Vanilla Stout | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Winter on 08-04-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of krl2112
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of cagocubs
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-Tap at RB Orland Park.

A: Almost opaque. Real dark brown. Nice big dark tan head that retained throughout the beer and laced the glass nicely.

S: Nose was weak overall. Could smell the malt and vanilla.

T: Taste gave some of what the smell couldn't. Like a typical stout you could taste cocoa, coffee, and malts. The vanilla was tasted but not as present as would be expected.

M: I felt the body was too light for a stout. The coating and aftertaste were good, but the body was odd.

D: An easy stout to drink, not one of the better stouts I have had. I wish the taste would leave more to be desired.

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Photo of getkrunkhoe
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

ON Cask on-site

App-Dark/opaque and rich black color,usual Cask head that diminishes.

Ar- choc. meets Vanilla with a faint espresso or strong coffe note.

T-delicious sweet flavors, I mean Choc, Vanilla, caramel, a Hazelnut or walnut kind of note.and of course Roasted malts.

MF- smooth, easy drinking Stout.lush mouthfeel.

As per Hayley (BREWER) she made this BATCH for me, I bugged her enough times for her to finally make it.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came with a foamy, deep, dark-brown head. The nose was very sweet, especially heavy on the vanilla aspect. The color was also a deep, dark-brown, allowing only a little light to penetrate. The mouthfeel was medium with a taste like a mocha milkshake. It was kind of sweet, but there was also an underlying chocolaty smokiness. This would probably work really well as a dessert accompaniment.

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Photo of shbobdb
2.67/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A drier version of their normally syrupy-sweet Stout with a few bottles of Brand X Vanilla Extract poured in. And by bottles, I mean 750's. Man, when you smell this beer you are overpowered by vanilla. If you really try hard (and I did) you can almost-kinda make out stout-like smells. A little bit of burnt grain, yes, yes, a whiff of english barley . . . but that's it.

The taste follows smell. At first it was simply too much vanilla. It actually reminded me of High School when I tried to get drunk off vanilla extract with some buddies.
However, after your tastebuds adjust to the constant onslaught of vanilla, slowly but surely they will discover a pretty tastey stout buried underneath that heavy vanilla blanket. A light bodied stout, with just enough malt to balance out the bitterness of the roasted barley.

A good stout marred by overuse of an unusual spice. Don't bother unless you are not ambivalent about the taste of vanilla.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

RBB – Long Beach, CA

Possibly the regular Black Seal Stout served from the Beer Engine with the addition of Vanilla Beans to the Cask.

Presentation: Served from one of two Angram Handpumps situated behind the bar at the RBB in Long Beach. A rectangular chalk board above the Beer Engines has the brew described as “Vanilla Stout”.

Appearance: Dark black body, creamy tan head with a nice lacing potential. Depending on who serves you, the appearance can vary from a foamy dark brown head atop a dark body to a well pulled creamy cocoa brown head that lingers and leaves some fantastic lacing. Fresh casks that are properly pulled tend to lend a creamy long lasting head*.

Nose: Rich vanilla beans fuse easily with the roasted malts. Toasted hops and lovely deeply vanilla laden milk chocolate aromas. The vanilla beans tend to add a thicker milk chocolate feel, rather than a dark chocolate one that is found in the regular keg Black Seal Stout.

Taste: Takes the regular Black Sea Stout a whole leap further. The classic ingredients; roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, toasted malts and cocoa powder are all delicately infused with a rich vanilla bean clothing. Finish has a satisfying milk chocolate ending. Very smooth and incredibly satisfying. A firm favorite!!

Mouthfeel: Supremely smooth, silky and oh-so easy going. The creamy feel has a liquid milk chocolate texture to it. Very good*.

Drinkability: From the Cask, the carbonation assists in allowing the regular flavors from the Stout to mix incredibly nicely with the Vanilla Beans and really punch through the body.

Overall: My “go to” brew at Rock Bottom Brewery Long Beach, at least when it is on sale from the Handpump. Recommended.

*My only comment here would be that this brew would be even better if they invested in an extension piece for the desperately short necks on the installed Angram Handpumps – this would certainly provide a smoother presentation, improve the ease of serving for the bar staff and lead to a longer lasting creamier texture if served properly (i.e. dispensing the beer by pulling the Beer Engine handle with the sparkler submerged rather than having the awful “spray above the glass effect” so often witnessed).

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Photo of Winter
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Casked conditioned.

Served a dark brown, almost black, with dark amber highlights at the bottom of the pint. Head is nearly non-existent. Appealing aroma of cocoa, vanilla and roasted malt. Very thin mouthfeel. Chocolate malt and hints of sweet cocoa on the front. Low bitterness. You can taste a bit of the vanilla toward the back of your throat in the finish. Lingers long enough to be noticeable, but not over-powering at all. Good stout to pair with desert at the restaurant.

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Vanilla Stout from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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