25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog - Abita Brewing Co.

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25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog

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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 17
Gots: 55 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: EgadBananas on 09-14-2011)
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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy 2 inch khaki head that settles to a small cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, nuts, cocoa powder, and vanilla beans. Taste is of roasted malts, toasted nuts, and some minor chocolate and vanilla flavors. A mild roasty/toasty bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but nothing all that exciting. The vanilla aspect of this beer is pretty subtle all around.

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of GRG1313
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.

Photo of metter98
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is nearly opaque brownish red in color. It poured with a dense, finger high light beige head that gradually died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are very light aromas of caramel, chocolate and vanilla beans in the nose. The smell gets a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but the flavors are a bit stronger.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink but seems like it could use stronger and more complex flavors.

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a cola brown color capped by an inch of foam that leaves some shards behind

Smell: Vanilla, toffee and hazelnuts

Taste: Toffee flavors lead the sweet parade, followed by the vanilla and rounded out by the hazelnuts; after the swallow, the vanilla flavors really dominate

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A vanilla-lover's delight, this beer is rather one-dimensional; rather sweet, unfortunately, for my palate

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

Porter-like in nature, Abita's 25th anniversary celebratory ale rolls in the complex notes of chocolate, vanilla, and toffee for an ultra rich and malty session.

The beer starts with a mildly hazy brown hue that blankets the beer with a creamy tan foam that clings to the glass with random lacing patterns. Good retention reinforces its very Porterish look.

Rich aromas of sweet chocolate, light coffee, butterscotch, toast, and earthy wood-like hops. But the centerpiece of the beer is the overwhelming vanilla dominance. Musty vanilla beans, heavy cream, and charred raspberries all create a decadent desert-like impression.

Flavors also deliver on the earthy and sweet vanilla beans but also follow with bittersweet chocolate, light coffees, walnuts, heavy whipping cream, medium toasted grains, slightly scorched caramel, and a nearly smoky wood sweetness. Cream covered raspberries, chocolate, and a note of smoke create a succulent effect on the palate.

Rich and robust from start to finish, this sweetly balanced beer is velvety smooth with the texture of heavy cream, especially with the way the supple carbonation allows the beer to coat the mouth. But the beer offers little in the way of reprieve from the weighted malt and vanilla sweetness and develops little heading into finish. This leads to a sticky sweet feel even in finish and aftertaste.

The lack of dryness or balance from hops or roasted grains limit this beer and cause the vanilla to dictate a creamy and rich session. But if you are a lush for sweetness, especially that of chocolate and vanilla, then this beer should become a welcome limited release.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 3.5 finger frothy tan head on a dark brown body. Nice lacing.

S: Vanilla, chocolate, toffee and toasted malt. Mild cherry note.

T: roasted malt up front with a nice vanilla bean, toffee and confectioners chocolate sweet finish.

M: medium to full body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is a good vanilla flavored brown ale. Not sure about the given style for this one. I think the ratings are a bit harsh. Its drinkable but simple however not terrible.

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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

22 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with an initially tall, beige head that drops down fairly soon.

Smell: Toasty, nutty with slighter backings from roast, caramel, and unsweetened chocolate and the thinnest notion of one lonely raisin. Subtle hint of vanilla, which I'm hard to honestly fault, as I can't really recall a vanilla-flavored beer that knocked my socks off when it came to the vanilla additive.

Taste: Sweetish tastes of roasty malts, toasted nuts, a small pinch chocolate powder, a whisper of caramel, and a bit of vanilla bean. Very lightly earthy hops with a low bitterness. Low fruitiness. Though "natural vanilla beans" are specifically mentioned on the bottle, it's got a bit of harshness akin to a small sip of vanilla extract. Malty, vanilla extract-hinted finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied (just barely). Medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel.

Overall: Though the name is 'Double' Dog, they kept it closer to the easy-going, drinkable roots of the standard Turbodog. Not that great, no, but as far as bomber prices go, I'm not about to get riled up over five bucks. I'm really not!

Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
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 TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Hey, I'm older than Abita. It's official. ... Now that no one cares, this stuff pours a dark black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises mild roasted malts, light cocoa powder, vanilla, and sweet caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, with a darker sense of roast, a bit of coffee, a weaker strain of vanilla, and a bit of flowers tossed in for good measure. There's a vague breadiness pervading the background, as well. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice enough sweet thing of a beer, nothing special, but one of the better beers I've had from Abita thus far.

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, brown color with a two-finger, tan head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of vanilla, roasty malt, caramel and toffee.

T - Nice balance of vanilla, chocolate and toffee. There is a light roastiness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very nice anniversary ale from Abita. Nice balance and blend of flavors.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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 TheManiacalOne
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.

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

A - Pours with two fingers of light tan foam on top of an opaque, dark brown body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - Dark, sugary notes of caramel, molasses, and brown sugar. Some licorice and coriander in the background.

T - Dark, brown malt up front with notes of vanilla and caramel that show up in the middle. The beer finishes with more caramel, molasses, and lingering mocha notes.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is about what you would expect based on the description. Lots of semi-dark sugar with a heavy handed vanilla character and a maltyness that is actually quite reminiscent of regular Abita Turbodog. This isn't anything worth getting excited about or stocking up your cellar with, but its a pretty decent beer.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of russpowell
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
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 oline73
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. This was opened during our New Years Eve tasting.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear mahogany with a finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the pour.

Smell: Mild with some dark fruit sweetness, caramel malt, and a strong vanilla presence.

Taste: The taste stands out more than the smell did. Vanilla and caramel are the dominant flavors. The malt is a bit bread like. The only complaint here is that the vanilla seems a little bit artificial.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: I thought this was a fairly average beer. I enjoyed the vanilla notes, but it was a bit sweet and artificial. I would probably pass on this one in the future.

Photo of drabmuh
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent taste of vanilla with a little cocoa. Not especially rich and fairly light bodied. Some burnt raisin toast and plenty of butter. Lots of spice along with the roasted barley. Golden brown color in the glass. Adequate head.

Not particularly pleasurable but it is drinkable enough. Kind of a spice stuck in the back of the throat flavor. Still, the vanilla, which seems a little too much at first, mellows out. Some earthy taste and not much bitterness in the aftertaste.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 541 ratings.