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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

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 0
Gots: 11 | 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 ralerwen
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of reptile3141
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of B-Land
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.22/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lattydaddy07
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
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 BeerForMuscle
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boone757
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Guitars_and_beer
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of handcrafty
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Haybeerman
3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of st9647v3
2.64/5  rDev -24.4%
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
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jzlyo
3.04/5  rDev -12.9%
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 Jsonta
3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CodyMiller
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RochefortChris
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of williamjbauer
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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2.75/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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4.19/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of bkwhoppa66
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of tbryan5
2.68/5  rDev -23.2%

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Black Vanilla IPA from Horny Goat Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.