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Abita Select Vanilla Porter - Abita Brewing Co.

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Abita Select Vanilla PorterAbita Select Vanilla Porter

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Reviews: 4
Hads: 7
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 8.01%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: EgadBananas on 12-19-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Our Porter is made with British pale and American caramel and chocolate malts. We also have flavored it with a hint of vanilla to add a pleasant taste and aroma. This will complement the sweet malty flavor of the beer. Since the beer gets so much flavor from the malts and the vanilla, there is not a lot of hop flavor. There is just enough bitterness to complement the sweetness of the malt.

35 IBU
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Reviews: 4 | Hads: 7
Reviews by FACEMEAT:
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a tan head that quickly fades into a thin cap.

There a good pleasant smoky aroma that offsets the sweet vanilla odors. Looking forward to my first sip.

The smokiness in the aroma plays second fiddle to a carob-like sweetness that flirts with a cloying level. I'm getting some candied yams as well. There's some roasted coffee flavors that linger on the back end.

The carbonation seems a bit aggressive initially but helps to clear the palate of excess sweetness.

Not bad, not amazing. Of the Abita beers I've tried, this is the least forgettable.

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3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, with a light chocolate finger of head.

In your face vanilla and cocoa nibs, malts and roasted malts.

Nice vanilla, some bitter chocolate. Malts and a bit of sweetness. Taste alright, smells better.

Light, but on the rather high end. And creamy.

I don't have many vanilla brews, but they are nice and this is very drinkable; not filling, and tasty.

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Barley Oak in Mandeville, La

Poured a dark brown with some ruby hues, nice tan head that dissipated pretty quickly, not much lacing.

Smells of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts

Tastes like it smells but on the lighter side, vanilla and chocolate is def there

Mouthfeel was medium and creamy

Drinkability was good, def enjoyed the beer

Looking forward to the cask conditioned Vanilla Porter coming up pretty soon

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Robyn
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of jminsc76
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Currently on tap at Simmzy's in Manhattan Beach.

Pours about half a finger length of head atop a dark brown body with a red tinge when held up to the light. When the head is high, the legs are nice and thick as I tilt.

Aromas include a well-balanced blend of coffee roasts and vanilla bean. Lower in intensity though, I do have to really *whiff* for it.

My initial impression was this tastes awfully similar to a Turbodog Brown (not sure if it's the malts they are using). As it warms, however, the distinctive flavors of the beer start manifesting, and primarily include toasty caramel malts and vanilla bean. A good amount of coffee as well.

The mouthfeel exhibits plenty of carbonation and sufficient fullness on the palate as I swish.

Overall, pairs well the roasty character of a porter and the toastiness of a brown, with a healthy quantity of vanilla bean dancing across the flavor spectrum. It's consistently good from the tip of the tongue all the way to the finish. Still has a mildly cloying bitterness that's present in a lot of Abita's beers, but the general drinkability is high with this one. I could go for another.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Abita Select Vanilla Porter from Abita Brewing Co.
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.