Einer's Folly Vanilla Imperial Porter (Holiday Wine Cellar's 45th Aniv Ale) | The Bruery

Einer's Folly Vanilla Imperial Porter (Holiday Wine Cellar's 45th Aniv Ale)Einer's Folly Vanilla Imperial Porter (Holiday Wine Cellar's 45th Aniv Ale)
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3.82/5
108 Ratings
Einer's Folly Vanilla Imperial Porter (Holiday Wine Cellar's 45th Aniv Ale)Einer's Folly Vanilla Imperial Porter (Holiday Wine Cellar's 45th Aniv Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mikedashg on 03-18-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
108
pDev:
13.61%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
25
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 108 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of KAP1356
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. I was lucky enough to get a bottle of this when it first came out. 750 ml bottle split 4 ways at a birthday party. Poured into a pint glass...

A - Pours a dark brown color that almost borders on being black. A nice light tan head forms about a finger thick. Some nice lacing along the glass.

S - The aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, and a lot of vanilla and oak. The vanilla and oak really takes the stage here as the other aromas are slightly muted by it. I love vanilla, but I also like it when its integrated well.

T - Chocolate, vanilla, and oak all up front. These are really the main flavors I get here. There are some tannins, and some subtle coffee coming through as well. Surprisingly, the vanilla is more subtle on the palate than on the nose.

M - The body is medium, but it really feels a tad too thin for what I expected. The carbonation is also a bit higher than I wanted it to be.

O - I'm glad I got to try this one, but I wasn't blown away by it. A few of us who split it really liked it, while the others were on the opposite side of the spectrum.

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jethrodium
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle generously shared by colonelforbin. Thanks Mike. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head that has good retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is vanilla, some light coffee, light oak, a bit of roasted malt, and a bit of earthiness. The initial taste is some sweet vanilla, followed by some roasted coffee, a little oak, and some earthiness, The finish has a light bitterness. Medium bodied. Low-medium carbonation. Overall, an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

Midnight black pour with a thin light brown head. Spots of lacing left down the glass. Simple and as expected.

A very muted aroma, though what's here is very nice: roasted malt, lots of oak, a touch of smoke, and a bit of sweet vanilla. The only unfortunate thing about the aroma is that it's not stronger, because if it was, it'd be phenomenal.

I have a similar complaint, if you can call it that, with the flavor. What's here is nice (oak, earth, vanilla, roasted malt), but there just isn't a ton of flavor here. Perhaps the flavors have muted during the aging process...though it really hasn't been that long.

Medium to thick body with low carbonation--particularly appropriate for this. This is a joy to drink, and the alcohol is nowhere to be seen.

This beer was better than it's individual parts may indicate; I really enjoyed drinking it, I just wish all the flavors and aromas were far stronger.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.21/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by Nick3, I believe. From notes.

A: Pours a black body with a short-lived beige head. No lace.

S: A muted, weak nose of some chocolate, some vanilla (and that's only because I looked at the label). Possibly some smoke. Really lackluster.

T: The smell was a good preview for the taste, which is pretty lackluster, as well. It begins with roast and a semi-sweet chocolate flavor, but it becomes lightly bitter, bringing up smoke and mild vanilla. Some fruitiness going on. Pronounced oak.

M: Medium-bodied. It's about the only part of the beer that is halfway redeeming.

O: Unremarkable.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark black with a small tan head that disappears rather quickly. Scent is...extremely weird. Can't really explain it...oaky? Taste is very dark chocolate. Bitter dark chocolate with hints of vanilla and oak. Some earthiness as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Drinkability is fair. Overall, not my favorite beer from the Bruery. I'm not a huge fan of dark chocolate, and this was VERY dark-chocolatey.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark brown, 1/2 finger of tan head, fades quickly, minimal lacing.

Smell: Smoked malt, oak and lots of vanilla.

Taste: Tons of vanilla, oak, smoked malt and some bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, decent carbonation, very smooth.

Overall: Very pleasant, huge vanilla profile. I wasn't expecting the smokiness.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

669th Review on BA
Bottle to Flute
750ML

App- A dark brown, almost black in color, a nice tan head maybe 1/2” was there. Left a little bit of cling and lace on the side

Smell- It's faded a little bit but you get some of the vanilla, a little roast and some hints of chocolate. I would think with all these flavors freshly bottled this would've been amazing on the nose.

Taste- Right of the bat, you know it's a porter. A roasty thicker taste with slight notes of the vanilla and chocolate. Again a bit faded but still good.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Nice vanilla oak residual flavors.

Drink- This was a long time want of mine. I am very glad I got to try this at Clusterfork #6.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge dark beer here, black as night as it pours out. A big cascading brown head comes up and over the top and then settles down into a half inch layer that hung around for the entire rest of the session. The aroma was vanilla, huge vanilla beer and light cafe like coffee notes. Some hints of roasted malts, but vanilla in a beer like I have never come across before. Not terribly sweet and fake, this was like whiffing good vanilla ice cream. The vanilla explosion followed through on the taste, rich and creamy with light and sweet coffee notes following through on them as well. Really tight flavor here, smooth with a long drawn out finish that was sweet, delicate and drying enough to make me want another in a minute.

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Photo of hopsbreath
1.77/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to black13 for sharing this at a recent tasting.

A: Turkish coffee brown, good tan head, spotty lacing. 3.5/5

S: Definite oxidation, muddled fruits, weird wet pennies aroma. 1.5/5

T: Definite wet cardboard. No vanilla and more of the weird metal. Porter elements are virtually non-existent. 1.5/5

M: Moderate body with average carbonation. 3/5

O: This was a very bad bottle. It's perhaps past its prime. Two-thirds of the bottle split eight ways was drain poured. 1.5/5

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Photo of billab914
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into my Stone IRS glass. Dark brown in color with a frothy, chocolaty colored head to it. The head faded to a thin, spotty lacing and left just a bit of lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows a lot of the woody oak to it. The vanilla mixes nicely with the chocolaty porter characteristics. I get some darker, bittersweet chocolate and coffee notes to it as well. Pretty flavorful and nice aroma overall.

The taste has more of the woody oak coming through up front. Midway more of the roasty, bitter-sweet chocolate flavors start to come out while the vanilla lingers in the finish. Very nice finish to it, the vanilla and roasty, chocolaty flavors really compliment each other nicely.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being a little below average. The mouthfeel definitely fits the beer and stile nicely for my tastes. Overall it was a pretty flavorful and good beer. I really liked the vanilla and chocolaty flavors, and the oak wasn't bad either. Very tasty and enjoyable beer overall.

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Einer's Folly Vanilla Imperial Porter (Holiday Wine Cellar's 45th Aniv Ale) from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 108 ratings
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