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Tanilla Porter - Knee Deep Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Tanilla PorterTanilla Porter

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62 Reviews

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 267
Avg: 3.42
pDev: 35.09%
Wants: 8
Gots: 35 | 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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Reviews: 62 | Hads: 267
Photo of ehammond1
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
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

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Photo of pitasoup
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours dark brown, close to black with a finger of tan/offwhite head.

S: vanilla bean, chocolate, roasted barley, a touch of smoke. vanilla is pretty dominant.

T: much like the smell, a bit of chocolate, coffee, and lots of vanilla. malty sweet, i'd say closer to a stout than porter, not that the distinction is significant.

M: thin, even for a porter. i'd enjoy a lot more heft to back up the vanilla and chocolate notes.

O: nothing exciting. I like vanilla in a dark beer and this delivered, but i wouldn't seek it out again. A brewing buddy commented, "this tastes like something I would make." Not exactly a glowing compliment.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.64/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown, but not black. Sudsy brown sticky lace, no head at all.

S - Vanilla mostly, wood, sweet malt and roasted malt.

T - Similar to smell. Roasted malt comes out more, but mostly vanilla and sweet malt. Somewhat chalky at finish.

M - Medium body, good carb, fairly clean finish, decent balance.

D - Hey, for a ballpark beer, not bad!

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Photo of seand
2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours an opaque black or very dark brown, with a small amount of tan head. A thin layer retains, enough to leave nice walls of lacing.

S: Not much too it; light roasted sweetness.

T: The very beginning is sweet, but the beer is weirdly hollow through the mid palate. Finishes with a kind of metallic, coppery note. There's also a very mild sweetness throughout, just a slight touch of brown sugar.

M: Medium to light body, except nearly non-existent through the middle, medium carbonation.

Overall, not so great. It just kind of falls flat and doesn't have much interesting going on. It's not exactly bad, and it does drink easily, but there are much better things one could drink instead.

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Photo of bbb099
4.12/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black color with red hue. Mocha brown head with decent retention.

S - Milky vanilla and a little bit of roasted malt. Creamy and sweet aromas, almost like an ice cream.

T - Somehow reminiscent of a milk stout. Creamy texture with vanilla sweetness. The roasted malt takes a backseat on this one.

M - Low carbonation. Medium to full bodied.

O - A little sweeter than what I expected, but it's not bad at all. Great for your friend that doesn't like the bitter hops or heavy dark beers.

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Photo of litheum94
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. No dates. Reviewed 6/11/11.

P: Obsidian black. Thick vanilla latte colored head. Settles to a nice cover, with pools of thick foam.

A: Sweet vanilla and cream soda aromas. Milk chocolate. Some coffee bean.

T: Real vanilla bean flavors, not syrupy tasting. Cream soda in taste and mouthfeel. Dry on the finish, with roasted malts imparting a slight coffee taste. The finish is actually a little too dry, leaving a weird feeling in the mouth.

Not much depth, and way too dry on the finish. Not a bad brew, but I won't come back to this one again.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
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

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Photo of Rizalini
2.47/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours black, with a minimal head that fades almost as fast as it appears.

S - Has a slightly roasty, nutty aroma with hints of dark chocolates and vanilla in the background.

T - The taste doesn't go with the smell at all. It's very thin, and not much flavor at all. A slight roasty coffee aroma, but sadly that's about it.

M - As stated before, thin and watery. Lacking in carbonation.

O - Avoid this one. I paid $6 for this bottle, and it wasn't worth half of that. This beer lacks in character, flavor, and everything else in between. I'm not trying to bash, but this is a very poor porter.

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Photo of alexhahn82
2.17/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The name of the beer is fantastic, the beer is mediocre. The beer poured with a semi flat low head, but was thoroughly carbonated. Reading the label it appears to be a sublet brewing and bottling.

As a porter the beer is fair and decent, but nothing to write home about based upon the price. Extremely dark in color and almost no light passes through it. The beer was semi metallic in taste, and upon further inspection of the bottle there was a light crown residue/imprint on the lip of the bottle, making me think it was improperly stored/bottled/shipped. I would not be opposed to to trying again, but only from the source.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.62/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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Tanilla Porter from Knee Deep Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.