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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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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 18
Gots: 57 | 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:
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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Ratings: 545 | Reviews: 201
Photo of vande
3.09/5  rDev -16%
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...

Photo of matttttYCE
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of swooshjtb
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of jacknsally5148
5/5  rDev +35.9%

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.

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of KrisPaulk77
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of jlb502
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of adamette
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
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

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.

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.

Photo of alwaysanswerb
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of negroobserver
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of Hophead717
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of Dizbro21
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

Photo of csiewert
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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

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25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.