Coffee Vanilla Black
Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,159
Ranked #6,296
4.15 | pDev: 8.43%
Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB
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Photo of beerloserLI
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An oily black color, on the pour, with a fast and almost non-existent head of off-white bubbles. The nose is decently floral with coffee, and malts. The drinking starts with lots of thick and heavy chocolate malt upfront. Nicely coffee forward with a decadent sweet feel that flows through out each sip. Remarkably smooth drinking with very little bitter. Additional notes of vanilla, caramel, syrup, brown sugar, molasses, and roasted nuts. Full bodied with a thick but silky feel with just enough stick for the flavors to linger nicely on the palate after each sip.

Overall, pretty nice stuff. There is a lot going on here and each sip is just a wealth of flavor.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5


Bottle to sniffer. Flavored Stout Tasting.

Look: dark black_95%, small beige head. Creamy oil slick pattern
Aroma: COFFEE!!! Plus some Charred malt.
Taste: now I get the vanilla. Nice sweetness that cuts into the bitter coffee flavor. Very tasty.
Feel: flat, and a bit thin. Easy drinking.

Very nice.


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Photo of beersampler6
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown, almost black color with a little tan head and spotty lingering lacing. Nice rich color. Smells of dark roast coffee and chocolate. Tastes similarly, along with vanilla, caramel and malt. Smooth slightly creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation. Wow does that high ABV hit hard though, especially as the beer warms. Very flavorful and rich, definitely a sipping beer.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with minimal light penetration. There's a fingernail of brown round the rim and in a spotty formation covering about a quarter of the top. The aroma is of intensely bitter dark black coffee with just a hint of vanilla. I'm tasting some seriously dark chocolate, coffee, and a hint of vanilla. The mouth is lightly oily, thick, and chewy.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in an oversized wine glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Thin body as far as the pour with a tan head which rose to barely a centimeter off the body. No lacing on the body with no stickiness to the glass.

Smell: Heavy alscojol but light all at one. Feels like vanilla extract scent with hint of whiskey.

Taste: Complex molasses and vanilla with hard hit of espresso. Semi sweet and lightly bitter.

Mouth: Super sticky body with medium carbonation. How full bodied the beer is a just literally almost perfect.

Overall: Awesome brew. I'm in lust. Going crazy over how good and complex the beer is and wish I had more bottles of it. Granted I did buy another for the wife. In a glass as always. Salud!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a very small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like rich roasty and smoky coffee, with vanilla, caramel, dank vanilla bean, and roasty chocolate.

This is surprisingly wonderful. There's lots of roasty but sweet coffee flavor- a bit caramelly, slightly fruity, and surprisingly smokey. There's also lots of earthy and bittersweet vanilla, with a heavy roasted malt finish, and some fudgy chocolate as well.

This is creamy, and rich, with a feel that requires it to be sipped fairly slowly.

I liked this one a lot- this brewery is pretty sneaky in its quality.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this at the Reno Invitational beer fest this past Saturday. Having never had anything from this brewery from all the way around the world, I was excited to try it.

Pours black. Shocker. Thin tan head on it 1/5" that left a few spots of lace on the side but not too much. Aroma popped hard for the coffee, the volunteer pourer commercial tugjob said big time coffee, and it was pretty much as advertised. Didn't really notice the vanilla underneath the massive roasted barley and coffee addition. I came for the smell of coffee, not vanilla.

The taste is more of the same, gobs of coffee, loads of roasted malt. The vanilla does come in to smooth it all out and cover up a significant amount of alcohol that you can't taste to the degree that it exists. Everything works together, there is no reinventing of the wheel, its just a classic formula of a shit ton of roasted malt, coffee and vanilla. Its amazing that it has all those transport/import fees added into the cost and is generally cheaper than the same style of beer made here in the states. Definitely recommend.

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Photo of avalon07
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a thin, tan-colored, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a mild amount of hops (mainly in the finish), a ton of coffee (present throughout), a good shot of roasted malt, a tinge of vanilla, light chocolate notes, and some molasses. The flavor borders on being one-note, but this somehow isn't an issue. It's dominated by coffee, but the other elements serve it well. Not overly boozy despite the ABV%.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made coffee stout all around. A quite enjoyable big beer.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pitch black colored pour with thin caramel colored lacing.

S - Dark chocolate roast, coffee, vanilla, light char.

T - Dark chocolate roast, light char, vanilla, some alcohol presence, cocoa, milk chocolate.

M - Heavy and slick with a velvety texture. Lip smacking sticky from the heavy malt, some warming on the way down.

O - At the time of this review it was a 4.02. Deserving of a higher score, IMO. Recommended.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a finger of khaki foam. Head retention is fair with no lacing left behind. Aroma is a smattering of medium-roast coffee, roasty chocolate, vanilla bean, and roasty and charred malts. Flavor profile is medium-roast coffee that carries heavy chocolate, butter, and light citrus notes. Milk chocolate and vanilla bean spice up the flavor profile even further. Roasted and toasted malts form a firm foundation. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a smooth, nigh on creamy texture. Overall, a label that forshadows this beer well. Lovely coffee presence.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 11.2oz bottle.

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Photo of Suds
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer is absolutely black. Thin head...solid color. The aroma is intense with vanilla...a little malt underneath. I didn't get much coffee in the smell, but it comes out in the taste. The taste is also incredibly warm with alcohol...boozy, intense. Thick, creamy body. Lots of flavors and intensity. Wonderful.

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours dense/opaque dark brown/black color with a small dense tan head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge nutty dark roasted coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, cream, toffee, fudge, brownie batter, spicy rye, and toasted dark/brown bread; with light notes of molasses, marshmallow, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, char, leather, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of coffee, vanilla, and dark/black/roast/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge nutty dark roasted coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, cream, toffee, fudge, brownie batter, spicy rye, and toasted dark/brown bread; with light notes of molasses, marshmallow, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, char, leather, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very mild herbal/roast/char bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of nutty dark roasted coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, cream, toffee, fudge, brownie batter, spicy rye, toasted dark/brown bread, light molasses/dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of coffee, vanilla, and dark/black/roast/bready malt flavors; with a nice roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying/acrid flavors afters after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness. Light carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mildly increasing warmth of 13% after the finish. Overall this is an awesome flavored imperial stout! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of coffee, vanilla, and dark/black/roast/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Amazingly rich and complex; with great balance of fruity/nutty coffee, vanilla, and malts. Not overly sweet/heavy/slick feeling like some of the other dessert stouts I have had from them. A really enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Intesnsely roasted, the imperial stout of Dugges doesn't simply stop at roasted grains. Its generous employment of de Matteo Tabi Columbian coffee pushes the strength of roasted flavors higher without becoming scorched. Spiced with vanilla and the ale also takes on a smooth and savory taste.

Aptly called Coffee Vanilla Black, the ale stout lives up to is name in a jet black depth and a nearly onyx-like sheen. A rich lather of mocha whipped froth crowns the glass just as the scent of dark roast coffee, roasted marshmallow, cocoa and dark nuttiness swoons the senses. Bold sweetness garners an impression of blackstrap molasses, burnt cream and marshmallow.

Its sweetness and creamy textures hold onto the palate for the duration but the coffee flavors soon override the malt sweetness and structure with the soilish earth qualities of baker's chocolate, campfire, black walnut and peppercorn. Strong alcohol brings a sense of Irish whisky with a caramel, wood and spice to take a slight edge off of the richer tastes and textures.

Lavishly full, rich and nougat-like in texture, the stout is unrelenting on the tactile senses. Its reckless alcohol strength and density renders the ale a slow and sipping beer as it is cram packed with intense flavors and textures. A long linger of coffee leads to an after palate of smoldering embers and burnt cream deep into the next sip.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown-black pour, opaque black in the glass, slim and brief dark brown foam from a center pour into a large snifter... Sweet, lots of vanilla and coffee and chocolate, maybe some hints of mild anise; smooth, fairly light feeling; not getting much bitterness or roastiness... Solid beer based on the label, features da Matteo roasted Colombian Tabi coffee, vanilla, rye malt and oats; but for my tastes, perhaps a bit sweeter and lighter than I typically prefer...

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Photo of CHickman
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger tan foamy head that was full of bubbles, dissipating slow to average time while making a crackling sound and leaving decent rings of foam lacing.

Smells of burnt black coffee, ash, campfire smoke, faint vanilla, roasted malt, earthy notes, black licorice and more coffee. More cold pressed coffee than stout, with intense ground coffee aromas.

Tastes like it smells with the same burnt black coffee, ash, vanilla, campfire smoke, roasted malts, black licorice and more fresh ground coffee, also bringing soy sauce, minerals or metallic hints, piney notes and toffee and/or dark chocolate. It's almost like bittersweet dark chocolate, burnt coffee grinds and cocoa powder were dumped in a stout. It's so strong that it's a bit too much and the bitterness takes away any smooth drinkability, but it does mask the 13% ABV quite well. Chewy and thick, it was a nice slow sipper but it needs to dial down the coffee a bit.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fair black pour. Nearly headless.
Intensely roasted coffee aroma. .
Strong coffee flavors, roasted malts, hints of vanilla.
Feels medium-full, with medium carbonation, somewhat chewy.
A single I spotted while in NJ, turned out it’s a stout made in Sweden. It’s bold.

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Coffee Vanilla Black from Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 47 ratings