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.

Added by Beerandraiderfan on 04-20-2011

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Photo of Hopinista
1.15/5  rDev -66.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I wish I could give this a proper review, but the bottle i got was infected. I knew something was up when I poured a small amount and it gushed out of the glass. Taste is chocolatey brett. I was very excited to try this too so it's an extra disappointed.

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Photo of Smurf2055
1.5/5  rDev -56.3%

Photo of lballstar
1.5/5  rDev -56.3%

Photo of CEDAMA
2/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of JustinRB
2/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of tally
2/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of 916tmcmanus916
2/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of Rocketman8911
2/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of alexhahn82
2.17/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The name of the beer is fantastic, the beer is mediocre. The beer poured with a semi flat low head, but was thoroughly carbonated. Reading the label it appears to be a sublet brewing and bottling.

As a porter the beer is fair and decent, but nothing to write home about based upon the price. Extremely dark in color and almost no light passes through it. The beer was semi metallic in taste, and upon further inspection of the bottle there was a light crown residue/imprint on the lip of the bottle, making me think it was improperly stored/bottled/shipped. I would not be opposed to to trying again, but only from the source.

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Photo of Kelp
2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of lurpy1
2.27/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

On tap at BJ's charm-free brewpub in Roseville, CA. Not real familiar with Knee Deep. But how can you fuck up with vanilla and beer, right? Well, unless you are one of the C-list breweries I've had who have fucked up vanilla porters.

Pours, well, brown. Not a real impressive porter brown. Cola thin. No head. Not a porter, more of a Mystery Strong Dark Ale.

Smell has some smoke and vanilla. Mostly vanilla. I mean, mostly smoke. Pleasant

I'll say this much for the vanilla flavor - it tastes less artificial than some other flawed vanilla beers I have. It tastes somewhat like the real thing. But there's too damn much of it. Coupled with the bitter astringency, not so hot.

Mouthfeel was a disaster. Thin, watery, zingy with carbonation. Terrible, terrible pop rocks on the tongue sensation.

Overall, very low, although there is room for improvement with better understanding of how to make a bigger dessert beer. While the taste could have been worse, I did not finish the beer, basically the public version of the drain pour. In answer to my rhetorical question "how can you fuck up with vanilla and beer?", the (rhetorical) answer is "let me count the ways".

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Photo of Nickgiraud
2.28/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of TheDudeRules
2.32/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Fairly dark pour. Light brown around the edges. Minimal head. Light ring of mocha remains on the outside of the glass. Smell is smokey sweet vanilla. Upon sip, the first thing that stands out is how thin this beer is. Like a brown ale. Taste is right in line with the nose. Nothing special to be honest. This beer is so sickeningly sweet with the crappy imitation vanilla taste. The smokey character doesn't mute any of it out. Also, I hate smoke in my beer. Gross. There is a possible hint of chocolate in here but it;s hard to get past all the other bunk. Pretty awful beer.

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Photo of Rizalini
2.47/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours black, with a minimal head that fades almost as fast as it appears.

S - Has a slightly roasty, nutty aroma with hints of dark chocolates and vanilla in the background.

T - The taste doesn't go with the smell at all. It's very thin, and not much flavor at all. A slight roasty coffee aroma, but sadly that's about it.

M - As stated before, thin and watery. Lacking in carbonation.

O - Avoid this one. I paid $6 for this bottle, and it wasn't worth half of that. This beer lacks in character, flavor, and everything else in between. I'm not trying to bash, but this is a very poor porter.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of DrinkingDrake
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of Liondiscs
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of Riggsy
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of CMack71968
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of Keith-Manuel25
2.52/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of rderedin
2.55/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Photo of amread4
2.57/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: very dark brown - close to black with a quickly dissipating tan head. The head did not stick to the glass as it faded.

S: smoke with a follow of malt. Imitation vanilla on the finish.

T: less smoke than the smell with a lot of vanilla. Very sweet vanilla taste that overwhelms the other flavors.

M: thin with a feel that is closer to a brown than a porter. Not chewy at all.

O: slightly below average, though this is not a style that I find particularly appealing. I think the beer would be better served with less vanilla and more focus on the malts and smoke flavor. Those were nice when they were able to cut through the vanilla.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.62/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light brown, not much head or retention, couldn't even tell what the color of the head was it was so thin. Mild coffee aroma to it. Didn't pick up any vanilla.

Taste, thin body, seemed more like a brown ale than a 'robust' porter, watery. Vanilla is extremely muted, sugar more dominant than vanilla. Little to no hop flavor. Compared to every other vanilla beer I've had, this one just didn't cut it.

$7 a bottle is about twice as much as I'd pay for this beer. You can get a breckenridge 6 pack of Vanilla Porter for that price, and actually enjoy it for what it is advertised as. Liked this more in its demo stage at the Brew Ha Ha a few years back.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.64/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a deep brown with a fizzy moderate eggshell white head. Average retention, no lace.

S: Sweet milk chocolate notes, almost oatmeal stout like. Light coffee and roast.

T: Thin chocolate flavour and fairly astringent, some tang to it. The vanilla bean flavour in the finish is very nice and saves the beer, but it really should be more of a focal point.

M: Ridiculously thin for a porter, especially at 6.3%. Fizzy, lightly acidic, the mouthfeel of soda pop.

O: While not atrocious, not exactly thrilling me either. When I was in AZ, I enjoyed Breckenridge Vanilla Porter and hoped that this could be a nice facsimile, but it isn't. Overpriced for sure and the vanilla which is the best part of the beer is really hard to find.

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Photo of BeerManDan
2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The color when poured was a thick dark brown with a reddish hue. The smell had roasted malts and a hint of caramel, but couldn't smell the vanilla. The flavor was a real dissapointment. Not a lot of flavor. The flavor was of roasted malts. with no hint of vanilla, in fact no hint of anything but roasted malts. Tanilla Porter was a big dissapointment!

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Tanilla Porter from Knee Deep Brewing Company
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