Black Vanilla IPA | Horny Goat Brewing Co.

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Black Vanilla IPABlack Vanilla IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Horny Goat Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
hornygoatbrewing.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jhartley on 09-02-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
66
Reviews:
12
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
11.9%
 
 
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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of swgwilt
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlaskaAg
4.23/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Treyliff
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep black color with a one-finger creamy off-white head that has great retention and nice lacing

S- aroma is of light charred malt, artificial vanilla, stale chocolate

T- opens up with dark charred malt and chocolate, followed by piney hops at the mid-palate, the finish brings a vanilla sweetness with linger of burnt malt and piney hops

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues to the finish

O- vanilla is hard to find at times, otherwise a middle of the road black ipa

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Horny Goat Brewing Co. - Black Vanilla IPA. 6.6% ABV. 12oz bottle split between two snifters.

Look: Settles black in the glass, with an off white bubbly head, which subsides into lacing. Retains some caramel highlights in the light.

Smell: First whiff of this about made me want to pour it out. Once I got used to it, I picked up some roasted malts, earthy hops, and vanilla.

Feel: Very smooth and light body, with a small amount of carbonation balancing it.

Taste: Immediately some earthly bitter hops and rich vanilla, followed by some faint caramel; seems to be lacking in any flavor besides bitterness.

Overall: This is an odd one. Not sure if it's just a strange beer, or old. Really off putting aroma, and masked taste made this hard to drink, but luckily it didn't taste as bad as the aroma.

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Photo of do_ob
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Black appearance with a dense, khaki head. Smells weird. burnt toffee, vanilla, ripened fruit, and carmelized sugar. Watery feel, but easy to drink. Taste is burnt caramel, vanilla, overly-ripened citra and grapefruit, burnt sugar, and a little bit of hops. Strange beer.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MacMalt
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into IPA glass. The color is a dark brown-black with a fairly thick tan head and lacing. The smell is of burnt coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, and hops The first taste to hit the palate is sweet vanilla, followed immediately by burnt, bitter coffee, malt, and bitter hops. These favors hit you in quick sequence, which makes for an interesting taste experience. It's a shame there is not some dark fruit, as well. This is a medium-bodied, pleasantly carbonated ale. Overall, I enjoyed it and would gladly drink it again. Well done!

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Photo of Andyourdog2
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
2.92/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jams1220
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chinchill
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle.

Black-mahogany body is clear but nearly opaque in my ping glass.
Large, durable and cream y tan head. Looks good and smells good: hops, vanilla and roasted grains in about equal measure when cold, with earthy hops becoming dominant after some warming. If the aroma suggests low hopping for an IPA, tasting proves otherwise. The aftertaste is lasting, moderately bitter and hoppy, with a light but solid vanilla presence.

Medium body and lively carbonation.

O: if Black Vanilla IPA sounds good to you, you'll probably like this brew.

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Photo of FrancisM12
4.49/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Buck_Jones
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.19/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Chucker17
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brewskifan55
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Blackish brown with a tan half finger head that dissipates quickly.

S: Vanilla and piney hops.

T: A tense battle between vanilla and piney hops. All sorts of tastes intermingle with slight bready malts in the background. Not sure what this one was attempting but it's not quite working.

M: Low to medium with medium, dry carbonation.

O: Not my cup of brew. A strange concoction that bit off more than it could chew.

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Photo of Itamarr
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark beer, with a nice body and great smell. Vanilla perfectly added. Bitter and sweet at the right point.

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Photo of Pens1967
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KyleSweetsema
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wvbrewcrew
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stompilator
4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mgroothuis
3.22/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mullehs
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZEB89
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Black Vanilla IPA from Horny Goat Brewing Co.
3.53 out of 5 based on 66 ratings.
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