Imperial Tanilla Porter - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Imperial Tanilla PorterImperial Tanilla Porter

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very good

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 157
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.65%
Wants: 15
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
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Knee Deep Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: 51mmz0rz on 07-25-2012

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
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Reviews: 42 | Hads: 157
Photo of jmdrpi
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle, dated 01/11/14 - so more than a year old

black, with decent off-white head. not much lacing. nice big vanilla aroma. the taste is definitely dominated by vanilla and maybe a little coffee flavor - but not overly sweet. medium to thick body, good mouthfeel, smooth. (283 characters)

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A chocolate fudge sweetness dominates the aroma, though somewhat subdued, with a slight tan head yielding spots of lacing. Chocolate covered coffee flavored marshmallows is my best way of explaining the taste. Carbonated with a creamy, smooth finish. Outstanding Imperial Porter that I will have try again! (306 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Lark in East Northport, NY; pours pitch black color with a thick 2 finger foamy dark tan head that faded slowly and left very good spotty lacing.

Smells of toasted grains, dark chocolate, roasted notes, piney hops, fruit and acrid smoked sheet metal. There is some brown sugar and syrup or molasses coming through, but the metallic smell throws it all off as a porter for me.

Thankfully it tastes better than it smells with sweet malt, bitter coffee grinds, cocoa powder, toasted grains, dark chocolate, yeast or wheat bread, piney hops, dark fruit and like the nose some penny flavor. It lacks the rich roasted aspects and molasses I hoped for but it does hide the ABV completely.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, with very mild carbonation, a little chewy feel somehow and a slightly bitter chocolatey finish with a metallic yeast touch that's on the dry side. Overall it was alright, but not as good as I expected since the Knee Deep IPA's are very tasty. (972 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-very dark brown, almost black, with two fingers worth of light tan head

S-chocolate, dark coffee with a bit of roast, and vanilla sweetness

T-chocolate and vanilla with a light nuttiness to it and some roasted dark coffee in the finish. No alcohol detected in the taste.

M-medium body, very creamy, moderate carbonation

Overall very enjoyable, nice amount of creaminess and chocolate and vanilla sweetness (412 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deepest black color with a thick beige head with good retention.
Nice aroma with notes of vanilla, cocoa, molasses and coffee.
Delicious flavor with notes of vanilla, licorice, coffee, cocoa, grapefruit, plums, molasses, mild tobacco and earthy hops. Quite dry aftertaste with its residual notes.
Light bordering medium body with mild carbonation.
Extremely pleasant Imperial Porter with great malt complexity, lots of vanilla and balanced with earthy hops. (458 characters)

Photo of Beerswag
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks nice with a pitch black body and fluffy 4 finger almond colored-big-bubbled head. Smell is toned, and mild coffee,chocolate roasted malts, with the vanilla apparent.taste is bitterness of dark cocoa, coffee, vanilla, hop-bitterness from the hops, no fruit from the hops apparent. slightly dry finish not too sweet thick body syrupy nuttiness coming from the roasted malts and the coffee sticking in the background and on the nose.getting a little bitterness on the finish from the vanilla and hops melding, however not overdone. Would pair nice with vanilla desserts such as ice cream or flambésor with a cheddar bisque,or extra aged Nutty cheeses. (656 characters)

Photo of Raymonkaufmann
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Bottle retrieved in Astoria NY.

Frothy head with nice lacing.

Let it warm to just above room temperature. Vanilla / Coffee noise with burnt candy finish.

No alcohol burn even at 10% ABV

Great beer for the colder months ahead. (231 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

The beer has a rich smooth mouthfeel. Not viscous, but quite competent for the ABV. There's a lot of chocolate, almost like a chocolate cake. A good amount of espresso bitterness as the beer smooth out with a gentle amount of vanilla. Vanilla mostly shines on the back end. A very drinkable beer as the hops balance the beer on the finish.

A very good imperial porter that is deserving of a good rating. (404 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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. (297 characters)

Photo of Hophazzard
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow! I'm not a huge fan of porters in general but I like 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. (211 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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. (1,161 characters)

Photo of Vierenner
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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! (453 characters)

Photo of Samuel906
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fairly typical stout here in a lot of ways save one: there is a ton of vanilla on both the nose and palate. Pours a pretty standard pitch black with an off white head, moderate retention that leaves some lacing on the glass. Very potent aroma and vanilla is going to be the first thing you notice and the last thing to linger. Unfortunately for me, I couldn't shake the sensation that I was smelling a bottle of imitation vanilla before it went into some baked goods. I just didn't get that sense of fresh, real vanilla beans. Some coffee, and roasted malts also on the nose. But fortunately for me, the taste did not retain any of that possible "imitation" sensation I got from the nose. Lots of bitter vanilla bean, as well as bakers chocolate, chewy malts, some mild molasses sweetness, and some boozey warmth. It is actually fairly bitter, and not a sugar bomb like I was expecting which was a pleasant surprise. Feel is medium bodied, with mild carbonation. Not sticky. Overall, great beer and a nice drive off the beaten path of chocolate-only or coffee-only stouts and porters. My only real qualm was the smell which reminded me to vividly of the imitation vanilla, but that could just be my memories trying to wreck what was otherwise a great beer. (1,256 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
3.42/5  rDev -13%
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. (741 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (948 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (751 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

With less char with which to contend, backing off of an imperial stout recipe works masterfully as the taste of vanilla and chocolate are better showcased in this big and experimental porter.

And with the porter influence taking hold, the massive beer pours with a murky mocha color, looking as much of hot cocoa as it does of porter. As a light cream-colored head slowly builds, its retention is cut short by the chocolate and vanilla oils, leaving also little chance for any meaningful lace.

High vanilla and chocolate aromas come forth immediately. With the backdrop of lightly scorched toffee, heavy toast and dark-roast coffee, the ale carries a lot of supporting nutty and woodish scents without the risk of char or roast.

Its lavish taste wraps around the tongue with milkshake-like sweetnesses. Its charged flavor of heavy whipping cream, vanilla bean and marshmallow seduces the early palate with ease; then slowly developing into chocolate, toast, "Nutella-type" nuttiness, and hearty toffee. As a woody bitterness grows in finish, it blends into the milk chocolate flavor well.

Its rich and silky body once again evokes the sense of milkshake as its deeply woven carbonation subtly escapes its sweetness. Its slow procession across the palate goes from full-bodied to malty-dry very patiently, concluding with a long and vanilla-driven aftertaste.

Imperial Tanilla's character isn't that of depth, complexity or surprise. It sells its vanilla and chocolate well even though it leaves me wanting something more in complement. (1,540 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (653 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of Alron
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of Hatzilla
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into a tulip, not sure about bottled date. Imperial Tanilla pours a dark brown/black with 2 inch head and minimal lacing. Aroma is strong vanilla, chocolate and roast coffee. Taste is more vanilla balanced with roast coffee and hops. Mouthfeel is watery with a dry coffee aftertaste. Overall a nice but watery imperial porter. The vanilla is not heavy-handed and the ABV well hidden. Worth a try for those who like the style. Cheers! (440 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - For a porter, pours very black with a medium tan one finger head. Good lacing on the glass as well.

S - Charred roasted malt along with sweet vanilla. Dark chocolate and may'be some milk characteristics.

T - Licorice, sadly. Charred roasted malts again. Mild sweetness from the vanilla.

M - Light bodied for an imperial porter. Medium carbonation. The licorice/vanilla flavors can be cloying, IMO.

O - It's an okay rendition. Not great, but not bad. Just in the middle. (478 characters)

Photo of mjohnson17
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into Night Shift Snifter
Drank on 6/6/2013, so I believe this beer is 9+ months old at this point.

A: Pours a super dark mocha color. No head while pouring but after the pour the carbonation rises and creates a healthy finger of fluffy, knaki head.

S: Very nice roast aroma; coffee, a bit of char, some dark chocolate, some sweetness but not sure if that's coming from the vanilla or not, as there's no noticeable vanilla aroma on this after what I believe to be about a 10 month old beer (I think this is Knee Deep's 2nd anniversary beer brewed in July/August 2012)

T: Very smooth for an imperial porter, no alcohol present. Nice roasting, a bit of coffee, but again, a super faint taste of vanilla. A bit of a let down on the vanilla but as to be expected with the age.

M: Very smooth. Again no alcohol, clean mouthfeel a that thinner porter mouthfeel, which I was curious if it would have since this is an Imperial Porter, which is toeing the line on stout. It also leaves a nice dry coffee and dark chocolate roast across the pallet.

O: This is a solid beer. Again being that this is inching close to a year old already it's assumed that the vanilla has faded so I was a bit disappointed to not be able to try the beer in its glory. Still a very good porter, smooth, roasty, toasty, and clean. (1,327 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (892 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (1,006 characters)

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Imperial Tanilla Porter from Knee Deep Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.