Vanilla Porter - Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)
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2.8/5 rDev -26.7%
Pours dark as night with a very thin offwhite head.
Smells strongly of vanilla extract, like when Mom was making cookies. A tad too strong if you ask me. Some chocoolate and coffee notes to follow but that strong astringent vanilla is very very present.
Taste is surprisingly that of cocoa and not of vanilla ice cream or cream soda. Lots of sweetness up front with some bitterness at the back of the tongue. Way too much flavor masking what could be a decent porter.
Not altogether bad per se, but there is a strange drying aftertaste with this beer. I couldn't finish more than half a pint. To be fair, I've not been a fan of any vanilla beers...
01-23-2009 03:04:48 | More by indiapaleale
2.95/5 rDev -22.8%
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.
06-15-2011 19:31:04 | More by Kegatron
2.95/5 rDev -22.8%
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.
02-26-2006 04:31:46 | More by rohrbachsfan
3.13/5 rDev -18.1%
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 ..
01-15-2012 19:23:12 | More by aranheaney
3.43/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
08-31-2005 02:49:49 | More by Sammy
3.45/5 rDev -9.7%
A: Had to wait a bit while they changed kegs, so this was the first glass from the new one. 2 fingered head that dissipated rather slowly. The color was a deep ruby brown. Lacing was light on the glass.
S: Vanilla and roasted malts. There is no denying that this is a vanilla flavored beer. Almost too much vanilla!
T: Overwhelming vanilla. This is a dessert beer, without a doubt. The caramel and chocolate malts were also there. After swallowing, you get a similar taste in your mouth after you eat vanilla ice cream. Not bad, but not completely balanced. Was this real vanilla bean they used? Makes me wonder...
M: Great mouthfeel, overall. It was very smooth and sat in my mouth well.
D: As much as this was a dessert beer, vanilla is one of my favorite flavors. I would most likely have this again.
01-05-2008 06:21:02 | More by fightingirishcmk
3.56/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
02-15-2013 01:06:09 | More by papaglide
3.63/5 rDev -5%
Had this on tap at Chili's. Came to me with a quickly dissolving tan head. Body was super dark. Aroma was sweet and malty. This tastes like a chocolate milkshake with a nice hint of vanilla. Hints of chocolate/vanilla swirl cake. This is so dessert like that it barely tastes like a beer. There is some roasted malt flavor but the vanilla really dominates. Feel is smooth, but moderate to light. There is a coke like carbonation. This is easy to drink a lot of despite its darkness.
12-20-2010 16:02:26 | More by kbnooshay
3.7/5 rDev -3.1%
I was first introduced to the Rohrbach Brewery with a nice tall glass of their Vanilla Porter poured from a growler. Instant thrill for me as I was not expecting this to taste as good as it did. Not to mention, it is extremely easy to drink and goes down quicker than you can pour it. In all seriousness however, you would be wise to pick up a growler from the shelf to try. As is with all growlers, you will want to drink the entirety of the bottle within a few days (or best, within the day) because it will lose its carbonation and a little bit of glory if it sits in the fridge for too long, especially if it has been opened.
After being poured it doesn't look like a terribly special beer, and the smell doesn't leave much to the imagination, but you will be pleasantly surprised when you take your first sip, because this beer has a great, simple, smooth taste. It certainly doesn't taste or drink like water, but there is a nice drinkable quality to it. The Vanilla Porter is restrained, yet unique and for the price and convenience of a growler, definitely good value.
If it were up to me, I'd get it often, but as is with most local breweries, it is not available where I go to college. Fortunately, I can always enjoy the Vanilla Porter and all of the other Rohrbach's growlers (including Red Wing Ale) with old friends and family. Give it a whirl.
02-11-2011 03:11:58 | More by Hermanater77
3.75/5 rDev -1.8%
This is my first review and I'm not really into the fancy write ups.
Picked this up in a Grolwer from Wegman's. Pour it into a pint glass. Very dark and black, little tan head (might be my crappy pour) that went down to lacing.
Smell is all vanilla to me. As others have said, it is lighter in the mouth than I'd expect from a porter. Roasted taste with a bitter finish, with hints of vanilla. I'm a bit surprised it isn't more vanilla-y. Nice carbonation.
I like it, maybe I tried it a bit too cold. Would give it another try.
02-23-2010 00:29:42 | More by Shoehornhands
3.78/5 rDev -1%
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.
12-17-2011 00:59:16 | More by dogfishandi
3.93/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
02-16-2006 02:27:27 | More by dem
Vanilla Porter from Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)
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