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

107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 41
Gots: 25 | FT: 2
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mikedashg on 03-18-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of DenverLogan
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of jsanford
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer served in a Bruery tulip. Beer is aggressviely carbonated. Huge tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation, dark black beer, looks nice.

Aroma is a little sweet, ashy, weak.

Beer is medium in body and sweet with an ashy bitter finish. Not the best beer and I don't detect any vanilla but overall it is a fine beer. Not a repeat though I feel it is over the hill.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer is a dark chestnut brown with a gargantuan tan head. Copious lacing caked on the side of the glass. The aroma offers vanilla, roast, booze, coffee. The flavor is ok. Dominant oak and ash flavors with alcoholic vanilla lingering in the aftertaste. Medium bodied. Not all the flavors are in total cooperation with one another.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip

Deep, pure black with a creamy, dense two-finger head of light tan. The bubbles are very sticky, clinging to the glass in thin yet jagged tracts of horizontal lace.

Tangy nose. Licorice, honey, bitter dark chocolate, spicy molasses, vinous oak, vanilla beans. Cocoa and prunes emerge as it warms. Perhaps it’s a little oxidized, but I’d expect as much after the amount of time this has been aging.

A little spice — anise, perhaps — in the flavor as well. Burnt oak, smooth vanilla, lingering burnt toast, molasses, burnt oak and toast. Some tangy dark fruit, probably prunes. A little of the oxidation here as well.

Velvety medium-light body. There’s a touch of silky fizz as is moves, but very little carbonation. A tiny bit of boozy heat causes numbness on the tongue.

Einer’s Folly is no mistake — it may be a little old, but it's held up well. A good blend of flavors.

Photo of claspada
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of DaveHS
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of KAP1356
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. I was lucky enough to get a bottle of this when it first came out. 750 ml bottle split 4 ways at a birthday party. Poured into a pint glass...

A - Pours a dark brown color that almost borders on being black. A nice light tan head forms about a finger thick. Some nice lacing along the glass.

S - The aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, and a lot of vanilla and oak. The vanilla and oak really takes the stage here as the other aromas are slightly muted by it. I love vanilla, but I also like it when its integrated well.

T - Chocolate, vanilla, and oak all up front. These are really the main flavors I get here. There are some tannins, and some subtle coffee coming through as well. Surprisingly, the vanilla is more subtle on the palate than on the nose.

M - The body is medium, but it really feels a tad too thin for what I expected. The carbonation is also a bit higher than I wanted it to be.

O - I'm glad I got to try this one, but I wasn't blown away by it. A few of us who split it really liked it, while the others were on the opposite side of the spectrum.

Photo of jethrodium
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle generously shared by colonelforbin. Thanks Mike. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head that has good retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is vanilla, some light coffee, light oak, a bit of roasted malt, and a bit of earthiness. The initial taste is some sweet vanilla, followed by some roasted coffee, a little oak, and some earthiness, The finish has a light bitterness. Medium bodied. Low-medium carbonation. Overall, an enjoyable beer.

Photo of ehammond1
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On Tap

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Carlsbad, CA

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.

Photo of Arbitrator
2.21/5  rDev -42%
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.

Photo of DovaliHops
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Photo of phichifiji00
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark brown, 1/2 finger of tan head, fades quickly, minimal lacing.

Smell: Smoked malt, oak and lots of vanilla.

Taste: Tons of vanilla, oak, smoked malt and some bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, decent carbonation, very smooth.

Overall: Very pleasant, huge vanilla profile. I wasn't expecting the smokiness.

Photo of FosterJM
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

669th Review on BA
Bottle to Flute
750ML

App- A dark brown, almost black in color, a nice tan head maybe 1/2” was there. Left a little bit of cling and lace on the side

Smell- It's faded a little bit but you get some of the vanilla, a little roast and some hints of chocolate. I would think with all these flavors freshly bottled this would've been amazing on the nose.

Taste- Right of the bat, you know it's a porter. A roasty thicker taste with slight notes of the vanilla and chocolate. Again a bit faded but still good.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Nice vanilla oak residual flavors.

Drink- This was a long time want of mine. I am very glad I got to try this at Clusterfork #6.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of hopsbreath
1.77/5  rDev -53.5%
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

Photo of billab914
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into my Stone IRS glass. Dark brown in color with a frothy, chocolaty colored head to it. The head faded to a thin, spotty lacing and left just a bit of lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows a lot of the woody oak to it. The vanilla mixes nicely with the chocolaty porter characteristics. I get some darker, bittersweet chocolate and coffee notes to it as well. Pretty flavorful and nice aroma overall.

The taste has more of the woody oak coming through up front. Midway more of the roasty, bitter-sweet chocolate flavors start to come out while the vanilla lingers in the finish. Very nice finish to it, the vanilla and roasty, chocolaty flavors really compliment each other nicely.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being a little below average. The mouthfeel definitely fits the beer and stile nicely for my tastes. Overall it was a pretty flavorful and good beer. I really liked the vanilla and chocolaty flavors, and the oak wasn't bad either. Very tasty and enjoyable beer overall.

Photo of woosterbill
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a wine glass. Big shout-out to BA drewba for sharing this obscure Bruery treat at DLD '11.

A: Dark brown-to-black body with a 3/4" head of creamy light-brown foam. Great retention and sticky lace. Beautiful.

S: Malt, malt, licorice, malt, and malt. Spice and vanilla back things up. Big and good, if a bit over-insistent with the pure malt sweetness.

T: Smooth vanilla and pleasantly spicy malt. Light dark fruit. Some chocolate and coffee. Weird mix of roast and sweetness, but very enjoyable.

M: Thick, lively, and rich. Excellent.

O: Tasty beer. It didn't quite have the balance and integration to get up into the next-highest score territory, but it was a real pleasure to experience. I'm really glad I got to try it. Thanks again, drewba.

Cheers!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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).

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.24/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of corby112
2.64/5  rDev -30.7%
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.

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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 107 ratings.