Vanillaphant Porter - Avondale Brewing Company
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2.25/5 rDev -39%
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
3.55/5 rDev -3.8%
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
3.65/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Very dark brown body with glimmers of garnet, clearish, with a head that's just shy of being white in color.
Smell: While there is a bit of roast and dark fruitiness contained with the nose, it's like sniffing a standard edition Tootsie Roll and a Vanilla Tootsie Roll at the same time.
Taste: Dark maltiness with a chocolate, coffee (light) vibe to it with a fast hit of vanilla. Lesser malty accent of toast and caramel. Medium-plus sweetness. Faint dark fruit. Nil hop character, bitterness. Sweetish finish with the chief flavor, vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. There's an incredibly minor stickiness to the mouthfeel.
Overall: It's good, but, it's just a hair too sweet and strong on the vanilla. Still, I suppose it's better to err on the side of a bit too much vanilla as to failing to deliver any appreciable (and appreciated) vanilla flavor, like the Breckenridge iteration.
Serving type: on-tap
05-18-2014 15:46:16 | More by ChainGangGuy
Vanillaphant Porter from Avondale Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.