Imperial Tanilla Porter - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Imperial Tanilla PorterImperial Tanilla Porter

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BA SCORE
86
very good

156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 15
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 156 | Reviews: 43
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of grrrah
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz. in to a tulip

A: Pours a dark brown with thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Not as dark as some of the other reviews.

Smell: Dark chocolate and vanilla. Nice but somewhat faint aroma.

T: Iike the smell. Vanilla with a little less cocoa. Kinda wish it was a little stronger. Had higher hopes after enjoying the regular Tanilla, but this is too similar. The 10% is well hidden.

M: Medium body, but somewhat light for an Imperial.

O: Nice beer, may buy again if at a good price. I'm a big fan of Victory at Sea, and was hoping this would come closer to that. Comes up short, but still enjoyable enough to warrant occasional purchase.

Photo of ElSid
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Beerandboards
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Dope
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high; this brewery is growing on me. 10% ABV confirmed. 48 IBU. Cost was $7.49.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger khaki colour head of nice thickness, decent cream, and mundane retention (~25 seconds). Body colour is a solid nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible. Opaque. No bubble show.

Sm: Vanilla, roast, coffee, and cacao. An average strength aroma. Dark malts.

T: Vanilla, dark malts, cacao, chocolate, some roast, and caramel. Well balanced and built, if a bit simple for the style. No alcohol or yeast comes through. The vanilla should be stronger; Victory at Sea this is not. Complex and enjoyable.

Mf: Smooth, wet, nicely thick, and well carbonated. Good thickness. Suits the flavours generally well.

Dr: Quite drinkable. Hides its high ABV quite well. I really like it. A good brew from Knee Deep. I'd definitely try this on-draught. Not as good as other beers in the style, but a solid effort.

Pairs well with spicy food - especially habanero salsa and nachos.

B

Photo of suspect
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of DovaliHops
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, black color, with a medium, tan head that goes down slowly. Scent is quite roasty. Roasted charcoal and burnt marshmallow seem to be the main components of the aroma. The aroma serves this beer well. Tastes is chocolatey at first, with subtle vanilla notes. The vanilla becomes much more noticeable as each sip is taken. The booziness is almost non-existent. So well-balanced that the booze is respectfully hidden. Some smokey notes in the finish. Mouthfeel could do a little better...a little light, but plays well with the easy drinkability. Overall, I find this Porter to be extremely drinkable...as well as extremely scary for the ABV. Drink with caution! Great beer overall.

Photo of Zorro
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of FosterJM
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of mhaugo
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint, 6 ounce bottle. Decanted into a snifter.
Appearance: As black as my soul. Light beige lacing that sticks to the edge of the glass.
Smell: Heavy molasses. Honestly… that’s about it. Thick, syrupy molasses.
Taste: Roasty with a touch of vanilla that clings to the tongue. Maybe a touch of licorice. Very clean with straightforward flavors. Not excessively complex.
Mouthfeel: Heavy and sweet, with low carbonation.
Overall: Very nice. Well balanced with just the right amount of vanilla. Dangerously easy to drink for a 10% ABV beer. The rough edges round out with a bit of warming. Let it get close to room temperature before enjoying. Great for a cool day.

Photo of seand
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of scottfrie
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled shared on the party bus to San Diego, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and vanilla. Taste is much the same with a high amount of roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty drinkable but nothing all that special for the style.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Listed on their website as part of the keg only MEPS program, it has started to show up in bottles around here. Unsure of availability.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a nonic.

A: Poured it with some vigor to form a nice big mocha colored head with dense bubbles. Very good retention and lacing. Body is pitch black, with very slight highlights near the edge of the glass.

S: Coffee is prominent in the nose, but overall the aroma is fairly subtle.

T: Dark malts up front, somewhat sweet. Comes up short somewhere in the middle. Seems too clean. Warming alcohol mingles with the hop bitterness and faint coffee and vanilla flavor in the finish.

M: Mouthfeel is surprisingly clean for a beer of this size and style.

O: Overall very drinkable at 10%, but lacking the complexity of other beers of this style/gravity. A nice beer, but if I'm in Bevmo I'm reaching for Stone IRS instead.

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Imperial Tanilla Porter from Knee Deep Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.