Thrilla In Vanilla Porter - Double Barley Brewing

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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 6
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Double Barley Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ncstateplaya on 11-12-2013

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Ratings: 76 | Reviews: 15
Reviews by GarthDanielson:
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, brown to black coloring with a thin, light tan ring of head. Nose of rich vanilla, subtle booze, and chocolate. Smooth and balanced. Flavors are vanilla forward, with a healthy chocolate backbone. Very sweet and smooth. Light, creamy body. The aftertaste is a vanilla and chocolate blend, with a smooth, clean finish. Great beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mbfolk
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great nose great mouth feel awesome taste. Slammed with vanilla

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep tawny brown with a creamy light tan colored one finger head atop.Vanilla stands out most in the nose with some caramel as well,not much roast and or drying notes.Sweet but not quite cloying on the palate with a somewhat slick feel.Not bad,more of a dessert kinda beer.

Photo of hotpauko
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Holy vanilla Batman! Strong vanilla smell, strong vanilla flavor and strong vanilla aftertaste. But worth a try. Just be prepared for sweet vanilla and malts. I liked it but recommend it for after dinner not before. Will look into this brewery a little more.

Photo of Immortale25
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Double Barley soda-can shaped glass. No freshness date. Thank you Cheryl!

A- Pours a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that settles to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing.

S- Rich vanilla aroma with tones of chocolate and butterscotch.

T- Dark roasted malt dominates with notes of cocoa, toffee and of course vanilla. Alcohol is very well-concealed and it's not as sweet as I was expecting with the vanilla complementing the rest of the flavor profile rather than being in the forefront. Mild bitterness. Tootsie roll aftertaste.

M- Slightly creamy with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Was very happy to receive a complimentary bottle from DB after having bought an overcarbonated bottle. A very solid vanilla porter that is subtle in its flavors while still having a relatively high ABV. Dangerous stuff where I can understand why they chose the 22 oz bottle format.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Growler from Bestway in Greensboro, NC

A: Pours a clear almost opaque very dark brown in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some reddish brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of vanilla with a light amount of something slightly artificial and a hint of roasted malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of very lightly roasted malts with some moderate flavors of artificial vanilla extract.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: This beer sounds really great in description but unfortunately the vanilla tastes artificial and hints of iodine make this one a little less enjoyable than it could have been. Not sure I would grab another one of these but glad that I was able to check out this newer brewery.

Photo of uncle_sneaky
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pretty solid beer from an up and coming brewery. Good notes of vanilla. Smooth beer that is enjoying.

Photo of GJ40
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

I thought this beer was good but the vanilla was a bit strong.

Photo of Apellonious
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 pt 6 fl oz bomber poured into a Guinness style pint glass.

A -Black, with brown highlights. A one finger head that maintains for a bit before moving to a thin lace.

S - Vanilla, some spice like component, cocoa.

T - Cocoa krispies esque. Vanilla, some underlying smoke, grains. Cola.

M- Carbonation a schoche near medium-low. Gets a little sticky when it warms.

O - Had this on tap previously and I believe it had some more depth. From the bottle, it is still worth giving it a run, unless you have a vanilla aversion.

Photo of RWLawman
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Deep mahogany with thin white head and little lacing left on the glass.

S - Vanilla extract, roasted malt, and a little booze.

T - Vanilla upfront, especially in the beginning when you taste part of the head. Roasted malt presence, and a moderate hops come through as well. The vanilla is obvious here, which I would expect being called "Thrilla in vanilla."

M - Medium-bodied. There is carbonation, but I describe this one as being more smooth-textured than carbonated, though it's a close-call.

O - I thoroughly enjoy the unique characteristics of this porter. Double Barley has a bright future in NC brewing.

Photo of BRami127
1.48/5  rDev -62.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

When I got this in a trade I was curious to know how this would taste, especially up against a Vanilla Rye BCS. I opened it on New Year's Eve and upon pouring it into a snifter, SUPER CARBONATION! The 1st pour was litarally all bubbles. I poured the rest into a separate glass and it tasted straight carbonation. I tried letting it warm up, by to no avail. I don't understand what happened? Bad bottle/trade?

Photo of dhenzey
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Very smooth and rich. Full of flavor. A serious porter. Vanilla and coffee aroma. Thick head that really lasts! I think the foam could stand up without a glass! Liked it better on tap than the 22 oz bottle. They just started bottling and it sells out fast. My first review!!!!

Photo of Omnium
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Extremely dark brown with a two finger foamy tanish head, little lacing
S - Odd aroma, vanilla, oak, peppermint? strong pine-sol, some mix of spices i cant discern.
T - The vanilla comes through, and there is tons of woody earthy oak in this, some ginger maybe, there is almost a minty finish to it too.
M - Kinda dry on the palate, not a lot of substance.
O - Havent had something like this in a while, its certainly unique, but the spices detract from it more than anything. I say just go full vanilla porter, drop down the spice and keep some of that woodiness to it.

Photo of Joweis
4.77/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Really smooth, very subtle vanilla taste.

Photo of thehooksman
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is definitely for those who love vanilla in their beer. You won't be disappointed. The nose is pretty much all vanilla. And the flavor is as well with some chocolate notes. Smooth and sweet, it is a wonderful dessert beer.

Thrilla In Vanilla Porter from Double Barley Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.