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25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog - Abita Brewing Co.

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539 Ratings
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Ratings: 539
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 17
Gots: 54 | 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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3/5  rDev -18.5%

swooshjtb, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of jacknsally5148
5/5  rDev +35.9%

jacknsally5148, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of ONUMello
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Very dark brown with a 1/2 finger tan colored head that quickly dissipates
S: Nutty with a hint of vanilla and chocolate
T: Vanilla & nuts with a chocolate mousse finish.
M: Creamy, smooth, medium-bodied. Very pleasant.
O: Enjoyable overall, just could use a bit more complexity.

ONUMello, Dec 06, 2011
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.

zeff80, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of KrisPaulk77
4/5  rDev +8.7%

KrisPaulk77, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a fairly dark brown with mahogany highlights, and a two finger tan head that reduces with a decent amount of sticky lacing, especially for a brown ale.

The aroma is filled with malted vanilla, hints of chocolate, and a bit of alcohol.

Malty and sweet, the vanilla is very prominent in this ale. Slightly boozy and bready, there is virtually no hop finish to it.

Medium bodied, this is quite smooth to drink.

Smooth and easy, but sweeter than I prefer in a beer. The vanilla sweet becomes somewhat cloying as you get through this brew. Still, not bad; I wonder how it would compare to the Breckenridge Vanilla Porter.

TheHoppiest, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep brown in color with a nitro-like off white creamy head. Leaves great lacing. Slight haze but that might be from the glass.

S - A little dim given how strong vanilla can be. Malt backbone is most prevalent with just a hint of sweet vanilla coming through, but not extract aroma. Nothing really outside the ordinary in the aroma.

T - Slightly more vanilla in the taste, fresh bean. Slightly roasted flavors come through quickly and a small woody flavor as well. Not much, if any, hop presence. Again, nothing special and sticks right with the traditional guidelines.

M - Medium body with small carbonation but abundant. Creamy texture and aftertaste fades quickly on the palate. Easy to drink and ABV goes undetected.

O - A good amber ale but for an anniversary beer and using vanilla it falls a little short with me. I've never really been impressed with any of Abita's offerings and this one keeps with that impression.

VaTechHopHead, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of jlb502
3/5  rDev -18.5%

jlb502, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of adamette
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Live review. Poured from the 22oz. bomber that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio a few weeks ago for $4.99 into a clean, clear pint glass. No observed “best by” date but I am nearly sure that this was just recently released so I am sure that it is fine.

A Light to medium brown head over a dark brown body that reveals a dark mahogany in front of direct light. Good look I say. 4.0

S A little distant really but there are some nice medium malt, nutty notes to the nose. Not unpleasant but more mild than I would have liked. 2.5

T A little bit more interesting than a basic brown ale to me. The added interest comes from some distant hops, possibly a bit darker roast malt vs other brown ales but really that is it. This is a passable Brown Ale but it is not that impressive for an “Anniversary” beer. 3.5

M Moderate feel which is on target for the style. I was looking for a nice smoothness when I chose to purchase this beer. I think that I also was hoping for a “bigger” beer to celebrate 25 years of brewing. 3.0

D/O Only fair. The smell, taste and feel did not interest me very much to be motivated to return to sipping this beer. I am not going to say that it was a chore but I certainly would not buy this again. 3.0

adamette, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of EricCioe
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark brown with a khaki head rising and falling to a ring without leaving much lace. On the nose there is an underlying nuttiness blending with toasted malt, fine enough, but the vanilla note seems artificial and out of place. In the mouth the nuttiness leaves a badass bottom note, quite pleasing, but again the vanilla comes in and takes away from the classic brown ale note. The body is medium or so, just as I'd expect, finely carbonated.

Overall, this is a nice enough brew that will appeal to people who can abide the vanilla note more than I can. I'm interested in trying the regular brown ale from them now to see if those nutty notes stuck below the vanilla here dominate there.

EricCioe, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of ginemesis
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Has the color of a dark brown. Head is rather light in color though, and disappeared quickly.
S - Smells of vanilla, chocolate. Roasted scent.
T - Tastes of toffee, vanilla, coffee, a slight bourbon flavor. Quite sweet. Almost tastes like candy
M - Lightly syrupy, heavy. Rather smooth in the finish, though.
O - Was quite good for a small 3oz pour, more might be a bit overboard due to sweetness.

ginemesis, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of alwaysanswerb
4/5  rDev +8.7%

alwaysanswerb, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of negroobserver
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A... Dark. Same as a standard brown ale. Pours about an inch of cream or cappuccino colored head.

S... Light hoppy scent with a faint vanilla aroma. Nutty. Malty.

T... Malty. Prominent vanilla flavor. Flat in the middle. Sweet near the back end. Finishes with a light lingering bitterness.

M... Smooth texture and body. Sticks to the tongue, so that first sip is important. Let it linger. no hoppy bite.

O... A nice enjoyable beer. Nothing to rave about, but I like it. Wish the vanilla was a bit more subtle, but it doesn't hurt the beer at all.

negroobserver, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Hophead717
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appropriately enough, this is my 25th review!

A bomber poured into a DFH Signature Glass.

A: Very dark, a few shades shy of black with a 1.5 finger head. There's a fair amount of lacing and a bit of the head stays with the beer throughout.

S: Burnt malt and lots of vanilla upfront. I think I detect a touch of cocoa too. Fairly sweet smelling.

T: Burnt malt upfront...almost with hints of coffee that reminds me of a stout. None of the cocoa detected in the nose, and there's not a lot of vanilla flavor actually. As the beer comes to room temperature, the vanilla shines a bit more. Unfortunately, the vanilla seems to be closer to the artificial flavoring rather than the natural extract, which is majorally disappointing. Overall, there's something a little weird going on in the back of the sip. Not too great. I'll give this a low 3.

M: Medium body-maybe a little thin through the finish. Good carbonation.

O: Disappointing overall, but at least this was an affordable anniversary beer.

Hophead717, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Dizbro21
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Dizbro21, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Naugros
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't been fond of the two or three Abita offerings I've tried, but my brother claims I haven't tried the good ones. One he tells me that is good is TurboDog, so I got this thinking it should be even better. And I have to say that I really enjoyed this beer. Cocoa, vanillin, oak and dark fruits combine nicely in the nose and the taste. The taste comes off with more roast to the cocoa and a creamier flavor...creamy can also be used to describe the body. What's odd about this beer is that aftertaste lingers on the tip of the tongue. It's almost as if you dipped your tongue tip in vanilla extract. Odd yes, but not off-putting.

Based on this I will be giving more chances to Abita and may pick up their holiday brew. Dunno, I'll wait to see what my brother says about it first.

Naugros, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of csiewert
4/5  rDev +8.7%

csiewert, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: 1 inch head, moderate carbonation, dark brown in color, opaque

Smell: roasted malt and cream

Taste: roasted malt at the start, vanilla that comes in the middle and a creaminess at the end

Mouthfeel: sweetish with a slightly bitter backbone, moderate carbonation, medium-light bodied

Overall: I liked this beer. It was more of a clean, fun and playful take for a 25th anniversary beer as opposed to a big high abv bomb. The vanilla really comes out as the beer warms. I would certainly get this again.

tigg924, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Shagtastic
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A: Darker than usual for a brown with a little head that actually held for awhile.

S: Lots of vanilla on this and I get traces of nuts in the background.

T: I'm really enjoying the strong vanilla in this one. Usually I'm not a fan of browns but the strong vanilla masks some of the usual faults.

M: Love the amount of carbonation on this and alcohol is no issue at all. Very high drinkability

O: I love this brewery so I had to try it when it became available. This was just a fun beer all around and thoroughly enjoyed on a chilly night in Indy

Shagtastic, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of jfstilling
4/5  rDev +8.7%

jfstilling, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of raymo55
4/5  rDev +8.7%

raymo55, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of AApparel
4/5  rDev +8.7%

AApparel, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Mashedbrotatoes
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Mashedbrotatoes, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of RyanBeer13
3/5  rDev -18.5%

RyanBeer13, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of elNopalero
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Vanilla, vanilla, vanilla. This is very vanilla but pretty much one-note about it. Smells like vanilla. Tastes like vanilla. Finishes… yup, vanilla. Well, vanilla extract more than the actual seed pod. Specifically, the cheap kind of extract, thinned with alcohol and water. Mix with a brown ale and I imagine you’d find something akin to this beer. Perhaps vanilla doesn’t play well with beers? Or it’s just my personal tastes preferences? Or maybe I haven’t found the right vanilla-beer combination, because this one just didn’t work for me.

elNopalero, Nov 23, 2011
25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog from Abita Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 539 ratings.