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Imperial Tanilla Porter - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Imperial Tanilla PorterImperial Tanilla Porter

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BA SCORE
85
very good

114 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 10
Gots: 13 | 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 TruePerception:
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3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

TruePerception, Apr 23, 2014
More User Reviews:
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3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Beers of California

#42

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.

ElSid, Jan 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

aquazr1, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

WVbeergeek, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Brenden, May 25, 2013
Photo of samtrillo
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Looks like a hot mocha.
Tastes of bittersweet chocolate and lots of espresso. The vanilla adds a perfect amount of buttery smoothness and the hop bitterness balances this out to really give the feel that you're drinking an $8 hipster coffee drink at dumb Starbucks at not an $8 bomber from Bevmo.

samtrillo, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of buzzword
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

buzzword, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%

PBRmeasap1980, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

SpeedwayJim, May 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

fthegiants, Sep 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

ananddullabh, Jun 21, 2014
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1.24/5  rDev -67.2%

Hung_Daddy, Sep 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

jlisuk, Aug 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

TrojanRB, May 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

NRo, May 29, 2014
Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

bluejacket74, Mar 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

jaydoc, May 05, 2014
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

CEDAMA, Sep 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

A: dark translucent brown pour yields a black ale with a few fluffy fingers of fat mocha-colored head

S: vanilla and licorice were dominant for me, from the nose through the finish; undercurrents of roasted dark malt

T: lots of vanilla up front, reminiscent of the vanilla extract that comes in those little brown bottles; slight alcoholic edge to the vanilla flavors; anise and licorice-like flavors complemented the vanilla, but also created a distinct character that had something like flashes of mint? Once acclimated to the initial flavors, enjoyed a more chocolaty finish; other flavors I noted were akin to coffee with milk and sugar.

M: slick and smooth, mild roasty aftertaste, low bitterness; medium-light feel, modest carbonation on the tongue

O: as advertised - fans of porters, especially those with vanilla, should be delighted. You won't notice the abv too much, but as I indicated, some seemed to be present in the vanilla; easy drinking and mellow. Not usually a fan of too many porters, but I liked the high abv and vanilla/anise aspect, and also felt that beer delivered on its promise, so my score may be a higher than a porter purist's.

Greywulfken, Sep 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Kaymord, Dec 12, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

metter98, Dec 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

SHODriver, Aug 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Csnowbrown, Aug 25, 2012
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Imperial Tanilla Porter from Knee Deep Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.