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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

105 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 41
Gots: 25 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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 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.

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of jmarsh123
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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 DovaliHops
3.2/5  rDev -16%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of KAP1356
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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 billshmeinke
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Wax dipped bottle with Holiday Wine Cellar logo instead of the Bruery's. Looking classy. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Dark black with hints of brown at the very outer edges of the glass when held to light. Pretty much impenetrable darkness. Steady pour yields a finger and a half creamy tan head that stick around for awhile before becoming a layer of foam that spans the entire top of the beer and already shows evidence of some serious lacing. Layer of foam retains throughout, leaving tons of tan colored lacing behind. A magnificent looking beer.

The nose is complex and layered. Oak, vanilla bean, and roasted malts are most prominent accompanied by whiffs of bourbon. There is some pine and spearmint in there as well plus a touch of dark berries. Smells a bit hot from the bourbon. Fairly aggressive nose. Pretty much what I expected from this beer with a few interesting surprises (specifically, the pine/spearmint and dark berries).

The taste kicks off with dark chocolate, charred malts (producing a slightly burnt flavor), hints of coffee, oak, a bit of peat, vanilla beans, a touch of dark berries, and some caramel/toffee flavors start to develop mid palate. The bourbon is definitely there and adds some heat to the brew. Some piney/minty hops add an interesting dimension and a bit of balance. Oak/vanilla, smoke with a bit of ash, and a slight tobacco flavor linger on the palate.

As far as mouthfeel goes this one is on the lower side of full bodied. It is quite well carbonated and creamy, much like a belgian dark or quad, which keeps the otherwise viscous brew from feeling too heavy on the tongue.

This beer is a little on the aggressive/harsh side, and comes off as a bigger beer than its abv would suggest. The vanilla beans work very well with the bourbon soaked oak chips to produce an after dinner/dessert oriented beer, and the flavors and aromas it produces are quite big and bold. I have three more bottles, and I am extremely excited to see what a few years of aging will do for this beer. My feeling is that the aggressive/harsh characteristics are due to the beer's youth, and that age will do it wonders.

Photo of DaveHS
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
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 John11486
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Holiday Wine Cellar.

Pours a deep brown. Very little head. Little bit of lacing. More of a thin layer of film as a head.

Aroma is mostly roasted grains. Slight bit of oak. Not alot of diverse aromas going on. Just roast mostly.

Tastes pretty much how it smells. Not alot of diversity. Don't get me wrong it's a pretty good beer but nothing to really set it apart as an anaversary beer. I was expecting a little more actually. A little hint of bourbon but not much.

Mouthfeel needs to be heavier IMO. Carb was good.

Overall I could drink a whole 750 of this beer because it is actually easy drinking but it's not very special IMO. Tastes like a really roasty porter. Needs more caramel malt. It's good and I would have it again I was just expecting more.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of waltonc
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark translucent brown with a large tan head. Smells of vanilla and chocolate, mostly. Not very complex. Tastes of chocolate, oak, vanilla, and hops. The pronounced hop pine bitterness seems slightly out of place here. Tastes good, but doesn't blow me away. Not boozy or hot. Maybe expectations were set too high due to the fancy wax-topped one-off anniversary celebration factor, but this doesn't strike me as meriting a Vanna White gliding arm presentation. Body is a bit thin in my opinion (but certainly thick in comparison to an ice cold Coors Light), with high carbonation. If this were sold in sixers at a reasonable price, I'd buy more. But given the high cost, I would pass on trying it again.

Photo of willjschmidt
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at The Bruery.

A: Pours a deep black color with dark red undertones.

S: Roasted barley, a hint of chocolate, a faint whiff of vanilla, and a good dose of alcohol.

T: Lots of layers of flavors here. Dark malt, dark cherries, bourbon, and a bit of alcohol. No taste of vanilla detected.

N: Average carbonation, full bodied.

D: A really good beer. Excellent flavors and complexity.

Photo of Kaydogg
4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Einer's Folly Vanilla Imperial Porter (Holiday Wine Cellar's 45th Aniv Ale) from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.