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Tanilla Porter - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Tanilla PorterTanilla Porter

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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 18.53%
Wants: 7
Gots: 14 | 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 Beejay


3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 01:31:57 | More by Beejay
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 23:01:55 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of RS3Sport

4/5  rDev +17.6%

05-19-2012 08:43:59 | More by RS3Sport
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 02:22:28 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of dbrew22

4/5  rDev +17.6%

05-16-2012 23:32:30 | More by dbrew22
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 22:06:24 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of OPBrewCrew


3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

05-11-2012 20:16:20 | More by OPBrewCrew
Photo of StoicBeast


3/5  rDev -11.8%

04-28-2012 14:50:58 | More by StoicBeast
Photo of Pugs78


3/5  rDev -11.8%

04-26-2012 01:12:29 | More by Pugs78
Photo of hackomal


4/5  rDev +17.6%

04-24-2012 16:56:04 | More by hackomal
Photo of sandy408


3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

04-14-2012 05:17:32 | More by sandy408
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 03:51:15 | More by tobelerone
Photo of QuakeAttack


3/5  rDev -11.8%

04-07-2012 02:31:45 | More by QuakeAttack
Photo of cjgator3


3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 04:03:45 | More by cjgator3
Photo of 916tmcmanus916


2/5  rDev -41.2%

04-03-2012 22:28:35 | More by 916tmcmanus916
Photo of dylancraver


4/5  rDev +17.6%

03-30-2012 05:46:26 | More by dylancraver
Photo of SocalKicks


3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

03-22-2012 07:47:52 | More by SocalKicks
Photo of lurpy1


2.2/5  rDev -35.3%
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".

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2012 21:42:05 | More by lurpy1
Photo of amread4


2.55/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: very dark brown - close to black with a quickly dissipating tan head. The head did not stick to the glass as it faded.

S: smoke with a follow of malt. Imitation vanilla on the finish.

T: less smoke than the smell with a lot of vanilla. Very sweet vanilla taste that overwhelms the other flavors.

M: thin with a feel that is closer to a brown than a porter. Not chewy at all.

O: slightly below average, though this is not a style that I find particularly appealing. I think the beer would be better served with less vanilla and more focus on the malts and smoke flavor. Those were nice when they were able to cut through the vanilla.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 22:09:25 | More by amread4
Photo of Rocketman8911


2/5  rDev -41.2%

03-13-2012 07:46:12 | More by Rocketman8911
Photo of creez


3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

03-09-2012 23:24:03 | More by creez
Photo of OldTime


3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

03-08-2012 07:18:42 | More by OldTime
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).

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 06:26:45 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Bung


3.4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 03:07:19 | More by Bung
Photo of John11486


3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

02-20-2012 16:45:50 | More by John11486
Tanilla Porter from Knee Deep Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.