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Dark Vanilla - Element Brewing Company

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8 Ratings
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Ratings: 8
Reviews: 2
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 16.31%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Element Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jbertsch on 12-11-2013)
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Photo of Dope
3.76/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Dope, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

ryan1788a5, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of jbertsch
2/5  rDev -38.5%

jbertsch, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of JakerLou
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

JakerLou, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of rjp217
3.26/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle date of 2013-12, poured into my snifter...

A - Hazy dark brown in color with a decent one finger head. The head quickly fizzles and there's not much lace to speak of

S - Vanilla up front, then a lot of candy type aroma. Lingering notes of root beer

T - Just an absolute vanilla bomb. I was hoping it would fade a little with the 6-7 months of age but not so. Absolutely cloyingly sweet

M - Light body, huge carbonation, hoppy bite

O - This beer needs a lot of work. The vanilla is overwhelming and not in a good way. It's like drinking a vanilla soda. The carbonation is out of wack. It could of used some BA and less vanilla. Too bad because I had high hopes.

rjp217, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of huddyball
3/5  rDev -7.7%

huddyball, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of jaycar06
3.25/5  rDev 0%

jaycar06, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of DrewBest
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

DrewBest, Dec 30, 2013
Dark Vanilla from Element Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.