Vanilla Bean Porter | St. Elias Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by Reswald:
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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed by notes. This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a nice finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated at a moderate pace. Sly stringy lace. The aroma had some roasty sweet coffee beans toying with some vanilla beans. Subtle Baker’s chocolate is in the background. The flavor blends it together nicely. Crisp roasty coffee to chocolate to vanilla beans aftertaste rolling into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Moderate carbonation. Sly smoothness along my tongue. Overall, nicely done porter leaning towards the English side with the vanilla bean to balance.

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Photo of ptarmigan98
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of randawakes
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
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 -15.3%
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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Photo of unclekeith
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DucksFan16
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


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Vanilla Bean Porter from St. Elias Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 7 ratings