Vanilla Infused Porter (V.I.P.) | Hop Valley Brewing Company

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Vanilla Infused Porter (V.I.P.)Vanilla Infused Porter (V.I.P.)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hop Valley Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
hopvalleybrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by RedDiamond on 07-29-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
132
Reviews:
37
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
10.29%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
27
For Trade:
0
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Pours a hazy dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, cookie dough, and vanilla extract aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder and vanilla bean flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp but fairly thin mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the vanilla presence in this one is extract-like in my opinion.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub in Eugene, Oregon.
Opaque, essentially black body with a good head. Limited lacing.
Attractive aroma with hints of toffee, dark bread and vanilla.
A bit too much vanilla with less complexity than expected.
Smooth, medium+ body and overly light carbonation.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mactrail
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly drinkable dark brew. Attractive and sudsy in the tall glass. The threatened vanilla is quite restrained, with a more chocolatey flavor. Malty and faintly sweet, followed by the dry hops.

Light and frothy mouthfeel. Some blackened grainy taste, nicely balanced by the vanilla undertone. A funny peppery note at the end. Just a brush of hops with a resiny taste in the back of the throat.

Thoroughly drinkable concoction. From the 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of billab914
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very cool extra in a great box of Pacific northwest beers I just received. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my mad Fox pint glass. It poured black in color with a modest tan head filling the top half inch of the glass. It looked very deep and perfectly still in the glass. Very inviting.

The aroma shows some roasted malt, coffee like flavors to it. I also get some dark chocolate in it. The vanilla is there, but seems a little more reserved in the aroma. Pretty nice and smooth porter character to it overall in the aroma.

The taste is where the vanilla really comes out. It has a roasty, coffee like flavor mixed with some chocolate and a good dose of vanilla. The vanilla is very nice, it definitely tastes real and fresh instead of extracty. It's a little like the flavors in a vanilla ice cream and beer float. Very nice flavor overall, love the vanilla.

The mouthfeel is on the thicker side with carbonation being low. The mouthfeel really fits the beer nicely. Overall this was a very good beer, it definitely did the vanilla thing very well. The porter flavors were also very solid in it, and the roasty flavors complimented the vanilla sweetness well. Really enjoyed this beer, this is a porter I could drink very frequently.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Duff27
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured from a bottle into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque in the glass with a thin light khaki head that dissipates to patches, leaving light lacing. Aroma of sweet dark malts, chocolate, vanilla, a hint of lactose. Flavor is light sweet toasted malt, vanilla, hints of chocolate; finishes with a slightly astringent coffee and hop bitterness and roastiness. Medium bodied. A somewhat subdued porter, there are some good flavors and they are well balanced, but seem to need a bit more robustness, exposing the noted astringency in the finish. The vanilla redeems this, otherwise it would be a fairly pedestrian porter.

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Photo of stevoj
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Albertsons. Pours out a dark but clear brown with nice, tall fluffy head. Vanilla edges out the roast grains in the aroma, but both balance out in the taste. Roast grains finish the whole deal with a dry, lingering bite. Not overly sweet, which is nice.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of flagmantho
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, deep, very dark red hue with virtually no haze. Head is a finger of frothy tan foam. An interesting color on a porter, but not an unwelcome one!

Smell: bready, caramelly, nutty and slightly toasty, with a bit of sweet vanilla coming through. Quite good.

Taste: caramelly, toasty and with just a hint of that vanilla. It reminds me a bit of a brown ale, but there's just enough roast in there to be a ruddy porter. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a quite-decent creaminess.

Overall: this is a pretty decent vanilla porter. It's not perfect, but it is definitely worth a try if you like vanilla beers.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DucksFan16
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of maximum12
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to flexabull for this bottle, part of a fantasy baseball league haul for my long-suffering team of almost-Cubs. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Always interesting to pop open a bottle with no earthly idea what to expect. This one is black, low carbonation. The nose is reticent, spare vanilla with some malty sweetness. Was expecting a bit more from the pale beans.

Vanilla Infused Porter (VIP) should be pre-heated like warmed milk before drinking. Cold, this is dull, thin, and could be used as a sleep aid. As it warms, so do I. First evidence presented is pure Tootsie Roll, touch of lactose, & low concentration of vanilla. Definitely on the thin side, which can be forgiven given the low ABV, but that also contributes to the drinkability.

Pretty good beer: very simple, very easy to drink. Not much to see here. Move along.

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Vanilla Infused Porter (V.I.P.) from Hop Valley Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 132 ratings.
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