Dark Vanilla - Element Brewing Company
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3.76/5 rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Bottle from 10/13 I believe.
A: Pours a dark brown, not quite black. Tall, airy and fizzy light brown head. Head fizzes out and dissipates quickly. Just a little splotch of lacing here and there. Decent retention at least.
S: True to its name, loads of vanilla. A touch of chocolate and char. Kind of a nougat type aroma in general, reminds me of a three musketeers overall.
T: Kind of a sharp hoppiness up front. Piney and resinous I would say. Bitter, bitter chocolate and maybe even a hint of coffee follows. There is the vanilla but not as strong as the aroma. Again, it's more of a nougat type flavor. A little more hop bitterness in the finish. Lingering vanilla and bitter cocoa in the aftertaste.
M: Medium bodied, sharp and bitter, long lingering hop aftertaste.
O: I'm not sure what to think about this one. Dark Element is arguably their best beer but this just feels messy and disjointed. The base beer is normally a sort-of black IPA but the addition of vanilla just does not work for me. It's not hoppy enough to be a black IPA, not sweet enough to be a chocolate/vanilla porter/stout...it's just kinda meh as a result. Too bad, I had high hopes for this one. It's not bad by any means but it's not nearly as good as you'd think.
Serving type: bottle
01-04-2014 05:43:33 | More by Dope
Dark Vanilla from Element Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.