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Black Vanilla IPA - Horny Goat Brewing Co.

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Black Vanilla IPABlack Vanilla IPA

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15 Ratings
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Ratings: 15
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Horny Goat Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jhartley on 09-02-2014)
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Photo of Immortale25
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says 2864.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a frothy 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before melting away to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Solid balance between the earthy hops and roasted malt with some vanilla undertones.

T- The malt and vanilla work a nice interplay with the moderately bitter hops. How is this actually working? Smooth and slightly chocolaty.

M- Somewhat sharp from the hops as well as a bit creamy. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- I gotta hand it to 'em: this is a great flavor combination. I feel like it wouldn't work with a regular IPA but the roasty malt backbone allows the vanilla to have some context while the hops just do their thing and provide a little extra "oomph." Was never interested in this brewery's offerings until a friend of mine whose opinion I trust recommended it so I took the plunge and I'm so glad I did.

Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of bkwhoppa66
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of tbryan5
2.68/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of ToddGingerich
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.73/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: The body is dark chocolate black under a cream colored head that doesn't recede much. Massive sheets of lacing coat the glass. Nice.

Aroma: Piny, woody, earthy hops dominate. No vanilla can be found.

Taste: Interesting. You have to really dig around, but chocolate comes out through the malts with cedar, pepper, and wood. Hoppy and bitter in the finish, with some spiciness and a smokey, charred grain aftertaste. I think faint vanilla is there after the beer warms a bit, but not enough to really notice.

Mouthfeel: Pretty creamy.

Overall: This beer looks great, but under the premise that it's supposed to have VANILLA in it, I'm discouraged.

Photo of PrivateEquity
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Espressowizard
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of BradBuchanan
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Nice vanilla aroma but, too much bite from the hops.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Horny Goat Black Vanilla IPA has a somewhat thin (Anheuser-Busch shelf glass), beige head, a dark brown appearance, and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of citrus hop resin, dark malt, and maybe a shadow of vanilla. The flavor is where the vanilla shines through, with dark, slightly charred malt, sweetness, black bread, and fairly strong, acidic hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and a bit watery, and Horny Goat Black Vanilla IPA finishes crisp, refreshing, and not alcohilic.


Photo of jerryskid88
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of GregJ
3.39/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown with a light beige half-finger head. Smell is dominated by vanilla with a little mocha and pine in the back. Again sweet vanilla, mocha, some burnt maltiness, a little citrus and moderate pine. Moderate/light pine dominate the aftertaste. Moderate/light body with medium carbonation. Decent beer, I would certainly pick it up again.

Black Vanilla IPA from Horny Goat Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.