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Tanilla Porter | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Tanilla PorterTanilla Porter

Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Made with only grade-A Tahitian vanilla beans, Tanilla carries a smooth chocolate flavor complemented by the delicate intensity of vanilla beans, and a rich aroma of coffee.

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Photo of DedicatedToFun
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good, smooth, robust porter, dark, good head, smells like chocolate, drink with friends, on bottle, smells as good as it tastes, don't underestimate this beer. Bought in a larger bomber and got the light kind, not the dark, not the hoppy, just the smooth version.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, roasted coffee, vanilla, and some sweet caramel malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate malts with some roasted coffee, vanilla, and caramel malts. Through the middle, some more coffee flavor and vanilla with some nuttiness. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate and coffee malts with some vanilla, caramel malts, and nutty flavors.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a touch thick with a sweet and roasty finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice American porter with a good overall balance.

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Photo of boilerwillie
4.17/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I don't drink a ton of porters, but this beer is very tasty in my opinion. I'm a bit surprised it's not getting higher marks.

I'm a big fan of vanilla, so maybe I'm bias, but it's full of flavor, sweet (but not too sweet), and easy to drink. There's something missing in making it a great beer, but overall, a nice porter.

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Photo of DM1293
4.17/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, as a porter, this is probably my favorite so far.

Very sweet, chocolate-y malt and vanilla (PROMINENT vanilla), with a bitter roasty finish. Thats it. Thats all it does and it does it pretty well.

So its a dessert-y kind of beer. And if thats what you're looking for, and you like chocolate and vanilla mixed together, this is worth a try. I'd get it again just for that purpose.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review version 2 thanks to getting auto-logged out after 30 minutes, AGAIN. Hope I can remember some of it.

Pours a deep, chestnut brown with red throughout. Latte colored head drops to a thick film that stays forever. no lace, though.
Smell is roasted malt, coffee, cardboard, dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Really well balanced though weak overall until it warms some.
Taste is toast, malt, coffee, vanilla, bittersweet chocolate. Well balanced. Warming helps here as well. Slight medicinal note in the aftertaste.
Smooth, medium bodied, lightly effervescent. Let it rest for 20-30 minutes before drinking and you will be rewarded.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.12/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Florida Beer Company tapered pint. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that bears average retention time before dropping down to an 1/8 inch head. Frothy threads of lacing.

S- Sweet coffee nose with notes of caramel, vanilla, and cocoa.

T- Medium roasted malts with a sweet start and a chocolatey finish. Light in alcohol and bitterness. Hints of vanilla and toffee. Very smooth.

M- Slightly creamy with medium thickness. Medium carbonation and a relatively soft body for the style.

O- As far as taste and viscosity go, it's quite tame but effective. A good session porter.

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Photo of bbb099
4.12/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black color with red hue. Mocha brown head with decent retention.

S - Milky vanilla and a little bit of roasted malt. Creamy and sweet aromas, almost like an ice cream.

T - Somehow reminiscent of a milk stout. Creamy texture with vanilla sweetness. The roasted malt takes a backseat on this one.

M - Low carbonation. Medium to full bodied.

O - A little sweeter than what I expected, but it's not bad at all. Great for your friend that doesn't like the bitter hops or heavy dark beers.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.12/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at churhill's sdbw

A dark brown close to black body with a tan head around the eedges.

S-very slight vanilla. Slight. Nothing else really

T-Lots of vanilla and not a whole bunch more. follows the nose but is lacking outside of the vanilla...

M- medium body and smooth

O-decent beer but needs more than the vanilla

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Photo of BillT916
4.11/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark, little foam, hint of sweetness in the smell that doesn't carry over much to the pallet. Hits the tastebuds with more a hint root beer and vanilla

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Photo of Auraan
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown, almost black, with a thin tan head that dissipated to a tan ring, leaving a slight bit of lacing. Looks quite nice, but a bit dark for a porter. Scents of roast malt, vanilla, and slight coffee. A good porter scent with the nice addition of vanilla. Flavors of roast malt, slight dark chocolate and black coffee and some slight sweetness throughout, finishes with more black coffee and a slight hint of vanilla at the end. Aftertaste is bitter with black coffee and dark chocolate. A good classic porter flavor with a nice bit of vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly thick, with low carbonation. About half-way between a porter and a stout and quite easy to drink. Overall quite the nice vanilla porter, it drinks smooth and has the nice flavor of a porter supporting the vanilla.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a sizable, ecru head that's slowly dwindling.

Smell: Toasted, chocolate-scented malts with a backdrop of roast and complimentary albeit demanded notes of vanilla beans that open up and stretch a bit more as it warms.

Taste: Toasted bread, bland, basic coffee, and sweet chocolate chips given a decent dose of vanilla beans. Faintly estery. Scantly earthy, herbal hops with a low bitterness. A dash of vanilla sugar on the tongue holds until the soft, malty finish for a nibble of Nilla wafers washed down with Coke Blak.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light (though still sufficiently smooth) body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Cheerfully drinkable. It carried across the promised flavor well enough for a beer with vanilla beans (and with natural flavor added).

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown reddish color with tan head. Aroma is full-on vanilla ice cream with chocolate topping. Taste starts with chocolate, cacao and sweet finish. Body is quite light. Overall it's quite nice and easy to drink.

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Photo of BierJager89
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a mocha head.

S: Nose has dark roast coffee, some dark chocolate, but very little vanilla.

T: Strong dark roast coffee followed by a decent amount of vanilla, then dark chocolate and more coffee in the finish.

M: Full bodied and not smooth... until it warms up. Vanilla becomes much more noticeable and the body becomes smoother and creamy.

O: Definitely drink this a bit warmer than your average beer. It's a solid vanilla porter. I definitely like the style.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Spokeasy Public House

A: Pours dark brown, not a lot of light passes through, with minimal light brown head that disappears.

S: Sweet vanilla, dark roasted malt, a little chocolate, and a tiny hint of coffee.

T: Follows the nose. Sweet vanilla and dark malt complimented by a little chocolate, with a very light coffee bitterness on the finish.

M: Light to medium body, light carbonation

O: Pretty solid. More sweet than bitter and fairly light drinking. Tasty option on a hot day when you want something dark. Also probably would work great in a beer float.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA. The beer pours with a dark, black appearance with a light brown, foamy head. Aromas include a hint of vanilla, but it mostly smelled like it had light coffee; good but not strong. Taste, however, improved upon the muted aromas with a great coffee cream taste mixed with malt with a light spice aftertaste. Mouthfeel is generally creamy, but there is some good carbonation to this drink. Overall, I did enjoy this porter, but I wish the aroma was stronger.

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Photo of DCon
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 1 PINT 6 FL OZ bottle of this from Broulin's Grocery in Driggs, ID for $7.99. Poured from the Tan/Grey Labeled bottle w/ "Aztec" designs on it into a 16oz Guinness Pint Glass. Has no freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- Has a medium amount of coffee in the aroma with tons of roastiness. Not as rich as I would like but very clean and smooth on the nose.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger, bubbly head that dies quickly. Has the deepest brown colored body with decent clarity. Leaves only suds behind.

Flavor- A nice vanilla flavor hits the palate first and then light coffee comes into play with a ton of malts. Almost no hops are introduced into the flavor but more lager like. Has a light bitterness level at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and leaves gentle coffee notes on the palate.

Overall Impression- Almost can give this brew a "4" across the board. A good example of the style and the light vanilla note was just enough to push it into my likes. Shared with GeoffTheAleMan and he appreciated it as well. Not too roasty or overpowering with malt. For those who aren't into the Stout style and need a nice, easy going porter, this ones for you!

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Photo of DocJitsu
3.96/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark, nearly black with glints of red in bright light. Root beer head of a little north of an inch. Bouquet is meager--a little white chocolate and bourbon noted. Flavor is surprisingly bold that delivers a middle characterized by a sweet, white chocolate, vanilla, caramel. Finishes with a quickly disappearing coffee acidity. Creamy, pleasant mouthfeel. Fun beer. And at 6.3% ABV, you can have two.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep blackish sable with a decent light tan head. Smoky aroma has notes of coffee, chocolate, molasses and vanilla, fairly sweet but far from cloying. Mouth-filling flavor has a roast malt core and notes of burnt coffee, chocolate and vanilla plus a hint of molasses. It is not as sweet as the aroma, which is fine because I am not overly fond of sweet beers. Firm texture has little fizz, but leaves a decent finish.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.91/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a chalice.

Appearance: Thin dark brown Amber with medium bubbles and a light tan head rising maybe half a finger's length. Head drops to Nadia after two or three sips.

Smell: Ligt vanilla and toffee.

Taste: Like the smell just more amplified. Vanilla and sugars with minimal bitterness.

Mouth: Medium carbonation. Almost sticky but could be better with notes of light American coffee at the end.

Overall: Descent brew but still packs a punch with flavor. Awesome gift from a good friend and worth inhaling when the night is good. Salud!

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark black with amber & burgundy highlights when held up to the light. Little white head, but a decent carbonation level and mouthfeel.

Sweet aromas of vanilla, chocolate and coffee. Roasted malts underlie both the aroma and are the backbone of the flavour. The well balanced and complex taste is surprisingly dry, with a pleasantly lingering bitterness. Oak tannins and vanilla flavours linger in the finish well beyond the malt.

A very pleasant beer that I'd purchase again.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber for 3.49? I'll bite. Nice to see a beer that's not exorbitantly priced for no reason other than people will apparently pay it.

Tanilla pours jet black with a fluffy tan head that settles down slowly. Lacing is patchy and slippery. Looks like a standard porter.

Aroma is sweet and sugary with prominent vanilla. Lesser roast, black coffee, and bitter chocolate notes. Smells pretty nice, actually. The flavor is also good but not perhaps as nice as hoped after taking in the aroma. The elements are well balanced, certainly, with roast malt, vanilla both real and of the extract variety, a touch of coffee, and a bit of bitter hoppiness. There is a bit of an offputting alcohol flavor that seems derived more from the vanilla extract than anything else.

Medium body and carbonation, slightly sticky, with a finish that lingers a bit both sweetly and bitterly.

Not a top notch beer but pretty damn good. Apparently I liked this one a good deal more than the BA community as a whole.
And the price is hard to beat. If Southern Tier Creme Brulee is too sweet for you you may enjoy this as an alternative.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/15/2014. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big vanilla, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, creamed coffee, toast, and light herbal. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and vanilla notes; with good strength. Taste of vanilla, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, creamed coffee, toast, and light herbal. Slight herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of vanilla, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, creamed coffee, toast, and light herbal on the finish for a good bit. Good complexity and solid robustness of dark/roasted malt and vanilla flavors; with a great malt/vanilla balance and minimal cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good vanilla porter. All around good complexity and solid robustness of dark/roasted malt and vanilla flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Black and totally opaque with a mahogany color running wild in the glass. Awesome 1 inch head and great retention and some circular lacing

Smell: Vanilla and Chocolate

Taste: Upfront carries some roasted smokiness that I was not at all expecting and then the vanilla takes over and covers your whole palate. The vanilla in this beer is very nice

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation and the finish is a bit sticky

Overall: Good little beer definitely worth a try not sure why this beer is getting shit on so much

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Photo of ehammond1
3.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark brown, and nearly black, with ruby edges and a thin light brown head. Spots of lace and thin lines run down the glass.

Somewhat muted aroma, though what's here is very nice: mild roast, some bittersweet chocolate, and a small amount of vanilla. There just isn't a lot to smell here, unfortunately.

Nice combination of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and lots of sweet and earthy vanilla. This is a very nice, well-rounded, though sweet, incredibly drinkable vanilla porter.

Medium mouthfeel with low carbonation.

This is in an incredibly drinkable vanilla porter. I certainly wouldn't mind having another glass of this.

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Photo of chinchill
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a Samuel Smith's becker.

Pours a VERY dark and remarkably ruby tinted clear liquid covers by a medium dense and well-proportioned tan head. The head has very good retention but leaves little lacing. [4.25]

The aroma [2.75] is disappointing. Too much like a sweet liqueur, especially after warming when the alcohol esters are a little too prevalent, a trace of dankness, and the vanilla seems less subtle than desired.

The flavor, in contrast, is rather good. The alcohol remains adequately hidden, there is no unpleasant dankness, and it is not objectionably sweet. The vanilla addition does seem a bit overdone. Plenty of dark malt with a hint of smoke.

M: Creamy smooth; full body; excellent medium-light carbonation.

O: a fine, vanilla-flavored porter.

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