Vanilla Porter | Little Valley Brewing Ltd

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Little Valley Brewing Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by SadMachine on 07-10-2014

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 2
Reviews by SadMachine:
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2.75/5  rDev -11%

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Photo of hdtrice
3.23/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle and bottle conditioned
Perhaps the organic element is restraining the flavour,
It looks good and the aroma is there but the flavour is slightly muted
Though subtle isn't all bad, like liquorice torpedoes

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.74/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kojevergas
2.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed live as a vanilla porter.

4.5% ABV.

Brown glass 500ml BOTTLE served cold into a mason jar glass in Kuopio, Finland, where it was purchased for 4-5 euro at a Prisma hypermarket. Expectations are average; the brewery is new to me.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Healthy, with a pale khaki colour, nice thickness & froth, and above average creaminess. Decent complexion. Even consistency. Could be softer, richer, and darker, but I'm nitpicking. Retention is very good - ~7 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Very dark opaque cola brown-black. Looks more like a schwarzbier than a porter, lacking the robust black colour I'd expect in a good beer of this style.

Overall, it's decent looking at best.

AROMA: Artificial vanilla is present, though it's surprisingly reticent considering this is billed as a vanilla porter. Hints of off-putting fennel and anise. Licorice. Dark malts. Cream.

Pretty inexpressive. I don't find the roast, orange peel, or rich vanilla promised on the label. I'm taken aback by its shallow vanilla presence. Suggests a bland attempt at the style.

Aroma is shockingly light.

TASTE: Artificial vanilla. Dark malts. Cream. A hint of anise. That's it.

Simple, shallow, inexpressive, and reticent. Though not imbalanced in the sense that each note is equally light and bland. What a dull build for a vanilla porter.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, and well-carbonated. Not the creamy silky feel you'd hope for in a great vanilla porter. Does nothing to accentuate the vanilla (which should be its key note).

Middling execution.

OVERALL: The organic/vegan/agriculture marketing B.S. is a nice sales tactic, but unfortunately the beer itself is a bit rubbish. I'd recommend steering clear of this one, if not for its extortionist price point then at least for its overall lack of quality (and flavour). One of the least interesting vanilla porters I've ever tried.

C- (2.60)

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Photo of psm90
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of iL0VEbeer
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Vanilla Porter from Little Valley Brewing Ltd
3.09 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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