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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

103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 11
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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5/5  rDev +32.3%

CEDAMA, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of Alron
4.56/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Alron, Jan 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Wow! I'm not a huge fan of porters in general but I love this beer. High %ABV with deep sweet & smokey vanilla chocolate and tobacco body that has a smooth finish with just a hint of alcohol burn at the the end. This is the definition of Imperial Porter in my opinion. Knee Deep hit it out of the park with this one...

Hophazzard, Sep 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

bpasquini, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a thin finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, roasted coffee, vanilla, some earthy hops, and a touch of dark fruit and booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate malts with some caramel malts, vanilla, and a hint of dark fruit. Through the middle, some roasted coffee come through with some earthy hops, a touch of bitterness, and some more vanilla. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate and coffee with vanilla, a touch of dark fruit, and a hint of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a touch thick with a sweet, roasty, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice big porter with a good balance of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla and enough body to balance.

ngeunit1, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of BierJager89
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a creamy/foamy brown head that quickly fades to a ring.

S: Vanilla, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt in the nose. Vanilla is not as prominent as I had hoped it would be.

T: Roasty and malty with nice solid vanilla notes, as well as dark chocolate and coffee.

M: Full bodied, creamy and smooth.

O: Really good, if a bit disappointing. I really love vanilla and am always looking for a very vanilla-forward stout or porter.

BierJager89, Feb 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

arash1000, Dec 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

ralphw56, Mar 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

dominic4beer, May 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

sammyg832, Jun 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

heavenlyStash, Mar 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Beautiful, rich pour. I like the slight hop bite ... blends nicely with the sweetness. It feels thick and heavy ... they definitely didn't skimp on the malts! It's probably just me but I don't sense any particular flavor, just an overall taste sensation. I guess perhaps a roasted flavor is everpresent. I was hoping for vanilla/caramel overtones but they appear missing. It's a very good beer ... I need to find the Bourbon Barrel aged version!

Vierenner, Aug 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

MastaShonuf, Apr 05, 2013
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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4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Snifter. Thanks to RocPorterFanatic for the hookup.

A: Deep dark almost black color. Aggressive pour leads to a big monster 2 finger whipped mocha head that slowly fades away leaving thick, sticky lacing.

S: Big monster toasted malt flavor. Big alcohol nose here as well. This is a mighty smelling imperial porter and I can't wait to tear into it.

T: Tons of cocoa, molasses, toasted malts and smoke. ABV is well hidden here. This is a big complex beer and I love every sip.

M: Perfectly carbonated, coats the entire mouth. Big bodied beer that has no burn from the 10%.

O: A wonderful Imperial Porter. I've had the non-imperial version of this and it didn't impress me. This beer, however, is mighty impressive and mighty good.

suspect, Nov 10, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark opaque brown, near black, with a fair amount of dense tan head. The head dissipates fairly quickly, except for a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a few splotches on the surface, which results in a few spots of lacing.

S: Rich sweet burnt caramel, vanilla, and old wood.

T: Thickly sweet, nearly syrupy, but reasonably balanced by the burnt malt notes. Very thick and full, with lots going on, but well structured.

M: Full body, medium carbonation. There's a hint of the booze content right on the tip of the finish.

Overall, good, and closing in on great. It's a bit boozy to have all the time, but it's a nicely constructed beer.

seand, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of wvsabbath
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark tan, brown with a near 2 inch thick, foamy head, with tons of lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, some coffee, has a bold malted milk aroma near the finish.

Taste - Classic malty porter flavor, with a big vanilla bite. Velvety smooth and creamy, rich but not overly sweet. Chocolates and coffee and mild and add some complex flavors without overpowering in any way. A nice nutty taste with a little wood near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Malts and vanilla really take hold of tongue. Palate gets more malts and vanilla, along with coffee, chocolate and some hops. Aftertaste is malty, chocolate, vanilla and a little bitter hop kick.

Overall - Really nice, smooth and flavorful. Plenty of vanilla but has great balance. Alcohol is really masked, drinks like a standard 6% porter. Creamy, silky, drinks like a dessert beer, but can be pair with dinner or a cigar, or even out on the porch.

wvsabbath, Apr 19, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a deep coffee brown, near black, with a finger of dense mocha colored foam. Head showed great retention and a thick film lasted quite a while. Thick lace.
S: Huge notes of vanilla extract, vanilla ice-cream, and coffee with lighter hints of chocolate. This smells like mocha-vanilla ice-cream. Much more vanilla than the non-imperial version.
T: Chocolate and vanilla are strong, with roasted coffee and toasted nuts bringing up the finish. I get a hint of caramel and raisins as well. The aftertaste
M: Full body, thick mouthfeel, smooth, even carbonation. Thankfully not frothy like the original. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but this drinks very well for 10%.
O: Much better than the original. Good vanilla, coffee, and chocolate flavors and they mix well together. Not super complicated, but a very solid porter.

scottfrie, Aug 08, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown. Large foamy light brown head. Fades ridiculously slowly. Great head retention. Excellent fluffy wall of lacing.

S: Mild roasted malt with a bit of chocolate and coffee. Nice vanilla mixes in and sweetens it up, almost overpowering the roasted malt. Get a bit of nearly-burnt toastiness, like pretzels. Lightest bit of dark fruit in there too.

T: Smoke, some char and vanilla all mixes together up front. More char, chocolate and the vanilla is turning sweeter and stronger here. Finishes with creamy vanilla, almost marshmallow-like at points. Finally, hints of bitter char and smoke stand alone and linger in the aftertaste.

M: Full bodied, very smooth and creamy.

O: A really tasty porter. The vanilla is quite strong and honestly it does overpower the roasted malt and smoke a bit. Having said that, it is a nice sweet and creamy vanilla and is absolutely delicious. I'll call it even. Tasty beer.

Dope, Dec 05, 2012
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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
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1515th Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet
22oz

No bottle date
Purchased at El Cerrito Liquor

App- Its more of a milk chocolate brown with a deep brown almost black center. Its got some red tinges behind it and has a good 1-1/2 finger head with some pretty great cling. On the 2nd pour its more of a pond layer. 1st pour had more dotted cling and stick.

Smell- It had all the requisite porter notes. Except unlike the base version this one did have the vanilla like it advertised. It was still a bit thin on aromatics Wanted it to pop like BCBVS or a good wheatwine with vanilla but didnt. Way above average but for an Imperial Vanilla was just not up to standards. Kinda there with a flat cola nose.

Taste- Okay so this was better than the base version which was more balanced on the chords of chocolate malts and vanille. This was still light on the Vanilla with a small porter flavor. Roasty, char, malty and what I would say is cola, quad note. It's good, but could be better. Much like I said about the base version. This needs to be a BA version I think for the vanilla to really shine.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a bit of a lighter bubbly carbonation. More of a cherry soda like vanilla combo. A semi chocolate and vanilla combo. Needs more vanilla. Yes damnit I said it. More vanilla even on a imperial vanilla porter. Dont judge me!

Drink- It was still very tasty and by tasty I mean the balance between the bubbles and vanilla was there but still wanted more smooth vanilla balance. I was hoping imperial version is better and more vanilla but it was better and still needed more vanilla.

FosterJM, Sep 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

aquazr1, Aug 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

ananddullabh, Jun 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

NRo, May 29, 2014
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Imperial Tanilla Porter from Knee Deep Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.