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Black Vanilla IPA - Horny Goat Brewing Co.

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Black Vanilla IPABlack Vanilla IPA

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BA SCORE
80
good

25 Ratings
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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 0
Gots: 10 | 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:
Beer added by: jhartley on 09-02-2014

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Photo of st9647v3
2.63/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I didn't get IPA in this at all - more like a thin porter

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jzlyo
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is pine, dark malts and earth. The flavor is citrus, pine needles, light grapefruit, fruit, dark malts, light chocolate and a slightly sour/bitter finish.

Photo of Jsonta
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CodyMiller
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RochefortChris
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of williamjbauer
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMS1512
3.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thefluker
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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Photo of Immortale25
4.2/5  rDev +21%
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 +22.5%

Photo of bkwhoppa66
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of tbryan5
2.68/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of ToddGingerich
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
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 -13.5%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Espressowizard
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of BradBuchanan
3/5  rDev -13.5%

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

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

RJT

Photo of jerryskid88
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Photo of GregJ
3.39/5  rDev -2.3%
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.
80 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.