1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Vanilla Storm - Rip Current Brewing

Not Rated.
Vanilla Storm
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.

36 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 36
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rip Current Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter with Kona and Sumatra coffee and Madagascar vanilla beans.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-13-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Nugganooch
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Crush & Brew – Temecula, CA
04/14/14 - Snifter glass

A: Pours a dark cocoa with a faint ruddiness towards the glasses edge. Completely opaque with a spongy thin cover of dark khaki foam. Head settles out to a halo in a few short-lived moments. Light dotted stick and some legs but nothing too notable here.

S: Intense aromas of rich chocolate and vanilla infused coffee permeate the nose. Incredible how all three main characters are distinct yet blend together so nicely. Roast is there in the form of coffee and does not come across sharp at all. Has an overall nuttiness of toasted caramels. This is really nice. Very sweet and delectable with lots of vanilla.

T: Tastes like vanilla crème meets a dark chocolate coffee liqueur. The alcohol is robust but just really well incorporated throughout. Lots of melted chocolate with some subdued coffee notes but really the vanilla steals the show. Super smooth and frothy like a freakin’ vanilla shake. Dark caramels meld with some mild roast malt and a bit of licorice root coming through. Nice hit of earthy hops on the back end. The beer is sweet for sure but not overly so to the point of cloying. There is a moderate amount of bitterness to cut through it all and enough drying roast that keeps this one light without biting the palate. What a treat this brew is!

M: Full bodied but not chewy. Maintains a nice frothy cream like texture with a healthy dose of bittering hops lending to a much lighter and drying finish. Silky and smooth with some light sleekness coating the palate.

D: This is a fantastic dessert beer and probably my favorite offering from Rip Current so far. Tons of chocolate and vanilla going on with a coffee roast backdrop. Great balance between the body, alcohol, and sugar content. Very decadent and highly recommended. All that’s left is to barrel age this with limited release bottles available only via lottery for an overpriced amount.

Nugganooch, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of DearthVader
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%

DearthVader, Sunday at 04:54 AM
Photo of rpjordan
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Nugganooch's review below is spot on. More bitter coffee flavor than I was expecting,

rpjordan, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of Sarmartay
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%

Sarmartay, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -7.6%

zestar, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of dwagner003
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

dwagner003, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of jeff1973
3/5  rDev -30.7%

jeff1973, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of retry4z
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

retry4z, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of CaptureTHEraptor
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

CaptureTHEraptor, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of bcerv-ca
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

bcerv-ca, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of rawfish
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

rawfish, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of yoitsarch
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

yoitsarch, May 20, 2014
Photo of warnerry
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

warnerry, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of rand
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Obrien's pub, poured into pint.

A. Black, thin complexion, very little head or lacing.

S: Roasty and toasty notes pressed up vanilla and sugar. Reminds me of creamed coffee with vanilla flavoring.

T: more complex on the palate, with bittering hops a more prominent player. Again, distinctly sweet and vanilla-y, but far from cloying. Alcohols and hop tannins keep the finish shorter than expected, with a touch of vanilla bean lingering.

M: Light-bodied for the flavors and alcohol...appropriately dubbed an imperial porter as opposed to a stout.

From the few I've had, Rip Current's beers are spot on. Definitely one to watch in Southern Cal.

rand, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Texasfan549, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of muchloveforhops3
5/5  rDev +15.5%

muchloveforhops3, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from tap; opaque and black as night with almost no head at all. Not much lacing at all either. Immense flavors of bourbon and vanilla in the nose, sweet and warm. Taste follows nose with vanilla bean, oak, bourbon, chocolate, sweet cream, dark roast coffee, all melding together. Some herbal hop flavors in the aftertaste. Thin mouthfeel with smooth carbonation. Extremely delicious and complex.

Aaron_Ramson, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of BreweryRun
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing balance of dark malt flavors and vanilla with a hint of sweetness. Some vanilla stouts tend to be too sweet but this one finds the perfect balance. Great chocolate and roasty flavors with vanilla coming strong at the end without being overpowering. A perfect execution of a vanilla imperial stout. These guys do some really great stuff I'd recommend pretty much anything they make.

BreweryRun, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Sparky44
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Sparky44, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of EB1
4/5  rDev -7.6%

EB1, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of tickingtimebomb
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

tickingtimebomb, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1L growler into a tulip. Dark brown with ruby highlights, opaque in the glass. A small quarter-inch head forms and quickly settles to a collar. Nose is outstanding, huge vanilla bean and chocolate aromatics, with some nuttiness from the coffee. Liquid Nutella. Palate is equally big on vanilla with bittersweet chocolate and nutty coffee balancing the sweetness. There's a little alcohol and roasted malt toward the finish that dries the palate a touch. Body is full, silky. Outstanding.

largadeer, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of trentbrown89
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

trentbrown89, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of jvillefan
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

jvillefan, Nov 12, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Vanilla Storm from Rip Current Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.