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25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 534
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 15
Gots: 51 | 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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Photo of MLasoski
3/5  rDev -18.5%

MLasoski, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Bung
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Solid brown pour, nice frothy off white head. Retains ok.

Aroma, pretty heavy vanilla with some earthy malt, caramel and chocolate.

Taste, Vanilla and caramel dominate, less malt and chocolate. There are some yeast notes, but the earthy and hop notes one might expect are abscent.

Lighter side of mid bodied, goes down easy enough. Not quite cloying but a bit on the sweet side. Really no alcohol presence to speak of.

Overall maybe a little sweet, but really not bad. Probably the most enjoyable brew I've had from them.

Bung, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of BellsFan
5/5  rDev +35.9%

BellsFan, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of bobhits
2.23/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a HUGE near glass full of pillowy head. Deep brown color with some red notes against the light. A bit of lacing, not as much as expected.

Traditional brown ale with toast, caramel, bread, hints of vanilla, toffee, but this isn't overly intense. I wouldn't mind a bit richer aroma...would really prefer that.

This is really weird stuff. Vanilla is just over powering, we're talking vanilla extra strong at times. The malt or maybe the yeast has a bit of fruity flavors I'm completely confused by this in a brown...or any non fruit beer.

That pillow of head didn't last in the mouth. It hits the middle ground of imperial vs non imperial almost dead middle. A touch of alcohol is present and given the 7% that seems off.

So final verdict...this is hard to explain. Love the bottle work and screen printing...really classy. At 3.99 for a bomber or about 13 a 6 pack equivalent, the price for an anniversary beer seems reasonable. Now I can't recall what turbo dog tastes like...I'm pretty sure I've had, but anyway. The fruity flavors here (I think yeast does this) are way out of line. The vanilla flavor doesn't seem to work either. This beer is way out of line for the style and frankly I didn't enjoy it, and frankly I generally enjoy brown ales.

bobhits, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of JupiterJesus
4/5  rDev +8.7%

JupiterJesus, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of sommersb
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 11-17-2011
Freshness: 2011 Vintage
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Geordie Schooner
Purchased: Received in a trade

Pours a dark brown, clear beer. The head is tan and sits at 3 fingers, with very good retention and a good amount of lace.

Aromas are of sweet, dark malts, molasses, vanilla, and caramel. Also has a subtle woody aroma.

Very nice chocolate and vanilla flavors make this a much better beer than the Turbodog base. Sweet, but also has an earthy hop presence and light bitterness. Other notes include toffee, caramel and nuts.

The finish is somewhat sweet and malty, with a creamy body and a high level of carbonation on the mouthfeel.

Overall an enjoyable anniversary brown ale from Abita.

Thanks to wyatt for this one!

sommersb, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of MemphisKev
4/5  rDev +8.7%

MemphisKev, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev +8.7%

richbrew, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of datphoo
4/5  rDev +8.7%

datphoo, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of hdelavega
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber to a snifter.
Pours a deep brown that yielded a two finger sticky tope colored head, looks like it will leave some nice lacing.
Nose is full of malty sweetness, honey, caramel, spice, vanilla, a little cinnamon, some lager skunk,.
Taste is malty, I get coco, a bit of coffee, that's really all I get. Still trying and not picking much more, maybe a little dark fruit.
Mouthfeel is nice, creamy, silky, medium carbonation, medium body.
Overall, not a bad brown. It lacked a little bitterness, it wasn't very complex, I feel like it would have been nice in a six or four pack.

hdelavega, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ej285701
3/5  rDev -18.5%

ej285701, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of BrewnoMarzen
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 11/12/11
22oz bomber to goblet

Pours a dark brown. Nice 2 finger head. Decent retention and lacing.

Smells of....MALT! I'm guessing lots of that...yeah. Nice chocolate aroma with some toffee notes. Vanilla is in the name but I don't pickup vanilla. Go figure. I do detect a light hop aroma.

Taste is malty with moderate chocolate present in the middle and I actually do detect some vanilla bean like flavor towards the back. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

The carbonation on this brew is pretty darn good although the overall mouthfeel on this is more towards the light side.

Overall it's not a bad beer but I don't think I'll have this again. Average is the word that comes to mind when thinking of how to describe it. The price was good though. Worth trying once.

BrewnoMarzen, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of wyatt
4/5  rDev +8.7%

wyatt, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of brewskifan55
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

Appearance: cola brown, creamy tan half-finger head that dissipates quickly; light lacing.

Smell: malty as hell; bits of vanilla (or was that just my imagination?)

Taste: malt comes on like a big dog followed by smoked cedar, toffee and light chocolate. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: light, creamy; medium carbonation.

Overall: An excellent brew. Abita's best by far. I wasn't expecting much and this made my taste buds proud. I'll definitely be getting more. A bargain at $4. Well done, Abita!

brewskifan55, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of cps98
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this beer tonight poured into a regular pint glass. Beer was served fairly cold out of the fridge.
A – The beer poured a dark brown with a decent 1 finger off-white head. Head retention was pretty good with decent lacing. Finished with a fine ring of lingering bubbles.

S – Light hint of chocolate, some sweet maltiness, a little toffee and caramel. I was surprised by the lack of vanilla.

T – Very malty brew. Lite hints of toffee and chocolate. The chocolate flavor lingered the longest with no hop bitterness to be found. The vanilla is non-existent.

M – It was smooth but a bit watery for such a dark beer. Medium carbonation.

O – I expected more from this beer. Not that impressive. It really reminded me of an average Brown Ale. I really wanted more vanilla in the flavor profile and it just didn’t get there.

cps98, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of Crossmd
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass at 50 degrees fahrenheit.

Pours a dark brown with a Maroon reflection with a thin tan head that dissipates relatively quickly.

Smells of roasted malts and a faint oatmeal.

Taste is a thin chocolate rush that turns into a touch of slightly bitter creme. Relatively dry, almost peppery dark chocolate finish.

Taste is a smooth, if relatively tasteless and dry offering. Pleasing, easily drinkable and worth the relatively cheap cost of 6.50USD though.


Crossmd, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown body with an initially tall, beige head that recedes leaving some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with some toasty, nutty maltiness with slighter additions of roast, caramel and unsweetened cocoa powder. Subtle notes of vanilla emerge and become slightly pronouced as it warms.

The tastes begin fairly sweet and straight-forward with lightly roasty malts, toasted nuts, cocoa powder, mild caramel and a bit of vanilla bean. Very lightly earthy hops with a low bitterness and and equally low yeast presence or fruitiness. Malty, vanilla extract-hinted in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium-to-light bodied with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel and sublte finish.

Overall, this is a decent anniversary offering from Abita but it just left me wanting a little more in all facets. It's one of those beers that doesn't justify the 22 oz size bottle and would be better suited as a simple 6 pack beer. Flavor profile is quite tasty, yet simple overall. Very drinkable and enjoyable but nothing I need to have again or even recommend. Luckily it was a very fair $5 price, so I guess in that regards it's probably worth a go.

claspada, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to my boy caSSino for the chance to try this one! Served from bottle into a shaker. Poured a deep dark red brown with a one finger cream colored head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and cream. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, subtle vanilla, cream, and roasted malt. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Nothing on this one really stood out at me to make it memoriable. For the style this was a pretty good offering, but was definitely not my favorite either. Lots of sweetness going on in this one. The dark chocolate and roasted malt tried to counter-act this as much as it could, but it just fell short of being a well-balanced brew for me. Worth trying if you get the chance, but that is about it.

thagr81us, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours deep brown into my snifter with about two fingers of light tan head that has decent retention and a fair amount of lacing.

S - Caramel malts and nutty with hints of dark fruit and vanilla.

T - Roasted malts, dry toasty nuttiness, mild caramel and vanilla, somewhat of an unpleasant/off finish.

M - Medium, smooth and creamy.

O - Could have gone without this one, not overpriced for the bomber though, worth a try I suppose.

StoneBrewFanatic, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of rtaps
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a dark dark brown, looks black in the glass until held up to the light. with a good size head

smell was enticing, caramel,malts,a nuttiness, and slight hints of vanilla

taste was to bad for a brown ale. i was expecting the vanilla to come into the mix more, but the caramel and malts played well together. with a roasted nutty flavor left in your mouth.
minimal carbonation

overall pretty good brown ale, nothing to special. Worth the price and alc%

rtaps, Nov 07, 2011
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3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Transcribed from the Abita session in my tasting notebook.

Pours out a deep brown with mahogany reddish overtones, some light tan head froth rapidly dies back with minimal lacing, body is just a little too thin for the flavor profile, although the carbonation is alright.

At first I smell the distinctive vanilla promised by the label, but it quickly gets overtaken by a milk chocolate pudding and raisins scent which is itself replaced by an bittersweet chocolate and dark roasted porter-like malt profile. A very nice scent, although I was expecting more of the vanilla, which remains steadfastly in a support role for this beer.

Taste is more bitter and dry than the nose had me expecting, and I'm fine with that. Taste is a bit *too* simple compared to the nose, however, and I'm not OK with that. Where are the raisins and the moments of sweeter malt that I was promised by my nose? I can't find them. Instead I get a blunt and simplistic flavor of just medium roast malt with a touch of vanilla.

Overall, It is fair to say that I got my money's worth on this one, all things considered. There are better brews trying to do the same sort of flavor profile as this one, but they carry a heavier price tag to match.

WastingFreetime, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of EagleTalon
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a rich buff head with moderate lacing and dark brown color. Aroma is creamy vanilla and chocolate malt. Flavor is...creamy vanilla and chocolate malt--what else? Ok, there are some caramel notes and a bit of alcohol sweetness in there too. Mouthfeel is medium and there is a nice low co2 presence and slight alcohol warmth. Overall, this is a tasty, interesting beer for those who like strong, vanilla flavored beers.

EagleTalon, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

WVbeergeek, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$5.99 bomber from Bourbon Street, Greenwich.

Attractive brown body topped by four plus fingers of dark tan foam. Good stretchy lacing. Striking painted bottle.

Assertive vanilla backed by chocolate aroma.

Light chocolate hits the tongue first. Vanilla follows, makes itself noticed, but does not overwhelm. Crisp hop snap at the swallow. Chocolate and vanilla mix resumes in the afterglow.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Not a beer to make you say "oh my God", but a tasty treat, and an anniversary bomber that did not cause me sticker price debate.

RonfromJersey, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
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!

oberon, Nov 05, 2011
25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.