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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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523 Ratings
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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 12
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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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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Dactrius

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +8.7%

08-27-2012 23:02:37 | More by Dactrius
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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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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

3/5  rDev -18.5%

08-24-2012 22:49:34 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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rderedin

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

08-23-2012 19:58:58 | More by rderedin
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MidtowneMarket

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-23-2012 02:57:38 | More by MidtowneMarket
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Cjalbers


4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

08-23-2012 01:12:54 | More by Cjalbers
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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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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

08-11-2012 21:43:50 | More by t0rin0
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anhigdon

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

08-09-2012 20:11:12 | More by anhigdon
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krazybartender

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-08-2012 20:37:25 | More by krazybartender
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jkermitj

Mississippi

4/5  rDev +8.7%

08-08-2012 12:27:37 | More by jkermitj
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2beerdogs

California

3/5  rDev -18.5%

08-07-2012 05:42:15 | More by 2beerdogs
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nheinzie57

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

08-06-2012 16:19:59 | More by nheinzie57
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harpus

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

08-03-2012 23:39:45 | More by harpus
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3/5  rDev -18.5%

08-03-2012 03:15:47 | More by mothman
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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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JSchock7

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

07-26-2012 18:10:13 | More by JSchock7
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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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jda007

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

07-20-2012 01:29:01 | More by jda007
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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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W0rter

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

07-19-2012 02:57:50 | More by W0rter
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.7%

07-19-2012 02:01:25 | More by Chugs13
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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
25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.