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Tanilla Porter - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Tanilla PorterTanilla Porter

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243 Ratings
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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 17.05%
Wants: 9
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Beerandraiderfan on 04-20-2011

Made with only grade-A Tahitian vanilla beans, Tanilla carries a smooth chocolate flavor complemented by the delicate intensity of vanilla beans, and a rich aroma of coffee.
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Ratings: 243 | Reviews: 61
Photo of NJBeer265
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick and creamy. Big coffee notes. Not getting much vanilla.

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/15/2014. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big vanilla, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, creamed coffee, toast, and light herbal. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and vanilla notes; with good strength. Taste of vanilla, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, creamed coffee, toast, and light herbal. Slight herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of vanilla, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, creamed coffee, toast, and light herbal on the finish for a good bit. Good complexity and solid robustness of dark/roasted malt and vanilla flavors; with a great malt/vanilla balance and minimal cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good vanilla porter. All around good complexity and solid robustness of dark/roasted malt and vanilla flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar; upon closer inspection it is clear and very dark red in color when held up to a bright light. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down but left a short head and thick lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of vanilla and dark malts are present in the nose. The malts become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has foremost flavors of vanilla beans along with notes of dark malts and hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Once the porter warms up, the vanilla becomes dominate and makes for this as being a nice dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the more Cocoa-Cola looking beers I've seen, from the dark brown body, the ruby red highlights, and the loudly fizzing light tan head. This head stabilized though and stuck around at three fingers though. Good dense lace.

Vanilla and coffee aroma. Pleasant, but could be a little more assertive and inviting.

Taste is vanilla and coffee, some earthy hop notes, not a lot of complexity.

Light for a porter mouthfeel. Could do with some more chewability.

Not bad, not great, I've had much worse vanilla porters, but not a Knee Deep offering I'm looking to revisit.

Photo of unitypunk
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Great porter light vanilla back of the mouth, great dessert beer, would pair well after dinner!

Photo of RyanK252
4.06/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Spokeasy Public House

A: Pours dark brown, not a lot of light passes through, with minimal light brown head that disappears.

S: Sweet vanilla, dark roasted malt, a little chocolate, and a tiny hint of coffee.

T: Follows the nose. Sweet vanilla and dark malt complimented by a little chocolate, with a very light coffee bitterness on the finish.

M: Light to medium body, light carbonation

O: Pretty solid example of a vanilla porter, very different from a standard one. Much more sweet than bitter and fairly light drinking. Tasty option on a hot day when you want something dark. Also probably would work great in a beer float.

Photo of smakawhat
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled May 7th 2014.

Simple dark walnut body, with a two finger light cocoa brown to tan head. Head settles to a real foamy cap, and leaves a simple thin puck while slowly settling down. Pretty much a textbook color porter and non aggressive presence.

Mild hints of roast, and soft sweetness. Not really getting any hints of vanilla off of this at all. Clean but not much going on here and a bit closed. Some cake like sense a bit but very hard to detect. Otherwise kind of neutral.

Palate comes forth kind of ordinary. Some odd faint tang but very mild sourness mixing with a large roasted bitterness. Slightly hinting towards acrid, but also wit a touch of mild fizz in the back, of a slightly wet body. Really not getting any mid vanilla off of this at all. Roast feel comes out with a hint of popped seltzery quality, making the bitterness a bit strange.

Overall an ok porter, but really missing the vanilla quality the beer suggests and claims it offers.

Photo of BierJager89
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a mocha head.

S: Nose has dark roast coffee, some dark chocolate, but very little vanilla.

T: Strong dark roast coffee followed by a decent amount of vanilla, then dark chocolate and more coffee in the finish.

M: Full bodied and not smooth... until it warms up. Vanilla becomes much more noticeable and the body becomes smoother and creamy.

O: Definitely drink this a bit warmer than your average beer. It's a solid vanilla porter. I definitely like the style.

Photo of Hopinista
1.15/5  rDev -66.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I wish I could give this a proper review, but the bottle i got was infected. I knew something was up when I poured a small amount and it gushed out of the glass. Taste is chocolatey brett. I was very excited to try this too so it's an extra disappointed.

Photo of Auraan
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown, almost black, with a thin tan head that dissipated to a tan ring, leaving a slight bit of lacing. Looks quite nice, but a bit dark for a porter. Scents of roast malt, vanilla, and slight coffee. A good porter scent with the nice addition of vanilla. Flavors of roast malt, slight dark chocolate and black coffee and some slight sweetness throughout, finishes with more black coffee and a slight hint of vanilla at the end. Aftertaste is bitter with black coffee and dark chocolate. A good classic porter flavor with a nice bit of vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly thick, with low carbonation. About half-way between a porter and a stout and quite easy to drink. Overall quite the nice vanilla porter, it drinks smooth and has the nice flavor of a porter supporting the vanilla.

Photo of vegassommelier
3.09/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

In searching for a certain vanilla porter I had on a vacation that I failed to write down or snap a photo of, I came across this offering. some solid value here, with a 22oz bottle going for $5.
The vanilla is not that prevalent, the opposite of what I was worried about. Much more malty and stout-ish, with a faint vanilla finish. Good mouthfeel with a dry, sightly bitter finish.
A good beer, well made, but nothing I would rush to get again.

Photo of DedicatedToFun
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good, smooth, robust porter, dark, good head, smells like chocolate, drink with friends, on bottle, smells as good as it tastes, don't underestimate this beer. Bought in a larger bomber and got the light kind, not the dark, not the hoppy, just the smooth version.

Photo of Fatehunter
2.92/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A half finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is single-mindedly vanilla.
The taste is moderately sweet moving sweeter at the end. The middle has an unexpected bitterness. The profile is a bit disjointed.
Smooth texture with low carbonation and thicker body.
If you like sweetness this is for you.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a near black, deep mahogany brown with an off-white, 2 finger head. Decent retention. Shows a fair amount of lace with decent stick.

Smell - Strong notes of vanilla, with hints of chocolate and, less so, coffee.

Taste - A lot of natural vanilla favoring upfront, dominates much of the roasted malt aspect of the beer. Very little in the way of classic porter flavors, opting instead for what I can only describe as a "french vanilla ice cream topped with a sparse amount of mocha flavored topping". Finishes with a tinge of bitter coffee flavoring.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. Finishes with a bit of sharpness.

Overall - Not a bad beer overall, but far from anything you might associate with your classic American porter. Too much dominating vanilla character. Might make for a hell of a root beer float partner, but in so far as beer is concerned, it's so-so, and definitely not worth the $7 price tag it comes with.

Photo of quirkzoo
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of Ehammond1, 22oz bottle markintihard into my CBS snifter.

Pours a very nice dark brown with just a hint of light showing around the edges, 1 finger of light brown head that recedes to a thin cap.

Smell is very pleasant. Tons of vanilla up front followed by chocolate and a touch of roastiness.

Taste is chocolate up front with vanilla behind. Medium bitterness that is roasty without being ashy or charred. Turns into a bit of a coffee flavor as those elements combine.

Mouthfeel is somewhat light. This is not a big huge, heavy vanilla beer, instead it is a well balanced porter that has the vanilla as an accent piece.

Overall pretty straighforward, not a beer that is going to blow your socks of but a very solid beer with a lot of flavor.

Photo of McShane
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Kneed Deep brewing has been impressing me. I really like their imperial Red ale and their IPA. The Tanilla is well ehh. So let's get into it.

Appearance- It's a sexy beast. I dig the look. It holds promise. Deep red with a large thick head. Great start.

Smell- That head does a great job pushing the vanilla fragrance. It holds it there and since the head doesn't dissipate quickly its aroma lingers. Again, GREAT start.

Taste- So this is a porter and it's vanilla. My expectations would be that it does both well. Well it doesn't really. The porter aspects are somewhat harsh. I'm a porter guy and this just wasn't fun to drink. It didn't commit in any one direction. I couldn't call it a Vanilla beer either because the vanilla was such an afterthought.

Mouthfeel- This is probably the worst part. It was heavy on carbonation and at times I had to swallow several times to clear my mouth. So it brought out alot of saliva. Not to be gross but that's just not fun.

I think this company has a lot of potential and they've made some good beers and will continue i'm sure. This one, I'm not coming back for.

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Photo of chinchill
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a Samuel Smith's becker.

Pours a VERY dark and remarkably ruby tinted clear liquid covers by a medium dense and well-proportioned tan head. The head has very good retention but leaves little lacing. [4.25]

The aroma [2.75] is disappointing. Too much like a sweet liqueur, especially after warming when the alcohol esters are a little too prevalent, a trace of dankness, and the vanilla seems less subtle than desired.

The flavor, in contrast, is rather good. The alcohol remains adequately hidden, there is no unpleasant dankness, and it is not objectionably sweet. The vanilla addition does seem a bit overdone. Plenty of dark malt with a hint of smoke.

M: Creamy smooth; full body; excellent medium-light carbonation.

O: a fine, vanilla-flavored porter.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, roasted coffee, vanilla, and some sweet caramel malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate malts with some roasted coffee, vanilla, and caramel malts. Through the middle, some more coffee flavor and vanilla with some nuttiness. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate and coffee malts with some vanilla, caramel malts, and nutty flavors.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a touch thick with a sweet and roasty finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice American porter with a good overall balance.

Photo of oline73
2.7/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a dark brown color with some red coming through when light hits the beer. There is a layer of off white color that leaves a very thin ring around the pour.

Smell: Definitely getting some vanilla. There is a slightly sweet malt note along with the vanilla. Overall, not very complex.

Taste: The roasted malt only contributes a little bit. I'm getting some vanilla, just the right amount to compliment the other flavors, but those other flavors are lacking. The finish is slightly roasty and a bit watery.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thin side of medium with rather large bubbles. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: A very boring beer. The amount of vanilla seemed about right, but I needed more from the malt component.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a nice dark brown pour with a generous amount of light tan colored head which quickly dissipated, leaving behind a thick ring around the glass. nice retention, patchy lacing.
smells of figs, dates, plum, chocolate, caramel. the taste is sugary sweet.. almost like a candy bar. caramel, lightly roasted malts, chocolate, sweet fruity/nutty overtones. light body, light carbonation. as far as porters go, this is a great tasting one. unfortunately, the body falls weak in comparison to everything else. still, at a $5 tag price, it's definitely worth a shot if you are on a budget and looking for a great tasting craft beer.

Photo of scottfrie
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into Block15 snifter.

A: Pours a deep coffee brown with a finger and half of frothy light tan head that faded into a thick film that lasted the whole beer through. Great retention. Wispy yet thick lace.
S: Light notes of vanilla, roast, and hazelnuts. Chocolate is light but present, but the hazelnut I pick up really shines.
T: Follows the nose with light notes of roasted nuts, vanilla, and chocolate. Flavors are light overall. Finish has a note or two of cola, and the aftertaste is full of chocolate bitterness and a splash of caramel.
M: The carbonation is very frothy and foams up on my palate. Definitely a bit much, and it takes away from the drinkability. Body is medium and the mouthfeel is foamy, light, and slightly watery in the finish. Mouthfeel really drops off in the finish.
O: Decent flavors but something about it doesn’t sit well with me. The carbonation is way off; maybe I got a bad bottle. Could use a bit more vanilla but I liked the flavors.

Photo of FosterJM
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1429th Review on BA
Bottle to HF pint
22oz

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Purchased at El Cerrito Liquor

App- Its a cola brown with a deep brown almost black center. Only a small head formed and was gone quickly, not much of cling in glass. Looks appetizing with a darker color like a dessert beer.

Smell- It had all the requisite porter notes. It just didn't have the vanilla like it advertised. It was a bit thin on aromatics. Kinda there with a flat cola nose.

Taste- Very light on the Vanilla with a small porter flavor. Roasty, char, malty and what I would say is cola, quad note. It's good, but could be better.

Mouth- A light/medium body with a light/medium carbonation. Chocolate and vanilla combo. Needs more vanilla.

Drink- tasty but hoping imperial version is better and more vanilla.

Photo of pants678
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Brown headed toward black with a beige head. Nothing out of the ordinary for a porter.

Vanilla, little chocolate.

Not exactly what I'd call a polarizing beer, benign in nature. Not getting much more than roasted malt, some vanilla but hard to call that characteristic. Slightly sweet but mostly empty. Seems so negative but it's not an offensive or obnoxious beer. Dark chocolate eventually comes through.

Texture's fine, actually it'd be perfect for a more pungent brew. Crisp but still full-bodied, stains the palette which is great.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review version 2 thanks to getting auto-logged out after 30 minutes, AGAIN. Hope I can remember some of it.

Pours a deep, chestnut brown with red throughout. Latte colored head drops to a thick film that stays forever. no lace, though.
Smell is roasted malt, coffee, cardboard, dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Really well balanced though weak overall until it warms some.
Taste is toast, malt, coffee, vanilla, bittersweet chocolate. Well balanced. Warming helps here as well. Slight medicinal note in the aftertaste.
Smooth, medium bodied, lightly effervescent. Let it rest for 20-30 minutes before drinking and you will be rewarded.

Photo of Zorro
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear brown colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Coffee and creme soda aroma. Little bit of smoke is in there with the chocolate and vanilla. Vanilla isn't an overpowering force in this one.

Starts out mildly sweet with a hit of chocolate cake with vanilla frosting. Vanilla is definitely in here and this reminds me a bit of a Guinness beer float. Taste a little coffee and a little patent malt.

Mouthfeel is average.

Overall an interesting beer but not a great one. I do not regret giving it a try but I won't buy another now that my curiosity is satisfied.

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Tanilla Porter from Knee Deep Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.