Black Tie Chocolate Vanilla Porter
Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

Black Tie Chocolate Vanilla PorterBlack Tie Chocolate Vanilla Porter
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American Porter
Ranked #495
Ranked #20,220
3.85 | pDev: 12.73%
Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
New York, United States
Very Good
Black Tie Chocolate Vanilla PorterBlack Tie Chocolate Vanilla Porter
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 82
Photo of EmperorBevis
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I may have missed out on the work reward trip to New York by being a hard worker but crap at sucking up to management but cheers Pix for bringing this back so I got a little taste of the big apple
Pours a jet black body with good thick tan head
Creamy oatmeal starts the aroma that then brings the chocolate & then the vanilla
Creme brûlée flavour

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

black in color, big thick head, tan colored, good retention. as advertised, chocolate and vanilla aroma - chocolate milkish. well balanced taste. thicker bodied.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fall 2015 beer.

Poured a dark brown with a nice khaki head. Nice carboantion. Vanilla, chocolate, coffee, roasted notes on the nose. Taste follows with the roasted malts and chocolate, bakers cocoa, firm bitterness, nice mouthfeel that's just right for a Porter. Very nice beer. The vanilla is subtle but in there all the same.

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Photo of cavedave
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Nice looking porter, classic finger of tan head and black, med. thick look to it.

Neutral sweet, caramel, and vanilla are the strong aromas, underlaid with chocolate, very light roast, and merest hints of coffee.

Just like the aroma, the flavors equally dominated by caramel and vanilla, but chocolate is a strong player here also. Yeasty notes make their appearance as it warms, not in a good way, and it also gets some ashiness going on.

Over carbed, too light body, mediocre finish, and a flavor profile that should be cleaner.

Got this on the discount rack. No regrets for 4.99, but not a great beer, not recommended.

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Photo of socon67
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice roasty\chocolate malt notes. Black pour with a mocha colored foam. Finish is spot on for a porter. Easily my favorite from this brewery and worth trying again.

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Photo of Nyg
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark small head. Nice vanilla choc roast flavor. If it's on tap try it. A thicker heavier porter almost stout like. Not dry at all with the right sweet balance

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Photo of Brenden
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A standard pour displays a black brew and builds up a solid tan head. It settles in at just less than a finger's height and shows solid retention. Lacing is left on the glass in pretty good patching with some lacing following.
The chocolate comes in nicely, a bit of the bittersweet backing the roast but turning towards a more milky sweetness so as not to be overtaken by it. The vanilla adds a nice sweetness that is neither understated nor overstated to balance and rests in the back, but is ever-present. Otherwise, roasted grains is strong all the way through, but never leads to harshness of any kind.
This is fairly thick for a porter and creamy, certainly rich enough to be called a stout by some standards. It moves from semi-sweet most of the way through to semi-dry after some woody notes pull into the finish.

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Photo of fscottkey
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: [3.75] Big pour = big head. Nice 2 /12 finger tan head. The head is full and rich looking with tight bubbles. As the head recesses it leaves nice arcs of lacing. The beer is very dark brown to black. You can just barely see through it. The bottle has a date code that makes me think it is about 3 months old. There is no listed ABV.

S: [2.50] The beer has a slight coffee smell. The main aroma is of barbecued hickory chips and barbecue sauce. I am not getting the advertised vanilla and chocolate on the nose.

T: [3.25] The flavor is nice especially at the finish. It starts like a sweeter stout/porter and then finishes with a bitter coffee/chocolate taste.

M: [2.75] The mouthfeel is watery. It is not rich and thick like a stronger stout.

O: [3.00] I am not usre I am getting the vanilla that is listed. But I get some chocolate and coffee. It is a fair stout. The body is really weak and the nose is a little off-putting. The flavor itself is decent. It might be better from a bottle to avoid the nose issues.

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Photo of Kendo
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a Sam Smith's nonic-style imperial pint glass. Body is black with a half-finger khaki-colored head.

S: Roasted malt with a touch of chocolate, a bit of vanilla and a hint of char. Good nose.

T: Roast up front, but it never seems to fully take off, if that makes sense, before the chocolate and vanilla flavors step in. Hint of charcoal is noted after a few sips, though I didn't get that at first. Heat from the 7.0% ABV (per the label on the bottle) isn't noted on the palate, but is felt in the belly. Finishes with lingering vanilla and cocoa powder, but in a pleasant, laid-back sort of way rather than as an aggressively cloying sweetness.

M: Medium in heft, modestly sharp carbonation.

O: This is better than I expected. Probably wouldn't want to drink more than one just because of the sweeter finish, but it's good stuff.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

i like this direction from lake placid. a part of their mix box this season. its a rich porter, creamy in feel, extra dark, pushing stout on the grain front, and dosed well with vanilla. the chocolate is subtle and adds bitterness rather than sweetness, which i appreciated. the vanilla is strong, i like this in an after dinner winter context, a sipper even though its easy enough to drink. rich grain doesnt quite bring enough balancing bitterness to the table so the beer feels sweet, but i see that as possibly intentional. the alcohol makes this a winter beer, and although i think its well hidden, it limits me to a couple at the most. chocolate is dry in the finish, a nice counterpoint to the intense vanilla. i like the smooth viscous feel of this, and also the fact that its still pretty highly carbonated. this is a new page for lake placid, and i like it a lot. i can see it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream too!

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Photo of oberon
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a standard pint glass a deep dark cola brown with a thinner beige head atop.Roast with some vanilla sweetness in the nose.A blast of chocolate hits upfront on the palate with some roast and earth then some sweet vanilla in the finish,I liked the chocolate flavors of this beer without the over the top sweetness,well done.

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Black Tie Chocolate Vanilla Porter from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 82 ratings