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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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very good

101 Ratings
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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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-16-2011 23:52:35 | More by Exiled
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

11-16-2011 21:05:08 | More by biniek13
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-16-2011 06:19:22 | More by jerz
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-15-2011 05:29:14 | More by bombadil
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

11-15-2011 04:32:47 | More by HopStoopid120
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Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -21.5%

11-15-2011 02:49:59 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

11-15-2011 02:25:52 | More by imperialking
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

11-14-2011 22:42:33 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-14-2011 17:35:51 | More by jh1982
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3.78/5  rDev -1%

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.

11-01-2011 22:59:35 | More by jethrodium
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3.78/5  rDev -1%

On Tap

Pizza Port
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.

10-20-2011 22:55:13 | More by ehammond1
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2.2/5  rDev -42.4%

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.

10-11-2011 04:16:32 | More by Arbitrator
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3.2/5  rDev -16.2%

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.

10-04-2011 06:33:17 | More by DovaliHops
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3.53/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

10-03-2011 15:47:53 | More by phichifiji00
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3.78/5  rDev -1%

669th Review on BA
Bottle to Flute

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.

07-25-2011 14:25:31 | More by FosterJM
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South Carolina

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
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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
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4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

06-12-2011 00:43:21 | More by billab914
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4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

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.


05-30-2011 11:38:04 | More by woosterbill
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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
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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
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New York

3.38/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

01-07-2011 04:28:13 | More by mdfb79
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3.28/5  rDev -14.1%

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.

01-05-2011 16:50:37 | More by ChainGangGuy
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2.6/5  rDev -31.9%

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.

01-01-2011 09:07:31 | More by corby112
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3.1/5  rDev -18.8%

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.

12-27-2010 01:59:35 | More by biglite351
Einer's Folly Vanilla Imperial Porter (Holiday Wine Cellar's 45th Aniv Ale) from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.