Vanillaphant Porter - Avondale Brewing Company
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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
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
3.79/5 rDev +2.7%
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
3.96/5 rDev +7.3%
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
Vanillaphant Porter from Avondale Brewing Company
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