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Gonzo's Bigg Dogg Vanilla Porter - Gonzo's Biggdogg Brewing

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Gonzo's Bigg Dogg Vanilla Porter
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Reviews: 7
Hads: 49
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 15.4%
Wants: 1
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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Gonzo's Biggdogg Brewing visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: elNopalero on 02-05-2014

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Reviews: 7 | Hads: 49
Reviews by elNopalero:
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3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Apologies for the typo in the title.

This poured a cola color with a thin layer of foam. There’s a pronounced vanilla note on the aroma. The flavor has a heavy dose of vanilla and skews on the sweetish side of things for a porter. Thinly bodied with little roast to contrast the sugar-cookie vanilla sweetness.

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Photo of Hanklogan
4.91/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome vanilla porter. Great brew

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Photo of Jeremy_Berg
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of king75
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The vanilla flavor taste a little artificial and is almost overwhelming at times. Not a bad porter just a little out of balance IMO

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Photo of MispeledStalion
4.73/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Danielr26
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Jaredbuter
4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

The beer pours a creamy tan but is also a a bubbly head. The beer itself is an opaque dark black with dark brown notes as well. The smell has very strong vanilla sweetness notes, but is slightly balanced by some sweet dark chocolate notes. The smell is heavily vanilla leaning. The taste is the same as the smell but with stronger cocoa notes and dark chocolate sweetness that balances out the vanilla notes. The beer develops a more robust roast flavor as it warms up. The mouthfeel is fairly heavy but is still pretty smooth bordering on silky despite the biting carbonation. Overall, a very good vanilla porter despite being very heavy on the vanilla. Highly recommend.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a can of Gonzo's Biggdogg Brewing's Vanilla Porter last week for $3.09 at The Lager Mill. I've had this beer on tap before and I thought it was pretty solid and I'm interested to see how it holds up to be canned, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a 16oz can into a snifter.

A- The can looks good, it's got a nice desgin to it and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a nice black color that didn't let any light come through and it had about a finger and a half worth of light tan head that died down to a thing ring that eventually faded away and it left behind a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but it would be great if it had a little better head retention.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the vanilla being the first to show up and it imparts a nice candied and natural vanilla bean like aroma that seems to be the aroma that sticks out the most in this beer and it leads into some nice chocolate aromas with cocoa seeming to stick out the most. towards the end there's a little bit of a roasted malt aroma with more sweetness and vanilla. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, but it's a little on the sweet side.

T- The seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with vanilla still being the first to show up and it slightly not strong as it was in the aroma, but it's still the aspect that sticks out the most in this beer. Up next comes the chocolate which imparts those cocoa aspects that I got in the aroma and it leads into malts which impart the same light roasted malt aspect. On the finish there's not bitterness with some more sweetness replacing it and leads into the aftertaste along with vanilla and light cocoa flavors. This beer has a pretty nice flavor, I just wish it had a little more and I wish the sweetness was toned down a little.

M- Fairly smooth,slightly cloying, a little crisp, a little sticky, on the slightly thicker side of being medium bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish it was less sticky.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and a nice example the style, it really lives up to it's name with enough vanilla that you would have to have no taste buds not to notice it and it worked well with the other flavors, but I think if it had a little more roasted malt flavors to back up the cocoa it would be very nice beer. This beer had ok drinkability, one pint is enough for me, anymore than that and the sweetness might start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer is the combination of vanilla and cocoa flavors, they worked nicely together. What I like the least about this beer was the sweetness, it needs to be toned just a little. I would buy this beer again, but it's nothing I would stock up on. I recommend giving it a try, it's a beer that for sure lives up to it's name. All in all liked this beer, it's nothing I could drink all the time or a lot of, but when I'm in the mood for a sweeter dark beer I could see this one being pretty enjoyable, it's pretty close to being a dessert beer. It's the only beer I've tried from this brewery so it's my favorite and it's a nice example of the style. Nice job guys, this is just as tasty as I remember, keep up the hard work and would be nice to see more of your beers in pint cans.

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3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can. Opaque dark brown tone with a moderate brown head. Vanilla extract nose. Big vanilla bean, toasty dark malt and coffee flavor. Full- body & medium carbonation.

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Photo of justinp444
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter it has a black body with a 3 and a half inch thick head. Smell of light roasted malt, chocolate, a ton of vanilla, and some caramel. Taste is watery, with chocolate and vanilla, maybe some light roasted malt flavor. It has a moderate crisp mouth feel with a light and watery body. A bit too much like heavily carbonated vanilla flavor in water for me.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass; no canning date, but was just recently released into cans. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big vanilla, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, light coffee, and light herbal hops. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, vanilla, and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big vanilla, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, light coffee, and light herbal hops. Light herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of vanilla, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and light coffee on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast malt, vanilla, and light earthy hop flavors; with no cloying sweetness after the finish despite the very light amount of bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately silky/creaky, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice vanilla porter. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roasted malt, vanilla, and light earthy hop flavors, and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Gonzo's Bigg Dogg Vanilla Porter from Gonzo's Biggdogg Brewing
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