Bean Dream
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #852
Ranked #29,747
3.8 | pDev: 11.84%
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Bean DreamBean Dream
Notes: A creamy milk porter aged on fresh vanilla beans.
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

32oz crowler poured into 12oz goblet. Poured a solid black color with just a thin cap of tan head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma had a nice roast note and a very mild sweetness.

On the tongue though, the true nature of the beer appeared. Nice roast, a good sweet malt, and a nice amount of vanilla.

The body was smooth, even, clean and had a semi-sweet finish.

Drinkability was very good, the beer was very pleasant. Overall, a very nice brew. Certainly worth trying if you see it.

Apr 05, 2018
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HopBomb515 from New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pitch black thin looking pour with a big carbonated head that fades quick and leaves zero lacing. Suggestions of vanilla and roasted malt in the aroma. Notes of vanilla, cola?, light toasted malts, and a bit of off funk from the lactose. Too carbonated, almost soda like and thin. Finishes without a trace. It's off for a porter mouthfeel wise. I would call this average but it's a bit below average if I'm honest. Not quite my style and not quite a porter.

Dec 17, 2015
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scottbrew4u from Pennsylvania

3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It is a beer that has good potential but it is a bit rough around the edges. It may need a bit of aging to smooth out. I poured some coffee into this beer and it made it tastier.

Jan 01, 2015
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Suds_Suds from Illinois

3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured reasonably dark but could tell right away that the beer was very thin. Barely any head.
Nose of vanilla and chocolate with a hint of funk from the lactose. Interesting.
Strong vanilla character in the taste with some roasted malt sweetness.
Was pretty light on the tongue. Not a bad one but nothing exceptional.

Dec 30, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.02/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - A bit transparent. Mostly black. Small off-white head.

Smell - Vanilla. Lactose. Kinda nutty caramel malt. Milk chocolate.

Taste - Bright and sharp vanilla up front. Deep roasted malt. Lactose isn't that sweet. A little bit of cola.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light. Well carbonated.

Overall - Kinda weird. Definitely lots of vanilla, but not a very exciting beer.

Dec 28, 2014
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AndyEdgar from Illinois

3.02/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

something was off about this. Aftertaste was burnt, not like smoked malt but like burnt wort, as if it was scorched. Would like to try again on draft or from a different bottle

Dec 22, 2014
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased this bottle at Wegmans, poured chilled from the bomber in a tulip.

The color is black with opaque clarity and 2 finger frothy tan head with fine bead.The smell is excellent with vanilla cream and slight roast with a mild cocoa accent and subtle caramel aroma. The feel is creamy with medium carbonation and light roastiness with a subtle sweet then dry finish.

The taste is good with porter qualites coming through and some mild vanilla creaminess in the taste with a subtle caramel mix of flavors combined and semi-sweet in the finish. Overall this is a very good milk stout/porter with an appropriately tasty amount of vanilla to smooth the body -very drinkable

Dec 10, 2014
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle, no date

pours almost black, with thin off-white colored head that fades fast. once the beer warms up, a nice pleasant sweet vanilla aroma. a touch of milk chocolate in there too. taste is not too sweet that it's cloying, good balance. a bit of sugared coffee, and sweet vanilla. smooth, thicker body, good mouthfeel.

Nov 01, 2014
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EvoRich from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Look: Poured in a pint glass, very dark brown in color. Not quite black. Had a BIG foamy head which rather quickly diminished to a small ring.

Smell: Very light, sweet, vanilla, and yeast scents.

Taste: Again, a very understated, light vanilla flavor. mild sweetness. Nothing is overbearing, but I'd prefer a touch more flavor.

Feel: Very light bodied, yet has a creamy texture. Almost has a refreshing feel to it.

Overall: Pretty decent stuff. The flavor isn't very bold, and has a light feel to it. It's a good beer, no doubt about it, but nothing I'd consider to be ground breaking. I would definitely drink it again. I'm a rather positive reviewer, so my "4" is what I consider to be a pretty good beer. I know some people are a bit harsher in their reviews where a 4 is the best beer they've ever had.

Oct 13, 2014
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lurpy1 from Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

You can look through my reviews and conclude that I dont like vanilla beer much. Maybe so, but this was the best vanilla beer I've had. It was a bit thin but that didnt spoil the experience. Good taste. Great smell. Well done, Al.

Oct 04, 2014
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MDDMD from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-dark brown color with a smallish tan head and a little lacing

S-dark malt, coffee, light chocolate, hint of molasses and vanilla

T-roasty malt, coffee, light chocolate, vanilla, little earthy, mild bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate, carbonation, smooth

O-decent coffee stout, little on the thinner body side, but enjoyable

Jun 12, 2014
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Rifugium from North Dakota

2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First had on tap at Pizza Boy.
Updated review from the bottle.

Dark brown pour with a small tan head that receded to a ringlet and held there. Thin coffee and cream in the aroma, some dark fruit sweetness. Likewise in the taste, coffee, fairly roasty, vanilla cream, notes of dark fruits and licorice, with a slightly herbal finish, all kind of thinned out. Light-medium body, kind of watery, moderate carbonation. Not very memorable overall.

Apr 10, 2014
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philbe311 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Pizza Boy offering since Terry joined the team...

A - Three fingers worth of active quickly receding medium brown colored head with a very rocky top... What's left is a splotchy lacing, thin collar, and lots of carbonation bubbles bursting through the surface... The color is a dark brown teetering on black that allows a bit of light to leak in around the top of the glass... Loads of carbonation bubbles cling the glass, detach and rise at a moderate pace...

S - Interesting nose with good complexity... Vanilla... Peat... Raisins... Cocoa... A touch of roasted malt...

T - Vanilla... Light roasted coffee... Faint chocolate notes... Some dark fruit as well... Nice balance... A tasty little brew...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Smooth... Lightly carbonated... Sleek... Perhaps a tad bit thin...

D - Very quaffable... Much lighter than expected... A tasty interesting brew... Quite sessionable... Definitely took care of the Milk Stout craving that I've had recently quite nicely... I would gladly drink again...

Oct 13, 2012
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours deep, dark brown with a nice one finger tall tan head leaving patchy rings of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of warm vanilla, raisins, figs, chocolate and dark roasted malt. The vanilla really starts to build toward the end of the glass but it stays fairly well balanced.

T - Starts off with plenty of vanilla sweetness quickly giving way to hints of dark roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit and some light graininess. The vanilla is sweet but not to the point of being cloying. Finish is kinda sweet but it doesn't linger for very long.

M - Medium-Light body with moderate carbonation. Smooth feel initially growing a little thin toward the end of the glass.

O - First time I had this one it was a little thin, however the second time it was much better. The vanilla works well with the base and the low ABV makes it very easy to drink. A very nice "milk porter."

Sep 28, 2012
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Adding this brew as a milk stout even though it is advertised as a milk porter. On tap at the source served in a Pizza boy branded and shaped pint. The brew appeara dark brown in color with a brown cap that recedes to a thin film atop. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a lacing atop.

The smell is sweet with a hint of something like lactos typically found in some milk stouts but with an exaggerated sweetness like vanilla. Some roastiness to this like chocolate and coffee.

The taste has that sticky vanilla bean flavor upfront that dissolves into some roasty grain and faint nutty aspect. A bit of dark fruits and some hints of mineral inclusion to citrus hops on the backend. As it warms up it has a mild spiced aspect faintly reminescent of cinnamon or anise with a touch of rootbeer afterthought.

This is a lighter than medium bodied brew with ample carbonation. Overall not a bad brew, it is easily approachable and easy drinking without the sweetness getting out of control. Worth a try.

Sep 13, 2012
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