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Einer's Folly Vanilla Imperial Porter (Holiday Wine Cellar's 45th Aniv Ale) - The Bruery

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Einer's Folly Vanilla Imperial Porter (Holiday Wine Cellar's 45th Aniv Ale)Einer's Folly Vanilla Imperial Porter (Holiday Wine Cellar's 45th Aniv Ale)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

102 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 41
Gots: 24 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mikedashg on 03-18-2010)
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Photo of hopsbreath
1.75/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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

hopsbreath, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of Arbitrator
2.2/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by Nick3, I believe. From notes.

A: Pours a black body with a short-lived beige head. No lace.

S: A muted, weak nose of some chocolate, some vanilla (and that's only because I looked at the label). Possibly some smoke. Really lackluster.

T: The smell was a good preview for the taste, which is pretty lackluster, as well. It begins with roast and a semi-sweet chocolate flavor, but it becomes lightly bitter, bringing up smoke and mild vanilla. Some fruitiness going on. Pronounced oak.

M: Medium-bodied. It's about the only part of the beer that is halfway redeeming.

O: Unremarkable.

Arbitrator, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of sliverX
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

sliverX, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of corby112
2.6/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to ZX6Chris for sending this.

Pours a very deep, dark chestnut brown that appears pitch black n the glass. Completely opaque without even the slightest hint of lighter color when held to a light source. One and a half finger light beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic thin rings and spots of lacing left behnd.

Roasted malt aroma with hints of dark fruit, smoke, toast and earthy oak. I'm not picking up any vanilla in the nose but rather a lot of roasted coffee bean, burnt toast and oatmeal.

Medium bodied and very roasty with an overly acrid burnt malt taste. Hints of deeply roasted coffee/espresso bean, oatmeal and burnt toast. Very slight earthy oak presence but absolutely no vanilla at all. Dry, bitter and roasty but a bit one dimensional. Not well balanced and pretty tough to drink with a palate wrecking, bone dry finish.

corby112, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of Azrael
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Azrael, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Ineedabeerhere, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of vitese
3/5  rDev -21.5%

vitese, May 10, 2013
Photo of biglite351
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - good bit of red around the edges. Tall creamy off-white head leaving considerable lacing.

S - heavy malts and dried fruit. There is something Sharp in there that I can not place, but I don't really care for that part.

T - malts and dried fruit but also a bit of smoke. However, that part of the scent that I didn't like is also mildly in the taste.

M - Heavy coating. Tingle at tip of tongue and back of throat.

D - just one.

biglite351, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of DovaliHops
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark black with a small tan head that disappears rather quickly. Scent is...extremely weird. Can't really explain it...oaky? Taste is very dark chocolate. Bitter dark chocolate with hints of vanilla and oak. Some earthiness as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Drinkability is fair. Overall, not my favorite beer from the Bruery. I'm not a huge fan of dark chocolate, and this was VERY dark-chocolatey.

DovaliHops, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

t0rin0, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a walnut-brown body with a tall, billowing, mocha-toned head.

Smell: Thin, flimsy aroma, I'm sniffing and sniffing, but there's really not much there, just minute notes of unsweetened chocolate, smoke, vanilla, and vague earthiness.

Taste: A slightly sweetish taste of darkened malts, mingling flavors of chocolate, ashen smoke, and a few stray flecks of vanilla. Light, lightly sour fruitiness. Modest bitterness. Takes a 180 and slides back towards drying dark maltiness for the finish.

Mouthfeel: Just a half notch over medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Sadly, Einer just didn't deliver all that it could. It's not a folly, no, but maybe a bit of a fizzle.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Bruery

A: The pour is absolutely fantastic. A nearly black beer with a finger's worth of off-white head on top which has some pretty good retention.

S: The nose is very heavy on the oak with some good notes of bourbon. The roast is also quite heavy and the vanilla is present, but I would have liked there to be a bit more.

T: The roast is perhaps even more pronounced in the flavor, as is the oak--a little too much so. There is a touch of sweetness, but the vanilla is really hidden.

M: A nice body to the beer: medium to full with a smooth and slightly creamy carbonation.

D: Considering the ABV, it's pretty drinkable, but the oak was just a bit overdone for my tastes. I thought this one had some good things going on, but it didn't quite come together for me and was waaaay too oaky.

womencantsail, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 01/02/11 notes. Brought this to a local tasting, was pretty excited to open it up.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of light chocolate and roasted malts. Light oak and vanilla as well, but very faint and faded. Everything seems a bit faded; a bit disapointing.

t - Tastes of oak, caramel malts, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts. A step up from the nose.

m - Medium to full body and very low carbonation.

d - I think I liked this better than some of the people at the tasting, but it's not a great beer. It's not bad/offensive or anything, but the smell is faded and average. The taste is a bit better, but not great. Glad I got to try this one but wouldn't trade for another bottle.

mdfb79, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a medium off-white head. Good head retention, spotty lacing as it recedes.

The aromas begin very heavy on the oak with some good notes of vanilla beans. As it warms the roast becomes quite heavy and dominant with faint hints of bourbon in the background.

The tastes begin with a touch of caramel sweetness and a hint of vanilla. The roast is perhaps even more pronounced in the flavor than the aromas which I didn't think was possible, as is the oak, but the roasted char becomes too dominant and lingering on the palate.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is dry and roasty and overly oaky; too much so for myself and others I sampled this with.

Overall this beer was enjoyable colder and become abrasive and taxing on the palate as it warmed. Maybe a bit too heavy on the dark malts and too long of an extended contact period with the oak. Maybe the base beer wasn't bold enough to handle the aging as well, either way the vanilla wasn't as pronounced as I had hoped for and this just didn't work for me in the end.

claspada, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of DaveHS
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by nbree00

A-Pours shiny black with burgundy highlights and a fluffy coffee colored head. Leaves a blanket of thick foam down the glass.

S-Cocoa powder, vanilla extract, a little booze/wet cardboard mustiness. More chocolate comes through once it's had some time to settle.

T/M-Tastes like a lesser Victory at Sea. Vanilla and baker's chocolate dominate the palate, with sharp bitterness on the back end. Body is full and soft, with a dry bitterness that creeps in and builds up residually.

O-The dryness hurts drinkability. Decent. I would've liked to try it fresh, seems like it's on the decline.

DaveHS, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of largadeer
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

largadeer, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to John11486 for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and vanilla bean aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly sour and acrid cocoa flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that smells much better than it tastes at this point in time.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Bruery's St. Veronus celebration,

A: Pours a dark brown with a medium off-white head. Good head retention, solid look.

S: Roasted malt with a hint of vanilla and bourbon, not the most aromatic compared with some of The Bruery's other offerings.

T: The roasted malt and charcoal is heavy. The vanilla and bourbon/oak which I was hoping would be more of a focal point is not as big as I'd hoped. A good flavour, but I'm not getting anything that's going to make me go nuts.

M: Very smooth carbonation, smooth, robust for sure.

D: There's nothing wrong with this as a stand alone, I liked it. But when I hear bourbon and a Bruery beer I get my hopes up so much, I guess they're dashed a bit here. A solid porter, don't get me wrong but nothing profound.

Halcyondays, Mar 21, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photekut, May 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

jlb502, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of jkane101
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

jkane101, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of ajzy
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

ajzy, May 15, 2013
Photo of DenverLogan
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 ml into Corsendonk chalice.
Pours a dark brown with large brown head that eventually goes bye bye.
Aroma of dark roasted chocolate, burnt malts, slight wood.
Significant carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of burnt malts, bitter chocolate, cream of tartar, molasses, slight funky dark tropical fruit juice, carob, black pepper. Overall tasty but challenging with a bitter sweetness and semi-dry finish. Some travel damage and slight oxidation is likely, but not overwhelming. Perhaps best to share after a few lighter brews.

DenverLogan, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of Retsinis
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Retsinis, Feb 09, 2012
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Einer's Folly Vanilla Imperial Porter (Holiday Wine Cellar's 45th Aniv Ale) from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.