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Vanilla PorterVanilla Porter

Brewed by:
OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by silentjay on 03-26-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of Gosox8787
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Prefilled growler bought from a package store in Massachusetts. Shared this with my brother. My half poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Opens with a nice hiss.

Appearance: Deep, dark brown in color with a two finger, mocha head. Good retention.

Aroma: Rich caramel, coffee and vanilla notes all intertwined. Very smooth an well rounded.

Taste: Vanilla and coffee notes in good balance. Clean aftertaste. Absolutely no astrigency.

Mouthfeel: Really crisp and nicely carbonated. Very smooth and light bodied for a porter.

Drinkability: Really smooth and the ABV is managable. A really drinkable porter.

Overall, a really nice and drinkable porter. The balance and lack of astrigency sets this apart from the pack. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at a recent beer tasting and loved it. Bought a bottle to do an official review so here we go. HG bottle, 2010...

A: Very dark with ruby red highlight. Tiny mocha colored head that quickly fades to a bubbly lace atop the brew. Decent.

S: Smells of a breadiness upfront with hints of malt and vanilla blended in the middle Not much else. Have to try too hard to get some scents. Ok.

T: I get some hints of roastines blended with some heavy vanilla. This is quickly followed by hints of breadiness and a very buried coffee flavor. I do get some faint chocolate on the backend. Good.

M: Full bodied with a great carbonation feel. Very good.

D: This goes down great. Such an easy drinker.

All in all, this is a good brew. Not great, but good. I'm glad I got to try it, but don't bother hunting it. The best thing about this brew is that this is the most vanilla heavy brew I have ever tasted. So much creamy vanilla.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had a little help with this one. Wanted to share with family. This beer was a deep brownish-red clear brew, with a three finger head in my pint glass. The head eventually subsided to a very thin ring around the glass.

Aroma was unusual... definite vanilla, but also cocoa, raisins, and the expected roasted malt. Vanilla and cocoa together was nice.

Taste began with vanilla, then the roasted malt took over. No coffee or chocolate flavors, though. Not as complex as I would have liked, but it was well balanced.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin. I think it could have been a little more carbonated. No creaminess.

Great drinkability though... I polished off a couple of pints rather quickly, and would have gone for more had I not been sharing.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Exclusive beer for Julio's, picked up yesterday.

Pours a dark brown almost black color with a good sized tan head, fades really slowly and pretty much leaves a cap through the entire pint.

Smell is a bit metallic with some roasted malt, not really picking up any vanilla.

Taste is primarily roasted malt with an aftertaste of metal, pretty one note, would have been two noted if the so called vanilla made an appearance but it didn't (or maybe it's just too subtle), carbonation is soft and lends a bit of creaminess in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good initial head, but it dies down to nothing but the edge bubbles.

Mild neutral aroma. No notable vanilla aroma. Some darker malt smells.

Chocolate flavor up front, but there is good hop. Relatively thin, but the carbonation is decent. Smooth but with notable bitterness.

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Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Julio's exclusive special beer.

A: Big fluffy head of more than 2 fingers which fades semi quickly into the almost pitch black colored beer.

N: A little stouty roast, lots of chocolate and vanilla, little coffee and smoke.

T: Lighter than I expected, very creamy and tons of vanilla. Some smoke, a nice chocolate content, some chocolate milk, a little stouty roasted bitterness, some caramel and other dark malts.

M: Lighter than it should be and very creamy and smooth, decent carbonation.

F: Long creamy chocolate vanilla smoothness. A slight sweetness lingers with some caramel flavor. A slight bitterness from the stout.

Overall pretty good. Again, as Opa-Opa likes to do, keep it simple and don't push any boundaries. It has a nice creamy rich chocolate and vanilla flavor, but way too light. I think this would work VERY well in ice cream, and I'm planning to buy an ice cream maker just for this.

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Photo of silentjay
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a deep brown. looks black until held up to a light. Very impressive off-white head forms, even on the second day pouring from this growler. Lacing is extreme.

smells like french vanilla coffee. or maybe a rich, vanilla bean ice cream with a bit of fudge. very sweet smelling. not overpowering, but vanilla and maybe a bit of chocolate malt are the only scents coming through.

Taste is similar to the smell, but also has a slight bitterness and a hint of oak. Mostly vanilla, obviously, but with some bitter chocolate and some heavily creamy coffee. leaves a roasty vanilla bean aftertaste.

mouthfeel is a bit light. seems to be lacking a bit of body. for a beer this sweet, a heavy and creamy mouthfeel would be ideal.

drinkability is fine. no alcohol harshness, even though its relatively strong for a porter. light body hurts it a bit here.

Julio's exclusive. Price point is excellent and as fresh as it can get. Worth a try, but not earth-shattering. May be the best beer I've had by Opa Opa, the only competitor is their milk stout.

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Vanilla Porter from OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery
3.85 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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