Roebling Vanilla Espresso Porter - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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Roebling Vanilla Espresso PorterRoebling Vanilla Espresso Porter

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BA SCORE
85
very good

68 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 15.53%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | 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: 68 | Reviews: 18
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jsurfs82
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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 GOBLIN
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
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 bigdogs1982
4.75/5  rDev +25%
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 ohiobeer29
1.95/5  rDev -48.7%
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 -0.8%
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 KYGunner
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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 claaark13
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Fievel
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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 silverking
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Mikus
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shared some tastes of this brew with my wife as her glass warmed up over the course of 30-45 minutes. She definitely loved this beer. I had a couple of overall impressions including the light hand used to incorporate the vanilla and coffee, fact that this must have been a pretty solid base beer, and the fact that the mouthfeel was a bit thin. Overall, this was well done and well balanced. I think that Rivertown (OH) is an up and coming brewery.

Photo of ONUMello
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
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 brewohio1
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my absolute favorite porters!

Photo of birchstick
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
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 denver10
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours dark brown with minimal khaki head that quickly recedes. Looks like root beer. Aroma is vanilla, some coffee, caramel, some roastiness. Flavor was bad, dominated by some terrible vanilla, IMO. Mouthfeel with quite thin and too effervescent, prickly. Overall, huge miss for me.

Photo of ltjska04
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
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 -3.9%
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.

Photo of CardiacNP
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
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

Roebling Vanilla Espresso Porter from Rivertown Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.