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Roebling Vanilla Espresso Porter - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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Roebling Vanilla Espresso PorterRoebling Vanilla Espresso Porter

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BA SCORE
86
very good

60 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kirok1999 on 04-24-2011

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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 15
Photo of silverking
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- deep cola colored with ruby highlights. Thin light beige head that fades fast.

S- roasted coffee and a deep chocolate aroma. Lots of vanilla.

T- the aroma translates to the palate well. Milk chocolate, coffee and vanilla. There is a light toasty bitterness in the finish.

M- medium bodied, carbonation is almost nonexistent. Watery on the back end.

O- It's a "vanilla espresso" porter and it plays that role acceptably, but it's nothing to write home about.

Photo of KYGunner
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice roast up front before a chocolate malt, chocolate brownie takes over. The espresso and vanilla visit towards the end. This drinks rather thin so I think it would rate higher with more viscosity.

Photo of Fievel
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If they could get rid of the funky glass taste this would be excellent.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad at all, that being said . . . I wasn't impressed either. About average for the style in every way. Roebling was a able to hold up in feel over the duration of drinking. But with no real depth to this beer it's a one and done for me.

Photo of ONUMello
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Dark brown with a 1/2-finger head
S: Lots of vanilla, some coffee bean, a bit of cocoa and chocolate malt
T: Pleasant vanilla/chocolate to open, some coffee on the midpalate but then it turns watery and unpleasant on the finish
M: Initially medium-bodied & smooth but then it turns thin/watery on the finish
O: This had a lot of potential but I almost drain-poured it. I finished it and left my initial notes above since it improved somewhat with air. Good potential but not a repeat buy

Photo of ohiobeer29
1.95/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

An OK porter wish the flavors were stronger but it drinks ok

Photo of richj1970
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip.

A: Motor oil black with one finger head that disappeared fairly quickly to a thin ring and left little to no lacing.

S: Mostly vanilla and roasted malts. Maybe a hint of chocolate and coffee.

T: Again the vanilla is the star of the show. Some roasted malts, light chocolate, and faint coffee.

M: Medium body and pleasant slightly sweet finish.

O: Decent and easy drinking porter but I wish there was more depth to flavor and aroma, and I wanted the coffee to be more prominent.

Photo of jsurfs82
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Considering the not so great reviews I was fairly impressed with this beer. I would revisit this beer for sure.

Photo of bigdogs1982
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Aroma of vanilla very prominent. Creamy tan colored head that lasts. Amazing flavor of coffee and vanilla with a very smooth mouth feel from the nitro tap. Vanilla not as strong in flavor as some vanilla portets I have had. Bottle was okay by the nitro takes it to another level. Done in a great porter fashion.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #77 (June 2013):

LOOK: Opaque, black, decent lacing

SMELL: Heavy vanilla, coffee grounds, earthy, roasted grain, sweet nose, alcohol

TASTE: Sweet, full bodied, assertive vanilla, burnt sugar, cowboy coffee, faint black cherries, brown malt, toasty graininess, mild charcoal, mild esters, feigned sweet finish

A big brew, but not really robust. The flavorings noted are there, but nothing really pops; they do, however, still work well enough without taking away from the fact that this is a Porter. Give it a try—a beer to share, or perhaps it will grow on you … a big Porter with no bite.

Photo of CardiacNP
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On draft from fox & hound in Ohio.

A black porter with a small creamy "coke" colored head with minimal lacing.

A deep chocolate and coffee aroma with a hint of vanilla.

Taste was similar to aroma - chocolate up front with a long lasting slightly bitter coffee finish with mild vanilla undertones.

Mouth feel was nice, smooth & lightly creamy. Very little alcohol taste or burn for a 7.6%ABV.

I very good chocolate vanilla porter that I hope to drink again

Photo of claaark13
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nitro at Wino's in Bowling Green.

A - Deep brown, nearly black, great Nitro head.

S - Fairly muted dark malts and coffee with a sweet hint.

T - Creamy coffee, vanilla and chocolate all blend smoothly together. The nitro really helps lift the creaminess throughout.

M - Well, the light porter body is evident, but the nitro gives a lot of nice fullness to bring it up.

O - Really a nice porter. I'd be interested to see how good the flavors blends with a different gas blend or out of a bottle. As it stands, this is one of the best porters I've ever had, flying right under the radar. Could be the nitro though.

Photo of birchstick
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish black without much of a head. Smells of vanilla, molasses, coffee, and some chcoloate. Smells really sweet. Taste follows suit. Opens up with chocolate flavors that move to a vanilla and cola flavor. Finishes with a little bit of chocolate and coffee tones. Really sweet all over, which works well if it is treated as a dessert beer. Pretty good overall.

Photo of ltjska04
3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

AKA Roebling Porter. On tap at Pachinko's in Main Strausse, Covington KY. It is a dark brown to black beer that pours with no head whatsoever. Not much to the scent either except a faint waft of vanilla. The taste is overwhelming vanilla. Over the course of the pint I can't help but think Vanilla Coke every time I take a drink. The vanilla is really overpowering but hints of chocolate poke through every once and a while. No strong porter or coffee flavors even though that's what the bartender told me to expect. The vanilla flavor is nice at least and not too artificial; it's just really strong and sweet and kind of deteriorates from the drinkability of this. Maybe a 6oz. beer, but a pint is too much. Nice to see a local brewery do something different but this is way too skewed towards the vanilla with barely any other flavors coming through.

Photo of kirok1999
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark in the snifter with a nice, loose foamy head that fades to a ring of off white lace. There are hints of garnet when the glass is tilted.
Smells is nicely vanilla with a backbone of milky espresso. This smells like it might be real vanilla, not an extract. If it's an extract then it's a well made one. The coffee is not at all overpowering. There are non-espresso porters out there with much more of a coffee note.
Taste matches the smell but just a bit milder. It really needs to warm up quite a bit to release the flavor. There's quite a hop bite through the whole thing. Not at all sweet as you might expect with a mix of both vanilla and coffee. There's a lingering mildly astringent note in the finish. It's somewhat dry and there is a slight dark fruit in the back of the throat.
Feels a little thin but very smooth with a low carbonation level.
To be labeled a flavored beer I really expected this to have more of a pronounced vanilla and coffee note. The flavors are there but just not in the proportion they need to be.
As noted above, many regular porters have a much stronger coffee note. The vanilla is well done and not at all overpowering but a hint more would have paired well with a stronger coffee presence. For the price, this is an exceptional buy.

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Roebling Vanilla Espresso Porter from Rivertown Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.