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Roebling Vanilla Espresso Porter - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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Roebling Vanilla Espresso Porter
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very good

34 Ratings

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 17.92%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kirok1999 on 04-24-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

nmann08, Oct 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

kylehay2004, Dec 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

drummermattie02, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of birchstick
3.4/5  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.

birchstick, Jan 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Lukass, Jan 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

djtomain, Nov 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

MaseFace, Sep 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

jaidenjb, Aug 09, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

leinie13, Sep 02, 2012
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1/5  rDev -74%

tdmccarthy, Feb 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

qcbrewer, Apr 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

psmith161, Apr 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

DangerDawg, Jun 25, 2014
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3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

kirok1999, Apr 24, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

tastymug, Dec 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

JohnnyMc, Nov 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Lynn, Dec 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

ali1987, Dec 08, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

claaark13, Dec 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Chris77McGrath, Jan 31, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

olbubba, Mar 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

mattsucks, May 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

moodyxc9, Dec 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

beerslushy, Jul 01, 2013
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Roebling Vanilla Espresso Porter from Rivertown Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.