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25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog - Abita Brewing Co.

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25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog

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525 Ratings
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Ratings: 525
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 13
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Turbodog is the inspiration for this robust dark ale. It is brewed with generous amounts of pale, caramel, and chocolate malts and Willamette hops. Whole natural vanilla beans are added during the aging process.This combination provides a rich body and color with chocolate, vanilla and toffee-like flavor.

(Beer added by: EgadBananas on 09-14-2011)
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JaredKent

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This pours a beautifully, rich brown color. The body of the beer is pretty dark though, just bordering on the edge of brown and black. There is about a finger’s width of offwhite head on a straight pour that lingers throughout the entire tasting. Around a 30 SRM.

Scent: My first impression on the nose is of strong malt. Strong, roasted malt that reminds me of a Dubbel or even a Quad. I’m getting a bit of dark raisins as well, possibly from a dark Caramel Malt, possibly 80 or 100. Following that I get a bit of chocolate. This is light, but it carries a hint of creaminess similar to what you’d get with lactose, possibly coming from the vanilla. A slight touch of hops brings a bit of well-rounded floral aroma to the picture.

Taste: The taste on this is pleasant. A bit of raisin up front from the caramel malt, with a touch of biscuit and toffee. I get a bit of the chocolate, but not as much as on the nose and definitely not the same creaminess to accompany it. In the very back is a hint of the vanilla, not enough to overpower it and not quite enough to shine through. Immediately following the vanilla is a bitterness to round it all out.

Mouthfeel: The body on this is light. I’d almost go as far as to say too light. With such rich flavors I wanted a bit heavier of a mouthfeel. This felt almost watered down. The carbonation was medium, exactly where I wanted to see it, but the mouth didn’t live up to what I was expecting.

Overall: This was fantastic and disappointing all at the same time. The flavors were great and the vanilla really pulled everything together. Unfortunately I found that the flavors disappeared rather quickly. The first few sips were full of warm, inviting tastes, but the last half of the glass was pretty flavorless. The vanilla was there, but not quite as prominent as I would have expected, especially from a beer called Vanilla Doubledog.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 01:44:04 | More by JaredKent
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25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog from Abita Brewing Co.
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