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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

41 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of birchstick
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
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 BeerAdvocate
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.

Photo of Lukass
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MaseFace
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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1/5  rDev -74%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of psmith161
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of M1A2
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of jsurfs82
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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 Lynn
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of kirok1999
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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 richj1970
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of claaark13
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
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 TheSleepyMonkey
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Roebling Vanilla Espresso Porter from Rivertown Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.