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Vanilla Storm - Rip Current Brewing

Vanilla Storm
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Ratings: 24
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 5.84%

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)
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4.36/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2014 05:39:30 | More by rand
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4.74/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2014 00:45:25 | More by Aaron_Ramson
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2014 02:33:56 | More by BreweryRun
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4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-19-2013 01:32:54 | More by largadeer
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4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


On tap at Rip Current. Pint.

Deep brown with a crimson tinge near the edges of the glass when held to light. A finger of light brown foam crowns the body.

The aroma has a ridiculously nice chocolate note that blends flawlessly with vanilla, a touch of coffee, and a bit of caramel. The coffee is light but perhaps a stronger profile would subjugate and overshadow the nuances of the chocolate and vanilla, which are the highlights here. There's some Nutella character and a whisper of roastiness as well.

The flavor is a fantastic blend of cocoa, milk chocolate, and vanilla. Coffee is light but a great addition and once again it plays a supporting, complementary role. There's an upper low level of earthy bitterness with a whisper of roast. The chocolate profile really is exceptional. That bears repeating. The mouthfeel is thick, viscous, and chewy. The body is full with a lower medium level of carbonation.

I really liked the batch Paul did with Mother Earth on their system for NHC in 2011, but this is a step up. It's surprising that this level of chocolate flavor was achieved without the use of cocoa nibs. Definitely check this beer out.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2012 17:09:46 | More by HopHead84
Vanilla Storm from Rip Current Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.