Roebling Vanilla Espresso Porter | Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House

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BA SCORE
3.72/5
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441 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House
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:
#28,931
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
441
pDev:
15.05%
Bros Score:
3.5
 
 
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14
Gots:
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Ratings: 441 |  Reviews: 90
Photo of gspirit
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of Newbeergeek1
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Average brew. Kinda wish I hadn’t bought a six pack. Oh well. There is some kind of a taste that I just can’t quite identify and it’s driving me bonkers. I am wondering if I may have picked up a bad batch because my mouth is not liking this. Vanilla, shouldn’t be to hard to identify. Espresso, might be it but wouldn’t it be a coffee taste? Something is askew here.

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Photo of ThomasTheTank88
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up as a single 12 oz. bottle for $1.72, easy choice for me. Very drinkable, very smooth. Vanilla and coffee combination is perfect. Would recommend if you can find it since its cheap and very delightful.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro Canned version
Look - Fantastic looking dark beer with a great lasting tan head
Smell - roasted malts and vanilla with a slight coffee scent
taste - just like the scent
feel -medium light body with a creamy nitro carb
Overall - pretty yummy!

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Photo of BrianKoshefsky
4.39/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow.. Tried this beer on a whim and now it's one of my new favorites.. If you like coffee flavored Stouts and porters is it's definitely for you.. it almost taste like you're drinking perfect sweet and black coffee.. and that 7.8% ABV doesn't get much better than that

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Photo of norinco
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cstasek
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of meers
4.88/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing year-round beer. Very smooth for being almost 8% alcohol. Hints of vanilla are exceptional and the locally roasted La Terza espresso is a huge plus.

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Photo of Kelseydorks
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Bill6151
1.71/5  rDev -54%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A couple years ago this was one of my favorite beers. Then the brewery changed radically and they focused mostly on sours. They also changed (and butchered) this recipe. It is now basically undrinkable.

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Photo of Rdc67
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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Roebling Vanilla Espresso Porter from Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 441 ratings