Tanilla Porter - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 17.05%
Wants: 9
Gots: 33 | 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: 248 | Reviews: 63
Reviews by ThickNStout:
Photo of ThickNStout
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from Total Wine (Kennesaw, GA). 5.99. Served in a large snifter. 

Pours dark brown with 1.5 fingers beige head. Very little lacing. 

Smells of faintly roasty malt, vanilla extract and heavily creamed/sweetened coffee. Meh. 

Luckily the vanilla and roast comes through a little better in the taste. A one trick pony of vanilla/roast that borders too sweet without any balancing depth but it knows what it is. Zero alcohol apparent, not surprising at only 6%. 

Feel is light and thin with nearly too much carbonation. Long sweet aftertaste. 

Not a bad drinking experience but not one I'll be clamoring to repeat. It has a distinct sweet vanilla edge, of which I'm a fan but there are several other beers that do it better in my opinion. 

More User Reviews:
Photo of ehammond1
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark brown, and nearly black, with ruby edges and a thin light brown head. Spots of lace and thin lines run down the glass.

Somewhat muted aroma, though what's here is very nice: mild roast, some bittersweet chocolate, and a small amount of vanilla. There just isn't a lot to smell here, unfortunately.

Nice combination of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and lots of sweet and earthy vanilla. This is a very nice, well-rounded, though sweet, incredibly drinkable vanilla porter.

Medium mouthfeel with low carbonation.

This is in an incredibly drinkable vanilla porter. I certainly wouldn't mind having another glass of this.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.62/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light brown, not much head or retention, couldn't even tell what the color of the head was it was so thin. Mild coffee aroma to it. Didn't pick up any vanilla.

Taste, thin body, seemed more like a brown ale than a 'robust' porter, watery. Vanilla is extremely muted, sugar more dominant than vanilla. Little to no hop flavor. Compared to every other vanilla beer I've had, this one just didn't cut it.

$7 a bottle is about twice as much as I'd pay for this beer. You can get a breckenridge 6 pack of Vanilla Porter for that price, and actually enjoy it for what it is advertised as. Liked this more in its demo stage at the Brew Ha Ha a few years back.

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

Thanks to Ultraman for this one. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Southampton oversize snifter.

Pours a thin layer of light mocha colored head with poor retention. Beer is a dark, near opaque brown. Lacing is stringy and thick with decent cling and thin legs. Average

Nose is moderately aromatic. Overwhelming amounts of sweet vanilla and cream. Clean but very singular.

Nutty. Caramel, vanilla, coca-cola and roasted malt towards the end. Again, very simple. Finish is slight toffee and roast. Odd but enjoyable.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down filmy. Finish is oily with a lingering aftertaste. A bit thin.

If someone were to make a vanilla coca-cola beer, this would be it. It's not exactly representative of the porter style though. A bit too sweet and a touch too thin. Still, I could see how some would appreciate it.

Photo of cjgator3
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark black color with a nice light tan colored head.

S- The aroma is sweet with some dark roasted malts with some vanilla notes as well.

T- The taste has a lot more of the vanilla bean flavors that the aroma. Dark roasted malts with some sweetness and vanilla flavors make up the taste.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodies with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Not bad but not great either. Overall, it is a decent beer that is worth a try.

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 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 Bung
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. Dark brown pour, thin layer of very light tan head.

Aroma, vanilla, toasted malt, light coffee with creamer.

Taste, wow, that's a lot of vanilla. Vanilla latte. Milk chocolate, faint malted milk ball. Mostly vanilla latte though.

Light side of mid bodied. It is sweet, but drinks pretty easy. You have to be ready for some vanilla though.
A bit too much for me, but a nice priced worth a try.
Kind if a Southern Tier Creme Brûlée light.

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

A: Deep brown back in body, crimson when held to a strong light. Nice tall tan head, fluffy with a number of fish eyes.

S: Roasted grains and bready notes at first. Vanilla and some spice notes. There is a floury bread note in there, as well as a touch of dark chocolate or possibly coffee.

T: Chocolate and vanilla, with a coffee and cream aftertaste. Something else in there, but I can't really put my finger on it.

M: Medium light in body. The carbonation feels a little strong for me. It finishes with a little bit of a carbonic bite.

O: Overall decent, but not phenomenal. The vanilla character is nice, but I don't think it does enough to pull the rest of the beer up.

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 Immortale25
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Florida Beer Company tapered pint. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that bears average retention time before dropping down to an 1/8 inch head. Frothy threads of lacing.

S- Sweet coffee nose with notes of caramel, vanilla, and cocoa.

T- Medium roasted malts with a sweet start and a chocolatey finish. Light in alcohol and bitterness. Hints of vanilla and toffee. Very smooth.

M- Slightly creamy with medium thickness. Medium carbonation and a relatively soft body for the style.

O- As far as taste and viscosity go, it's quite tame but effective. A good session porter.

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 SHODriver
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a deep black with a small amount of tan head which recedes quickly to a barely there puddle in the center and a ring around the glass.
S: Smells sweet with hints of coffee and chocolate. Pretty light on the nose. Not very robust in aroma
T: Hard to place the taste on this one. Chocolate, and coffee flavors, faint roast malt, not a lot of vanilla flavor though. Kind of weak in flavor as well but not bad. Just needs to be a bit louder. Aftertaste is bitter coffee with hints of vanilla. around 55-60 it gets to be fairly sweet and the vanilla starts to shine a bit more and bumps the flavor points up
M: About right for a porter, maybe a bit too light and carbonation is decent bordering on prickly.
O: Not bad, but not great. it get's better the closer it is to room temp

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 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 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 lurpy1
2.27/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

On tap at BJ's charm-free brewpub in Roseville, CA. Not real familiar with Knee Deep. But how can you fuck up with vanilla and beer, right? Well, unless you are one of the C-list breweries I've had who have fucked up vanilla porters.

Pours, well, brown. Not a real impressive porter brown. Cola thin. No head. Not a porter, more of a Mystery Strong Dark Ale.

Smell has some smoke and vanilla. Mostly vanilla. I mean, mostly smoke. Pleasant

I'll say this much for the vanilla flavor - it tastes less artificial than some other flawed vanilla beers I have. It tastes somewhat like the real thing. But there's too damn much of it. Coupled with the bitter astringency, not so hot.

Mouthfeel was a disaster. Thin, watery, zingy with carbonation. Terrible, terrible pop rocks on the tongue sensation.

Overall, very low, although there is room for improvement with better understanding of how to make a bigger dessert beer. While the taste could have been worse, I did not finish the beer, basically the public version of the drain pour. In answer to my rhetorical question "how can you fuck up with vanilla and beer?", the (rhetorical) answer is "let me count the ways".

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Black and totally opaque with a mahogany color running wild in the glass. Awesome 1 inch head and great retention and some circular lacing

Smell: Vanilla and Chocolate

Taste: Upfront carries some roasted smokiness that I was not at all expecting and then the vanilla takes over and covers your whole palate. The vanilla in this beer is very nice

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation and the finish is a bit sticky

Overall: Good little beer definitely worth a try not sure why this beer is getting shit on so much

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.

Photo of Phil-T_Phil_30
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kinda tastes like a vanilla flavored Black and tan. Great aroma.

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.

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Tanilla Porter from Knee Deep Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.