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Vanilla Infused Porter (V.I.P.) - Hop Valley Brewing Company

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Vanilla Infused Porter (V.I.P.)Vanilla Infused Porter (V.I.P.)

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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hop Valley Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedDiamond on 07-29-2009

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Photo of snaotheus
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2015-01-30
22oz bottle poured into a pair of snifters. 40719E0010700 is the bottle code.

Pours dark brown but slightly translucent. Little head. Smell is strong vanilla, slight chocolate, a little yeast.

Taste is surprisingly roasty, almost smokey, again lots of vanilla (maybe a tad too much) and a little chocolate.

Mouthfeel is thin and slick. Overall, good.

Photo of ZachT
3.02/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 5pmsomewhere
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Herky21
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jeffo
3.04/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this one at Bert’s Bierhuis a while back.

From a bomber into a snifter
IBU: 50

APPEARANCE: Clear, light brown pour yields a 2+ finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with good retention. Clear brown body with no carbonation evident. Light colored, even for a regular porter. More like a brown ale in body. Head slowly fades to a full foamy cap and clings to the sides a bit. Splotchy wisp with some traces of lacing down the glass. Decent head and lacing, but the body is too light for the style.

SMELL: Some dark malts, nuts, light milk chocolate and some vanilla notes on the nose. Some leather in there as well. Medium strength, and the vanilla is well measured. Base porter is a little light on the burnt and dark grain aromas though.

TASTE: Some darker malt notes, leather, nuts and vanilla up front. A bit of sweet toffee at the swallow as well, then a bolder and lingering finish of leather, some milk chocolate, vanilla notes and touches of toffee as well. Sweet, with a bit of burnt bitterness on the finish as well. Okay.

PALATE: Thinner body and slightly higher carbonation. Creamy but a little light on the palate, goes down fine and finishes a touch dry.

OVERALL: Alright, and the vanilla is done nicely, but the base porter is a little lack luster perhaps. A little more of the burnt malt qualities would be nice here. A decent drink, but not something worth seeking out per se.

Photo of Jeffsta1
2.99/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is a so-so beer.
Dark color and thick head inspires confidence, which dissipates on first taste.
There's a whack of cheap American lager on the approach. Sad face at that point.
On the tongue, this doesn't have the richness I want in a porter.
I don't get vanilla from it - so that's very subtle (or an old bottle).

Trade dress of the bottle I had doesn't match the photo - the one I got was pale olive green.

Photo of PG2G
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of maximum12
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to flexabull for this bottle, part of a fantasy baseball league haul for my long-suffering team of almost-Cubs. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Always interesting to pop open a bottle with no earthly idea what to expect. This one is black, low carbonation. The nose is reticent, spare vanilla with some malty sweetness. Was expecting a bit more from the pale beans.

Vanilla Infused Porter (VIP) should be pre-heated like warmed milk before drinking. Cold, this is dull, thin, and could be used as a sleep aid. As it warms, so do I. First evidence presented is pure Tootsie Roll, touch of lactose, & low concentration of vanilla. Definitely on the thin side, which can be forgiven given the low ABV, but that also contributes to the drinkability.

Pretty good beer: very simple, very easy to drink. Not much to see here. Move along.

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4.08/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of EuphonicHops
3.45/5  rDev -8%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Andrew24
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of SamInOregon
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.63/5  rDev -3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured from a bottle into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque in the glass with a thin light khaki head that dissipates to patches, leaving light lacing. Aroma of sweet dark malts, chocolate, vanilla, a hint of lactose. Flavor is light sweet toasted malt, vanilla, hints of chocolate; finishes with a slightly astringent coffee and hop bitterness and roastiness. Medium bodied. A somewhat subdued porter, there are some good flavors and they are well balanced, but seem to need a bit more robustness, exposing the noted astringency in the finish. The vanilla redeems this, otherwise it would be a fairly pedestrian porter.

Photo of Bfarr
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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Vanilla Infused Porter (V.I.P.) from Hop Valley Brewing Company
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