1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Tanilla Porter - Knee Deep Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Tanilla PorterTanilla Porter

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
78
okay

191 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 191 | Reviews: 54 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of BrandonCBeer
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

BrandonCBeer, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of caverog
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

caverog, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of ThickNStout
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%

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. 

ThickNStout, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of Naterobsnyk4
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Naterobsnyk4, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of Duff27
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Duff27, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of DovaliHops
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%

Pours a very dark brown color with a dark reddish hue when held up to the light. Large, light tan head. Scent is very heavy in sweet vanilla. Vanilla bean and light coffee. Not very dark with some roasted malt and chocolate. Taste is not as impressive, as the vanilla turns out to seem somewhat artificial. There is a ton of vanilla in the flavor, but it tastes as if it could have been a normal porter and just added vanilla bean powder and stirred it up. By no means does this taste bad, just not very complex. The roasted malt profile is nice though. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this beer is a somewhat tasty brew...just has an off-putting artificial taste/feel to it.

DovaliHops, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%

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
Photo of Jaldama
4.25/5  rDev +25%

Jaldama, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of CEDAMA
2/5  rDev -41.2%

CEDAMA, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of DM1293
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%

Well, as a porter, this is probably my favorite so far.

Very sweet, chocolate-y malt and vanilla (PROMINENT vanilla), with a bitter roasty finish. Thats it. Thats all it does and it does it pretty well.

So its a dessert-y kind of beer. And if thats what you're looking for, and you like chocolate and vanilla mixed together, this is worth a try. I'd get it again just for that purpose.

DM1293, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of OriolesFan1008
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

OriolesFan1008, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of stakem
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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
Photo of Immortale25
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%

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.

Immortale25, May 31, 2012
Photo of bespin15
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

bespin15, May 29, 2012
Photo of Beejay
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

Beejay, May 25, 2012
Photo of hopsolutely
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%

Pours a clear, dark black with amber & burgundy highlights when held up to the light. Little white head, but a decent carbonation level and mouthfeel.

Sweet aromas of vanilla, chocolate and coffee. Roasted malts underlie both the aroma and are the backbone of the flavour. The well balanced and complex taste is surprisingly dry, with a pleasantly lingering bitterness. Oak tannins and vanilla flavours linger in the finish well beyond the malt.

A very pleasant beer that I'd purchase again.

hopsolutely, May 21, 2012
Photo of RS3Sport
4/5  rDev +17.6%

RS3Sport, May 19, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%

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 dbrew22
4/5  rDev +17.6%

dbrew22, May 16, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%

Pours a deep blackish sable with a decent light tan head. Smoky aroma has notes of coffee, chocolate, molasses and vanilla, fairly sweet but far from cloying. Mouth-filling flavor has a roast malt core and notes of burnt coffee, chocolate and vanilla plus a hint of molasses. It is not as sweet as the aroma, which is fine because I am not overly fond of sweet beers. Firm texture has little fizz, but leaves a decent finish.

Cyberkedi, May 11, 2012
Photo of OPBrewCrew
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

OPBrewCrew, May 11, 2012
Photo of StoicBeast
3/5  rDev -11.8%

StoicBeast, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of Pugs78
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Pugs78, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of hackomal
4/5  rDev +17.6%

hackomal, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of sandy408
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

sandy408, Apr 14, 2012
Tanilla Porter from Knee Deep Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.