McConnel's Creamy Vanilla Stout | Thornbridge Brewery

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Thornbridge Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by wl0307 on 01-16-2008

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4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gravity halfpint at the Euston Tap.

A: Black body, brown highlights, off-white head. Great retention and lacing. Very nice.

S: Vanilla and chocolate goodness. Rich, simple, sweet, and great.

T: Huge vanilla, solid chocolate, and just enough earthy hops to clean things up on the bittersweet (emphasis on sweet) finish. Excellent.

M: Silky medium body, moderate carbonation. Nice.

O: Great beer. I could drink this all day, as it's just light enough in terms of body and alcohol to make it more quaffable than cloying, despite the real intensity of flavor. Wonderful.


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Photo of wl0307
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted by a half-pint at the Devonshire Cat, Sheffield. Served by a sparkler-fitted hand pump.

A: nearly black in colour, but faint ruby shades remain, along with a well-lasting creamy tan head.
S: Fuggle-like earthy and stinky edge of hops decorates the deep layer of roasty, chocolatey, and oily black malts, while a touch of citrus zests stays aside. Enticing and unusual for a traditional stout.
T: upfront comes lightly winey stone-fruits, grapefruit zests and a dryish taste of Italian-roast coffee beans, while the bittering hops and roast nuttiness intensify bit by bit, until being rounded off with a rather tangy and zesty feel to pair with the equally lingering bitter-sweet hints of aromatic burned coffee. Any signs of vanilla? Well, I couldn't pick up much of that... Maybe it's melted perfectly in the mix~~
M&D: soft and smooth on the texture, with just enough carbonation to retain a fresh palate. Although my tastebuds fail to locate vanilla (presumably a key ingredient according to the pump clip), I still appreciate this ale being a rather hoppy treat with a good depth. All in all, a decent and tasty stout this is.

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McConnel's Creamy Vanilla Stout from Thornbridge Brewery
4.16 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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