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Imperial Tanilla Porter - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Imperial Tanilla PorterImperial Tanilla Porter

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98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 10
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
A 10 % ABV version of Tanilla. Of course we added more hop bitterness to balance the chocolate, expresso and vanilla malt sweetness. Drink at your own risk. This is a big beer, but drinks way too easy.

48 IBU

(Beer added by: 51mmz0rz on 07-25-2012)
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Reviews by Beerandboards:
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New Mexico

3.05/5  rDev -19.3%

Got this as a nice extra in a trade. No date I could find.

Poured into a pint glass

A - pour produces a 2-3 inch foamy tan/brown head. Reduces pretty quickly to a thin crown. Black, but not completely opaque.

S - smells of chocolate, vanilla, some roasty notes. Didn't really jump out at me right at the front, nor when it was allowed to warm up.

T - dark chocolate, roasty malts, some vanilla. Some others have noted the vanilla being overpowering, but I didn't get that. In fact, thought it could have used a little bit more. Overall, very easy to drink, hid the ABV well, had no problems or complaints. Nice tasting beer.

M - medium to thin. My personal taste is for a imp porter to be a bit thicker. This score lagged because of that. Nothing bad or wrong, just personal preference.

O - a nicely put together porter. I thought the flavors were balanced well and it was quite easy to drink and enjoyable. Would have it again if it had the chance, would love to have it on tap.

12-24-2012 06:23:31 | More by Beerandboards
More User Reviews:
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3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

The Beers of California


Bottled Date: None

A: Pitch black which is almost light impenetrable but there seems to be a faint occasional glimmer which comes through when held up to the light. The off white head builds slowly with the pour and fades to a moderate lace on the glass.

S: Roasty, smooth with strong qualities of vanilla, chocolate, and coffee with several lumps of sugar which bring well balanced sweetness to the overall nose. The vanilla is better described as a fire burnt marshmallow and the sweetness at times can be raisin-like.

T: The palate is round, balanced with similar offerings noted in the nose: vanilla, smoke, cocoa, espresso, raisins, and brown sugar. There is an earthy, sappy bitterness which begins in the mid palate along with burnt brown bread which builds and fades throughout. The finish is dry with a warming bourbon feel.

M: Somewhat thin for an Imperial Porter but good smoothness and appropriate carbonation.

O: A well crafted porter with vanilla beans, which adds a nice layer of interest to the nose and palate. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming which lends an easy-smooth drinkability to the brew. Enjoyable and worthy of future purchases.

01-07-2013 09:20:11 | More by ElSid
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-09-2014 01:56:44 | More by aquazr1
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West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

Pours a deep dark hue of black with ruby brown highlights, light mocha tan head forms nice intricate lacing. Aromatics offer up dark dessert chocolate notes, roasted iced coffee notes, nutty edge that seems like it would all go well in some oatmeal. Flavors roasted malts, dark chocolate drizzled on some, dark robust coffee notes. Burnt acrid bitter edge on the finish from the dark malts, balanced flowing creaminess works to ease that dark malt robustness. Mouthfeel is creamy texture heaven on the palate, completely hidden alcohol I can't believe this stuff is rolling in at 10% abv...undetectable. Finishes smooth on the palate, nice drinking imperial porter absolutely smooth and delicious pairs great with most darker wrapped cigars out there.

03-31-2014 06:57:22 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Brenden


3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

Almost black, this pretty big-looking beer grows a light brown head to a solid full finger in height. Good retention is displayed, and the head that remains the whole time leaves sticky lacing in abundant patching.
Hops are actually pretty big in here, coming out in a sort of leafy and herbal way right at the front. Otherwise it's quite roasty.
With the same initial roastiness as there is in the aroma, it's the main note until it's sat for a moment. Left to warm, a bit of char backs off and lets some sweet flavors come out. Vanilla is sort of an afterthought, very much an extract note just into the finish. Coffee is a constant note all the way through.
A creamy feel is all the way through every sip, and crispness is there also. A slightly metallic touch lends itself to the feel as much as any other aspect. It's very slightly drying in the finish as leafy hops continue to linger.

05-25-2013 19:58:35 | More by Brenden
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-03-2013 16:56:23 | More by buzzword
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-04-2014 07:19:56 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Had the regular version so when I saw the imperial version, I knew I had to tick it. 22oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Pours a .5 finger light cream colored head with poor retention. Lacing is spotty and sparse but with good stick. Beer is opaque black but rather thin. Average.

Nose is chocolate, lactose, roasted malt, and cocoa. Nicely sweet and creamy. Aromatic too. Pretty good.

Opens roasted malt, liquorice, and chocolate. Lactose sweetness and creaminess in the middle with some fresh dark fruit and more cocoa and chocolate at the end. Finishes sweet candied sugar with a similar aftertaste. Decent.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Thin and filmy in the mouth and aggressive and bubbly going down. Accented finish with a pretty clean aftertaste. A bit too thin for an imperial porter.

A pretty middle-of-the-road beer overall. This isn't a lot different from the regular version. A bit sweet and the body is just way too thin. I wouldn't really revisit this one.

05-25-2013 02:53:51 | More by SpeedwayJim
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-21-2014 04:15:09 | More by ananddullabh
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-29-2013 03:15:25 | More by jlisuk
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

05-22-2014 02:05:38 | More by TrojanRB
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

05-29-2014 18:26:57 | More by NRo
Photo of bluejacket74


4.24/5  rDev +12.2%

22 ounce bottle, bottled on date of 02/05/14. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is very nice, the brew smells like vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate, and some coffee. Not surprisingly, the taste is similar to the aroma. It tastes like roasted and burnt/charred malt, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and some molasses. Nice mix of both bitter and sweet flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and has a moderate amount of carbonation. 10% ABV is well hidden. I think this is a good brew, I wouldn't mind picking up another bottle. $6.99 a bomber.

03-01-2014 23:28:57 | More by bluejacket74
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3.4/5  rDev -10.1%

Knee Deep's Imperial Tanilla, imperial porter with vanilla beans. 10% ABV.

A: Pours dark brown. Black in the glass, with dark brown in the dimple (not quite as dark as the Haand). About a finger of creamy, slightly brown head. Very persistent lacing.

S: Deep, dark coffee profile dominates. Vanilla bean. No obvious sweetness.

T/MF: As the smell implies, this is very dry for a darker beer. Char/graphite seems to dominate. Slight vanilla flavor, but it's hard for me to notice without any sweetness. Slight ash note. Not bad, but doesn't match up to my expectations. I might have to hunt down the original Tanilla and see if it has the necessary sweetness to carry the vanilla...

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

04-23-2014 09:00:23 | More by TruePerception
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-19-2014 07:24:53 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

05-05-2014 03:36:28 | More by jaydoc
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

09-21-2012 23:42:26 | More by CEDAMA
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

12-12-2012 22:48:48 | More by Kaymord
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New York

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

A: The beer is near black in color and has only traces of red near the edge of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down a bit and eft lots of wispy lacing on the glass and a collar around the edge of the edge the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of chocolate and vanilla beans in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell except that it also has some notes of espresso beans.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I thought that this porter had a nice balance between the flavors of chocolate, espresso, and vanilla beans.

12-23-2012 02:19:00 | More by metter98
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

A: poured into a snifter because this is a big beer... pours black with a very minute tan head after a vigorous pour with minimal retention as it recedes to a small collar around the glass
S: smells of vanilla and chocolate along with a bit of molasses
T: chocolate and vanilla dominate with a little bit of coffee and some bitter roast malt flavor. slight nuttiness at times. a bit of alcohol as well but not much. swallow brings more vanilla, chocolate and the alcohol makes a bigger appearance
M: about on par for a porter, kinda thin feeling for a dark beer but that's what I expect. soft carbonation almost isn't there and the beer is kinda close to flat but not quite.
O: pretty solid, it drinks pretty well and has some good flavors.

08-14-2012 04:49:12 | More by SHODriver
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-25-2012 11:06:03 | More by Csnowbrown
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

04-03-2014 04:26:11 | More by 1424IpA
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-27-2014 04:43:16 | More by KineticKill
Photo of Zorro


3.48/5  rDev -7.9%

Clear brown colored beer with a small brown colored head. Near light proof.

Scents of Vanilla, Chocolate, Char and smoke. Little bit of burned toast aroma and that is it for the scent.

Starts out bitter and a little smoky. Chocolate and char flavors and a very subtle vanilla flavor. Taste of coffee and that is it not any subtle flavors to this one.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an acceptable beer but not a great one, worth a try if you see it in the store.

09-30-2012 21:59:01 | More by Zorro
Photo of Alron


4.56/5  rDev +20.6%

I gotta tell u guys I'm really loving what they are doing out there at Knee Deep Brewing Co. They put out some unique, flavorful, "tasty beverages".

This Tanilla Imperial Porter is no exception. I got this one super fresh. bottled on 12/30/13.
-Appearance is black with a gorgeous tan 2 finger head.
-The smell actually surprised me... very smokey with plenty of vanilla, espresso and a hint of chocolate.
-The taste is fantastic. Just what I wanted. Coffee, Chocolaty, then the vanilla and smokiness comes through.
-The mouthfeel is great. Lightly carbonated, slightly chewy and at 10% the alcohol percentage is hidden so well.
-Overall, im loving it. Just a fantastic, very flavorful beer. Kudos to Knee Deep on this one.

01-03-2014 10:15:55 | More by Alron
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Imperial Tanilla Porter from Knee Deep Brewing Company
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