Einer's Folly Vanilla Imperial Porter (Holiday Wine Cellar's 45th Aniv Ale) - The Bruery
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4.3/5 rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: on-tap
03-19-2010 15:07:54 | More by HoldensHomebrew
4.88/5 rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I read the reviews for on-tap and the forum post by the brewmaster at the Bruery saying it was much better in the bottles after maturing for over 2 months. '
He was right. Darkest brown with no light penetrating. Nice cascading effect when the glass is tilted. Aroma consists of roasted malts of the black and brown variety, dark chocolate, graham crackers and brownies. Mild coffee puts it's character on every part of the nose. Wow! Very tasty, kind of surprised, complex profile with chocolate chips, french vanilla beans, marshmallow, and breakfast roast coffee with a dash of bourbon. Mouthfeel is silky, thick, smooth and the low carbonation seems just right for the beer. I couldn't tell this beer was any bigger than 6%. Definitely has the big, bold and complex character of an Imperial porter, but remarkably smooth on the palate. Well done!
Serving type: bottle
04-27-2010 06:07:23 | More by Hopsfiend
Einer's Folly Vanilla Imperial Porter (Holiday Wine Cellar's 45th Aniv Ale) from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.