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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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BGsWo22

New York

1.25/5  rDev -66%

03-20-2013 22:58:43 | More by BGsWo22
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bsanrebel

California

2/5  rDev -45.7%

10-10-2012 07:21:49 | More by bsanrebel
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jordanblaskey

Illinois

2.13/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a snifter.

A:
Pours a cola colored brown with a decent off-white head that recedes down to nothing but leaves nice lacing.

S:
Sweet. Roasted hops.

T:
Very sweet. Very one dimensional. Honestly, the more sips I take the more disgusting this beer gets. There's just no substance here. It tastes like you put a few spoonfuls of sugar into Bud Light.

M:
Decently thick. Feels like carbonated water.

O:
Yuck. This is the best Abita could put out for their 25th Anniversary?

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 21:42:38 | More by jordanblaskey
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bobhits

Kentucky

2.23/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a HUGE near glass full of pillowy head. Deep brown color with some red notes against the light. A bit of lacing, not as much as expected.

Traditional brown ale with toast, caramel, bread, hints of vanilla, toffee, but this isn't overly intense. I wouldn't mind a bit richer aroma...would really prefer that.

This is really weird stuff. Vanilla is just over powering, we're talking vanilla extra strong at times. The malt or maybe the yeast has a bit of fruity flavors I'm completely confused by this in a brown...or any non fruit beer.

That pillow of head didn't last in the mouth. It hits the middle ground of imperial vs non imperial almost dead middle. A touch of alcohol is present and given the 7% that seems off.

So final verdict...this is hard to explain. Love the bottle work and screen printing...really classy. At 3.99 for a bomber or about 13 a 6 pack equivalent, the price for an anniversary beer seems reasonable. Now I can't recall what turbo dog tastes like...I'm pretty sure I've had, but anyway. The fruity flavors here (I think yeast does this) are way out of line. The vanilla flavor doesn't seem to work either. This beer is way out of line for the style and frankly I didn't enjoy it, and frankly I generally enjoy brown ales.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 16:29:12 | More by bobhits
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JustinMatthew

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

09-12-2012 18:37:11 | More by JustinMatthew
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GRG1313

California

2.35/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours black/brown with a lovely light khaki head.

Nose is grapes and prunes with undertones of root beer that is likely how the vanilla is manifesting itself. More vanilla nose develops as the beer gets air. Nose is very inviting.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery and with little body, if any.

Flavors are dull bitter without character or appeal. Tastes a bit like a lightly burnt black lager. The nose promises - the mouth does not deliver in any respect.

Finish is a dull light pine bitter. No need to try this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 19:35:10 | More by GRG1313
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ediaz

Florida

2.38/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a deep brown, lets light through. Bone colored head about 1 finger dissipates quickly to a think lacing.

S: malt, a lot of vanilla, not very pleasant.

T: Watery, vanilla, malt. I don't like this at all.

M: a bit of carbonation, medium, not great.

O:I wouldn't buy this again, even at the $5.99 price tag. Big let down.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 02:24:48 | More by ediaz
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otto251068

Tennessee

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

12-31-2011 02:56:29 | More by otto251068
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TasteTester

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

12-31-2011 01:05:14 | More by TasteTester
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

06-15-2012 00:03:15 | More by thebigredone
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Clayton1220


2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

11-22-2012 00:18:01 | More by Clayton1220
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Duff27

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

11-20-2011 22:58:37 | More by Duff27
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Kaveman

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

08-25-2013 21:42:30 | More by Kaveman
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stbo101

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

01-23-2012 22:29:54 | More by stbo101
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hpthebull

California

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

07-20-2012 00:57:59 | More by hpthebull
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bertram

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

12-21-2011 16:42:52 | More by bertram
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MercenaryChef

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

12-26-2011 20:04:33 | More by MercenaryChef
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GrindFatherBob

New York

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

01-04-2012 14:37:24 | More by GrindFatherBob
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JRdaSconnie

Wisconsin

2.6/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

P: bomber out of fridge allowed to warm a bit. Served in Cuvee des Jacobins tulip.

A: Deep dark blackish brown with ruby edges in light. Nice tan head, 2 fingers that drops to foamy ring with min lacing.

S: Not a lot here to me. Some faint caramel, maybe breast malt.

T: Again, not the bounty of flavor I'd hoped for. Some caramel sweetness, not much toffee at all. Little pointed dark roast grain. I'm not great at hop recognition but I think I get a little earthy Wilamette spiciness.

M: I love big, sweet bombs with thick moutfeel and this is not one of them. Pretty thin body, more viscosity would have helped make this feel as hefty as I had hoped it would be. Carb level is nice though, helping to tease up a little more caramel flavor.

O: Disappointed mainly. Like I said, I like sweet bombs like Southern Tier makes and this falls way short. Glad I tried it but would not buy again. Also glad the bomber is split with the Mrs. because a full one would bore me by the end.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 02:17:15 | More by JRdaSconnie
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - a dark pour, with a sort of diluted claret color against light. A large fluffy mocha head of two fingers. It melts away, leaving a high water mark of lace as well as a few sudsy pockets and slants.

Aroma - has a cereal grain start, some roast and malt coming along with setup, but the cereal element persists. Not as exciting as I'd hoped.

Taste - it's grainy, again with the cereal part of the malt dominating. A hint of vanilla but not enough to include in the name of the beer. I'm disappointed that this beer is coming through with mostly grain and little vanilla. Not much development on the swallow and follow through other than some mild abv heat.

Mouthfeel - I like the smoothness here, the moderate crispness and body are fine.

Drinkability - okay, but a miss for me. Maybe some barreling would have been a good idea for a vanilla brew. You're only 25 once...

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 06:56:14 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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sparx1100

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

06-07-2012 03:06:15 | More by sparx1100
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Abita Vanilla DoubleDog, bottle bought at The Wine Thief in New Haven, Connecticut, for some five bucks.

Appearance: The DoubleDog goes down with a thick pour, producing two fingers of fluffy, solid head with lotsa bubbles and Pat Steir-like lacing. Looks pretty good.

Smell: Fail. Some sugar, vanilla powder, cheap chocolate. That's about it.

Taste: A little better, with a more pronounced chocolate profile and an alright (but artificial) vanilla finish. Some faint roastiness around, and a milky taste. Reminds me of the milk stout my homebrewing friend gave me.

Mouthfeel: Thin, thin, thin. Did I say THIN? Watery and unimpressive. Two sips and I knew I wouldn't love this.

Overall: Very average indeed. There is a reason why I never drink Abita!! I'm full of a beer I didn't really enjoyed. I call bull on this.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 02:06:42 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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Herky21

Iowa

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

03-13-2013 13:54:48 | More by Herky21
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jmunsters

Michigan

2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter from a bomber.

A - Dark ruby brown. Full head that dissipated quite quickly. A little lacing, but not much.

S - Sweet malts. Molasses. I don't get the vanilla much, but it does smell a bit decadent.

T - A bit of sweetness rounds out a light and delicate malt. Toasted almonds, molasses, raisins.

M - Thin. Quite a bit thinner than I would have imagined for the style. Drinkable for the style. Otherwise, it's OK.

D - Imagine Yeti as a lager. Certainly drinkable, but it's nothing special as the $5.00 bomber implied. Meh.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 00:05:31 | More by jmunsters
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frenchblood21

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 22:28:34 | More by frenchblood21
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25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 525 ratings.