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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

101 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 101
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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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

03-01-2013 21:35:37 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 01:49:41 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-27-2011 06:26:05 | More by djrn2
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-25-2011 03:29:36 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 01:29:55 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2010 06:19:19 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

04-17-2012 17:27:15 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 16:50:37 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

04-14-2012 05:39:25 | More by Texasfan549
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

First off, were there a category for packaging, this brew would definitely be found to have lived up to its name. Whose idea was it to double wax the bottle? Special circle of hell just for that bastard...making me look like a sadly demented squirrel vainly tearing away at the layers of golden spite. The nerve!

Holy hell, I've forgotten about the beer! Now, this does not mean it's forgettable: far from it. My snifter is currently filled with a silkier, velvetier version of the ink from my Precise V5. Not all that much head, but I've always felt the top bubbles to be overrated anyway. Despite the look, I feel I must act contrarily to the Searchers (and the Clovers) and widen the 'strils, take it all in. Whoompah! I didn't know you could blend chocolate and maple syrups, but they found a way, dammit. Take that, stodgy old food scientists! Some morning beans, a twitch of bourbon, and the whispiest little iota of sugary vanilla all climb into this hedonistic hot tub, completing one of the best food-fetish-based scents I've experienced in some time. Sadly, things can only go down from here (I don't believe in static forces...the mu values just don't make sense...look it up, dammit!), but in this case the drop is not so far. Returning for the oral presentation of the reunion show are the chocolate (now in cocoa nib form), the darkest parts of the coffee beans, and a shade of the bourbon. Now some oak has weasled its way in, adding a further dimension to the already pleasantly cluttered complexity. The only drawback is that the flavors all kinda fade into B-List obscurity at once, as though there was a massive conference call from SyFy Original Pictures, leaving an aftertaste that is decidedly burned-out. I wouldn't worry though, they have enough talent to make it through this rough patch. I am taken aback a bit by the body: lighter than I would have figured, but not so much that I would start shopping for pants with waists below 46. This allows for a nice, even coating of the tongue, a nice, firm hug lasting just long enough to be endearing and short enough to not engender awkward meetings later on. Considering this began life as a homebrew recipe, I'd say hook that brewer up somewhere: I'm sure he's got more good ideas in that melon o' his.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 05:30:20 | More by TMoney2591
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

11-14-2011 22:42:33 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 20:57:10 | More by largadeer
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2010 16:41:54 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 16:21:05 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 05:14:33 | More by Mora2000
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mdfb79

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 04:28:13 | More by mdfb79
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Halcyondays

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2010 02:35:01 | More by Halcyondays
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imperialking

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

11-15-2011 02:25:52 | More by imperialking
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 09:07:31 | More by corby112
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

02-04-2014 00:55:28 | More by yourefragile
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

10-24-2013 08:00:17 | More by zestar
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 21:02:41 | More by Huhzubendah
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

03-18-2012 17:22:40 | More by drewone
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

11-19-2011 03:18:30 | More by brandoman63
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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).

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 17:48:39 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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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 101 ratings.