25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog - Abita Brewing Co.

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25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog

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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 18
Gots: 60 | 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:
Beer added by: EgadBananas on 09-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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Reviews by negroobserver:
Photo of negroobserver
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A... Dark. Same as a standard brown ale. Pours about an inch of cream or cappuccino colored head.

S... Light hoppy scent with a faint vanilla aroma. Nutty. Malty.

T... Malty. Prominent vanilla flavor. Flat in the middle. Sweet near the back end. Finishes with a light lingering bitterness.

M... Smooth texture and body. Sticks to the tongue, so that first sip is important. Let it linger. no hoppy bite.

O... A nice enjoyable beer. Nothing to rave about, but I like it. Wish the vanilla was a bit more subtle, but it doesn't hurt the beer at all.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see Abita mark their anniversary with a new "big" beer.Pouredinto an imperial nonic a murky deep chesnut brown with a great tannish colored one finger head that held well.Light molasses and vanilla in the nose,not real assertive but nice,flavors are of sweet caramel/vanilla with a light shot of peppery spice wich was different,it dried out pretty well in the finish.Not great but its a good drinker,congrats Abita on 25 years!

Photo of Billolick
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask pour at the Birdsall Hse. in Peekskill, NY

Pour is dark brown with a minor medium tah head. Leaves some low sheeting and minor bits of lacing.

what little I pick up with the old sniffer is just some sweet malts.

Easy drinking ale, with pleasingly low, typical cask carbonation. Notes of vanilla, more malts, milk chocolate, and some lite smoke. Dry finish, nothing amazing, but decent enough brew. Worth a try.

Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: 1 inch head, moderate carbonation, dark brown in color, opaque

Smell: roasted malt and cream

Taste: roasted malt at the start, vanilla that comes in the middle and a creaminess at the end

Mouthfeel: sweetish with a slightly bitter backbone, moderate carbonation, medium-light bodied

Overall: I liked this beer. It was more of a clean, fun and playful take for a 25th anniversary beer as opposed to a big high abv bomb. The vanilla really comes out as the beer warms. I would certainly get this again.

Photo of frenchblood21
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Very dark brown with an amber hue at the bottom of the glass. One finger of tan head. Great looking beer.

Smell- Very pedestrian...almost no scent at all.

Taste- Bitter chocolate and toffee, just as the bottle claims.

Mouthfeel- Great coating, kinda like Guiness, but a bit thinner.

Overall- A drinkable beer...A huge letdown for a 25th anniversary beer. This is a one-time affair for me.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Thanks shan8454 for the trade!

Appearance: Very dark red color with about one finger of white head, mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Faint scents, fruity maybe some malts and coffee like notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Very Smooth medium bodied. Taste was more watery than expected with very subtle toasted malts, cherry like fruit flavor, hint of coffee notes and mild vanilla bean.

Overall: Not what I expected from this brew, but not bad at all. I enjoyed this one.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany brown, nearly black and impenetrable to light. Just a wisp of foam. Just a hint of dark malt on the nose. Honestly there's not much aroma here. Caught a hint of vanilla on some later attempts. Dark malt on the forefront and a quick follow up of some vanilla in the aftertaste.

Photo of paulcdejean
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have pretty limited experience, considering that I'm only 23.

However this is the best beer I've had so far. Second best would probably be Red Stripe.

I guess my taste is weird though. I have Brooklyn Oktoberfest in the fridge right now, and I think it's good but not great, while I'd consider this one great.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is dark almost black with light brown highlights when held toward the light. Head is light khaki tan head with fine even scattered lacing. Aroma has dark chocolate malts with hints of cocoa and dark fruits and a touch of vanilla in the background. Flavor is a warming sweet dark roasted malt flavor with hints of vanilla and a dry semi bitter sweet chocolate finish. Herbal hops coming out the backend definitely not a hop heavy experience. The taste is a bit one dimensional but the price was right and it definitely has enough flavor to keep me interested. Mouthfeel is medium bodied even carbonation, nothing cloying or too sticky actually drinks pretty well. Alcohol is well hidden no harshness or booze burning the palate. Overall I would take their 20th Anniversary Pils over this but not a bad beefier version of Turbodog.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer has a dark black body with microbubbles trailing up the sides. There is a thick tan bubbly head on top that last a good bit.

S- The soft flinty pale malt blends with chocolate notes and a touch or black roasted malt underneath. The finish has vanilla hints with a gentle green hop character that starts to push through as the beer opens.

T- The taste of chocolate tootsie rolls is rich with some vanilla cream note to follow. There are some chocolate malt flavors but they remain in the background.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight fizz finish but no alcohol heat.

O- This beer has some nice light character with a good chocolate and vanilla flavor making it very sessionable even for the 7 % ABV. It reminds me of a chocolate cream soda without as much carbonation.

Photo of LXIXME
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from about an inch above the glass gave this beer a pretty good sized light brown head above a clear very dark reddish brown colored beer.

A light film/lacing cover this beer throughout drinking with a decent sized lacing hugging the glass above this medium to light full bodied beer.

Roasted caramel malts with light vanilla and a small amount of chocolate and alcohol aroma.

Caramel malts, vanilla, and chocolate covered cherries taste.

A lingering dry aftertaste with some of the vanilla and roasted malt remaining.

The alcohol in the aroma seems to be more prevalent as the beer sits and warms a bit.

This beer kind of grew on me as I drank the 22 ounce bomber, might have been the alcohol.

Photo of Arherring
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As a fan of brown ales I was looking forward to this one especially with it being a 25th Anniversary offering.

It poured a nice, rich brown with very little head. Smell was malty and slightly sweet with hints of cocoa and the promised vanilla.

The taste was nice and rich, much like the regular Turbodog but with an extra level of depth and complexity. The vanilla comes across more as a wood spice like that of a whiskey than that from a vanilla bean.

Overall it was a good but not great offering. I would definitely drink it again. The taste is nice and the price is right.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Thanks to Bo for bringing this one.

A: Pours a murky brown color with a small tan colored head on top. Not much retention with minimal lacing down the sides.

S: Very sweet aroma. A good bit of vanilla, toffee, caramel, and a little bit of chocolate.

T: Similarly sweet, almost a reminds me of cream soda from the vanilla. Underneath there is a little bit of caramel and chocolate, but the vanilla is rather strong throughout.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little too sweet for my liking.

O: Decent beer, but if I want an overly sweet beer, I will reach for something from Southern Tier, which, despite being incredibly sweet, has a bit more to it in terms of mouthfeel and backbone.

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cola brown. Black in glass with a touch of brown at edges where light comes through. Nice foamy tan head with great retention and lacing.

Pretty good nose with notes of dark malt, vanilla, oak and nuttiness.

For a brown ale I think the flavor is good as well. Good balance and flavor. Mild cocoa, nuttiness, dark malt and vanilla.

Mouth is medium bodied. Just right for the beer and style. Nice creamy, smooth carbonation.

Overall it's a good brown ale, especially for the price. It's not gonna blow any minds or anything but it's extremely drinkable and for under $5 a bomber and 7% abv. It's a steal.

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

Appearance - Pours a near jet black with a ruby brown tinge where light can penetrate. Head is a light tan color, a tad over a finger thick, decent retention, and the resulting head is thick and semi-sticky.

Smell - Hints of chocolate, roasted malt and vanilla. Subtle, but enticing.

Taste - Big malted chocolate flavor upfront, with distant notes of coffee. A faint coconut character? An underlying vanilla note kicks in around midtaste, then hits harder on the finish and intermingles with the chocolate as it fades into the aftertaste. As awesome as that all sounds, the vanilla tastes somewhat artificial, and the rest hits on only two or three notes. Simple, and somewhat boring.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth and silky. The best part of the beer.

Overall - There are several beers who do vanilla and do vanilla well... this isn't one of them. It's not a bad beer, but it's fairly bland and does little to sate my craving for a big, bold ale.

Photo of cokes
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Translucent auburn brown with a thick cap of tan suds that leaves smears of lacing.
The aroma is primarily chocolately, both fudgey sweet and cocoa powder dry. A touch of pecan nuttiness, and a squeal of vanilla dots the background.
Chocolately again as it hits the tongue. It hits with a big, sweet fudge brownie, with it's cakey, sticky mouthfeel. It dries a tad over time, with the cocoa powder appearing, along with traces of nuts. Vanilla hits late and lingers through the swallow, along with a bit of astringency when served too cold (though it mostly disappears with warmth and/or time).
Full bodied with a low trickle of CO2. It teeters on the cloying edge, but doesn't really cross it.
Turbo Dog has never been a favorite of mine and this isn't either, though it the better of the two. Vanilla Doubledog hangs heavy in the mouth, and, while different and bigger, the vanilla helps cloak a few things I probably wouldn't like anyway.

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a red hue. There's very little head. The nose has notes of caramel, vanilla, and sugary sweetness. The taste is vanilla and caramel with very faint hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

Not a bad beer, but overall unfulfilling. It's rich and sweet with the caramel and vanilla having a great presence. In the end it's just an average brown ale.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Generous two-finger tan head, good lacing, good retention. Hazy black body.

Smells like faintly sour malt with a trace of vanilla. The vanilla starts to come out as it sits.

Taste is very much like cream soda, or vanilla brown ale. It doesn't beat you over the head with it, and I have to keep reminding myself that this isn't supposed to be a stout (despite the vanilla moniker).

Mouthfeel is unfortunately bright and carby, kinda foamy, like soda. This does no favors for the flavor, and there's a sort of steely tang because of it.

Well, I wasn't sure what to expect. I saw vanilla, so I immediately think stout, but it isn't one, so where do I go from there? It's on the same level as Turbodog, that is to say, decent. It's also crazy cheap for being an anniversary edition and using primo ingredients. That said, I'm probably not going to buy any more, but I may try and age the other bottle I have for a year to see what that may do to it. Few actual complaints, but it's not a real knockout either. Definitely a good deal though, and worth a try.

NB: This improves in all aspects slightly as it warms.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer had a very nice color with nice tan foamy head. Medium carbonation. Aroma is vanilla and root beer with a slightly acrid roastiness. Starts out reminiscent of a cafe latte or chocolate milk (says A). Light roastiness throughout. Some vanilla woodiness, but not quite as prominent as expected. Chocolate malts. Medium body, moderate ethanol. Lingering sweetness. Overall, not bad but fairly mild.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Has a great finger and half of tight brown head. Dark brown color.

Faint smell of roasted barley. It smells good, but it's just so faint.

Balanced taste of malt and hops. Neither stands out. The vanilla comes in the latter half; a good addition at the perfect strength. A nice, mild bitter at the end.

Smooth, medium body, moderate carbonation.

Great looking beer. Average taste.

Photo of hoptualBrew
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber split with my roommate, two pint glasses make two happy souls. Dark brown with red hues and a yao ming cream head, fluffy like pillow clouds. Minimal lacing but good looking legs!

In the nose is bready, boozy toffee notes, nut aroma, and a touch of vanilla. I only found the vanilla because I was looking for it though.

Grainy caramel, toffee malts on the tongue with a heap of nuts to compliment the English yeast like character and only a touch of vanilla. Very bready & grainy here, and a bit boozy on the back end. Overall, very smooth & quite the easy drinker. Not overly impressed, but it is a descent brown ale.

Photo of shoky01
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber served chilled in stem-less red wine glasses.

A: Dark brown, nearly black. Half to quarter inch tan head. Good Carbonation with good lacing.

S: Hints of vanilla and wheat. Some spices. Hint of coffee?

T: Wheat and vanilla. Lights hops, some end bitterness. Pretty different from the standard Turbodog. Reminds me me of the Breckenridge Vanilla Porter.

MF: Very light almost watery. Foamy.

OA: I like it. I like the normal Turbodog so its not that big a stretch.

Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha colored head after a vigirous pour. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Nutty, brown bread, musty grainl all faded as this warms

T: Follows the nose plus some vanilla cream soda & grainyness up front. Dryness, vanilla & nuttyness (some hazel nut in there to be sure) all mix well as this warms, just a tad of herbal hop bitterness too. Finishes dry, grainy & with much vanilla sweetness

MF: Medium bodied, creamy carbonation, a bit too sweet balance-wise

A pretty good brown; definetly impeoved as it warmed, a bit dryer than I like my browns as a rule. Tasty but a bit too sweet to have more than one a sitting

Photo of mobius387
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber

Appearance: pours dark brown almost black. Forms a huge foamy head even when poured carefully

Aroma: light smells of chocolate and not much else. Catch some hints of cream perhaps

Palate: sits very light in the mouth, almost airy. Was expecting something fuller and creamier/smoother. The body is very underwhelming

Taste: a nice blend of chocolate and vanilla. Reminds me of some vanilla creamer you add to coffee. The taste is a mismatch for the body tho, as it's very big and bold.

Overall: a good beer with good flavors. Was expecting more body for a vanilla brew, and there's not much by aroma, but considering the price for a bomber this is worth a pick up.

Photo of HalfFull
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit of a rarity in these parts, I find this Anniversary beer upon my desk. This, the double dog, I'm intrigued. If this were Firestone Walker and a Double Jack then things might be different. But alas, doubling anything is good, right???

Pours a deep and clear burgundy with a robust inch of foam. Offers decent clarity and just a light haze. Aroma of dark and yet muddled malts. Bit of black cherry and a touch of chocolate and raspberry. Gladly the off flavors I've found in other beer from this brewer and it's yeast are lacking.

Offers a firm sweetness with a tad bit of brown sugar and some more milk chocolate. Offers a light touch of alcohol but it is well kept. Overall this brew offers an almost Belgian complexity in the malt profile while having a limited yeast exposure in that regard at the same time. Quite Baltic in style at times..

Perhapas an odd cat, but quite nice..

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25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.