Vanilla Deth
Revolution Brewing

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Style:
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #86
ABV:
13.6%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,335
Avg:
4.4 | pDev: 4.09%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
74
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Revolution Brewing
 
Illinois, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  9
Gots
  9
SCORE
94
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Vanilla DethVanilla Deth
Notes: Behold, our original Barrel-aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout, Deth’s Tar, with hand-split whole vanilla beans. Flaked and malted oats lend a supremely silky body that belies the beer’s considerable strength. Pronounced vanilla flavor and aroma blends harmoniously with chocolatey caramel maltiness and blend of American & French oak. Enjoy now or store cold.
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 74 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Beer_Economicus from Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tonight is a new to me beer

Revolution – Vanilla Deth (2021)

13.6% ABV

The beer is listed as “Stout – American Imperial” on BA.

The beer was removed from a 45ish degree temp fridge after having been refrigerated for approximately 3 weels. Beer poured into 2012 BCBS snifter.

First Impression: Normally I do first impressions based on appearance and other senses that aren’t specifically directly smelling or tasting the beer. But here, I have to go from taste. First taste is absolutely impressive. I actually said, audibly, wow! This is good! 4.75

Appearance: Pours dark with a nice deep brown-khaki colored head. The head is rather impressive for a BA stout. Not as oily as other beers, but fairly oily in the glass. 4.60

Smell: Alcohol followed by vanilla followed by sweet breads (a generic term I use for morning flour-based breads like pancakes, waffles, etc.). The smell is not super strong. If I really nose this beer, it’s great, but if I just drink the beer the smell is pretty mild. You really have to focus on nosing to get the details. 4.05

Taste: Taste is more or less Deth’s Tar with vanilla. That sounds, perhaps, a bit insulting, but that’s genuinely what it tastes like. The vanilla isn’t strong; it’s fairly nuanced. -But, not every sip. Some sips are much stronger than others. The barrel (both bourbon and oak) are fairly minimal. You only really get it on the backside with a little bit of the alcohol, which I wish was a bit stronger, to be honest, as it feels like it is missing. 4.5

Mouthfeel: This is where the beer is really lacking. It’s not so much that the beer is a tad bit thin (which it is), but really the carb level. Despite it pouring with a good head, the beer really tastes/feels undercarbed. It feels flat. That flatness is absolutely destroying this beer for me. It’s very disappointing, as I think with an appropriate carb level it would really improve the overall experience of the beer by a significant margin. 3.5

Overall: I want to love this beer. But there’s just something lacking. The frustrating thing is that I think this is exactly how the brewery intended for the beer to be made. -Perhaps with the one exception being the carb level. There’s just something missing, that X-factor, that oohhh lala. If the carb level was just higher it would dramatically improve the quality and experience of this beer. It pains me to have to not rate this higher. 3.75

BA Review Score: 4.148

I think the 4.148 score is fairly accurate and representative of how I feel about this beer, taking into account how the beer should be rated.

Yesterday at 06:20 AM
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Fantastic black with a thick tan head and lacing
Smell - so much vanilla caramel barrel, slight cocoa
Taste - boozy lots of chocolate with vanilla caramel
Feel - thick creamy slight carb
Overall - Really fantastic

Monday at 01:46 PM
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fig-hued black with three fingers of mocha head. Rocky dissipation. Sloppy lacing.

Red wine, vanilla and chocolate in the nose.

Nice vanilla flavor throughout. Brownie batter, almond and nougat are in the mix, too. Bitter finish with a little cocoa, a little nuttiness, hearty red wine and some alcohol bite.

Slick, smooth feel with low carbonation.

The vanilla in this is really well done. Omnipresent without being heavy handed.

Sunday at 03:40 AM
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michaelsmith11 from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Revolution did a really nice job on this one. It could have easily turned into a over the top super sweet pastry beer. But the vanilla taste was pretty subtle, which is kind of a theme with the Revolution barrel program. It allowed the barrel to shine while add a nice vanilla flavor and a touch of sweetness to let you know it's there. Very well balanced. Let warm and the vanilla becomes more pronounced without taking over.

Nov 23, 2021
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stortore from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can into a snifter. Canned 11/26/18, had 12/29/18.

Pours near black and opaque, with a three quarter inch quickly dissipating head and some spotty cling. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, malt, some caramel and cocoa, some oak, char as it warms, kind of a oat- like aroma. The flavor mostly syncs with the aroma- vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, malt, some caramel and cocoa, some oak, char as it warms. Smooth, a very good full body, well carbonated.

Not overly complex, or at least maybe less than expected, but still delicious. The vanilla is strong, flavorful and rewarding, the barrels are excellent.

Feb 19, 2020
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5toutman75 from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 11/26/18 and I think the aging has hurt the smell score as the adjuncts typically fade. I remember when drinking this fresh that it was far more balanced than the same year bourbon county vanilla. Now it could use more vanilla for my tastes and the BCS vanilla is just fire with all the vanilla goodness. It’s a tiny bit thinner than my favorite stouts as Rev’s usually are. I could drink more of this given the balance with the vanilla and other flavors. It’s similar to the Black Note Vanilla from this year. Unlike the Goose, I think this is best fresh as I like the more vanilla and bourbon forward stouts. It’s still really great, but brings up the rear in my BA vanilla stout lineup I think. I’ll still pick it up next time it’s released for sure.

Jan 06, 2020
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superspak from North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce prowler into snifter, filled on 11/9/2019. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense and rocky tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, cream, toffee, molasses, bourbon, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of coconut, licorice, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Mild booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, vanilla, bourbon barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, cream, toffee, molasses, bourbon, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of coconut, licorice, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, roast, charred bitterness; and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, cream, toffee, molasses, bourbon, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, dark bread/crust, coconut, licorice, dark fruit, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, vanilla, bourbon barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with an awesome roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; with no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Mild increasing warmth of 14.8%, with minimal lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged flavored Russian imperial stout. All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, vanilla, bourbon barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mildly bitter/charred/tannic/drying finish. Perfectly balanced between rich malts, vanilla, and bourbon barrel presence/integration; with mild fruity yeast and earthy hops. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example as expected. Definitely better than the base beer, as with the coffee version. Less bitter/charred/drying overall. Never overpowering, drying, or boozy.

Nov 13, 2019
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darktronica from Indiana

4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018 release poured to a teku, black and moderately thick with a nice finger of cocoa-colored fluffy head on top. Strong roasted malts, milk chocolate, boozy heat, and less vanilla than I remember when it was fresh. Sadly, this is my last can. Still plenty of malted milk balls on the palate, however, without crossing over into sugary-sweet territory. Very nicely balanced between the base beer, added vanilla, and barrel contribution. Quite a treat.

Oct 31, 2019
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Sandis from Minnesota

4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018 version poured into a snifter. The vanilla is nicely blended into this without seeming artificial. Low carbonation and medium thick. The ABV is well disguised despite the 14.8%.

Oct 29, 2019
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Rimbimhoot from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: No head, dark black, dark brown at edges
S: Big vanilla bean, bourbon, cacao nib fruitiness, dark chocolate, charred oak, brown sugar,
T: Big bourbon, balanced vanilla, bitter cacao, roasted malts, alcohol, charred oak, prune
M: Meidum-thick
O: Very impressive use of vanilla where it comes through very naturally, is clearly present but isn't dominating the entire flavor profile.

Mar 22, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sharp rum-like vanilla pairs with woody, peppery bourbon that's quite splintery and dry with a little heat. This has a good medium body lifted by a soft froth with a sticky marshmallow exhale.

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The 2021 can has a little more of a creamier Madagascar sort of vanilla quality this time around, but still, at the same time, it's mild, allowing the BA stout base to have plenty of room to express barrel, malt and drinkability, with a medium-full, nearly viscous body but somehow crisp, fine carbonation. It's certainly better than my original 4.17 score.

Mar 21, 2019
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Radcpa from Washington

4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very dark appearance with slight tan head. Aroma is a very pleasant vanilla and malt. Taste is also a very vice vanilla but a little thin for my taste.

Mar 14, 2019
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted in a snifter from draft at Consume on February 20, 2019. Barrel aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout with hand split whole vanilla beans. Flaked and malted oats lend a supremely silky body that belies the beer’s considerable strength. Pronounced vanilla flavor and aroma blends harmoniously with chocolaty caramel maltiness and American oak.

Mar 08, 2019
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 2 fingers of caramel head. Viscious, near zero head retention& lacing

S: Bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit

T: Follows the nose, the vanilla mixes in nicely, Bourbon asserts itself up front, a little bit of leafy & woody hops as well. Bourbon richness asserts iself as it warms, woody & vanilla note push forward as well. Finishes with warming Bourbon, vanilla, dryness, leafy hpops & dark cherry

MF: Warming, chewy, subdued carbonation

Superior take on the style, thrilled for the chance to try it. Booze is noticable, but compliments the overall beer experience. Thanks to FBarber for this one!

Jan 27, 2019
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leantom from Indiana

4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's a really good beer. Thoroughly enjoyed it, for a number of reasons. It's very reminiscent of Bourbon Cnty., albeit with subtle differences. Here goes:

A: Splendid. Pitch black with a massive, slow-to-build, chocolate head. Head lingers for a while, too. Excellent.

S: Lots of vanilla, oak, bourbon whisky, chocolate, and some coffee. Extremely sweet - if a little cloying.

T: Follows the nose. The vanilla is a little too cloying, however, but the beer is still excellent.

F: Little light - not as thick as Bourbon Cnty. Very deceptively alcoholic.

O: Great beer. Glad I got to try it.

Jan 18, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Poured opaque black with some clearing on the edges. Smell is full of bourbon and vanilla, with chocolate, tobacco, molasses and marshmallow backing them up. Taste is still vanilla and bourbon forward, but complementary flavors are leather, oak, bakers chocolate and a good bit of dark fruit, with some of the flavors from the smell having disappeared into the abyss. Feel is the aspect that I can't get super behind, with the body becoming watery on finishing sips, thought very smooth through out.

Jan 17, 2019
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Kegger37 from Iowa

4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer! Not an over the top vanilla bomb like BCBS Vanilla was. This beer is a lesson in subtlety and balance. Pours black with a lighter colored head. Hints of vanilla on the nose. I drank this straight from the fridge and that was a mistake. Didn't get much of anything when it was cold, left it on the counter for 20 minutes and it was much different! Really opened up after it sat out. Vanilla hits you at the end but not an overwhelming amount. Not overly sweet either, just really well balanced.

Dec 26, 2018
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into Revolution Deep Woods Series snifter.

Appearance: black body with thick cap if bubbly / whispy head that did not last long.

Smell: bourbon, barrel, chocolate, & marshmallows.

Taste: chocolate, tobacco, bourbon, oak, & marshmallows. Very balanced flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low yet adequate carbonation. Was a little bit thin. Very smooth drinking stout though.

Overall: complex, flavorful, & nuanced vanilla bean bourbon barrel oatmeal stout. Well done by Revolution.

Dec 24, 2018
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FBarber from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown tinged black color. Shiny, and somewhat oily in appearance. Completely opaque even when held to the light. Full thick finger height head appears with a vigorous pour. Almost soda like in appearance and composition the head fizzes out quickly leaving just a thing ring of bubbles along the outside edge of the glass.

Aroma is a pungent bourbon and oak notes with light hints of vanilla, roasted malt and barley, coffee, and chocolate. The vanilla doesn't stand out at all here - the most prominent note of all is the bourbon which punches the nose as soon as the can is opened.

Taste follows the nose with notes of bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate and a sweet creamy vanilla note. Almost like a vanilla icing albeit subtle and complementary rather than punching your palate. Stout is somewhat sweet throughout. The bourbon is rather hot, but I enjoyed it that way. A touch of oak comes through in here with a touch of alcohol burn on the finish. The heat coupled with the flavors in this beer read like a light spice - cinnamon and nutmeg come to mind.

Feel is medium bodied, smooth and slick. Mild carbonation. Drier finish. Definitely some burn from the alcohol heat in this one.

More subtle and balanced than some others, this vanilla stout is really well executed and incredibly tasty. An outstanding barrel aged beer from Revolution Brewing and a must try for any beer lover.

Dec 24, 2018
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Frus77 from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a vanilla bomb, but a really good vanilla BA stout.

Still quite a lot of vanilla, with some coffee and dark fruit on the backend along with the barrel.

Overall, this was really good. Although I think that cafe deth was a tad better.

Dec 20, 2018
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 11/26/18; drank 12/8/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big dark tan head; decent lace.

Vanilla, oak, bourbon & mild milk chocolate notes in the nose.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Vanilla & bourbon heat up front; oak & milk chocolate notes on the finish.

This tastes like a boozy vanilla & chocolate milkshake; very tasty. I'd have another...

Dec 09, 2018
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can 2018: 4.14
Draft 2017: 3.98
Black with three fingers of foam that rapidly recedes, no lace left behind.
Aromas of vanilla marshmallow, oak, and chocolate, light oxidation.
Taste is nice, chocolate, vanilla, and light bourbon and oak.
Lighter side of medium bodied, slightly creamy, mild astringency.
Overall it’s good, a little thin. Could use a little more heft and texture.
Thanks to Thomas for this one!

Nov 21, 2017
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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 74 ratings