Roebling Vanilla Espresso Porter - Rivertown Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 33 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by CardiacNP:
4.48/5 rDev +16.1%
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
04-24-2013 01:57:57 | More by CardiacNP
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3.5/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
11-27-2013 22:35:23 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.73/5 rDev +22.5%
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.
12-16-2013 17:30:30 | More by bigdogs1982
4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
12-19-2012 20:14:07 | More by claaark13
3.4/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
01-17-2012 12:19:02 | More by birchstick
3.2/5 rDev -17.1%
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.
05-22-2011 06:50:58 | More by ltjska04
3.63/5 rDev -6%
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.
04-24-2011 01:27:24 | More by kirok1999
Roebling Vanilla Espresso Porter from Rivertown Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.