Black Vanilla IPA - Horny Goat Brewing Co.

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Black Vanilla IPABlack Vanilla IPA

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81
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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 0
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Horny Goat Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: jhartley on 09-02-2014

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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 11
Photo of brewskifan55
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Blackish brown with a tan half finger head that dissipates quickly.

S: Vanilla and piney hops.

T: A tense battle between vanilla and piney hops. All sorts of tastes intermingle with slight bready malts in the background. Not sure what this one was attempting but it's not quite working.

M: Low to medium with medium, dry carbonation.

O: Not my cup of brew. A strange concoction that bit off more than it could chew.

Photo of Itamarr
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark beer, with a nice body and great smell. Vanilla perfectly added. Bitter and sweet at the right point.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Horny Goat Brewing Co. "Black Vanilla India Pale Ale"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, coded "12:12 2864 SP"
$2.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

While "Black Vanilla IPA" sounds like a good idea, it just doesn't seem to work. The components just don't fit together properly, not unlike adding a drizzle of chocolate sauce to the top of a margherita pizza. All of the elements are clear, they just don't fit together too well.

So do you blame the brewers for that? Nope, it's a really well made beer. And you can't really say it's not brewed to style, as there is no style. So what do you say? You can only say "it is what it is".

It's a dark brown-black beer with a creamy dark tan head that leaves some nice lacing behind. It's roasty in the nose with a little bit of hops and a hint of vanilla. It's bitter and dry in the flavor with a combination of raspy hops and roastiness, with vanilla coming in across the middle and into the finish where the grassy and piney hops become more apparent (at least they didn't use anything citrusy or they'd have a real mess on their hands!).

It's an OK beer, and it's interesting, but it's 'spiky' and not particularly rounded. Remove the vanilla and you might have something, or remove the "IPA" and your there, but as it is I can't really recommend it.

Photo of st9647v3
2.64/5  rDev -25.2%
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 jzlyo
3.04/5  rDev -13.9%
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 thefluker
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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Photo of Immortale25
4.19/5  rDev +18.7%
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 JuicesFlowing
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%
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 BradBuchanan
3/5  rDev -15%

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

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.92/5  rDev +11%
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 GregJ
3.39/5  rDev -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.

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Black Vanilla IPA from Horny Goat Brewing Co.
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