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Vanilla Norton - The Tap Brewing Company

Vanilla Norton
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very good

13 Ratings
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Ratings: 13
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 5.8%

Brewed by:
The Tap Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Joshua Norton brewed with vanilla beans.

(Beer added by: Dope on 02-12-2014)
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3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a. Nice poor, light brown head lasts - dark, dark brown color.

s. Smell is very faint. Almost no smell.

t. Not as much vanilla as I was expecting. The chocolate on the finish is excellent, may be dulled by the vanilla, making it more mellow than the typical stout.

m. Smooth - nice. Very carbonated.

o. Very nice stout. If I was given the beer without knowing the name I would have enjoyed it more. Kept searching for the vanilla that did not seem to be there.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 15:56:00 | More by gonzo000
Photo of jlindros


3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark creamy foamy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, with decent lacing, pretty much pitch black beer.

Nose brings a nice roasted malt, dark black malts as well, dried cocoa powder, a little earthy dark black patent malt I think, mild super dark chocolate and earthy bitter hops, and a little vanilla rounding note as well. A bit of caramel comes through more as it warms as well as more of the dark chocolate.

Taste brings more dark malts, some cocoa as well but right into the black malts, a bit of a charred note with roast and mild burnt coffee even, chewy and creamy oats I think but not much. Malts bring some caramel and mild sweetness as well, just enough to mask the mild warming booze, although the booze eventually comes through mildly warming and a hint of an alcohol taste. A hint of a anise like licorice note in the background too, with a mild earthy hop. Bitterness from the hops and dark malts blend to a mild to fair bitterness. Very little vanilla though, just enough so you know it's there but only if you're looking for it. Finish brings a bit more peppery alcohol, more licorice and roast, black malts, dried powdered cocoa, and fairly dry but sticky finish, quite bitter too as it seems to combine with the alcohol.

Mouth is fuller bod, fairly creamy, nice carbonation, slowly increasing booze warming and eventual tingle.

Overall not bad but very little vanilla, nice base beer with decent malts, nice combination, booze starts off balanced well but eventually starts to come through a bit too much.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 23:03:02 | More by jlindros
Photo of Dope


3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't see a date on the bottle but this is very fresh, seeing as I just had to add it to BA.

A: Pitch-black pour. Tall, dense, dark brown head. Watching the head fade is like watching paint dry. *snore* Great head retention and moderate splotchy tufts of lacing.

S: Vanilla mixed with charry smoke. Burnt bread crusts and pretzels.

T: Vanilla and char again, except the char is lighter than in the aroma. Sweet vanilla fades and char becomes more of a bitter charred bread. Long lingering dry and bitter burnt toast aftertaste. Borderline ashy.

M: Borderline heavy, lower carbonation. Somewhat chalky in places - mainly the dry, charry aftertaste.

O: I'm a fan of the normal Joshua Norton, it's a great value in RISes for the money. A very charry RIS, one of the strongest in that department. Not a whole lot of other roasted malt character like the typical coffee and chocolate and dark fruits. The vanilla does add a little complexity and sweetness which compliments this fairly bitter brew well.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 05:41:30 | More by Dope
Vanilla Norton from The Tap Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.