Vanilla Infused Porter (V.I.P.) - Hop Valley Brewing Company
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Reviews by MaltsOfGlory:
4.38/5 rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Very aggressive pour yields a pretty standard one finger head into my standard pint glass. The head is a light born color, not the darkest head ever, that's for sure, but definitely darker than just off white. The head is mostly all medium sized bubbles, some small bubbles too though. The head is fading very quickly, and is now pretty much gone, not too impressed with that, but it is giving me good lacing. The body is extremely dark, almost no hints of any colors other than black, I get a little brown when I hold it up to the light. Transparency is zero. Overall a nice looking porter, a little disappointing with the head, but overall it's a nice looking beer. The smell is very nice, very deep, rich, and very roasty. I get a lot of dark malts, maybe some chocolate, and for sure some coffee. I'm confused, I thought this was supposed to be a vanilla porter? It smells much more like a chocolate stout or coffee stout or something. There may be a little vanilla in the smell, but overall it's not the defining factor. The smell still is really amazing though, regardless if it smells like what the label says it should smell like or not. This may be a generous rating, but I'm gonna give it a 4.5 on the smell. Not a perfect smell, but pretty close. Wow, that's a smooth beer. I get a lot of flavors here too, coconut, light nuts (ones that you would find in ice cream or a cake), vanilla is present, not overpowering though, not really any chocolate or coffee like I thought there would be on the smell. The alcohol is a little more present than it should be for 5.9%. It's not unbearable by any means, or even that noticeable, it's just that I shouldn't really be able to notice is at all. Dark malts and a tiny tiny hop bite take a back seat to all the other flavors. Overall this is a very tasty beer, the taste is for sure a 4, and maybe even a 4.5, I'm not sure, but the mouthfeel is really what does it for me in this beer. The mouthfeel just puts everything together here, the taste is good, but without the mouthfeel it wouldn't be this easy drinking and this smooth. It's hard to describe but the body is just so smooth, it's not rough, it's a little small for the style, but it has a slightly creamy feel to it, and the carbonation is just perfect, very low but very good. I would say that the creamyness and carbonation are what do it for me in the mouthfeel, excellent. Like I said drinkability is very high, it's smooth, tasty, and not too bad on the alcohol. Overall this is a really fantastic beer, lots of flavors going on and a great mouthfeel.
As I get to the bottom of the glass, the lacing really wasn't too impressive, so I think 4 for the rating was just fine. Part of me really wants to give this beer a 4.5 for taste (I'm still pondering that rating) because it's very complex and really tasty, it's just not quite as big as I want it to be. This might be the hardest it's ever been deciding whether to give a beer a 4.5 or a 4 on taste, I'm going to say right now that I give this beer a 4.25 for taste, because I just can't decide. As far as what I put in the box....it's really good, so I'm gonna give it a 4.5.
Serving type: bottle
06-28-2011 10:13:31 | More by MaltsOfGlory
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3.6/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head which has similar retention. The head is a medium beige while the body is a dark chocolate brown that shows a good amount of garnet when held up to the light. Considerable lacing left behind- some of which is sheeting.
Nose- Starts off with a rich array of typical porter aromas- caramel, cocoa, and some chocolate. Noticeable vanilla but not overwhelming. There's a little less presence from the glass which tends to show more milk and cream. Slight roasted notes with a tinge of a sweet coffee note. Swirling shows this but more pronounced.
Taste- Pronounced sweetness on the front which is also a bit tart- very similar to the sweet/sour I get from a lot of coffee. Moves into heavy cocoa which has hints of dark chocolate flitting around the edges. Sweetness has some inclination toward sour cherry or tart (maybe green) raisins. Some bitter coffee, light oak, light vanilla. Some milk and cream on the finish. Nothing bad about most of the notes, they just seem to be in the wrong order. Pretty typical of my experience with vanilla beers- no substantial vanilla. If anything, I get more oak than vanilla. This porter is defined by coffee more than anything else. A little thin as well. Between above average and good at the moment.
Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied, so a little thin for a porter. Carbonation is tame but there is a slight zing at the end.
Drinkability- Fairly drinkable but sort of mellows out to become less than interesting. Price is good (just over 4 bucks)- just wish the actual beer was better.
Overall- Above average to good beer. No real flaws but the flavor profile does seem a little off balanced. Worth a shot if you don't expect to taste too much vanilla.
Serving type: bottle
12-09-2013 01:33:57 | More by artoolemomo
3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22 oz bottle bought from Roth’s Sunnyslope Market in S.Salem. $3.50 Pours a good porter dark brown with a lovely thick,creamy and bubbly tan head. Aroma a little subdued but it has the typical porter roasted malts and a touch of vanilla essence. Flavour is well balanced with more of the roasty,burnt malts and the vanilla well mixed in but not too forward ( like many vanilla porters). Good. Mouth feel is nice and smooth ..no trouble getting this over the tongue! Very nice beer..better than the usual vanilla porter for sure.
Serving type: bottle
10-27-2013 05:58:28 | More by Reidrover
3.54/5 rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.
Pours a hazy dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, cookie dough, and vanilla extract aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder and vanilla bean flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp but fairly thin mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the vanilla presence in this one is extract-like in my opinion.
Serving type: bottle
10-20-2013 00:13:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
Vanilla Infused Porter (V.I.P.) from Hop Valley Brewing Company
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