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Vanilla Porter - Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)

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86
very good

59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub) visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: Sammy on 08-31-2005)
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

soroka24, Dec 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Zakk, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of generallee
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from tap and served in a pint glass at the Rohrbach brewpub.

Appearance: The body has a dark brown, almost black color with a small one finger tan head. The head hangs on well and makes some lacing on the glass as I drink.

Smell: In the nose I pick up a nice roasty, toasty character with a pleasant whiff of vanilla.

Taste/Palate: On the tongue I pick up the roasted sweetness and toasted semi-bitterness from the malt. There are hints of toasted bread, dark chocolate and coffee with a nice level of sweet vanilla creaminess running through the center. The hops are not much of a noticeable factor but do held with balancing the malt sweetness. The palate is smooth but well carbonated with a solid medium feel.

Notes: To me vanilla can be a dangerous thing in a beer. If it's not done right it can come of as tasting like Vanilla Coke. This beer is done right. It still has enough bitterness and body to remind you that you are drinking a beer. Well Done Rohrbach!!!

generallee, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served on-tap into a standard pint glass at Rodney's bar and restaurant.

almost black, actually a dark ruby brown color with a very nice looking super creamy light tan head. some nice retention and nice thick lacing at first.

vanilla definatly leads the pack in the aroma, creamy vanilla, a touch artificial. just hints of light roast and cocoa noticable in the back.

again, a nice creamy vanilla at the front, just a little artificial tasting at times, but still tasty. milky chocolate and light roast. kind of an odd estery winey finish at times.

light to medium in body, over carbonated, and a bit too thin feeling. still a nice creamy feel.

overall, not a bad attempt, a little too weak and one dimensional, but id drink this again if offered, wouldnt pay for it again however.

dogfishandi, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

mehereuthere, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

OK, this is a porter, unlike their regular porter which is a stout. Vanilla extract thrown in a good dose. Just too vanilla aroma and taste. It kept the palate a bit more active but still on thin side. Well carbonated and sugar in the vanilla extract.

Sammy, Aug 31, 2005
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

dailyminefield, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap @ the Rohrbach Brewing Company (Rochester, NY) on 6/10/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours black, topped with a ½ finger of mocha colored head. This retains with a thin creaminess and some rich edges, leaving back foamy swathes of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of chocolate, roasted coffee, citric hops, and some creamy vanilla flavor. Unfortunately, the aroma is also quite buttery, interfering with what was shaping up to be a decent nose on this.

The taste is chocolate, some sweeter caramel, roasted coffee character, and some green feeling hops for bitterness. A flush of vanilla comes out along the back, lingering in the finish a bit before hops and roast leave things dry and bitter. Butter is present here as well but isn’t quite as noticeable as the nose, as the strength of the flavors are able to mostly mask it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm feel to the carbonation and an all around smooth feel for 6%. No complaints here.

I found this to actually be a fairly well done take on a Vanilla Porter (I thought that the vanilla extract flavor was going to come on too strong but it never did) but that buttery diacetyl off-flavor here really dropped this a notch. It’s a shame to, as other than that, this was shaping up to be a decent glass of beer.

Kegatron, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of ChrisL24481
4/5  rDev +3.9%

ChrisL24481, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of dem
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the growler with a medium tan head and lacing that fades quickly. Starts with a nice vanilla aroma, and very subtle vanilla taste. Vanilla fades away quickly as classic porter taste takes over. After a while, chocolate taste is revealed as beer warms. Hints of coffee behind the chocolate malt sweetness. A solid drinkable porter.

dem, Feb 16, 2006
Photo of jrnold
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: very dark almost black. Dark tan head a little less than a finger width which dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: Strong vanilla and chocolate with hints of coffee.

Taste: Vanilla with some of the roast malt on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery, but the carbonation is very crisp.

Drinkability: Overall, I liked the beer. The vanilla is a little strong, but it makes for a very tasty drink.

jrnold, May 24, 2009
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3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at the Brew Fest on 1/14/12 at Lovin' Cup.

A-Dark brown, some head that hangs out for a bit

S-Good standard porter, roast, malt with some sweetness and nuttiness

T-not much bitterness, ALOT of vanilla, sugary sweet, too much for me, almost a root-beer, sasparilla kind of thing going on here, or maybe more cream soda now that I think of it.

M-kind of thin and watery

O-this was ok, not exactly my cup of tea (er beer), but I have been on a big RIS kick lately and this is way in the other direction from those ..

aranheaney, Jan 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

spark3148857, Feb 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

MarkJBurch, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Growler brought over by Matt on Saturday.

Pours a deep, dark inky black, with a 3/4 inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells quite vanilla-y, with a bit of chocolate, but not enough roasted malt for my senses.

This is quite understandably vanilla forward, creamy and rich tasting, with a little bit of dark chocolate, and not really any roasted malt. If there was that roasty flavor to complement the sweet flavors, this would be much better.

This one has a very creamy mouthfeel, and a lower amount of carbonation. It's medium bodied, and pretty drinkable.

This is probably Rohrbach's best beer, they've never been my favorite brewery, but this one is a Rochester classic.

GreesyFizeek, Mar 06, 2013
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3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a growler into a shaker glass.

A- awesome root beer color: dark mohogany with a nice quarter inch lace. Lace falls down quickly. Looks like it has low carbonation.

S- sweet roast with a hint of vanilla. No hop nose distinguishable.

T- sweetish, buttery, roasted coffee. Touch of vanilla. Not as hoppy as some porters are. Somewhat astringent but not annoyingly so. Finishes quite dry.

M- thin and with low carbonation.

O- My first Rohrbach sampling and I enjoyed the hell out of it. To me, this beer cries out drinkability. Its not a hoppy porter. It's a session porter with enough roastiness and hop dryness to fit the bill. Overall, it is a very drinkable and refreshing beer with just enough qualities to hit the spot when a porter is what I am looking for.

papaglide, Feb 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

tclapper, Nov 17, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

draftpunk, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of rohrbachsfan
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This porter has the deep dark brown color typical of all porters. It's mouth feel is thick and creamy. Overall this is a good tasting porter but the vanilla flavor is too overwhelming for my taste. I would prefer the vanilla flavor to be tad more subtle.

rohrbachsfan, Feb 26, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

irthesteve, Jun 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

LutherBrau, Sep 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

km000, Jun 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

morrowd3, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of Black7Blue
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice black color. Not too heavy, classic porter feel.

S - The Vanilla tones come righ out from the pour. Good stuff right there.

T- The porter comes over the vanilla, but the vanilla leaves the aftertaste.

M - feels good in the mouth. I liked the light taste of the porter

D - It's a great beer to taste of have with a meal in the winter. Not an all night beer, but good for a growler.

*On a personal note, this was the first beer that I got in my growler (a limited Rochester Red Wings Rohrbach growler). She's a great friend of mine and this porter is greatly missed by her.

Black7Blue, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of wiseguy142
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours near balck with a creamy mocha head- the perfect size and lacing as it starts to die down. Can't really ask for much more.

Moderate aroma of vanilla and milk chocolate. Like some sort of ice cream sundae.

Taste is very dry up front but vanilla dominates for most of the rest of the flavor. Slightly papery, followed by a short burst of chocolate malt. Keeps the dry, roasted aspect of a good porter down without diving into stout territory. Seems like they've toned the vanilla down a bit too from previous batches.

I think this porter and vanilla were made for each other. Especially with a growler of this sitting next to me, every sip I take makes me want more.

wiseguy142, Apr 17, 2009
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Vanilla Porter from Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)
86 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.