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Vanilla Bean Porter | St. Elias Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
St. Elias Brewing Company
Alaska, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.25%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by juzy on 08-20-2008

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 4
Reviews by Reswald:
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3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on tap at the brewpub on 7/24/2009.

Vanilla Bean Porter is back after being gone for about a year. The brewer reports one change from the earlier version: he is now adding the vanilla beans directly to the brew, rather than using a bag. This method gives more direct exposure to the beans, which boosts the vanilla flavor.

Pours very dark, with a small tan head. Aroma reflects mostly roasted notes with some vanilla. Taste continues with the first impression, roast and vanilla. Good mouthfeel, perhaps a little thinner than optimum, but not bad. Nice, smooth finish.

A good vanilla porter, with significant improvement over the first effort from last year.

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Photo of ptarmigan98
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of randawakes
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

October, 2009 version. Tasted 10/17/09.

Vanilla liquorish, coffee bean syrup straight up. On tap for special event, 1 brew available. Poured no head but had mild lace, very dark, black through & through. Packed with flavor, delicious but strong.

ABV reported as a 9.25% by the owner.

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Photo of juzy
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: lovely, dark, almost black, thin tan head. Served too cold, the head retention and size could be better if all of their beer was served at a better temperature. It's not Bud Light, people, get a clue! I just don't know why a knowledgeable brewer does this!

Smell: wow! very roasted, hops take a back seat here. The vanilla is present in the nose.

Taste: This is where I find the vanilla lacking. I had to search for it. Maybe it was the temp of the beer? It just wasn't as vanilla laden as I would've preferred. But the roasted malts and hop balance were pleasant, nothing outstanding though.

Mouthfeel: just a tad watery for a porter, needs better body, but compared to the other tap offerings this is one of their better bodied beers.

Drinkability: Could knock back one or two, no more than that.

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Vanilla Bean Porter from St. Elias Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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