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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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541 Ratings
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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 17
Gots: 55 | 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 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.

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%

Photo of WastingFreetime
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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a red hue. There's very little head. The nose has notes of caramel, vanilla, and sugary sweetness. The taste is vanilla and caramel with very faint hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

Not a bad beer, but overall unfulfilling. It's rich and sweet with the caramel and vanilla having a great presence. In the end it's just an average brown ale.

Photo of coldriver
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured in to Sam Adams glass. Pours a deep brown with sufficient head and lacing. Subtle aromas of chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. Can really taste the vanilla in with the dark malts altough it's not overdone. Plenty of Heath-bar toffeeishness in there as well along with some dark roast coffee. Very smooth, medium to light bodied, well carbonated. Overall this one's a decent pour and worth trying.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super dark brown with off white head and amazing lacing.

The smell is nutty, vanilla, and some dark fruits.

The taste is vanilla, cinnamon, and plum on the front. This beer has a pretty amazing back with a roasted nut and Vanilla on the back.

I dug this beer for sure and would suggest picking it up.

Photo of juhl31
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-it poured a dark brown with a tan head on top that was a bit home brew looking

-there wasn't a big smell here. some malt sweetness that leaned towards a dark bread type of smell and a hint of vanilla in the background

-the vanilla taste comes in nicely through the middle and it is more prominent than i would have expected. around this is an english brown type of malty sweetness with a bit of roast in there as well

-mouthfeel was a bit light in the body, and the carbonation gave the right kind of tingle...on my palate

-this beer ended up being a lot more flavorful than i was imagining. it was a great price at 3.99, so i thought i would give it a shot and it was worth it

Photo of bmwats
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark brown. Pours about a 2 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles evenly, and fairly slowly, eventually resulting in a nice, even foam blanket. Some pretty substantial spiderweb lacing.

S: Roasted espresso, dark chocolate, and hints of vanilla.

T: Tastes like it smells. Roasted coffee is prominent balanced out well with just a slight unsweetened chocolate bitterness, and a subtle sweetness from the vanilla.

M: Full flavored, and a hearty robust body. Grainy in the front, transitions to a slight bitterness, and then to a dry subtly sweet finish. A bit of a peatiness clings to the palette...but not too much.

D: Sip and enjoy....if you can; because this thing goes down easy.

Atmosphere is really good. Deep brown hue, with a foamy head, and persistent lacing. Nose is a great combination of espresso, dark chocolate, and vanilla; all roasted up together. Flavor is a very well-done balance of dark roasted coffee base, and bittersweet baking chocolate evened out with a subtly sweet vanilla finish. None of the flavors overwhelm the other though. Great balance. Overall, this is a very good quaff.

Photo of tone77
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, some vanilla. Taste is rather mild, malts, hints of chocolate, a touch of vanilla, not overly flavorful. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy 2 inch khaki head that settles to a small cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, nuts, cocoa powder, and vanilla beans. Taste is of roasted malts, toasted nuts, and some minor chocolate and vanilla flavors. A mild roasty/toasty bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but nothing all that exciting. The vanilla aspect of this beer is pretty subtle all around.

Photo of 2xHops
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's not the best beer that I've tasted from Abita....

A: It had a super dark brown color with a healthy amount of head foaming then dissipating. It seems to be a bit darker than the usual brown ales we all drink.

S: It smelled a bit sweet, and I presume it's probably from the vanilla, but other than that, I can't really discern anything unique.

T: Where's the vanilla? It's not quite obvious that vanilla is being incorporated into this beer. I think I can very faintly taste the vanilla, but it's a far cry from the name of the beer, "Vanilla Doubledog."

M: Very easy on your palate, and it's very mellow. The carbonation isn't that strong, so the beer really does feel very soft/malty/whatever adjective that I should be putting here, and it's very easy to drink.

Overall, it's a decent beer, but great? Nope. It was priced at $4.99 for me, so it's not too extravagant of a purchase.

Photo of cokes
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Translucent auburn brown with a thick cap of tan suds that leaves smears of lacing.
The aroma is primarily chocolately, both fudgey sweet and cocoa powder dry. A touch of pecan nuttiness, and a squeal of vanilla dots the background.
Chocolately again as it hits the tongue. It hits with a big, sweet fudge brownie, with it's cakey, sticky mouthfeel. It dries a tad over time, with the cocoa powder appearing, along with traces of nuts. Vanilla hits late and lingers through the swallow, along with a bit of astringency when served too cold (though it mostly disappears with warmth and/or time).
Full bodied with a low trickle of CO2. It teeters on the cloying edge, but doesn't really cross it.
Turbo Dog has never been a favorite of mine and this isn't either, though it the better of the two. Vanilla Doubledog hangs heavy in the mouth, and, while different and bigger, the vanilla helps cloak a few things I probably wouldn't like anyway.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours brown with a full off-white to tan head, good retention and lace.

S: Toffee, some brown sugar with a hint of vanilla.

T: Dark chocolate, caramel, light molasses, with less vanilla than I would have liked. Average flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, astringent at times, semi-creamy.

O: A solid effort, but nothing wowing. I like regular Turbodog better.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with an initially tall, beige head that drops down fairly soon.

Smell: Toasty, nutty with slighter backings from roast, caramel, and unsweetened chocolate and the thinnest notion of one lonely raisin. Subtle hint of vanilla, which I'm hard to honestly fault, as I can't really recall a vanilla-flavored beer that knocked my socks off when it came to the vanilla additive.

Taste: Sweetish tastes of roasty malts, toasted nuts, a small pinch chocolate powder, a whisper of caramel, and a bit of vanilla bean. Very lightly earthy hops with a low bitterness. Low fruitiness. Though "natural vanilla beans" are specifically mentioned on the bottle, it's got a bit of harshness akin to a small sip of vanilla extract. Malty, vanilla extract-hinted finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied (just barely). Medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel.

Overall: Though the name is 'Double' Dog, they kept it closer to the easy-going, drinkable roots of the standard Turbodog. Not that great, no, but as far as bomber prices go, I'm not about to get riled up over five bucks. I'm really not!

Photo of JayS2629
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a thin off-white head that fades fast but leaves ok lacing.

The aroma is full of rich, burnt toffee and loads of vanilla. Notes of baker's chocolate and mild coffee notes.

The flavor is not as rich as the aroma. The toffee notes are much more mild than the nose leads you to expect. Vanilla is spot on with chocolate backbone and mild coffee tones.

Smooth, medium bodied

Awesome, delicious, and nicely balanced beer. Much better than turbodog. Vanilla is bold and just enough.

Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a thin tan head with a brown body that shows amber in the light. good lacing
smells similar to turbodog which provides aromas of coffee and nuttiness. the doubledog has a subtle scent of vanilla.
tastes great. its a more flavorful and balanced version of turbodog; the vanilla is a great addition.
crisp mouthfeel with good carbonation.
overall this was a good beer. abita has been my go-to college beer and i'm glad they made a great beer for their 25th anniversary. it was smart that they took their best flagship beer and built off that.

Photo of hosehead83
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 220z. "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown in color with ruby highlights. Big tan head of foam.
Aroma-Faint caramel, sweet malt notes.
Taste-Vanilla and toffee notes, subtle cocoa, very smooth. A bit on the thin side, a little more of everything would have fleshed this out, but overall not bad and worth a try.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very dark color that you really can't see any light through. There is a nice 1/2" head of creamy foam on top, that is morphing a bit, so I assume that there are quite a few bubbles rising. There was a nice of-gas when I popped the top. The head was a light tan and was about half its original height a minute or so after the pour. There really isn't any lace yet.

Aroma: My fist impression was that the beer was a bit earthy, but when I came back to it I didn't really get that. I get some sweet caramel malts and some obvious hops that come across a bit catty. There is a spicy impression that I am calling cinnamon that is a little unusual in just about any beer I've tried. I'm not sure what is going on with this one.

Taste: The flavor departs completely from the aroma. It is much sweeter than the aroma suggested. There is dark caramel as the key ingredient, but there is still a bit of hops in here to keep things balanced. As the beer is sitting, the vanilla and chocolate notes are starting to be a bigger player. The bittering hops are reserved and let the sweetness come through nicely. The carbonation is ample, and the overall body is medium to med-light.

Opinion: Overall this beer delivers a lot better in the flavor than you expect from the aroma. I am not sure why that is the case, but it's true. Even as the beer sits, the aroma never really sync's up with the flavor. Weird. Either way, once you taste this beer, it is a pretty good one and I don't mind recommending it. It's a pretty good malt balanced American beer.

Photo of GoatRoyal
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a nice head that quickly fades; hold to the light and let it bend & you get some nice flashes of red.

As for the smell, I got some chocolate & toffee right off the bat, with maybe a hint of something sweet. Malt? Vanilla? Perhaps a mix of the two, I really couldn't tell. Whatever the case, this beer looked and smelled pretty good.

Take a sip and I immediately get hit with a familiar taste of Turbodog - except amplified. Normally content to just hang out, I get the brown ale & chocolate up front & up loud. Vanilla also swirls in there with rootbeer flavor... Not much of a finish, some alcohol as it warms, but that's about it. I'm not a regular Abita drinker, but definitely tastes more flavorful than their regular line-up, as it should.

Unfortunately, the mouthfeel brings this brew down for me. To be honest, thus far the beer struck me almost as more of a stout than a brown, but not with the complete lack of density. Some carbonation when it's first poured, but after that it's just thin & watery. To me this really hinders the experience, as you have all this flavor, but nothing really carrying it. Everything else was a step up from the norm, but mouthfeel just drags.

Overall, the Vanilla Doubledog leaves the impression of being a special, amped up version of one of Abita's staples. I liked it, but I don't think I'll be buying another one.

Photo of hoptualBrew
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber split with my roommate, two pint glasses make two happy souls. Dark brown with red hues and a yao ming cream head, fluffy like pillow clouds. Minimal lacing but good looking legs!

In the nose is bready, boozy toffee notes, nut aroma, and a touch of vanilla. I only found the vanilla because I was looking for it though.

Grainy caramel, toffee malts on the tongue with a heap of nuts to compliment the English yeast like character and only a touch of vanilla. Very bready & grainy here, and a bit boozy on the back end. Overall, very smooth & quite the easy drinker. Not overly impressed, but it is a descent brown ale.

Photo of GRG1313
2.35/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours black/brown with a lovely light khaki head.

Nose is grapes and prunes with undertones of root beer that is likely how the vanilla is manifesting itself. More vanilla nose develops as the beer gets air. Nose is very inviting.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery and with little body, if any.

Flavors are dull bitter without character or appeal. Tastes a bit like a lightly burnt black lager. The nose promises - the mouth does not deliver in any respect.

Finish is a dull light pine bitter. No need to try this again.

25th Anniversary Vanilla Doubledog from Abita Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 541 ratings.