Vanilla Bean Brown Ale | Landmark Beer Company

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Vanilla Bean Brown AleVanilla Bean Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Landmark Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by John on 05-31-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of RyanPB
2.76/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Effectively a high end Winter's Cask Bourbon. Pours a beautiful brown, small head. Can't really smell the Vanilla in the nose, but pleasant enough, almost toasted. The taste is the beer version of Dr. Pepper. The mouthfeel is excellent, but this really isn't drinkable. This is a fine experiment beer.

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Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog...
Appears a hazy, dark amber with a fluffy, off-white head that quickly fades into a small cap. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla extract up front with carmel, and light citrus with caramel malt standing out.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas. Good idea but not overly complex. The vanilla and caramel seems like it's a tad heavy on the sweetness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, light, thin finish, with sweet, sugar cane, and stickiness on the lips.

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Photo of SirSaranac
2.77/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well, I found this at a local gas station, and noticed that not many people on BA had reviewed this. STEAL!

A- Ughhh... talk about obnoxious head. Pour one inch into your pint glass, and get 5 inches of mocha colored head. This took quite a long time to pour (and this happened at various temperatures, I experimented..). As for the beer itself: a nice dark yet clear brown... verrry carbonated, looks like rootbeer.

S- Nutty, roasted malt dominates the scent... quite pleasant. Coffee's present as well.
Slightly sour yeast scent also. Overall, the best aspect of this brew to be honest.

T- Nutty malt upon initial taste... and then quickly changes into a roasted/coffee that dominates that taste. There's an odd alcohol taste that pokes it's head in there, and seems rather out of place in the overall taste profile. I'd have to disagree with some of the other reviewers, I feel that the vanilla (although faint) doesn't blend well with the afforementioned flavors. Rather, it gives the brew a sight metallic flavor. This brew is by no means simple in its taste complexity, it just seems to lack cohesion.

M- Thin.... waaay overcarbonated

D- I like brown ales, but the combination of obnoxious carbonation and odd unbalanced flavors makes this beer rather undrinkable. I applaud the attempt however.

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Photo of WillieMoe
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Has a dark caramel color about it and has a large, foamy head, reminiscent of root beer.

S-It has a light aroma that is mostly a chocolate malt

T- Sort of choco-malt coffee taste to it, that is sort of bland.

M- It's not quite as thick as I expected, but not really watery either. The bitterness was subtle,and left a sort of fizzy stickiness in the mouth. Stays in the mouth and on the tongue, but does not really hit the back of the throat that much.

D- This one is definitely drinkable, but I probably wouldn't go out of my way to get another one.

Overall a nice little brew,that is worthy of a try.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.82/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling a cellar temp bottle of this brew poured into a pint glass.
HOLY FOAM! Not a gusher but the first 1 oz of beer fills my pint glass 2/3 with creamy beige head. This could take a while.

The beer has a nice aroma, some roasty malt notes, maybe some almond nut hints and definitely some sweet vanilla. Could be hints of chocolate mixed in too.

First sip reveals a very fizzzy and tingly carbonation that dominates the texture of the beer. Body is a little thin but not really watery.

Flavor is mostly sweet malt with some chocolate and roasted malt mixing with hints of vanilla and brown sugar too. Flavor is not as sweet as expected as the roasted malt dominates the lingering flavor and leaves an almost bitter coffee note after each swallow.
there is no hint of ABV and the beer is very easy to drink. Slightly over carbonated IMO as this beer would be pretty nice on cask.
Worth a shot if you see it, but probably not something to hunt down.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A medium mouthfeel brown freshly tapped at Kelly Cole's Improper, with the Landmark rep. A claim that it's pure vanilla, it could be. First sample off the tap was sour, so we will ignore that. A bit milky at first and then carmel body and full carbonation felt in the finish. Decent for what it is.

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Photo of iceball585
2.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown/black color, one finger thick tan color head that quickly faded down to a thin layer

S- Nuts, dark malts, coffee, smokey, slightly metallic

T- Smokey, coffee, chocolate, dark malts, nuts, hint of vanilla beans

M- Fairly light feeling on the tongue, heavy carbonation

D- Worth a try but not something I'd buy often

Really fizzy for being a brown ale. Not as much vanilla taste as I was expecting but still worth a try.

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Photo of fightingirishcmk
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the second time in a row that my review has been above rohrbachsfan's review. Very strange.

A: Pours a deep brown color with a moderate head, small carbonation bubbles. Short lasting head retention.

S: Prounounced vanilla smell (obviously). The best way I can describe it is this: Take a glass of milk and put some hersheys syrup in it, and stir. It is very similar to that.

T: Tastes like you'd think. A malty brown ale with some vanilla flavoring. The vanilla wasn't too intense for me, but there was a definite lack of complexity to the taste.

M: This felt really good. Just the right amount of carbonation to make this a creamy ale.

D: Would recommend this primarily as a dessert beer. I had it once on tap (i think) and it was slightly better and had a fresher taste to it. I enjoyed this on a summer afternoon and it was still pretty good though.

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Photo of rohrbachsfan
4.24/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown (almost opaque). Tall head.

Smell: Sweet malt, vanilla.

Taste: Sweet malt. Roasted coffee. Fresh vanilla with hints of chocolate. Tasted almost like a vanilla porter. I felt like I was eating a chocolate cake with vanilla icing while drinking a cup of black coffee

Mouthfeel: Creamy with smooth finish.

Drinkability: This is not something I would drink with a meal but it’s a great dessert beer or something for a cold winter’s night. All the flavors are perfectly balanced. This is a filling beer, but very nice.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.14/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nicely tarnished dark brown with a smallish capping of light tanned creamy froth. Keeps a good skim and collar as it leaves minimal lacing in a few big spots.

Aroma is lofty of hazelnut and vanilla extract, slimmer ginger hints with a hint of sweet browned malt. However, it seems alot less then a brown ale aroma then it trying to be a whole mess of Anchor OSAs' that are made from preservatives and over processed bakery goods then the natural stuff that beer is made from. Kinda fakey smelling.

Taste is definately more of the same, extract vanilla weakness in flavor is actually the overbearing character of the overall taste. Too much vanilla here, root beer-like sweetness slacks up the remainder balance, but the vanilla stuff is too much for me.

Feel is clean and simple with a tender carbonation that helps keep the overly settling vanilla sweetness from being sharp. And thank goodness for that. Otherwise this would be over the top by another hurdle not wanting to jump over during the middle of a race. Body is slightly less then medium with a slight dryness in the finish with vanilla extract and cookie dough fluff very lightly wafting about.

For a Brown this just didn't do it for me. Overly vanilla in nearly every manner and not in a fresh, wholesome way. Not sure if extract is actually used in the making of this brew, but man it sure seems to be coated in the fashion that it is. Either that or its just too much of the real thing? Unfortunately, not to my liking either way I put it.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is dark. Very dark. A brown, almost black. Totally opaque. Couldn't see the sun through this beer from an inch away.

The smell is very feint, almost non-existant. What I could smell was malty, but with a little sweetness to it.

The flavor has a dash of vanilla, but the more overwhelming flavors are of the molasses and licorice variety. It's a thick flavor.

It has a syrupy but surprisingly smooth flavor, but the aftertaste is dry and has a surprisingly nice finish. It's a nice beer to have one or, but too many in a row would be overkill. This would need something to cut through the thickness of it.

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Vanilla Bean Brown Ale from Landmark Beer Company
3.28 out of 5 based on 36 ratings.
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