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Tanilla Porter - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Tanilla PorterTanilla Porter

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BA SCORE
78
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191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 18.24%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Beerandraiderfan on 04-20-2011)
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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -11.8%

t0rin0, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

zestar, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Texasfan549, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

kjkinsey, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

GRG1313, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a sizable, ecru head that's slowly dwindling.

Smell: Toasted, chocolate-scented malts with a backdrop of roast and complimentary albeit demanded notes of vanilla beans that open up and stretch a bit more as it warms.

Taste: Toasted bread, bland, basic coffee, and sweet chocolate chips given a decent dose of vanilla beans. Faintly estery. Scantly earthy, herbal hops with a low bitterness. A dash of vanilla sugar on the tongue holds until the soft, malty finish for a nibble of Nilla wafers washed down with Coke Blak.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light (though still sufficiently smooth) body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Cheerfully drinkable. It carried across the promised flavor well enough for a beer with vanilla beans (and with natural flavor added).

ChainGangGuy, Mar 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +17.6%

largadeer, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

SocalKicks, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of oline73
2.68/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

oline73, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

mendvicdog, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
2.6/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a deep brown with a fizzy moderate eggshell white head. Average retention, no lace.

S: Sweet milk chocolate notes, almost oatmeal stout like. Light coffee and roast.

T: Thin chocolate flavour and fairly astringent, some tang to it. The vanilla bean flavour in the finish is very nice and saves the beer, but it really should be more of a focal point.

M: Ridiculously thin for a porter, especially at 6.3%. Fizzy, lightly acidic, the mouthfeel of soda pop.

O: While not atrocious, not exactly thrilling me either. When I was in AZ, I enjoyed Breckenridge Vanilla Porter and hoped that this could be a nice facsimile, but it isn't. Overpriced for sure and the vanilla which is the best part of the beer is really hard to find.

Halcyondays, Oct 01, 2011
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

GClarkage, Jul 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

oriolesfan4, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased from Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Pours a pleasant, deep red-brown, with a solid clarity. Body is firm enough, and the head is frothy and thick, although it doesn't retain particularly well, and there's only minimal lacing. Still, it looks pretty decent.

Nose is mildly grainy with a smooth vanilla undertone, but an unpleasant echo of tinny metal comes through as well. Vanilla is dominant as it warms, almost making it smell overly sweet. The vanilla's a nice touch overall, but it doesn't really blend with the other characters, mainly because no other character is robust enough to keep up.

Taste is rather thin, with a fake vanilla sweetness coming through the centre, before a harsh roasted, almost tobacco ash character comes through on the finish. It's no better as it warms—the body still feels thin, there's no sweetness to support the vanilla, and the bitterness on the finish adds a dollop of unpleasantness to top things off.

It's not terrible, but it should be better than this. It's way too thin, and there's not a depth or complexity to it. Moreover, what characters it does have don't gel together into a coherent whole, and some actively rebel against the flavour of the whole. Disappointing.

lacqueredmouse, Jun 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber into a couple of glasses. Shared with friends during a recent gathering. The brew appears a dark brown with some lighter clarity of brown/ruby aroud the edges. A tan cap of froth and webby lace sticks to the glass.

The aroma of this is quite nutty with some hints of roasted chocolate grain. As it warms up, it focuses more on the roasted aspects. Some herbal character if hops are present keeping things in check. The smell is mildly of vanilla across the back.

The taste includes toasty and roasted grain. Just like the aroma hinted, it is quite nutty in flavor. A little bit of herbal hops come out that accents the bitterness of the grain. Relatively speaking, this brew is a little one-noted and lacking depth.

It is medium bodied with a mild alcohol inclusion and modest level of carbonation. It wasnt a bad brew by any stretch but it was pretty forgetable. Im glad I had the chance to try this but wouldnt go out of my way to try it again.

stakem, Jun 05, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

duceswild, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's 5 o'clock somewhere, right. So, let's have 22 ounces of beer. On to the beer:

The head has a soapy texture and has fair retention on top of this cola black colored beer. Spots of lace are left around the glass. Ruby red hues can be found towards the bottom of the glass. Now at first, the vanilla is tough to find, but it eventually comes out. Bitter roasted grain and hop resin comes out mostly.

It's a good thing there's vanilla to taste in this porter, otherwise we would be looking at a bitter, astringent beer. The vanilla is there to provide sweetness. As for the roasted malt and bitter as ash hops, I can say that I've had better flavor coming out of those ingredients in a porter. A tiny bit of molasses makes itself present. It's medium bodied, and features a drinkability that is alright.

Good in one area, (added flavor) flawed in another (base malt and hops). Not one I'm going to remember as awesome.

DoubleJ, May 19, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Zorro, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is dark brown, nearing black, with a small tan head. The aroma brings some roast, vanilla, chocolate. Vanilla flavor is prominent, with some burnt roast and a subtle lactic presence. The body is thin, even a tad watery. Overall, pretty good.

Huhzubendah, Jan 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

billab914, Aug 15, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

Kelp, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

chinchill, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.6/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of tobelerone
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber for 3.49? I'll bite. Nice to see a beer that's not exorbitantly priced for no reason other than people will apparently pay it.

Tanilla pours jet black with a fluffy tan head that settles down slowly. Lacing is patchy and slippery. Looks like a standard porter.

Aroma is sweet and sugary with prominent vanilla. Lesser roast, black coffee, and bitter chocolate notes. Smells pretty nice, actually. The flavor is also good but not perhaps as nice as hoped after taking in the aroma. The elements are well balanced, certainly, with roast malt, vanilla both real and of the extract variety, a touch of coffee, and a bit of bitter hoppiness. There is a bit of an offputting alcohol flavor that seems derived more from the vanilla extract than anything else.

Medium body and carbonation, slightly sticky, with a finish that lingers a bit both sweetly and bitterly.

Not a top notch beer but pretty damn good. Apparently I liked this one a good deal more than the BA community as a whole.
And the price is hard to beat. If Southern Tier Creme Brulee is too sweet for you you may enjoy this as an alternative.

tobelerone, Apr 12, 2012
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Tanilla Porter from Knee Deep Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.