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Vanilla’s Porter - Latitude 33° Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 10.96%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Latitude 33° Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: djaeon on 06-20-2012)
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber brown with a mild head that dissipates quickly. The aromas remind me of the light smell of baking chocolate cupcakes, when you can smell them from the other room, with some roasted vanilla thrown in. Has a good roasted malty flavor. You can definitely pick up the vanilla, along with a little bit of a ground pepper flower taste. Nicely carbonated and smooth in the mouth, but leaves a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Overall, I like this beer a lot. The natural comparison, I think, would be to Stone's Smoked Porter w/ Vanilla Bean. There are many similarities between the two beers, but I like this version more. This has more of a rich and hearty taste, when compared to Stone's newly bottled version.

Please note: When adding this beer, I added the availability as rotating. I'm not sure if that's true, as I couldn't find the availability on their website. Please adjust if necessary.

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A: Deep brown with a one finger tan head. Light lace down the glass.

S: Smell is a bit on the lighter side, but I get some light roasted coffee, roasted malt, some burnt cocoa and some anise. A touch of vanilla as it warms.

T: Opens with a slightly watery hit of roasted malt. Some peppery cocoa, vanilla and some charred grain. There's a bit of disjointedness between the vanilla sweetness and the roaster flavors in here. The mouthfeel is heavy for a beer this light in alcohol, which I kind of liked.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours thin and watery, cola brown with some faint mahogany highlight. Two finger head, generous amount of beige foam had okay retention and leaves flecks of lacing on the glass.

Chocolate and roasted malt with quite a bit of grainy bits floating about. The vanilla comes in as a wave of soft creaminess that takes the edge off some of the harsh grainy aroma. Alcohol and hops are pretty much nil except of some herbal and balancing weak grasses.

Robust porter base, a nice balance of roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate malt, the raw grainy aroma fortunately is eliminated in the flavor. Vanilla is faint providing a smooth, creamy and softening sense to the dark malt. Hops are also prevalent adding herbal and grassy hues that battle the vanilla yet provide a surprisingly clean finish.

Thin porter, watery with just enough carbonation. Alcohol is hidden and the balancing hops provide a little dryness to which the bittersweet chocolate provides bitterness and some acidity.

A very balanced porter, vanilla is a bit subtle but fortunately not overly sweet. Malt is well constructed providing some chocolate goodness to go with the unique vanilla and bracing/workman-like hops.

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Vanilla’s Porter from Latitude 33° Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.