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Vanillaphant Porter - Avondale Brewing Company

Vanillaphant PorterVanillaphant Porter

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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.26%

Brewed by:
Avondale Brewing Company visit their website
Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: woosterbill on 09-01-2012)
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3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-dark brown or black with a light brown head that leaves a lace
S-Vanilla is strong with roasted malts coming though strong also, Toffee aroma with some sweetness
T-coffee taste with light vanilla coming in along with some hop bitterness
M-creamy light carbonation with full body
O-good Albama beer

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 23:40:13 | More by a0lbudman
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3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 22 ounce glass at the Jim n Nicks in the airport.

A: Straight black with Coke colored edges. Light creamy head. Scattered lacing.

S: Soft and creamy. Chocolate and heavy vanilla, with no trace of roast.

T: Full and rich. Pleasant, but of no particular import. Vanilla is fortunately not overpowering or artificial, but is present and unmistakably. Hint too of milk chocolate, hops, and roasted barley. Finish is lightly bitter. Yum.

M: Full and smooth. Lightly dry at the end. This is great. Good mouthfeel.

O: a good beer. A sweetish porter that should appeal to all sorts. Enjoyable. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2014 23:50:03 | More by AgentMunky
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4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bonefish Grill. Color is dark brown, almost black. Aroma is vanilla and chocolate. Nice and malty with vanilla at the end. On the sweet side for a porter, but the taste is excellent. I really enjoyed this beer. Would have this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2013 01:41:48 | More by Vestlake
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2.25/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The vanilla was far too strong for me. There was unfortunately not too much else to the beer-- it may well have been a good porter behind the vanilla, but I couldn't tell.

Appearance: dark brown, as it should be.

Smell: powerfully covered in vanilla. Dominated by vanilla.

Taste: again, very vanilla-y.

Mouthfeel: actually pretty good; smooth, rich, fills your mouth.

Overall: This seemed like as much a cream soda as a porter. There was little subtlety to it. The vanilla was simply overpowering, as it has overpowered my review. I had a similar, but less strong reaction to their coffee stout. I wonder if this is what people want in their dark beers in the area? If they can't just sell a straight porter or stout? I'm curious, because they do very well with some other beers, but here they seem to eschew the idea of just making good beer; these seem like gimmick beers, but...they're part of the year-round series. I don't get it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2012 23:35:34 | More by pvo
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3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Plastic milk jug "growler" into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to von schplieffen for sharing.

A: A black body glows brown when backlit; just a faint ring of tan bubbles on top suggests the plastic jug didn't maintain carbonation all that well. Uninspiring.

S: Vanilla iced coffee. Very simple, direct, and pleasant.

T: Opens with tons of sweet vanilla, followed by some coffee and chocolate roastiness. Sweetness persists all the way through, but the finish has a nice raw coffee grounds thing going on. Some floral hop notes, too. A bit too sweet, but tasty.

M: A bit thin for a Porter, but delicately carbonated. Not bad.

O: This was too sweet for me, but enjoyable all the same. And I'm willing to bet it would be better on tap at the brewery than out of a poorly sealed plastic container. Let's hope that Alabama's beer laws and retailers keep pace with the great new breweries popping up all over the state.


Serving type: growler

09-01-2012 12:34:50 | More by woosterbill
Vanillaphant Porter from Avondale Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.