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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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Reviews: 201
Hads: 547
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 6.74%
Wants: 18
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev +9%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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 (461 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (1,633 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev 0%
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! (436 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
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! (1,189 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (798 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.61/5  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. (812 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (707 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
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 (659 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (840 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (1,149 characters)

Photo of orangesol
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked one of these up for a buddy of mine who is a huge Abita lover, he was gracious enough to open it up for us to try.

A - Pours deep dark brown with a nice one and a half finger tall off-white head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of toasted caramel malt, chocolate, vanilla, toasted nuts and a touch of earthy hops. Smells kind of similar to turbodog with some added sweetness.

T - Starts off with a bunch of chocolate and vanilla sweetness quickly giving way to hints of toasted caramel malt, toasted nuts and a dash of earthy hops. This one has a ton of vanilla going on. Finish is a mix of sweetness and a touch of booze, lingering for some time after consumption.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Soft, sweet feel that lingers on the pallet for quite awhile after consumption.

O - I enjoyed this one. Throw in the low cost of $5 a bomber and I was really digging it even more. It had some good flavors and was easy to drink my share. Might have to grab another one before it is gone. (1,031 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (455 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (1,151 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (726 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (517 characters)

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25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog from Abita Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.