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Vanillaphant Porter - Avondale Brewing Company

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.86%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Avondale Brewing Company visit their website
Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: woosterbill on 09-01-2012)
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J_Dill

Alabama

1/5  rDev -73%

06-29-2014 17:35:49 | More by J_Dill
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pvo

Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -39.2%
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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fredmugs

Indiana

3/5  rDev -18.9%

01-12-2014 04:53:05 | More by fredmugs
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Plonk

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

05-29-2013 17:41:43 | More by Plonk
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Jacurdy60

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

05-11-2013 23:43:27 | More by Jacurdy60
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

05-01-2013 13:28:58 | More by WoodBrew
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BlueMoon10

Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

08-17-2013 19:23:43 | More by BlueMoon10
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TheBeard89

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

10-12-2012 05:33:01 | More by TheBeard89
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Crimsontider22

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

09-15-2012 00:58:04 | More by Crimsontider22
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brasher503

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

01-25-2014 21:35:12 | More by brasher503
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Chrash16

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

08-19-2013 00:20:26 | More by Chrash16
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DocAJ

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

07-03-2013 13:48:31 | More by DocAJ
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grumpygerman

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

09-14-2013 15:32:44 | More by grumpygerman
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allenc85

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

01-28-2014 11:31:19 | More by allenc85
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haistbj

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

07-30-2013 13:11:43 | More by haistbj
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

09-08-2012 22:20:13 | More by rolltide8425
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Cheers!

Serving type: growler

09-01-2012 12:34:50 | More by woosterbill
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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
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rworkman

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

02-12-2013 02:52:45 | More by rworkman
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markjarema11

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

03-24-2014 00:16:03 | More by markjarema11
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freduardo

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

06-20-2014 03:34:19 | More by freduardo
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BeerBucks

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

04-12-2014 10:27:19 | More by BeerBucks
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

05-18-2014 00:13:37 | More by thatoneguymike
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bonSreeB

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

01-24-2013 22:46:35 | More by bonSreeB
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Gus_13

Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

06-10-2014 19:13:54 | More by Gus_13
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Vanillaphant Porter from Avondale Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.