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Dark Vanilla | Element Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Element Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
elementbeer.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark Element on vanilla beans

Added by jbertsch on 12-11-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,275
Reviews:
2
Ratings:
21
pDev:
13.35%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 2
Reviews by rjp217:
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3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle date of 2013-12, poured into my snifter...

A - Hazy dark brown in color with a decent one finger head. The head quickly fizzles and there's not much lace to speak of

S - Vanilla up front, then a lot of candy type aroma. Lingering notes of root beer

T - Just an absolute vanilla bomb. I was hoping it would fade a little with the 6-7 months of age but not so. Absolutely cloyingly sweet

M - Light body, huge carbonation, hoppy bite

O - This beer needs a lot of work. The vanilla is overwhelming and not in a good way. It's like drinking a vanilla soda. The carbonation is out of wack. It could of used some BA and less vanilla. Too bad because I had high hopes.

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Photo of JakerLou
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of brother_rebus
4.31/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Sweet malty and medium bodied. Very strong yet pleasant vanilla taste. Dissipates well.

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3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of orangesol
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Dope
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from 10/13 I believe.

A: Pours a dark brown, not quite black. Tall, airy and fizzy light brown head. Head fizzes out and dissipates quickly. Just a little splotch of lacing here and there. Decent retention at least.

S: True to its name, loads of vanilla. A touch of chocolate and char. Kind of a nougat type aroma in general, reminds me of a three musketeers overall.

T: Kind of a sharp hoppiness up front. Piney and resinous I would say. Bitter, bitter chocolate and maybe even a hint of coffee follows. There is the vanilla but not as strong as the aroma. Again, it's more of a nougat type flavor. A little more hop bitterness in the finish. Lingering vanilla and bitter cocoa in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, sharp and bitter, long lingering hop aftertaste.

O: I'm not sure what to think about this one. Dark Element is arguably their best beer but this just feels messy and disjointed. The base beer is normally a sort-of black IPA but the addition of vanilla just does not work for me. It's not hoppy enough to be a black IPA, not sweet enough to be a chocolate/vanilla porter/stout...it's just kinda meh as a result. Too bad, I had high hopes for this one. It's not bad by any means but it's not nearly as good as you'd think.

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Photo of rallyr32
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jbertsch
2/5  rDev -40.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of huddyball
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of djrn2
3.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of fossage78
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of tkdchampxi
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark Vanilla from Element Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 21 ratings
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