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25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog - Abita Brewing Co.

25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog

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515 Ratings
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Ratings: 515
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.4%


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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Offa

California

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is possibly the best Abita beer I've had so far. Dark chestnut, almost black, it has a creamy tan head slowly shrinking.

Aroma is rich darkyl toasty, caramelly barley, hints of vanilla, prunes, hint of coffee.

Taste is nice, rich dark toasted caramelised grain (strong), prunes, hint of coffee candy, vanilla, wood, balanced gently but firm bitterness and sweetness. It is highly enjoyable and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 05:55:34 | More by Offa
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, maple, vanilla, caramel and some hops but it’s also a bit metallic.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus maple, caramel and vanilla. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid darker-than-average brown ale to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 05:11:24 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Cavanaghty

Maine

3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 21:46:27 | More by Cavanaghty
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TruePerception

California

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

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Abita 25th Anniversary Vanilla Doublebog: soda-like sound; Appearance: root beer-ish; Smell: malted chocolate cocoa-y; Taste/Mouthfeel: coffee, malt, faint cocoa; smooth taste; pretty good

Poured into a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 05:56:19 | More by TruePerception
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Kobal

Kentucky

3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Nearly porter dark with a light beige head that dissipates pretty quickly. Very earthy, dry nose with a hint of chocolate/caramel sweetness. First sip gives rich nuttiness, later develops more caramel character. Malty, but not overly sweet. Some of the earthy character of the nose carries over to the palate. Medium to full bodied. I’m not usually an Abita fan and this won’t really win me over, but it’s better than some beers I’ve had from them in the past.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 22:27:35 | More by Kobal
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CMUbrew

Michigan

3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very dark brown color, and a head forms on top for a time. Carbonation bubbles are very active on the pour, but settle down fairly quickly.

S: Yep, this one is oxidized. Dark fruit aroma and nothing else.

T: Dark fruit oxidization flavors and a hint of paper. Unsurprisingly, therr is no trace of vanilla.

M: Standard feel for a beer of this percentage. Slightly low on the bubbles maybe.

O: Clearly this beer did not hold up to aging. I'm sure it was decent fresh, but but fresh this was not.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 04:13:56 | More by CMUbrew
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maxcoinage

Illinois

3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into a snifter with a nice 2 in mocha colored head that subsided rather quickly. The beer is a rather dark brown and there appears to be yeast sediment (bottled conditioned beer?) Aroma was a bit of vanilla and caramel but not too strong. Mouth feel is pretty thin, this has been slightly oxidized it seems. Taste is good Nice roasted malt flavor with some chocolate flavor and vanilla undertone, not too sweet. Overall a tasty beer but nothing to write home about. It works good as a dessert beer

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 02:03:20 | More by maxcoinage
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jvillefan

California

3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: The body of the beer is a dark brown body. The head is a two finger head that is a mocha brown that disappears quickly.

S: Strong vanilla and roasted malt aromas. There is a subtle bready aroma present as well.

T: There is a sweet vanilla flavor mixed with deeply roasted malts. It is an odd mix of flavors that I am not a big fan of.

M: Thin body with a very sharp carbonation bite.

O: This is an okay beer, not great. I expected more for a 25th anniversary beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 05:20:53 | More by jvillefan
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mralphabet

Virginia

3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

A: Poured a very dark brown, almost black. Good 2 fingers worth of head that settles to a thin layer with fantastic lacing from start to finish.

S: Well it is not surprising I'm getting a big hit of Vanilla, followed by a mix coffee, toffee and some roasted malt.

T: A lot like the smell here. .. Starts with a hit of vanilla then the next coffee really kicks in with a little hint of roasted malt. It gets a little weak in the middle but finished with a very nice vanilla aftertaste.

M: Sadly it started and a little watered down with little carbonation but got creamier as it warmed up. In the end I liked it.

O: I pretty good little beer, I like the mix of coffee and vanilla. Pretty easy to drink with a hearty ABV. One bomber will do you, worth looking for if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 00:04:01 | More by mralphabet
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MickeyBeer

Illinois

3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a dark almost black color with about white finger of tan head that doesn't stick around very long. A little bit of lacing is present.

S- I picked up on a slight vanilla smell, as well as other sweet aromas like chocolate, toffee, and caramel. Not a particularly strong smell, but very enjoyable.

T- Delicious sweet vanilla flavor with roasted and caramel flavors as well. The vanilla taste is present but not dominating and lets the other flavors shine through. As sweet as it is, there is some hop flavors that balances it out really nicely.

M- Surprisingly light mouthfeel for a beer this dark and with a decent ABV. It has a good amount of carbonation and the alcohol is well covered. It has a lot of flavor, yet it doesn't exhaust my taste buds. I really want to have another.

O- I really liked this beer. It has some really tasty flavors, a nice mouthfeel, and has a smooth finish. I was pleasantly surprised by it, and would love to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 05:03:03 | More by MickeyBeer
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog pours a black color with a nice large head. There is a strong coffee/toffee smell. The taste is complex with alot of different flavors mixing in. Some coffee and chocolate flavors, but strong vanilla, and toffee flavors. Good on the palette; strong carbonation, and flavors. Overall a rather interesting beer, very strong on the toffee flavors, among others.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 02:38:01 | More by vette2006c5r
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 17:36:02 | More by WoodBrew
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BeerManDan

California

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

When poured the color was a very dark brown, with no foam and no lace on the side of the glass.
The smell of roasted malts and chocolate were evident when the aroma filled the nose of this pleasant smell. The taste was of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel and vanilla. This ale had a complex of aroma's and flavors as the ale heated up. A very pleasant surprise from Abita. This has to be one of their, if not, TOP beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 23:40:12 | More by BeerManDan
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drabmuh

Maryland

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

The definition of mediocrity right here, served in an Abita shaker pint. Beer is dark brown and clear at the corners with a lazy head of small bubbles, some lacing, low retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is malty with a hint of vanilla.

Vanilla is subdued in this beer which is fine but overall the beer is not very good. it has this astringent finsih to it and I don't know what to make of it except that I don't really like it. I won't have this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 21:15:37 | More by drabmuh
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque very dark brown (almost black) in color with reddish brown highlights near the edges when held up to the light. The beer has a dense three finger tall dark tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a small-medium thick patch and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a very mild (almost non-existant) smell to this beer with very light notes of vanilla, chocolate, and caramel malts. It intensifies very slightly as it warms.

T: Light to moderate flavors (that get a little more intense as the beer warms) of roasted and caramel malts with some light amounts of sweetness. There are also more subtle light notes of vanilla and chocolate. Light bitterness that lingers but not for too long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth but slightly thin/watery.

O: Unfortunately, the smell of this beer is just too mild - there was so much potential but somehow this beer has little to no aroma. I would have enjoyed a little more complexity to the flavors of this beer as well, though it is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 02:38:27 | More by dbrauneis
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Ford

Texas

4.83/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought from a Spec's in Houston, Tx.

First tried this last winter. Went back and bought a few bottles to save. What a fantastic beer. I'm already a fan of Turbo Dog, and while I like that beer, I love this one. This and Andygator have really impressed me lately from Abita.

I'd love to see this turned into a regular beer in their lineup. It borders on a porter in ways to me. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 03:21:34 | More by Ford
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superspak

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating(probably 2011 bottling). Pours very dark brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big vanilla, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, roasted malt, herbal, nuttiness, and light earthiness. Pretty good aromas with good balance and decent strength; Fairly pleasant. Taste of milk chocolate, vanilla, toffee, caramel, roasted malt, toast, nuttiness, molasses, earth, and light herbal. Slight trace of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, vanilla, toffee, caramel, toast, nuttiness, and herbal on the finish for a bit. Good balance of flavors with decent complexity; not as robust as I was expecting, but good. No cloying sweetness at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice imperial brown ale. Well balanced flavor profile; very smooth and easy to sip on. Definitely enjoyable stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 03:19:16 | More by superspak
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paulcdejean


4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 03:30:14 | More by paulcdejean
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JWU

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A- dark, dark brown. Pretty much like turbodog. A thick, fluffy tan head sits atop, dissipates in normal time, and laces nicely down the glass.

S- milk chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of coffee.

T- the base of turbodog is certainly there, a nice milk chocolate, coffee, and dark-ish malts. The vanilla is very complimentary, and doesn't steal the show. Well done.

M- A bit thin for what I would ideally expect. A bit drier on the finish that I would have thought as well.

O- A very nice twist on good ol' turbodog.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 23:51:39 | More by JWU
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WMEugene

Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Similar to the turbodog - dark brown, almost black. Thin tan head and some lacing.

S - Roasted Malts and Vanilla. Some cocoa and toffee. Somewhat sweet.

T - Big chocolate and vanilla flavors up front. Comes on pretty sweet and bold. Vanilla is always an odd taste for a beer - it either comes off as too boozy or too cloying, but Abita does it right here.

M - Medium bodied, a little thinnish than expected. Very smooth and drinkable.

O - Vanilla beers are hard to do right, but Abita has made a great drinking one in the Vanilla Doubledog. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 00:15:30 | More by WMEugene
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palma

New York

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is way underrated. Beautiful looking froth tan head. Malty vanilla nose with hints of licorish. Fusel alcohol. Taste is excellent. Sweet chocolate notes upfront. Vanilla middle with just enough hop bitterness at the end to keep it uncloying. Good balance for a sweeter beer. Will definately look for this beer in the future. Also a great value at 4.50 per bomber.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 01:23:46 | More by palma
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

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

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Pours a very deep brown, almost black. Rocky tan head has good retention, but eventually settles into just a thin crown. Minimal lacing, just a small spot here and there.

S: Cocoa, caramel, cola, vanilla bean. A bit of toffee and coffee, very slightly nutty. Not much else going on in the nose. A touch bland and not particularly aromatic.

T: Bakers chocolate at the outset, hint of molasses. Strong vanilla bean presence toward the middle. Cola. Slightly nutty, ghost-like roasted malt impression. Flash of chocolate covered oranges. Caramel washes over the palate toward the end. Finishes semi sweet with tastes of cocoa powder, strong vanilla bean, and a kiss of smoke.

M: Medium bodied, creamy and slightly slick and viscous. Low carbonation.

O: A solid enough beer. The vanilla is incorporated nicely. Nothing mind-blowing though.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 02:18:16 | More by ryan1788a5
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TheSixthRing

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 05:03:29 | More by TheSixthRing
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HalfFull

California

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..

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 07:48:08 | More by HalfFull
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Almost a very good brew. Poured at a good temperature with a great, giant, foamy, frothy, fluffy, billowy, cream-colored head that lasts a long, long time and some lace. Color is a clear dark mahoganey with some bubble trails. Aroma is malty, vanilla, caramel, toffee, a bit roast. Flavor's like nose, hugely sweet up front, followed by some bitter and very slight carbonic tang. Can see where they were trying to go, but decided to cut back on the malt bill. Flavor's a bit shallow. Body's a little lacking too; carbnation is soft. Finish is like flavor, surprisingly of average length, and good for one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 06:30:29 | More by drpimento
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25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 515 ratings.