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25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 539
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 17
Gots: 53 | 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 kagent777
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber that my dad brought me from Florida during our visit to Las Vegas earlier this year poured into my CCB snifter.

Appearance: A dark brown beer with a white one fingered head. It settled down to a ring around the outside and some foam in the middle of the snifter. Held up to the light, this beer has some murkiness to it. It leaves nice lacing, too.

Smell: An interesting combination of smells. Very distinct vanilla. Some chocolate flavors. Also I smell some woodsy (not barrel) or earthy notes as well.

Taste: The vanilla is present but does not run the show. This is definately a brown ale, as opposed to a porter or especially stout. This one does not have the real bittersweet character that these styles have. Some sweetness is left after the bugs have the run of the house. There are some roasted noted but done in a mellow way. Some hops bitterness on the finish, too. The bitterness match the woodsy smell, it seems to have an earthy or woodsy note. All these flavors are well integrated with the vanilla.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with the carbonation on the higher side.

Overall: A nice anniversary beer. I wish that I had a regular turbodog to compare it with to establish a baseline. Someone should probably like vanilla to try this beer.

kagent777, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of msubulldog25
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First tried this interesting beer on a trip to New Orleans last month; a buddy who's "not really into beer" brought one to our first get-together and had declared it "pretty good". I only had a couple sips that night, but bought a couple 22 oz. bottles and hauled them back to Oregon. Tonight I'll have the first, opened 10 minutes out of the fridge and poured to a pint glass.

A: Pours a muddy dark brown ~ a root beer/cola shade, but a little more opaque. Garnet hues at the edges, beneath a heady finger and a half of foamy khaki, tinged a light golden yellow. Receding head concludes in a slim ring and a crescent of film. Little lace, a few speckles like distant constellations. Good carbonation, steady but not overactive.

S: Colder, I got almost nothing from this. As it warmed, the chocolate and honey-sweet grain notes expanded pretty well... but I caught only the vaguest whiffs of vanilla. Pleasant overall, but really pretty basic considering this could have been so much bigger and bolder.

T: Strange kind of sweetness, a rooty 'sarsparilla' sort of tang. Interesting spicing, vanilla isn't sugary - again it's earthy, ground and has an Oddly appealing zing. 'Brown ale' nuttiness and cocoa is still there (I must admit Turbodog has been a favorite for many years); this is a bit more complicated/enriched version with some adjuncts lending a 'desserty' angle. The result is tasty.

M: A bit thin, especially considering this is ( I thought) meant to be a 'double' version of the standard Turbodog. Otherwise, there's a nice tingle and a lasting spice. Carbonation is smooth.

O: Not gonna be for everyone, I won't kid you. Its curious spiced sweetness and mild feel are apt to turn off some, but I enjoyed this quite a bit. An interesting rework of a favorite standard brew from the Abita lineup. Easy enough to finish; glad I have another one to enjoy later.

Happy 25th Anniversary, Abita!

msubulldog25, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Morey
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle in honor of Abita's 25th Anniversary.

Poured dark brown in color and is topped by one finger of beige colored foam. If you hold it up to the light, there are definitely some reddish hues shining through. Pretty good head retention and lacing.

Smells of cocoa powder, toasted malts, and caramel.

Taste: Good malt body up front gives way to an appealing chocolate flavor. I'm also detecting some vanilla about midway. Chocolate flavor is so big on the finish, you'd swear that they used chocolate somewhere during the brewing process.

Medium bodied boarding on full at times. Rounded chocolate malt flavor (which almost has a chalkiness to it) on the palate with the carbonation sitting on the low side.

An above average Brown Ale without a doubt.

Morey's Bottom Line: Among the best Brown's that I've ever had (maybe the best). Definitely the best beer that I've had from Abita. Worthy of an Anniversary beer. Nicely done.

Morey, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of duff247
3/5  rDev -18.5%

duff247, Dec 18, 2011
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.

ppoitras, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of mclowery81
4/5  rDev +8.7%

mclowery81, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of StoutishDan
5/5  rDev +35.9%

StoutishDan, Dec 17, 2011
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

russpowell, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of match1112
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a deep dark brown, almost black. a three finger tan head slowly settles to a spotty frothy cap, leaving a good amount of lacing behind.

s: sweet malts, caramel, toffee and some vanilla.

t: has that usual brown beer taste to it, nothing special. sweet with hints of toffee caramel and some vanilla.

m: decent carbonation with a thin and watery body.

o: just an average brown with nothing to set it apart from the pack. probably done with abita beers after i finish this one.

match1112, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of ortie
3/5  rDev -18.5%

ortie, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good brown ale with touches of vanilla, a tad shy of a braggy celebration but worthy of the toast.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Screen-printed embroidery highlighting the 25th XXV anniversary, year covered, and branding. Back narrative goes over intent, brewing process, and anniversary occasion. Notes 7% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Very dark brown, almost black, pour with dark brown edges, rich frothy head, with good retention, nice surface memory and rich lacing.

S - Sweet nose, plenty of caramel malt, toffee, vanilla… tootsie roll…

T - Taste expands it with touches of cocoa, also toffee and caramel but not nearly as much as the nose insinuated, soft vanilla over the tamed malty sense, and a lingering milk chocolate as it settles...

M - Medium to medium/light body I mean, a tad thin at points… soft low carbonation with an emerging tingle and a fair creamy flow.

O - All things considered not too remarkable but pleasing.

Notes: Fair enough, not too remarkable in the context of of a celebration in particular but all right… In line with what seems to be the upper bracket for Abita, i.e. quality but short of the next level. Still with the price/quality ratio here this was not a bad offering.

Daniellobo, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Thads324
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A : pours a dark brown with the slightest ruby highlights. Thin tan head of tiny bubbles, dissipates almost immediately. Frothy lacing that clears slowly.
S : aromas of chocolate. Dark bread, bubblegum and sweet dark Belgian candied sugar. A faint hop bitterness is present with some faint roasted malts. There is a noticeable alcohol aroma that is pleasant and brings everything together.
T : starts sweet with some brown sugar, caramel and toasted oats. A slight pink bubblegum flavor and finishes with a tiny bit of sharp pine hop bitterness. There's a roasty middle that comes out as it warms. The bubblegum flavor turns to a very nice vanilla as it warns as well.
M : full body that hides the alcohol that is present in the nose. Nice smoothness with a crisp finish.
A really nice beer that is much better after it warms a bit in the glass.

Thads324, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of arkansastroy
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

arkansastroy, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of GarrettMD
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep brown, essentially black but very faint hints of light come through. 1.5 finger yellow-tinged head. Thick and foamy. Some slight lacing as well.

S - Light smell, sweet malts, light fruits, slight roastiness, hints of vanilla.

T - Dominated by a typical brown ale taste, slight roast, hints of chocolate and toffee, nutty flavors mixing in. After that it's difficult to get too much vanilla but it's there.

M - Medium body, light carbonation, slick and fairly thin on the finish. Ends with toffee and nuts with hints of vanilla, but that taste fades pretty quick.

O - I was expecting a bit more. It basically tastes like a decent brown ale with a little added vanilla. Also, it's classified as American Brown Ale, but I definitely get more of a English taste in this.

GarrettMD, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of FrankyLikesIt
4/5  rDev +8.7%

FrankyLikesIt, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of MoreThanWine
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a massive all head, caramel colored. Clear burnt umber brown body with lots of effervescence. Smell is very mild, mostly malt with a little vanilla. Taste is like a very weak porter with a little malt and caramel and even less vanilla. I loved the concept of this beer, but the taste just didn't live up to my expectations.

MoreThanWine, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev +8.7%

thebouch01, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of Durb777
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Durb777, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of Gavage
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.

Gavage, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of vande
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - big, frothy, rootbeer float like head... nice and pretty dark brown... a fairly attractive lookin beer

s - Way lighter than what I expected here... slight hints of toffee, bit of vanilla, sweeter malts....

t - similar to the aroma, lighter than expected.... enjoy turbo dog, so was expecting this to be more amped up I guess.... vanilla, toffee, malty, bit of nuttiness....

m - carbonated well, lighter to medium in body

o - an OK beer....not one I would expect for a 25th anniversery, but for $5.99....can't truly complain a great deal...

vande, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of matttttYCE
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz poured into a snifter. Head is tan and creamy, about 2 1/2 fingers. Lace is moderate, head fades semi-slowly. Color of the beer is like the darkest purple and brown mixed together, nearing black.

The aroma is quite light. Notes of light roasted malts, chocolate malts, some toffee, maybe a distant nutty note, and vanilla more in the background than anything. Vanilla is pleasant, though, not crazy extract-like. Vanilla comes out a bit more as this warms.

Taste is similar to the aroma in that it's thinner/lighter than I would have liked. Roasty malts, light coffee, and chocolate notes, with caramel and toffee, and a vanilla note that is present throughout but really subdued. Comes out more as it warms like the aroma.

Mouthfeel follows suit...consistency is light-thin, carbonation is light-medium, body is light, and the finish is light-medium.

Maybe I've been spoiled by some crazy beers with really prominent vanilla flavor. Maybe this just isn't my cup of tea. Either way, I think the nose, taste, and feel are just way too light for what's supposed to be a bigger vanilla version of their turbodog. If lighter vanilla flavor sounds like your cup of tea, this wouldn't be a bad thing to try.

matttttYCE, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huh from the label I assumed it was a stout or some kind of chocolate Dopplebock. Got this at my local six pack shop for $5.50.

A - Wow what a robust looking brown ale. Very dark and hazy with a very impressive inch of dark mocha head which has a solid bit of stickiness to it.

S - From the first whiff I mostly get some roasted marshmallow and chocolate but as it warms the pale malts pick up a tad giving it sort of a milk stout smell.

T - Kind of thin but I do get the chocolate and slight roast (in no way as "robust" as the label describes. And sweet malts of caramel and mallow. Hops are there in the finish making it crisp.

M - For 7% it drank light to medium with a slight bit of warmth.

Overall a very unexpected offering very similar to the Andygator in providing a tasty beer for an affordable price. Sadly the level of coffee or chocolate is really low so I may only get one more bottle. Pretty good for Abita!

DrDemento456, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of smcolw
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.

smcolw, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +8.7%

jheezee, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +8.7%

THECPJ, Dec 06, 2011
25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog from Abita Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 539 ratings.