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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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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 05:07:01 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 10:23:50 | More by brentk56
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 06:27:54 | More by BEERchitect
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New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 00:54:59 | More by metter98
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 03:43:05 | More by ChainGangGuy
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North Carolina

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 23:17:58 | More by oberon
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 05:43:51 | More by TMoney2591
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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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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

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 04:18:01 | More by russpowell
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 01:29:47 | More by zeff80
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 19:07:38 | More by WVbeergeek
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New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: brown in color with a 2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: roasted malt, big vanilla tones and a hint of fruits.

Taste: mild malt profile, loads of vanilla, ripe red apples, mild bitterness, and a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish.

Overall: a so-so flavored beer that is easy to quaff. For a 25th anniversary I expected something over the top, so this was a bit weak for me for a special occasion.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 20:10:48 | More by Gavage
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big, beige head that dissipates slowly in lumpy fashion. Lots of chunky lace. The color is brown where light easily shines through.

Interesting smell of toasted marshmallows, a word I've never used to describe beer aroma, so it must be either stronger or unique.

Relatively thin with a strong vanilla flavor. Not much Brown Ale flavor, but it is still interesting and quite different. Mild chocolate flavor in the background.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 03:08:19 | More by smcolw
Photo of Halcyondays


3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours brown with a full off-white to tan head, good retention and lace.

S: Toffee, some brown sugar with a hint of vanilla.

T: Dark chocolate, caramel, light molasses, with less vanilla than I would have liked. Average flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, astringent at times, semi-creamy.

O: A solid effort, but nothing wowing. I like regular Turbodog better.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 07:04:19 | More by Halcyondays
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 05:53:17 | More by mactrail
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: cask

01-04-2012 22:00:57 | More by Billolick
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 15:00:58 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of Zorro


3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark brown colored beer with a tall light brown colored head.

Smell is patent malt with lots of malt sweetness. Chocolate and vanilla with a little coffee.

Starts out sweet with a crème brûlée taste of vanilla and caramel with milk sugar. Tastes like a milk stout. Little bit of chocolate and coffee but vanilla and caramel dominate.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is OK but nothing super special. This is a try once type of beer, no repeat sale.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 04:52:26 | More by Zorro
Photo of ppoitras


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

22oz bottle purchased as a single at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the clear reddish brown brew. Head falls promptly, with average lacing. Aroma is sweet, with the vanilla tinge giving it a cream soda effect.

Taste begins moderately sweet, which carries through the middle, and melds with a vanilla character at the close. Mouthfeel is thinner than I would have expected, and drinkability is okay. A bit of a yawner, was expecting more pow in the flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 02:59:56 | More by ppoitras
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New Jersey

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

A: A frothy kahki head sits dominantly atop. The pour is cola with chili powder highlights coming off dense black in the vessel. Micro-effervesce bubbles bead up on the head along the outer parameter of the glass. Thick, milky lacing coats well.

S: Aroma is soft roasted chocolate malts, light dry hints of vanilla bean. Rich cocoa, hot chocolate like with marshmallows. Light moderate show of strength.

T: The flavor is rich chocolate malts, light dryness of vanilla beans. Williamette hops show brief and intermittent flashes of fruitiness and spiciness. Hints of dark licorice, warm biscuit, banana yeastiness with some smoky pine. Fruit cake and figs along with a toffee sweetness rounds things out.

M: Aggressive carbonation dances on the tongue with a fizzle of soda pop. Medium bodied turning creamy with a soft burnt chocolate roast that lingers about with alcohol.

O: A nice chocolately roast treat especially at the warmer end of the drinking spectrum which highlights the vast complexity it has to offer. Smooth flow of flavor very good standing.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 01:32:26 | More by beerthulhu
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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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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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South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to my boy caSSino for the chance to try this one! Served from bottle into a shaker. Poured a deep dark red brown with a one finger cream colored head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and cream. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, subtle vanilla, cream, and roasted malt. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Nothing on this one really stood out at me to make it memoriable. For the style this was a pretty good offering, but was definitely not my favorite either. Lots of sweetness going on in this one. The dark chocolate and roasted malt tried to counter-act this as much as it could, but it just fell short of being a well-balanced brew for me. Worth trying if you get the chance, but that is about it.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 15:37:18 | More by thagr81us
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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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 00:33:45 | More by kylehay2004
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25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 515 ratings.