Roebling Vanilla Espresso Porter | Rivertown Brewing Co.

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82
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422 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
422
Reviews:
83
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
15.88%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
68
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 422 |  Reviews: 83
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1/5  rDev -72.1%

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1/5  rDev -72.1%

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1/5  rDev -72.1%

Photo of shanblur
1.81/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Purchased locally in Evansville, IN. No date on bottle.

A - Dark brown to black with a tan head which leaves moderate lacing.

S - Chocolate and coffee aromas dominate.

T - Not like the smell at all. Cannot describe how bad this thing tastes. Get a little chocolate but overpowered by a taste which make me want to vomit. Have never had anything so bad. Perhaps a bad bottle? If they meant for it to taste like this than no thanks.

M - Thin and watery

Do not try this. You have been warned.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
1.84/5  rDev -48.7%

Photo of IlliniRob
1.93/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Serving: 12 oz bottle.

A -- Pours a translucent dark brown. Minimal head and minimal retention.

S -- Weak notes of coffee, chocolate and vanilla.

T -- Taste on the front of the tongue is actually pretty pleasant, with chocolate and malt, but as soon as it touches the back of your tongue, gives way to an overpowering and unbalanced sourness. Not pleasant in a "sour ale" type of way with these flavors. If I weren't cheap I would have dumped this before finishing the beer; it does get better towards the end since your tastebuds are dulled.

M -- Moderately chewy with the chocolate and malt, but finishes thin.

Overall -- I drink a lot of beer but I don't often review it. That said, I felt I had to review this one as a public service, to prevent others from wasting their money on it. The label reads "Roebling Porter brings tons of chocolate aroma and a docile acidity", but it's more accurate to say that it brings a bit of chocolate and a gallon of vinegar. I will avoid beers from this brewery in the future.

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Photo of ohiobeer29
1.95/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

An OK porter wish the flavors were stronger but it drinks ok

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2/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of RocPorterFanatic
2.03/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours dark brown, almost black into a tulip. Thin in body, very little, quickly fading, eggshell colored head. Leaves no lacing at all as it fades.

S - Not much aroma at all. What smell I can pull from it is of toasted nuts, faint hints of burnt marshamallow.

T - Alot of vanilla, almost vanilla extract flavor. There's no body to this beer. Its more similar to vanilla coke than to any other porter I've had. The label notes "like a big, chewy, vanilla, coffee infused brownie". Where's the coffee and chocolate? Where's the chewiness I was promised? There's also a slight sourness to it. Could I have an infected bottle? I don't toss the "infection" word around lightly, I think this beer may be off.

M - As stated twice before, there's no toothiness to it. No body, too much carbonation.

O - Not a good beer. I pride myself on being a porter afficianado. Its my favorite style. This was one of the worst I've ever had.

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Photo of The_Wolf
2.07/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Photo of tsauce2
2.26/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to an imperial pint

A: SRM is brown. Translucent. Head is tan, 1 1/2 in., pillowy/cloudy, dissipates to line the top of the beer. Medium carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Chocolate brownie with a slight hint of malt.

T: Watery is the initial thought. Slight hints of malt, vanilla, coffee, and chocolate are discernable. Metallic aftertaste.

M: MF is a puckering reaction to tartness.

O: If only this beer tasted like the label described it or how it smelled. Something went horribly wrong in making this beer. Their Helles lager is fantastic, so I don't know what happened here. If they would have trippled the ingredients used and gotten rid of the acidity, which is described on the label, we might have a real winner on our hands.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.27/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter on 1/11/12

Dark brown with a slight grape juicy highlight at the stem. A bubbly, one finger head thins out quickly, leaving a skim over most of the top of the beer. No lace. The Roebling beckons no merriment.

The aroma finds our a rag-tag band of cocoa powder, chocolate fudge, vanilla and coffee beans wandering from the earthy landscapes of forest toward the metallic charge of industrialization and, having grown inclined to rest, are now in not-too-far proximity of a campfire.

After a short sleep on topsy-turvy ground, our heroes make a breakfast concoction of last night's cold coffee, pan-roasted bitter chocolate and vanilla from a bottle that dropped and broke in the dirt. Tangy, roasted and bitter flavors pick at their wiry bones.

Not one for a hearty breakfast, coffee beans procures and adds a large dram of club soda; seems he prefers things on the thin and bubbly side.

The finished product not being the most pleasing, our heroes decide to drink it regardless. After all, it's better than hitting one's head against the wall.

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Photo of jeranbrews
2.37/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A - nearly flat low head. Dark cola brown. Instantly disappearing beige head 3.25

S - soda. Ginger and cola. Chocolate vanilla 3

T - vanilla cream soda that one day saw a beer in a magazine. This is not beer. 2

M - very soda like. Not creamy not slick. Just like a cream soda 2

O - For an "imperial robust porter" there is very little about this beer that is imperial or robust or porter like aside from the color. I chose this just wanting to tick Ohio off my list of beer states. Won't buy this again. 2.25

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2.44/5  rDev -32%
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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Photo of masterofsparks
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of biscuitroller
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of denver10
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours dark brown with minimal khaki head that quickly recedes. Looks like root beer. Aroma is vanilla, some coffee, caramel, some roastiness. Flavor was bad, dominated by some terrible vanilla, IMO. Mouthfeel with quite thin and too effervescent, prickly. Overall, huge miss for me.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of xpdrinker
2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - 12oz bottle (trade extra - huge thanks to boxcar01) into Libbey porter/stout glass. Pours cola brown with spongy yellowish-tan head that mostly disappears. Ripples of lacing but not much to write home about. 

S - Coffee with a slight yeasty, banana funk. Not picking up much else.

T - There's a tartness that immediately attacks the palate followed by a tingly splash of chocolate and vanilla extract. Not sure if this is old, compromised or what, but the "robust porter" aspect is bullied into the corner by a hulking tart funk looking for lunch money.

M - Light bodied and medium carbonation, a bit effervescent.

0 - Like I said above, not sure where this porter went wrong but if it's not fresh then I'd love to try another one. The description on the label had me drooling, with a lot of talk about vanilla, espresso and coffee-infused brownies. I didn't get a whole lot of that but I'm willing to give it another shot and see if they deliver on those words.

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Photo of mattcrill
2.86/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Aroma: Bready rich malty aromatics up front. Powdery chocolate notes as well. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Dense black pour with a low, thin, filmy off-white cap.

Flavor: More bready malt notes, subdued chocolate, slight burnt flavors that are well knit. Light cola notes as the beer opens up. Balance is nearly even with some definite earthy hop tones. Finish is dry.

Mouthfeel: Thin-medium body with high carbonation. Slight dark grain derived astringency. No alcohol heat.

Overall impression: A little thin and kind of one dimensional. I was expecting more.

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Photo of Drewvel
2.89/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of khargro2
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Gonzoillini
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of zimm421
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of danwho
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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Roebling Vanilla Espresso Porter from Rivertown Brewing Co.
3.59 out of 5 based on 422 ratings.
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