Roebling Vanilla Espresso Porter | Rivertown Brewing Co.

Roebling Vanilla Espresso PorterRoebling Vanilla Espresso Porter
BA SCORE
3.72/5
426 Ratings
Roebling Vanilla Espresso PorterRoebling Vanilla Espresso Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
rivertownbrewery.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Roebling Imperial Porter brings together Cincinnati coffee, Ugandan vanilla beans and raw, organic turbinado sugar into a big, rich, chocolate, espresso infused brownie of a beer that is as innovative as its namesake. Rivertown was asked to craft a beer for a community festival in 2011 which celebrated the 145th Birthday of the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge linking Cincinnati, OH and Covington, KY. This Imperial Porter is inventive, unique, well balanced, strong, and has been created to be as timeless and remarkable as the Roebling Bridge, the man who dreamed big and the community that brought that dream to life.

Added by kirok1999 on 04-24-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,528
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
426
pDev:
15.05%
Bros Score:
3.5
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
70
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 426 |  Reviews: 84
Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark brown to black color with a small tan head. The aroma is malt and a slight amount of vanilla. A good porter.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.67/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of GreenEggsHam1
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Doonzman
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jelitikasez
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful chocolaty brown - I want a dress this color.

One of the best vanillas I've tried, and the best coffee for sure. My beloved Schlafly makes their coffee stout so coffee that I can't taste the stout. This was a nice, smooth, round balance.
Downside - pretty flat. No foam at all except a slight initial fizz. Some carbonation in the mouth feel, but a little like flat ginger ale. Wonder if I got an old bottle.
Even so, a very enjoyable beer with surprisingly ( at least to this armchair novice:) balanced flavor.

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

Photo of waiting4lunch
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StuMonkey
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cbutova
2.44/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

A- Almost midnight black pour to a stemless wine glass. A tan cap forms to a mm high with a foamy texture. A small ring forms but no lace is left behind.

S- Vanilla bean and cola. A touch of roast barley, coffee, more cola, toasted nuts and a hint of dark fruits like cherry.

T- Even more like vanilla cola at this point. Just spit on with an almost earthy spiciness. A hint of cocoa, stale espresso beans and toast as well. Really just mild for an Imperial porter. Rather sweet approaching cloying.

MF- Slick and medium bodied with a very low end carbonation. Feels a bit watery.

Cola with a hint of vanilla and a touch of espresso.

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3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wardt16
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bbcamillo
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of S-Taylor
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scratch69
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first Rivertown Brewing offering - I'm a bit mixed on it...

Being of Cuban decent, espresso is something I can relate to. When I see it I gravitate and give it a try. Seldom do I come across an espresso laced beer that I can warm up to, and this offering from Roebling is no exception. (Full disclosure, I like my espresso sweet and seldom do I come across any sweetly laced espresso beers.)

Out of the bottle it pour a richly dark porter, though no head or lacing to mention. The mouthfeel is light, little carbonation, and has a spicy tingle to it - unique, certainly. Though I could taste the vanilla distinctly (something missing from many a vanilla porter or stout I've come across) the brew itself was uninspired. It was decent, maybe even good, but just not something I would reach for the next time I crossed paths with it in the hallowed beer aisle.

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Photo of flyersfan900
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dreddex
4.44/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mojo771
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ctb6582
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wkasimer
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cuvtcuv
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

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Roebling Vanilla Espresso Porter from Rivertown Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 426 ratings
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