tan head.
Aroma is cocoa, vanilla, some spiciness and a bit of oxidation.
Starts out with some chocolate and cocoa flavor. Vanilla and oak make their presence known, but the vanilla appears to have faded with time. A little bit of a spice kick and some more expected oxidation. Finishes sweet on the back of the tongue.
Medium body and carbonation has held up well.
Some good flavors here even though it's slightly oxidized due to age. I'm not a huge fan of some of the spice profile, but overall still a rather enjoyable beer. I wish I could've tried this when the vanilla popped a bit more. Probably over the hill now.
05-23-2012 21:00:08 | More by jmarsh123
4.25/5 rDev +11.3%
Huge dark beer here, black as night as it pours out. A big cascading brown head comes up and over the top and then settles down into a half inch layer that hung around for the entire rest of the session. The aroma was vanilla, huge vanilla beer and light cafe like coffee notes. Some hints of roasted malts, but vanilla in a beer like I have never come across before. Not terribly sweet and fake, this was like whiffing good vanilla ice cream. The vanilla explosion followed through on the taste, rich and creamy with light and sweet coffee notes following through on them as well. Really tight flavor here, smooth with a long drawn out finish that was sweet, delicate and drying enough to make me want another in a minute.
07-17-2011 01:29:55 | More by mikesgroove
4.3/5 rDev +12.6%
On tap (first official "open to the public" tapping as far as I know) in the tasting room/cellar at Holiday Wine Cellar on the day of their 45th Anniversary, St Patrick's Day 03/17/2010.
If I could fit the entire title of this beer in the title, I would call it the:
"Bruery Einer's Folly (Holiday Wine Cellar's 1st Anniversary Ale Celebrating the 45th Anniversary/1st Annual Homebrew Contest Winner Eric Holden "Holden's Homebrew") Vanilla Robust Imperial Porter - Aged on Bourbon Oak Cubes - Preconditioned Keg"
History: This beer is a home brew recipe from an open home brew competition event at Holiday Wine Cellar in October 2009. Initially judged by the crowd out of 125 beer entries, and finally the top entries were chosen/narrowed down further by a judging panel, including Patrick Rue from the Bruery. Winner was Eric "Holden's Homebrew" Holden. The beer is in celebration of the the store known as "Holiday Wine Cellar" (located on Mission Ave in Escondido, CA) on it's 45th Anniversary (originally opening on St Patrick's Day). It can be described as an "Vanilla Imperial Porter Aged on Bourbon Oak Cubes" (initially was going to be bourbon barrel aged). Brewed at the Bruery with Eric and HWC.
PLEASE NOTE: This review was from a "pre-conditioned keg." The final beer once bottled will have MORE time spent on bourbon oak cubes then this initial keg.
A - Very dark dark brown, almost black with a good sized tan head.
S - Bourbon, Oak, Chocolate, Vanilla, Coffee.
T -Complex. Similar to nose. Bourbon, Oak, Chocolate, Vanilla, and Coffee. Exactly as described! Pretty balanced in all flavors. Nothing overpowers. Has an English ale yeast taste to it. A little hoppy for a porter (although I was told since this keg was pre-conditioned, and very young, that the final taste in which they are shooting for would be less hoppy).
M - Moderate to moderately high carbonation, full body and a quite nice creamy finish.
D - Pretty easy drinking and really quite balanced in all of it's complexity and advertised characteristics. I can see why this recipe won the contest. I can't wait for it to be bottled, the hops to mellow out a little bit, and for it to take on a bit more oak and bourbon flavor. I will be sure to create a separate review from bottle. My guess is that it will get an even higher score from me! But I'll try and be fair :D.
03-18-2010 07:27:37 | More by mikedashg
4.3/5 rDev +12.6%
Well, I am the brewer of the original beer that won this competition but I will try and be as impartial as possible. I had it on Tap at the Holiday Wine Cellar.
A - Dark and creamy, a light tan head that dissipates quickly.
S - Vanilla is the most prevalent followed by Dark Chocolate notes and bourbon. Little hop aroma.
T - Vanilla again is the first notes, followed by a Carmel chocolate. Bourbon notes come through in the aftertaste. More bitter then most porters but still well within the realm of the porter world. This beer is still very young and should do well with a few months more of aging.
M - Creamy and full bodied.
D - Wonderfully drinkable! It is different then the original but still wonderfully complex and is quite a tasty beer. Many of the people tasting this beer preferred this one to the original. Some more aging will definitely improve this beer and mellow out a few of the harsh flavours.
03-19-2010 15:07:54 | More by HoldensHomebrew
3.43/5 rDev -10.2%
Fancy looking waxed 750ml bottle shared by Sandstone. Thanks, Roger.
Pours the color of espresso with a tall off-white head that slowly recedes. Solid head retention, a fine looking porter.
It reeks of fresh oak. Beneath the sharp and spicy oak there are whispers of vanilla and bitter baker's chocolate, but any subtlety is wiped out by the heavy-handed use of oak chips.
Oak, chocolate. That's all I taste initially. It's sort of like a chocolate covered oak chip. Apparently there's some vanilla in here, but it's subtle. Somewhat astringent and drying on the palate with a medium-full body. The vanilla shows up a bit more in the finish, along with a surprising hoppiness and huge tannins. This has the mouthfeel of a big Zinfandel or Cabernet Sauvignon, which isn't really a quality that I desire in porters. It's not a bad beer, all things considered, but the components in different proportions could have made something much better.
06-07-2010 20:57:10 | More by largadeer
3.68/5 rDev -3.7%
A: Pours dark brown with rich ruby highlights when held up to the light, capped by a foamy two finger beige head. Retention is moderate as the head settles down to a thin layer, leaving some light lacing behind.
S: Total oak bomb at first, but it balances a bit as it warms and opens up. Vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts/light coffee, and dark fruits - dark cherries and figs - integrate nicely behind the oak. Perhaps this aspect will improve as it ages but the oak is just too strong right now.
T: Opens up with strong, spicy oak notes again before moving into dark chocolate and roasted malts. Dark fruits barely show up near the backend, before movingg into an oaky finish with some hints of vanilla in the background.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, would benefit from being fuller bodied.
D: Goes down easy in spite of the overpowering oak, but isn't particularly memorable. I'd be curious to pick up another bottle and see where it is in 6 to 12 months, but there are definitely better examples of the style.
07-21-2010 06:02:09 | More by Xul
Einer's Folly Vanilla Imperial Porter (Holiday Wine Cellar's 45th Aniv Ale) from The Bruery
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